2018 Photo Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winning photographs of the 2018 Orleans County Tourism Photo Contest!

  • “Summer Morning on Lake Ontario” by Sharon Gavenda
  • “Blue Heron” by Ann Kimmel
  • “St. Mary’s Sandstone & Glass” by Kellie Hurrell

Judging was tough as there were 45 images that captured the essence of Orleans County – including 11 sunsets, landscapes, wildlife and architecture. A jury of 11 ranked their top 10 picks with the following criteria to consider:

  • Does the subject have a Tourism draw? Is this an interesting attraction worth traveling to? Is it current?
  • Quality: Is the photographer skilled in using interesting design elements such as depth-of-field, perspective, texture, symmetry or contrast? Is this image “Magazine Cover Worthy”?
  • “Only in the OC”: Is the image iconic to Orleans County or could this picture be taken anywhere?  Does it represent Orleans County’s character?
  • The WOW Factor: Does the image spark a positive emotion in you?
  • The I-GOT-IT! Factor: Was the photographer in the right place at the right time?

Photographer’s identities were not disclosed to the judges. Results were based on responses the judges ranking the images from 1 to 10 and the highest score determined this year’s winners.

Thank you to all the photographers that submitted their works! View the Top 10 entries:

  • Summer Morning on Lake Ontario
    1st Place Winner: "Summer Morning on Lake Ontario" by Sharon Gavenda
  • Blue Heron
    2nd Place: "Blue Heron" by Ann Kimmel
  • St Marys Sandstone & Glass
    3rd Place: "St. Mary's Sandstone & Glass" by Kellie Hurrell
  • Fathers Day Morning
    Honorable Mention: "Father's Day Morning" by Bob Boccaccio
  • Bald Eagle Marina
    Honorable Mention: "Bald Eagle Marina" by Bill Farrell
  • St. Mary's Roses
    Honorable Mention: "St. Mary's Roses" by Kellie Hurrell
  • Holley Falls
    Honorable Mention: "Holley Falls" by Anna Brasted
  • Upstream Journey
    Honorable Mention: "Upstream Journey" by Ellen Riccobono
  • Big Joe on the Oak
    Honorable Mention: "Big Joe on the Oak" by Patrick Carl
  • Culvert Rd Tunnel
    Honorable Mention: "Culvert Road Tunnel" by Kelly Dudley

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