The Otsego Land Trust recently announced the winners of its third annual photo contest.
According to organizers, about 150 photos were submitted this year in the youth, amateur and professional categories. The theme, “Water, Water Everywhere,” was co-sponsored by the Otsego Lake Association.
According to a media release, the theme was chosen to emphasize the importance of water in the lives of people, plants and animals. The release said shots of dew, clouds, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, springs and wetlands from all over Otsego County were represented in this year’s submissions.
The panel of judges included Richard and Zibby Walker, Bruce Johnson, Peter Johngren, Warren Bunn, Susan Rowland, Matt Albright, Lisa Eklund and David Kiehm.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Falk of Cooperstown won the youth category with her photograph, “Dew on Web.” The 12-year-old said that she took the photo early in the morning while dew was still on a spider web.
“If you look closely, you can actually see the spider!” Lizzy said.
The release said the web caught her eye because the dew sparkled in the grass. In Lizzy’s spare time she likes taking photos of anything that is alive, including animals, plants and insects. She likes to swim, play with animals and explore the woods.
Donna Greene of Otsego captured the amateur prize with a scene showing the beauty of the wetland scene in her backyard.
“This photo captures so many elements of water, from the lush wetland to the mist rising above it,” Peter Johngren, one of the judges, said of the photo in the release.
According to the release, Greene explained that this “magical” scene was much different five years ago, before she and her husband received a grant to restore eight acres of wetlands for migratory waterfowl habitat. Since the work was completed in 2010, many different types of waterfowl have been spotted, including a bald eagle, she said.