---- — 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.
“It has been amazing to see the variety of wildlife since the wetland improvements,” said Greene who has spotted wood ducks, mergansers, mallards, geese, herons, eagles and deer. “There is always something going on there.”
“Three Mile Point is a healing place for me,” Sam Ross of Roseboom, winner in the professional category, said in the release.
His photo “Evening Inspiration” captures a fishing boat on Otsego Lake at dusk. Ross lifeguarded at Three Mile and Fairy Spring on Otsego Lake for seven years and photographs there often. The release said he explained “Evening Inspiration” was inspired by and evokes feelings of a painting by local area artist Deborah Geurtze.
Prizes were provided by the Otsego Lake Association. The professional prize was a gift certificate to the Blue Mingo Grill and Richard Duncan’s book titled “Otsego Lake-Past and Present.” The amateur prize was a guided tour of Otsego Lake aboard the State University of New York College at Oneonta’s Biological Field Stations Barge, “Anondontoides” for the winner and five guests. The youth prize was four tickets for the Glimmerglass Queen lake tour and one year family membership to Otsego Lake Association.
This is the third year that the Otsego Land Trust has sponsored a photo contest, following the “People and Trees” photo contest in 2010 and the popular “On the Farm, In the Garden” photo contest in 2011.
The Otsego Lake Association consists of about 150 members, including individuals, families and businesses that have an interest in preserving and protecting Otsego Lake and its watershed. The Otsego Lake Association is primarily an educational organization with its main mission being the implementation of “A Plan for the Management of the Otsego Lake Watershed (1988).” Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in Otsego Lake. For additional information, contact President Wayne Bunn at (518)542-6630 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the landowner of Brookwood Point, a 22-acre property on Otsego Lake, the Land Trust is a member of the Otsego Lake Association. The Otsego Land Trust has partnered with 80 some families to protect nearly 9,000 acres in the Otsego region, including 1,300 acres around Otsego Lake. Otsego Land Trust is also developing a network of public conservation areas, including a 15-mile water trail along Oaks Creek, from Canadarago Lake to the Susquehanna River.