Fenimore museum names winners of photo contest

ContributedMatthew Bechtold, grand prize winner of Fenimore Art Museum’s first annual Capturing a Masterpiece Photo Contest, is shown in this undated photo with his wife, Ann-Marie, and daughter, Alyse, holding a print of his winning photograph, “Autumn Evening.” The photo was taken at The Farmers’ Museum.

COOPERSTOWN — Winners of Fenimore Art Museum’s first Capturing a Masterpiece photo contest have been determined. Plans are to make it an annual event.

According to a media release, members and visitors submitted personal, outdoor photographs taken on the grounds of The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum between Sept. 5 and Oct. 5.

The top eight finalists and prize winners were chosen by a panel of judges.

Community members may vote for the People’s Choice Award through Nov. 2.

Winning photos will remain on display through Nov. 29, in Fenimore’s Museum Members Showcase exhibit and online at FenimoreArtMuseum.org/winners.

Matthew Bechtold of West Oneonta was named the grand prize winner for his “Autumn Evening” photo of The Farmers’ Museum.

In The Farmers’ Museum category, first prize also went to Bechtold for “Milky Way.” The entry that took second prize was “The Child who Played in Lippitt Garden,” taken by Jessica Guenther of Oneonta and third prize, “Church at The Farmers’ Museum,” went to Robert Ostrander of Herkimer.

Fenimore Art Museum winners were first, Emmon Johnson of Otego for “Through the Looking Glass — Log Cabin”; second, Bechtold for “Fenimore”; and third, Serapha Huber-Ingalls of Milford, for “Little House.”

Employee winners were first, “Amphitheater (An Empty Stage)” by Matthew Simonds of Portlandville and second, Gregory Brown of Mohawk for “Early Morning Fishing.”

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