Exceptional photos were recognized during a library reception May 7, marking the conclusion of the 16th annual Baldwinsville Public Library Photography contest sponsored by the Baker Studio of Photography.
Kevin Baker of Baker Studio awarded prizes during the reception to six students. The $100 cash first prize went to Megan Barr for her photograph Arcadian Ties. The second place winner was Kylie Cook for her photograph Worth the Wait and third prize was awarded to Sara Scott Ellis for her photograph Space. They received $50 and $25 cash prizes respectively. The judge's choice awards went to Alyson Tarney, Carly Gummer and Alyssa Buck. These winners received cross pen sets as prizes. A total of 67 students entered a whopping 134 photos in this year's contest and 93 photos were accepted for exhibition making it one of the largest shows in the history of the long running contest and competition was fierce.
This contest is an example of cooperation between the schools, the public library and the business community," said Val Chism, the young adult librarian currently in charge of the contest. "It owes its success to the dedication of Mrs. Pamela Dano, who started it 16 years ago, Patty Johnson, Baker High Photography teacher, the students, the library, and the support of The Baker Studio of Photography.
This year's judges were Jim Dygert of Photography by Jim Dygert and Kelvin Ringold, president of the N.Y.S. Society of Professional Photographers.
The annual photo contest is open to all high school students from ninth through 12th grades residing in the Baldwinsville School District. The photos are judged on the merits of their impact, creativity and technical quality. All accepted photos receive a ribbon and will be on exhibit in the Baldwinsville Public Library's Art Gallery during the month of May.
The community is invited to come in and vote this month for their favorite photograph in the exhibit to determine who will win the final prize in the contest, the People's Choice Award. The student whose work receives the most votes will receive special recognition and a $10 cash prize. The chosen photograph will then be highlighted on display for a couple of weeks in the library.
Edwin Baker and his son Kevin, two of Central New York's well-known portrait and wedding photographers, are located at 40 West Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.