Winners of the 18th annual Baldwinsville Public Library Photography Contest sponsored by the Baker Studio of Photography and coordinated by Val Chism Young Adult Librarian were announced at the library reception in honor of the students Tuesday night, May 4. In this year's juried contest, 99 photographs were submitted by 52 students.
Edwin Baker of the Baker Studio of Photography awarded the $100 cash first prize to Kelly Novak for her photograph "Grampa's Gold." The second place winner, Erica Miller for her photograph "Head of the Charles" and the third place winner Gabrielle Cavallaro for her photograph "De Causa Amoris" received $50 and $25 cash prizes, respectively. The judges' choice awards went to Kassey Milano, Emily Allen and Alexa Vecchio.
The judges were Jim Dygert of Photography by Jim Dygert, Jon Barden director of the Theater Guild and Kelvin Ringold photographer and president of the CNY Photographers Group. This photo contest is open to all high school students in ninth through 12th grades living in the Baldwinsville School District. The photos are judged on the merits of their impact, creativity and technical quality. All accepted photos will receive a ribbon and be on exhibit in the Baldwinsville Public Library's Art Gallery during the month of May.
"This contest is an example of cooperation between the schools, the public library and the business community and it owes its success to the dedication of Baldwinsville Schools photography teachers Patty Baker at Baker High and Wendy Robinson at Durgee Jr. High, the students, the library and the support of The Baker Studio of Photography," Chism said.
The community is invited to come in and vote for their favorite photograph while they are on exhibit during May 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 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 W. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.