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Capturing the Natural Wonders

Skaneateles High School junior Peter Cihon was one of three winners in a photography contest featuring "The Natural Wonders of Central New York."

The "Natural Wonders of Central New York" photography contest for Syracuse and Onondaga County High School Students in grades 9 through 12 was sponsored by Green & Seifter, Attorneys.

Of the 217 submissions, 20 photographs were chosen as finalists. On Thursday, Oct. 28, the 20 students were honored at the Photography Contest Finalist Reception in Syracuse. It was there that Cihon learned he was in the top three. Families and teachers were included in the reception.

Teacher Linda Torrey, who attended, said she knew Cihon's piece had a good chance of winning a prize. It shows an Adirondack chair near Cayuga Lake. As third place winner, he received $100.

Cihon said this is his second photography class; his first digital photography class. He has enjoyed photography for years: at age 10 he photographed his brother's wedding with a digital camera. Last summer, on a month-long trip to Spain, he took his camera and came home with great images, Torrey said.

The idea for this year's contest was inspired by the upcoming Haudenosaunee: Elements exhibition at the Everson Museum. Haudenosaunee: Elements is a special exhibition of new work by 12 contemporary Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists that will be shown at the Everson Nov. 13 through Jan. 16, 2011.

"We encourage students to capture the natural beauty of Central New York, local and regional examples of natural sculptures, organic and natural imagery, environments and living things, and abstract interpretations of nature. We would like the works to reflect an appreciation of environmental awareness," from the website of Green & Seifter, Attorneys.

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