Photo: Randy Hendrickson

30th Anniversary Photo Contest Winners! And Other Awesome Entries!

Here we present the winners of the 30th Anniversary photo contest hosted by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  Hundreds of lovely photos from 44 photographers made the judging very difficult.  Our panel deliberated for hours!  Thank you to the talented photographers who are helping us tell the story of conservation across the region.

Be sure to see More Excellent Entries which include over 75 other great submissions.  Want to judge for yourself?  Stay tuned to Facebook where we will host a fan’s choice poll!

Category winners will receive a bottle of artisan cider produced in the Finger Lakes by renowned cidermaker Eve’s Cidery, along with a stainless Go Finger Lakes trail tumbler and Land Trust hat.  The top 3 overall winners will also receive a $50 gift certificate to Old Goat Gear Exchange (1st prize), a hardback edition of A Sand County Almanac (2nd prize), and a $25 gift certificate for u-picking at a conserved farm, Indian Creek Farm (3rd prize).  Thank you kindly, prize donors!

– First Prize Overall –

Winner of the Landscape Category

Sunrise over heron rookery at Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve


Bill Baburchak


– Second Prize Overall –

Winner of the Wildlife Category

Prairie Warbler at Roy H. Park Preserve

Marie Read


– Third Prize Overall –

Winner of the People in Nature Category

Hiker by Lower Falls at Sweedler Preserve

Brian Maley


Winner of the Plants and Fungi Category

Milkweed at Wesely Hill Nature Preserve

Heidi Spitzig


Winner of the Aerial Category

Skaneateles Lake at Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Matt Champlin


Winner of the Black and White Category

Hanging Tree at Grimes Glen County Park

Nikhil Nagane


Winner of the Mobile Category

First Falls at Grimes Glen County Park

Mark McCloskey

See other wonderful entries!

Note to contestants:  The proposed Wildlife & Plants category was split into two separate categories because we received so many excellent entries.  Thank you!  There were no entries in the Young Photographers category.  Maybe next year, kids!