When we ask readers to send us their favorites among the photos they’ve taken that speak to “My New England,” we’re asking not only for their images but also about what New England says to them. It gets personal, doesn’t it? The word “My” adds a layer of commitment. What readers sent us by the […]
By Yankee Magazine
Feb 17 2015
1st Place Winner, 2014
Title: Colonial Classroom.
Location: East Lyme, Connecticut.
Judge’s comments: “This image is narrative in nature and recalls an earlier classroom. It is a very nostalgic photograph that while absent of inhabitants alludes to student presence through scuffing on the floor and handwriting on the blackboard.”
When we ask readers to send us their favorites among the photos they’ve taken that speak to “My New England,” we’re asking not only for their images but also about what New England says to them. It gets personal, doesn’t it? The word “My” adds a layer of commitment. What readers sent us by the hundreds were really visual essays. Looking through the selections, we saw where they lived and what was important to them. “My” means that one person’s vision of New England might be a sprawling industrial mill, while another’s might be a gathering storm over a field, where we can almost smell the rain that is poised to fall. It might be the light slanting through a window on an empty schoolroom, or a rock-strewn beach where you can all but touch the cold sea.
We’re happy to share the 2014 “My New England” Photo Contest winners and honorable mentions. Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted their work for consideration and congratulations to our winners.
ABOUT THE JUDGES
This year we were fortunate to bring in guest judge Paula Tognarelli from the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. We were reminded that photography is extremely subjective and what speaks to one may not speak to another. We’re happy to share the photographer’s inspiration or connection to place and subject as well as Paula’s comments about what spoke to her about a certain image.
We’re also excited that the contest will continue with the same theme “My New England” this year. We encourage you to submit your favorite images from our region. Landscape is something we look for and associate strongly with the region, but also be thinking about capturing that sense of community embodied so well in the harvest season or portraits of the characters (the craftspeople, the farmers, the artists, the fishermen) that define this region or even details that capture the essence of what New England means to you. We want to see strong sense of place photographs and New England’s landscape and people offer so many opportunities to capture that. We’re lucky to live in a region so steeped in history and are excited to see how this year’s submissions will unfold. Winners will appear in our March/April 2016 issue.