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2014 “My New England” Photo Contest Winners | Slide Show of Images

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We’re happy to share the 2013 “My New England” Photo Contest winners and honorable mentions in the following slideshow.  The theme for our second annual photo contest was “My New England”, a broad topic that  encompasses everything from landscape, portraits, and even details.  How you see New England through your lens is open to interpretation, and we were happy to see such a nice range of submissions this year.  Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted their work for consideration and congratulations to our winners.

This year we also brought in a small team of outside judges. A special thanks to photographers Jesse Burke, Dana Smith and Sara Gray.  All 3 are accomplished photographers who have contributed to our magazine over the years and we were happy they were able to lend their voices and opinions to the judging process along with our photo editor, Heather Marcus and art director, Lori Pedrick.  We were reminded that photography is extremely subjective and what speaks to one may not speak to another. At times we were all drawn to the same images, but at other times we selected different ones.  We’re happy to share the photographer’s inspiration or connection to place and subject as well as our comments about what spoke to us 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 your submissions this year.  Winners will appear in our March/April 2015 issue.

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Fall in New England.
Caption:  Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  It was so peaceful and calming as I sat there waiting for the perfect moment to press the shutter.  This is why I love landscape photography.  
Judges comments: I love that while most leaf-peeping photographs capture thousands of leaves to convey the New England fall foliage, this photographer chose to capture only one.  Subtle & elegant, very nicely seen.
adamgravesphoto.com

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Fall in New England.
Caption: Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It was so peaceful and calming as I sat there waiting for the perfect moment to press the shutter. This is why I love landscape photography.
Judges comments: I love that while most leaf-peeping photographs capture thousands of leaves to convey the New England fall foliage, this photographer chose to capture only one. Subtle & elegant, very nicely seen.
adamgravesphoto.com

Photo/art by Adam Graves

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Bass Harbor Light near Bar Harbor, Maine.
Caption: Shot with the iPhone 5. I am a professional travel photographer and cinematographer and a contributor to Getty Images. Equally at home leading a photo walk in New England, or exploring Base Camp at Mount Everest, I have been fascinated by mobile photography since the launch of the original iPhone. 
Judge's comments: I picked this image because it seems so classic and rugged.  It embodies how I feel about Maine all wrapped up in one image.  The soft desaturated feel make me nostalgic for summers of my youth.
web.stagram.com/n/johnbarnett

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Bass Harbor Light near Bar Harbor, Maine.
Caption: Shot with the iPhone 5. I am a professional travel photographer and cinematographer and a contributor to Getty Images. Equally at home leading a photo walk in New England, or exploring Base Camp at Mount Everest, I have been fascinated by mobile photography since the launch of the original iPhone.
Judge's comments: I picked this image because it seems so classic and rugged. It embodies how I feel about Maine all wrapped up in one image. The soft desaturated feel make me nostalgic for summers of my youth.
web.stagram.com/n/johnbarnett

Photo/art by John Barnett

2013 First Place Winner.
Title: Marshall Street.
 Caption: The Blackstone Block and Creek Square (visible in center of image) are a remnant of Boston's original settlement, boundaries ad street pattern still intact after 300 years. My images seek a strong sense of place and atmosphere to create a mood that immediately connects with the viewer.
Judge's comments: Intriguing composition, with angles and smoke and the classic brick architecture of the city. The mood of the photograph feels somewhat timeless, with blurred figures in foreground, vintage lights on the buildings and the cobblestone street. Almost feels as though it could have been taken in the 1940s, although some elements bring you back to the present day: the truck, the street sign, the windowed high-rise in the background. Feels as though you could step into this scene.
timbartlettphoto.com

2013 First Place Winner.
Title: Marshall Street.
Caption: The Blackstone Block and Creek Square (visible in center of image) are a remnant of Boston's original settlement, boundaries ad street pattern still intact after 300 years. My images seek a strong sense of place and atmosphere to create a mood that immediately connects with the viewer.
Judge's comments: Intriguing composition, with angles and smoke and the classic brick architecture of the city. The mood of the photograph feels somewhat timeless, with blurred figures in foreground, vintage lights on the buildings and the cobblestone street. Almost feels as though it could have been taken in the 1940s, although some elements bring you back to the present day: the truck, the street sign, the windowed high-rise in the background. Feels as though you could step into this scene.
timbartlettphoto.com

Photo/art by Tim Bartlett

Second Place Winner.
Title: Ice Fisher. 
Caption: Cheshire Reservoir, Cheshire, Massachusetts.  I had one of those "I have to pull over and capture this!" moments while driving. The fog had settled so nicely over the water, and I loved the negative space in the sky and ice, mixed with one single ice fisher.
Judge's comments: This image conveys solitude and dedication.  You gotta be a hard-core New Englander to work this hard for your dinner.  Love that the photographer wasn't afraid to back off the subject in oder to talk about space.
michellemcgrady.com

Second Place Winner.
Title: Ice Fisher.
Caption: Cheshire Reservoir, Cheshire, Massachusetts. I had one of those "I have to pull over and capture this!" moments while driving. The fog had settled so nicely over the water, and I loved the negative space in the sky and ice, mixed with one single ice fisher.
Judge's comments: This image conveys solitude and dedication. You gotta be a hard-core New Englander to work this hard for your dinner. Love that the photographer wasn't afraid to back off the subject in oder to talk about space.
michellemcgrady.com

Photo/art by Michelle McGrady

Third Place Winner. 
Title: The Perfect Home.  
Caption: This past thanksgiving, i was visiting my in-laws in Charlton, Massachusetts.  It was a cool, but sunny November day.  After we filled up on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., we decided to go out for a walk.  I remember passing this house, with the sunlight hitting it just right, peacefully placed on the lake, and thinking "what a perfect place to call home!"
Judges comments: The lens flare and framing makes me feel as though it's my view.  I love the color, feel and mood of the image!
brittanymarcoux.virb.com

Third Place Winner.
Title: The Perfect Home.
Caption: This past thanksgiving, i was visiting my in-laws in Charlton, Massachusetts. It was a cool, but sunny November day. After we filled up on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., we decided to go out for a walk. I remember passing this house, with the sunlight hitting it just right, peacefully placed on the lake, and thinking "what a perfect place to call home!"
Judges comments: The lens flare and framing makes me feel as though it's my view. I love the color, feel and mood of the image!
brittanymarcoux.virb.com

Photo/art by Brittany Marcoux

Fourth Place Winner. 
Title: Sakonnet Lighthouse.
Caption: Rhode Island.  Look toward the sea, sun setting low in the west, waiting for the night.
Judges comments: Love the solidity of the lighthouse surrounded by the softness of the water and sky around it.  Love the simple graphic composition. Initially it was the composition and color that grabbed my attention, but then you notice the small details when you stop and look at the image: the one light on in the lighthouse; the small stairway that gives scale to the lighthouse and also makes you think about the actual task (the keepers it once had) of getting to the lighthouse.
earthlyimagephotography.com

Fourth Place Winner.
Title: Sakonnet Lighthouse.
Caption: Rhode Island. Look toward the sea, sun setting low in the west, waiting for the night.
Judges comments: Love the solidity of the lighthouse surrounded by the softness of the water and sky around it. Love the simple graphic composition. Initially it was the composition and color that grabbed my attention, but then you notice the small details when you stop and look at the image: the one light on in the lighthouse; the small stairway that gives scale to the lighthouse and also makes you think about the actual task (the keepers it once had) of getting to the lighthouse.
earthlyimagephotography.com

Photo/art by Robert Dansereau

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Beachfront Property. 
Caption: Scarborough, Maine.  I have been going to Pine Point Beach since I was a child in the 1970s.
Judge's comments: I feel as though I've seen this frame and composition a thousand times, but can't remember it being shot without a big, blue puffy-clouded sky.  Nighttime was a great choice-beautifully done.
dhillphotography.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Beachfront Property.
Caption: Scarborough, Maine. I have been going to Pine Point Beach since I was a child in the 1970s.
Judge's comments: I feel as though I've seen this frame and composition a thousand times, but can't remember it being shot without a big, blue puffy-clouded sky. Nighttime was a great choice-beautifully done.
dhillphotography.com

Photo/art by David Hill

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Tree Hunting No. 1. 
Caption: Plaistow, New Hampshire.  One of the many tree lots and tree farms that I visit annually where I document the rites and rituals of christmas tree hunting.  More than the families or the qualities of the individual trees, I focus mainly on the places trees can be found for sale. 
Judge's comments: A wonderful image when you stop and spend some time with it.  It transports you to a place. The calm before the storm.  The anticipation of crowds, the hope for snow.  Love the pink building in the background; know that it is temporary.
erin-carey.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Tree Hunting No. 1.
Caption: Plaistow, New Hampshire. One of the many tree lots and tree farms that I visit annually where I document the rites and rituals of christmas tree hunting. More than the families or the qualities of the individual trees, I focus mainly on the places trees can be found for sale.
Judge's comments: A wonderful image when you stop and spend some time with it. It transports you to a place. The calm before the storm. The anticipation of crowds, the hope for snow. Love the pink building in the background; know that it is temporary.
erin-carey.com

Photo/art by Erin Carey

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Skiff in Fog.
Caption: Hingham, Massachusetts.  I moved from Florida to New England about eight years ago. I've become passionate about the coastal landscape in New England and developed my photography to share the many faces of mood and character the region offers. So when a thick summer fog blanketed the area for an entire day I knew immediately where I could find an iconic image sitting peacefully in the fog.
Judge's comments: Captures the stillness of a foggy day on the coast. The boat is the focus of the image because of its placement and also how it's surrounded by the grasses. The composition makes your eye move nicely through the image from the boat to the marker on the right to the pier on the left. The muted colors also work well with the subject matter.
paulgirello.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Skiff in Fog.
Caption: Hingham, Massachusetts. I moved from Florida to New England about eight years ago. I've become passionate about the coastal landscape in New England and developed my photography to share the many faces of mood and character the region offers. So when a thick summer fog blanketed the area for an entire day I knew immediately where I could find an iconic image sitting peacefully in the fog.
Judge's comments: Captures the stillness of a foggy day on the coast. The boat is the focus of the image because of its placement and also how it's surrounded by the grasses. The composition makes your eye move nicely through the image from the boat to the marker on the right to the pier on the left. The muted colors also work well with the subject matter.
paulgirello.com

Photo/art by Paul Girello

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: The Boy Under the Pier.
Caption: Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  It's surprisingly easy to take the train here for the day from Boston, and the pier is a wonderful spot to come off-season to walk the beach and people watch.  I came here in mid-September to photograph the full harvest moon. As the sun was setting, it was low tide, and I happened to see this boy playing under the pier.  He waved to his father, who was waiting higher up on the beach, and I snapped the picture. It ended up being my best shot of the day.
Judges comments: I love images that aren't afraid to downplay the typical moment to talk about something bigger.  If done, shot, composed right (as with this image), the viewer gets to enjoy the best of both worlds.
ilianaromanul.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: The Boy Under the Pier.
Caption: Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It's surprisingly easy to take the train here for the day from Boston, and the pier is a wonderful spot to come off-season to walk the beach and people watch. I came here in mid-September to photograph the full harvest moon. As the sun was setting, it was low tide, and I happened to see this boy playing under the pier. He waved to his father, who was waiting higher up on the beach, and I snapped the picture. It ended up being my best shot of the day.
Judges comments: I love images that aren't afraid to downplay the typical moment to talk about something bigger. If done, shot, composed right (as with this image), the viewer gets to enjoy the best of both worlds.
ilianaromanul.com

Photo/art by Iliana Romanul

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: An Evening in Jamestown.
Caption: Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island is a great place to visit, something for everyone.
Judge's comments: I love the energy and emotion of this image.  I can hear the whiz of the fishermen casting while the waves crash in and out.  And those women seem so laid back in a seemingly wild and loud scene.
lisalettieri.500px.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: An Evening in Jamestown.
Caption: Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island is a great place to visit, something for everyone.
Judge's comments: I love the energy and emotion of this image. I can hear the whiz of the fishermen casting while the waves crash in and out. And those women seem so laid back in a seemingly wild and loud scene.
lisalettieri.500px.com

Photo/art by Lisa Lettieri

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Approaching Storm. 
Caption: Acworth, New Hampshire.This photo was taken during deer season at my friend's hunting camp. I have been going to this camp since I was very little.  No running water and sits in the middle of the woods. This place is very special to me, it is filled with memories that will last my lifetime.
Judge's comments: There are so many good things about this picture: the snow, the camo pants, the beard, the axe, the wood, his sweater.  So much masculinity in one shot.  Very iconic and archetypal.  A New England woodsman at his finest. I dig it!
williamkramer.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Approaching Storm.
Caption: Acworth, New Hampshire.This photo was taken during deer season at my friend's hunting camp. I have been going to this camp since I was very little. No running water and sits in the middle of the woods. This place is very special to me, it is filled with memories that will last my lifetime.
Judge's comments: There are so many good things about this picture: the snow, the camo pants, the beard, the axe, the wood, his sweater. So much masculinity in one shot. Very iconic and archetypal. A New England woodsman at his finest. I dig it!
williamkramer.com

Photo/art by William Kramer

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Shadow of a Summer Boy. 
Caption: Visiting friends at New Silver Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts.  Getting as close as he can to his last moments of summer. 
Judge's comments: This shot drew me in from the moment I saw it.  It's a symbol of purity and life's innocence.  A moment preserved in time in the simplest of ways and most joyous moments in a child's youth. A boy blowing bubbles in the water and as described by the artist, "getting as close as he can to his last moments of summer."
annophotography.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: Shadow of a Summer Boy.
Caption: Visiting friends at New Silver Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts. Getting as close as he can to his last moments of summer.
Judge's comments: This shot drew me in from the moment I saw it. It's a symbol of purity and life's innocence. A moment preserved in time in the simplest of ways and most joyous moments in a child's youth. A boy blowing bubbles in the water and as described by the artist, "getting as close as he can to his last moments of summer."
annophotography.com

Photo/art by Anne M. Hurlbut

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: It is this Simple. 
Caption: Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, Maine. A local lobsterman makes his way through the fog to his boat in a little skiff.
Judge's comments: We love this.  The framing of the lobsterman making his way through the fog in a tiny boat, surrounded by a vast expanse of water, celebrates the beauty of a simple, well-executed composition.
patcorlinphotography.com

Honorable Mention, Print
Title: It is this Simple.
Caption: Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, Maine. A local lobsterman makes his way through the fog to his boat in a little skiff.
Judge's comments: We love this. The framing of the lobsterman making his way through the fog in a tiny boat, surrounded by a vast expanse of water, celebrates the beauty of a simple, well-executed composition.
patcorlinphotography.com

Photo/art by Pat Kennedy Corlin

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Chestnut Hill Pumphouse in Snow. 
Caption: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Since I moved to the Boston area I have admired the amazing pump houses.  One day I was out and had my camera with me and saw how beautiful this pump house looked with a fresh coating of snow.
Judge's comments: Graphically strong image.  The format and cropping works well with this image. The building seems grounded within the frame.  Get a sense of the strength and solidity of the building.
elisif.com

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Chestnut Hill Pumphouse in Snow.
Caption: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Since I moved to the Boston area I have admired the amazing pump houses. One day I was out and had my camera with me and saw how beautiful this pump house looked with a fresh coating of snow.
Judge's comments: Graphically strong image. The format and cropping works well with this image. The building seems grounded within the frame. Get a sense of the strength and solidity of the building.
elisif.com

Photo/art by Elisif Andrews Brandon

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Solitude.
Caption: A lone sailboat in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine.  The calm after a storm.
Judge's comments: Another simple, strong, graphic image that has me asking questions.  Is he coming or going?  Is he alone?  Why is he motoring with the sails up?  Love the white of the boat and sails against the soft colors of the sky and water, love the gesture of the man and the yellow of his foul weather gear. love the texture of the water, the image captures a wonderful moment on the New England coast.

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Solitude.
Caption: A lone sailboat in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine. The calm after a storm.
Judge's comments: Another simple, strong, graphic image that has me asking questions. Is he coming or going? Is he alone? Why is he motoring with the sails up? Love the white of the boat and sails against the soft colors of the sky and water, love the gesture of the man and the yellow of his foul weather gear. love the texture of the water, the image captures a wonderful moment on the New England coast.

Photo/art by Colleen Hotchkiss

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: A Peek into a Colonial Home.
Caption: Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts.  My children and I visited Sturbridge Village this past summer, and my eye was lured to this woman washing her laundry.  Whenever I look at this photograph, I feel as though I am peeking into the past; the roots of New England.
Judge's comments: Beautiful light on the subject.  Interesting framing looking into the scene from a distance. 
mementosphotography.com

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: A Peek into a Colonial Home.
Caption: Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts. My children and I visited Sturbridge Village this past summer, and my eye was lured to this woman washing her laundry. Whenever I look at this photograph, I feel as though I am peeking into the past; the roots of New England.
Judge's comments: Beautiful light on the subject. Interesting framing looking into the scene from a distance.
mementosphotography.com

Photo/art by Crystal Gonsalves

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Fishing Lure.
Caption: Menemsha Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.  This picturesque village and harbor has been an active fishing center since the 1600's.  Taken during a photography workshop led by Alison Shaw.
Judge's comments: A nice surprise. Sometimes a detail can speak to a place.  Beautiful color and light.  
karlabernsteinphotography.zenfolio.com

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Fishing Lure.
Caption: Menemsha Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. This picturesque village and harbor has been an active fishing center since the 1600's. Taken during a photography workshop led by Alison Shaw.
Judge's comments: A nice surprise. Sometimes a detail can speak to a place. Beautiful color and light.
karlabernsteinphotography.zenfolio.com

Photo/art by Karla Bernstein

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: MDI Dream.
Caption: Atlantic Ocean, view of Mount Desert Island, Maine taken while out on a whale watch with my family.
Judge's comments: Love the dreamy quality of the image, both color and light.  The panoramic composition gives a the viewer a nice perspective of how the island sits in the watery landscape.

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: MDI Dream.
Caption: Atlantic Ocean, view of Mount Desert Island, Maine taken while out on a whale watch with my family.
Judge's comments: Love the dreamy quality of the image, both color and light. The panoramic composition gives a the viewer a nice perspective of how the island sits in the watery landscape.

Photo/art by David I. Wood

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Highlander in Pasture.
Caption: Green Bough Farm in North Haverill, New Hampshire.  My friends own a lovely farm where we purchase our meat from. I love that my boys know exactly where their dinner comes from.  This is from a personal project to capture farm life on film.
Judge's comments: Nicely composed.  Love the crop of seeing only half of the cow, just draws even more attention to the face and impressive horns with the cow looking squarely at the camera and you.  Pretty light.  
rodeoandco.com

Honorable Mention, Online
Title: Highlander in Pasture.
Caption: Green Bough Farm in North Haverill, New Hampshire. My friends own a lovely farm where we purchase our meat from. I love that my boys know exactly where their dinner comes from. This is from a personal project to capture farm life on film.
Judge's comments: Nicely composed. Love the crop of seeing only half of the cow, just draws even more attention to the face and impressive horns with the cow looking squarely at the camera and you. Pretty light.
rodeoandco.com

Photo/art by Meg Hamilton

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