I've been out of town for several days, and returned today to find an email from our friend Jonathan Parker, a park ranger at the Lowell National Historical Park who ran a photo contest starting last fall. Well, the contest is over and the winners have been chosen.
Here's more about the contest from the park service, as well as information about how to see the winning photos:
was a finalist in the Lowell National Historical Park's photo contest.
>> Contest participants from eight states and three foreign countries submitted 466 photographs documenting Lowell's visual character. Participants ranging in age from 13 to 85 vividly captured a variety of Lowell's historic, cultural, and natural resources - from distinctive mill architecture to eclectic downtown art to bald eagles floating over a frozen Merrimack River. More than 30 students from Lowell High School submitted photographs in the Youth contest category, sweeping all youth entries and winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their respective category.
>> This contest, the first of its kind in park history, encouraged a significant number of regional photographers and artists to visit the city of Lowell and view it through a fresh "lens" from September 2009 to January 2010. Numerous Lowell area residents and others enthusiastically participated in the contest by photographing subjects they felt were interesting and important within their local communities.
>> The public is invited to view the top 20 photographs at a special opening reception at the Boott Cotton Mill Museum this Saturday (March 20) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet the contest judges and winners, and talk with park rangers about photography and the park. Refreshments will be provided. The top 20 photographs will remain on display at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum through the remainder of the spring.
>> Professional photographers Lance Keimig, Sharon Lowe, and Meghan Moore evaluated photographs based on the image's originality, technical execution, composition, and level of provocation. The collective staff of Lowell National Historical Park also served as the "4th judge" in the photo evaluations.
Grand Prize - Edward DiCroce, Evolve
First Place - Jance Lind, Shadows of Red
Second Place - Lee Fortier, Morning Fog
Third Place - Vera Kaufman, Swamp Locks Reflection
First Place (Youth) - Nitta Heng, Harris
Second Place (Youth) - Nicole Roscoe, Sunburst
Third Place (Youth) - Lily Mangkhalakhill, Smokestacks
Honorable Mention - Pascal Chea, Reflection in Canal
Honorable Mention - Kyle Rees, The Good Ol? Merrimack
Patti Matthis, Birdhouses
Rich Beaubien, Canal Block
Peter Lee, MCC Sculpture
Kristin Garland, The Gatehouse Wall
Robert Young, Long Hours of Repetitive Work
Brian Carton, The Gatehouse
David Doherty, Massachusetts Mill
Norm Caron, Boott Mills Through Window
Jurgen Kedesdy, Appleton Mills
Fred Rosenthal, Trolley Motorman
Emerson Speyerer, Lowell City Hall
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