Photo courtesy of Essex HeritageSusan Plutsky of Beverly won second place in the Experiencing the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway category of the 2011 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest.
Of the 140 images submitted to the contest, 13 winning images were selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, Huntís Photo & Video, and professional photographer Robert Ring of New England Photo Workshops.
All of the photographs were taken in the Essex National Heritage Area. The other three contest categories included "People & Places", "Urban Landscapes" and "Green Spaces."
Plutsky, 47, said her photo was taken in July of an old fashioned schooner at the Essex Ship Building Museum that took a year to build.
"I had been watching it being organized and framed and then they had the launching party and there were thousands of people there," she said. "I knew it would be good opportunity for a shot for this contest."
The contest winners will be presented with their awards (a Nikon digital camera) on Dec. 13 at 5:15 p.m. at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem, where the photographs will be exhibited for one year.
This was the third time Plutsky has placed in the contest in four years.
"Itís my favorite," contest the financial analyst said. "Iím interested in the history of this area. ... I've always had a camera because I wanted to show people all these cool things I was discovering."
The public is invited to attend the photo contest exhibit opening at 5:15 p.m. and a reception welcoming the new Superintendent of Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, Michael Quijano-West, at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend this free event; please call Essex Heritage at (978) 740-0444 to RSVP for either event.
View the winning images online at www.EssexHeritage.org. The images will also be exhibited at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem (2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970) and at the office of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (160 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830) for one year.
Justin A. Rice can be reached at email@example.com.