Scene Stealers

The winners of Adirondack Life’s annual photography contest

In a place with pretty views around every bend, it takes more than pointing and shooting to snap a winning picture. Talented photographers depict those familiar scenes in a way that makes viewers notice something more, highlighting subtle plays of light or color, the beauty of a texture or a surprising juxtaposition.

This year we enlisted the help of Kyle Ford, who contributed an artist’s eye as guest judge. Ford, a Saranac Lake native, is a professor of art and photography at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, and his work has been featured in Newsweek Japan and exhibited internationally. To see his approach, visit

The grand-prize winner, “Sunrise at Connery,” by Chris Tennant, of Williamsburg, Virginia, impressed with its composition—the layering of wispy, frost-covered grass, a strip of mist separating the grass from the mountains, and a pink-tinged sky that draws the eye back into the image. “It has a very mystical quality,” Ford says.

First- through third-place honorees receive a commemorative piece of pottery by Sue Young, of Jay. In addition, the grand-prize winner gets free admission to the signature fall workshop sponsored by the Adi­rondack Photography Institute (, based in Inlet.


Grand-Prize Winner
“Sunrise at Connery,” Connery Pond, Lake Placid
Chris Tennant, Williamsburg, Virginia

First-Place Color
Fall leaves, Cranberry Lake
Mark Logan, Churchville, New York

Second-Place Color
“Windswept World,” between Boundary and Iroquois Peaks, looking toward Mount Marcy
Zack Clothier, Athol, New York

Third-Place Color
“Reflections of Solitude,” Blue Mountain Lake
Norman Lathrop, Ballston Lake, New York

 Editors’ Choice
“Floating on the 4th,” Mirror Lake, Lake Placid
Kristin Parker, Saranac Lake, New York

First-Place Black and White
Seventh Lake
Beth Moore, Gloversville, New York

Second-Place Black and White
“Adirondack Zen,” Cascade Falls, North Elba
Chris Tennant, Williamsburg, Virginia

 Third-Place Black and White
Lows Lake
Nate Peters, Randolph, New Hampshire

First-Place Wildlife
“Wabetsu Frog,” Westport
Betsy Bacot-Aigner, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Second-Place Wildlife
“In Midair,” Standish
Brenda Dadds, Lyon Mountain, New York

Third-Place Wildlife
Bull Moose, Helldiver Pond, Moose River Plains
Susan Kiesel, Sauquoit, New York

Honorable Mentions