Photo Contest

The results are in!

Essex Heritage is pleased to share the winners of the 2015 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest! Many thanks to all of the photographers that entered the contest and hearty congratulations to the winning photographers whose images are depicted below. Thirteen of the fourteen winning images were selected by a panel of judges that included special guest judges John Andrews, owner of Creative Salem and Social Palates, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Stanley Forman, and 20-year veteran Boston Herald photographer, Mark Garfinkel. The “People’s Choice Winner” was chosen by 1,117 public votes via Essex Heritage’s Facebook page. A big thanks goes out to all of you who voted!

2015 Photo Contest Results

From rocky coasts and harbors, to rural farms, historic downtowns and parks, photographers of all ages vividly captured a variety of special places in Essex County for their award-winning submissions to this year’s contest. All of the photographs were taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of three contest categories: “This Land Is Your Land”; “Downtown”; and “Go Coastal”. Youth, ages 5-17, were also encouraged to enter the Photo Contest to win a “Youth Entry” prize in any of the contest categories.

Grand Prize

Clamming Ipswich, by Judith Schneider

People's Choice Winner

The Reverend John Hale’s Farm, by Jonathan Salt

Context Category: This Land Is Your Land

First Prize

Snowy Owl in Flight, Salisbury by Richard Kosian

Second Prize

Three Trees - Three Benches, Salem by Stan Franzeen

Third Prize

Among the Trees, Newburyport by Suzanne DeGeorge

Contest Category: Downtown

First Prize

Newburyport Alley by Rod Parker of Salem

Second Prize

Marshmallow Fluff, Lynn by Vicki Dakin of Lynn

Third Prize

Salem Common at First Snow by Rick Matthias

Contest Category: Go Coastal

First Prize

Rainbow, Rockport by Laura Ganz

Second Prize

Good Harbor King Tide, Gloucester by Susan Plutsky

Third Prize

Rock Wall and Marsh at Sunset, Essex by Brad Bradshaw

Youth Entry Prizes

Youth Entry First Prize

The One That Got Away, Newburyport by Kerry Reynolds

Youth Entry Second Prize

Painted Windows, Haverhill by Will Emerling

Youth Entry Third Prize

The Sun Sets on a Dark Forest, Newburyport by Joy Jancewicz


Prizes for the 2015 Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest are generously contributed by Hunt's Photo & Video and the National Park Service.