By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN
Contest winners of the Beauty of the Woods photo contest were honored Sept. 15 at The Cafe at Wittenauer’s.
The Friends of the Poland Municipal Forest hosted the photo contest for all ages.
Gordon Longmuir, president of the Friends of the Poland Municipal Forest, said the contest’s purpose is to get people in the community back into the woods.
“A lot of people who live in Poland don’t even know that the forest exists,” said Longmuir. “The forest is truly a jewel in the Poland community.”
The rules of the contest were simple. Photos must be taken within the Poland Municipal Forest and focus on nature. There were no specific categories, so participants were urged to be creative.
Winners of the contest were:
12 and under
First place - Brianna Hall of Boardman with “Floating Black Leaf”
Second place - Diego Calderon of Poland second place with “Tall Trees”
Third place - Gabriella Calderon of Poland with “My Walk with Grandma.”
Teenage division (13-19)
First place - Jordan Downie of Poland with “Drip”
Second place - Sabrina Leonard of Struthers with “Distinct”
Third place - Kayla Ammons of Cortland with “Inside the Tree”
Adult division (20 and older)
First place - Dana Nicholson of Boardman with “Reflections”
Second place - Roy Passarelli of Poland with “Midnight in the Forest”
Third place - Brigitte Flick of Poland with “Light”
Nicholson was also awarded “Best in Show” for her photo “Reflections.” First place winners received a gift certificate from YM Camera, and Nicholson’s first place photo was framed for free by Frameworks.
Downie, winner of the teenage division takes pictures as a hobby.
“I just see interesting perspectives of ordinary things,” said Downie.
Friends of the Poland Municipal Forest would like to thanks its sponsors, YM Camera, Frameworks and The Cafe at Wittenauer’s.