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2015 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Announces Winners of the 2015 Photo Contest

Photo Caption: Capturing first place in the scenic category was the photograph submitted by Kurt Kreider of Barryville, NY which beautifully illustrates why people come to visit and live in within Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor.

BEACH LAKE, PA – Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is pleased to announce the winners of our first photography contest focused on the outstanding resources of the park and the connection between those resources and the public. Over 50 photographs were submitted between June 1 and October 31, 2015 that captured the unique beauty, opportunities for recreation, and biodiversity that can be found in the Upper Delaware region. Park visitors and local residents were able to enter up to three photographs into each of four categories: Scenic, Recreation, Ecology (plants and animals), and Youth. Entrants in the youth category were under the age of 18.

Judging occurred in December 2015 by a panel that included park Superintendent, Kristina Heister, local photographer, David B. Soete, Eric S. Rowe, Quiet Light Films, and Jordan Lewis, Director, Quiet Light Films. In January 2016, the public was provided the opportunity to vote for the “Peoples’ Choice” winner on Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River’s Facebook page. After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce the winners in each category:

Scenic                                                                                            Recreation
1st Place: Kurt Kreider (Barryville, NY)                                         1st Place: Robert Amsler (Beach Lake, PA)
2nd Place: Scott Anderson (Yulan, NY)                                        2nd Place: Diane Brunovsky (Newton, NJ)
3rd Place: Kurt Kreider (Barryville, NY)                                        3rd Place: Robert Amsler (Beach Lake, PA)

Ecology                                                                                         Youth
1st Place: Tina Niesluchowski (Hancock, NY)                              1st Place: Lynzee Kelty (Eldred, NY)
2nd Place: Tina Niesluchowski (Hancock, NY)                             2nd Place: Lynzee Kelty (Eldred, NY)
3rd Place: Diane Brunovsky (Newton, NJ)                                    3rd Place: Bailey Laput (Glen Spey, NY)

Peoples’ Choice Winner: Tina Niesluchowski (Hancock, NY)

Winning photographers received monetary awards and the Peoples’ Choice winner received a Passport to Your National Parks book. The public will be able to view the winning photographs on the park’s Facebook and Instagram sites and in local publications such as the Upper Delaware Council Newsletter and possibly the River Reporter.

We sincerely thank all participants who entered their photos in the 2015 Upper Delaware Photo Contest. Seeing the park through the lens of our visitors and community residents reinforces how special the resources of the Delaware River and surrounding area are to everyone. Please remember that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and we will be holding a 2016 Centennial Photo Contest this year in celebration. So get out your cameras and join this elite group of photographers. You can learn more about the upcoming photo contest on the park’s Facebook page:

Don’t forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on everything that is going on in the park. If you are interested in seeing more photos of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, please follow us on Instagram at UpperDelawareNPS


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