And the winners are…
Everyone has a story to tell and this contest provided a forum to capture unexpected outcomes, epiphanies of personal discovery, and moments of pure joy and connection. We invited photographers to submit their best work. The public voted on the submissions based on their ability to capture four themes: Art In All Its Forms, Creature Comforts, Summertime Fun, and Victory Gardens. Because there were so many wonderful photos, we are also highlighting a staff pick for each category.
Art in All Its Forms
WINNER: Loving Summer, Lauren Krupnikoff
“My friend and I were by the water not too long ago, and we saw that the sun was starting to set. So we decided to try this cool idea of doing a heart with our hands surrounding the sun as it sets.“
STAFF PICK: She Dances Anyway, Nora H.
“This is Kiersten. Her beloved dance studio was shut down and the recital she was starring in cancelled because of COVID. But she keeps dancing. She records dances in her backyard to songs like “Six Feet Apart.” She and I dance in the rain together and throw rocks into the river because we’re so angry at the way our lives have been put on pause. She dances in public parks with a mask. Because this is her art. And it is what matters most to her.”
WINNER: Bobcat Neighbor, Robert Trafford
“This fellow sat outside my just slider and just stared.“
STAFF PICK: Serinity, Sofia A.
“Bird on the dock at Cozumel Island“
WINNER: Summer Croquet at Hill-Stead, David Ciriello
“Our son and a friendly pup played and danced the night away under the sun as we played croquet and caught the sunset.”
STAFF PICK: Bronx Sprinkler, Barbara O.
“Summer in the city..near Yankee Stadium“
WINNER: Tulips in the Sunken Garden, Rachael Ann
“Hill-Stead Museum and Sunken Garden, July 2019. Shot in the infrared range of light.”
STAFF PICK: Brighter Days, Emi Z.
“As I wandered the sunflower maze with my friend after the hurricane, we noticed many of the sunflowers had been pushed over. This one however, stood tall and upright. It’s a great reminder of staying strong, positive and bright even when things in the world are dark and difficult. There are always brighter days ahead.”