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2016 Photo Contest Winners

See photos of the winning entries.

Animals

  • 1st Place - " SMILE!" - My horse Willow and I.
    Branch S-616 - Megan D’Andrea, Fowler, OH
  • 2nd Place (tie) - "Spider" - Spiders work done
    Branch S-185 - Janice Hritz, Beach Haven, NJ
  • 2nd Place (tie) - "Ozzie Peeling Corn" - Our dog, Ozzie loves to help peel corn. He actually peeled that one all by himself.
    Branch S-140 - Janel Tirpak, Summit Hill, PA
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "Praying for Prey" - American Bald Eagle
    Branch S-634 - Nancy Labecki, Woodruff, WI
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "My Buddy"
    Branch S-011 - Michael Semego, Munhall, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Brotherly Love" - Pittsburgh Zoo
    Branch S-250 - Adrienne Koncerak, Irwin, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Snow Day" - Ol' Shepp enjoying a roll in the snow
    Branch SZJO - Susan Chlysta, Ravenna, OH

Architecture

  • 1st Place (tie) - "lL Duomo Di Firenze" - Florence Italy Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flowers
  • 1st Place (tie) - "Casa al Mare" - Cinque Italy Seaside homes in the town of Rio Maggiore
    Branch S-522 - Gwendolyn Frank, Willoughby Hills, OH
    Gwendolyn Frank tied herself for 1st place. Both photos are being shown - however the contest rules state you can only win once - so she only received one prize.
  • 2nd Place - "Notre Dame Basilica" - Notre Dame, IN Inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
    Branch S-030 - Michael Williams, Powell, OH
  • 3rd Place - "Power House & Clock Tower" - Boldt’s Castle, Alexandria Bay, NY
    Branch S-088 - Thomas Oslick Sr., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Unused Lower Streetcar Level of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge" - Cleveland, OH - The level closed in 1955
    Branch S-525 - Paula Dalpiaz, Twinsburg, OH
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Hyde’s Mill" - Ridgeway, WI - One of the few mills still standing in Wisconsin
    Branch S-023 - Laurie Muffler, Oconomowoc, WI

FCSLA Activity

  • 1st Place - "Thank a Vet" - St Louis, MO - Veterans Day Brunch sponsored by Branch S-101. Lilian Lyons thanking her grandpa for his service during WWII.
    Branch S-101 - Joe Miklovic, St. Louis, MO

Miscellaneous Nature

  • 1st Place - "Autumn is on the Right Track" - Thendara, NY - View of engine changing ends of train for trip back on scenic train ride.
    Branch S-435 - Rita Foran, Endicotte, NY
  • 2nd Place - "Ice Caves" - Grand Island, MI
    Branch W-500 - Marie Knieper, New Lothrop, MI
  • 3rd Place - "Winter Grass" - Pittsburgh, PA
    Branch S-088 - Linda Oslick, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Hard at Work" - Brown County, IN - A couple of Bees hard at work.
    Branch S-452 - Diane Yoder, Whiting, IN
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Window to Life" - Seattle, WA Taken from inside Public Market out towards the Sound.
    Branch S-114 - Cheryl Deeks, Stow, OH

Lakes / Mountains / Waterfalls

  • 1st Place - "Moraine Lake" - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Branch S-522 - Virginia Summers, Hinckley, OH
  • 2nd Place - "Calving at Margerie Glacier" - Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Pieces of Margerie Glacier falling into Glacier Bay
    Branch W-077 - Jerry Vaca, Duncanville, TX
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "Mountainous Plateau & Valley" - Arches National Park, Utah This Plateau lies at the base of Arches National Park, a beautiful valley below with fencing detail - gorgeous, peaceful setting!
    Branch W-013 - Audrey Chromy, North Bend, NE
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "Feeding Time" - Mentor Lagoons, OH - My granddaughter was walking on the beach and found this driftwood "animal" and was "feeding it."
    Branch S-010 - Loretta Taggart, Mentor, OH
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Looking Out" - Mount Bethel, PA this photo was taken from within the archway of a pillar of a bridge
    Branch S-038 - Kristina Guth, Easton, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Almost Heaven" - Iceland Climbing a glacier the wind stopped for a brief minute and blue skies shown through.
    Branch S-011 - Cyrilla Bakey, Homestead, PA

Flower / Leaves / Trees

  • 1st Place - "Summer" - Vernon, WI - Summer comes around once a year; you gotta enjoy all the moments.
    Branch S-023 - Cassie Muffler, Oconomowoc, WI
  • 2nd Place - "A Resting Spot" - Williamsburg, VA - The gardens in Williamsburg were beautiful and provided a peaceful resting spot for visitors - animals and people, alike.
    Branch SZJO - Teresa Brinkley, North Richland Hills, TX
  • 3rd Place - "Beauty" - Elizabeth, PA - In my garden the tulip was so beautiful inside and out.
    Branch S-088 - Maryann Rossi, Elizabeth, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Reflections" - Giverny, France - Monet’s Waterlily Pond.
    Branch S-007 - Judy Taylor, Dayton, OH
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Butterfly in my Flowergarden" - Munhall, PA - This beautiful butterfly sat on the snowball bush for at least 15 minutes so I could take a picture.
    Branch S-011 - Anna Kostrej, Munhall, PA
  • Honorable Mention (tie) - "Field of Sunshine" - Cimarron, NM - Took this photo when we visited my brother at Philmont Scout Ranch while he was on a Boy Scout Backing Trip.
    Branch S-273 - Anne Sheard, Kenosha, WI

Skies / Sunsets / Tropical

  • 1st Place - "The Sun Saying Goodnight" - Ft. Meyers, FL
    Branch W-001 - Joyce Anderson, Prior Lake, WI
  • 2nd Place - "Palm Tree 'in' the Ocean" - Cook Island, South Pacific the Shadow of a palm tree in the ocean.
    Branch S-334 - Jill Allevato, Livonia, MI
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "Kissing Bumble Bees" - Albuquerque, NM - Two hot air balloons at the Annual Balloon Fest. So many balloons at one time—awesome festival!
    Branch S-090 - Marcel Szal, Inverness, FL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - " Harvest Skies" - Virginia, IL The sun was setting with breath taking colors.
    Branch S-006 - Angela Elzer, Marseilles, IL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - "Beauty of Hawaii" - Maui, Hawaii Taken on her honeymoon a sunset on Komanapalli Beach.
    Branch S-452 - Amy Bishop, Highland, IN
  • Honorable Mention - "Sky Feather" - Fenwick Island, DE
    Branch S-343 - Thomas Valko Sr, Brunswick, OH

Overall Best Photo

This category was created after seeing some great photos that did not win in their category. When we looked at the photos some of them just had this AWE to them and we wanted to give them another chance to win.

  • "Arch Framed Cloud" - Moab, Utah - I waited for the cloud to center itself before taking the photo.
    Branch W-001 - Luke Siskoff, Shakopee, MN

There were 10 entries that won in their respective categories. However due to the contest rules a member could submit up to 3 photos, but they could only win once. I wanted to share the photos. Enjoy!

  1. "Unspoiled Beauty" - Mirror Lake, Anchorage, Alaska - Cyrilla Bakey
  2. "Beauty of Hawaii" - Maui, Hawaii - Amy Bishop
  3. "Winer Playtime" - Fowler, OH - Megan D’Andrea
  4. "Wyoming Wonders" - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - Angela Elzer
  5. "Adirondack Splendor" - Thendara, NY - Rita Foran
  6. "Danville Mill" - Danville Mill, WI - Cassie Muffler
  7. "Reflections of Zion Church" - Oconomowoc, WI - Laurie Muffler
  8. "Peace on the Lake" - Chautauqua, NY - Linda Oslick
  9. "Morning Whisper" - Wabeno, WI - Ann Sheard
  10. "Window To The World" - Les Andelys, France - Judy Taylor

See photos of the winning entries.

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