Lens Crafters

Winners of our 2013 photography contest

Grand-prize winner: "Great Blue Herons," Wilmington

By Howard Arndt, Amherst, New Hampshire

First-place landscape: Detail of "Misty Morning Sunrise," Raquette Lake

By Karl Fisher, Cary, North Carolina

Second-place landscape: "Ausable Reflection," Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

By Ron Nolland, Plattsburgh, New York

Third-place landscape: "Adirondack Tracks," between Saranac Lake and Ray Brook

By Travis MacDonald, Massena, New York

First-place wildlife: "Heart Lake Trail Hiker"

By Mandy Applin, Pittsford, New York

Second-place wildlife: "Fox cubs, Sabattis Road, town of Long Lake

By Pat McGuire, Hyattsville, Maryland

Third-place wildlife: "Buck in Fog," Bloomingdale

By Nicholas Palmieri, Linden, New Jersey

First-place macro: "Forest Floor at Fly Pond," town of Webb

By Timothy Wilson, Rochester, New York

Second-place macro: "Frosty Fern Pattern," near Browns Tract Pond

By Lee A. Drake, East Bloomfield, New York

First-place black & white: "East Branch Falls," Keene Valley

By Dean Cobin, Nanuet, New York

Second-place black & white: Detail of "Pristine," Buttermilk Falls, near Long Lake

By Rick Tyrseck, Danbury, Connecticut

Third-place black & white: "Face-to-Face," Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center, Wilmington

By Brenda Dadds-Woodward, Dannemora, New York

First-place recreation: "Summer's Last," Friends Lake

By Brooke Garrow Marchand, Yorktown, Virginia

Second-place recreation: "Passage on First Pond," Harrietstown

By Philip Ashwood, Calcium, New York

Third-place recreation: "White Water," Beaver River, just below Moshier Reservoir

By Ed Williams, Remsen, New York

More than just a pack of pretty pictures, this year’s avalanche of entries made us dizzy with their evocative settings and moods, from the last gasp of a late-summer afternoon to the roar of ice-rimed falls to an intimate peek at the forest floor.

To help sort it out we recruited Adirondack Life contributing photographer Lisa Godfrey as guest judge. Godfrey, who splits her time be­tween the Philadelphia area and her Adirondack base in Wilmington, says the most successful photographs transport viewers to a landscape, an emotion, a “neat little moment of time in the Adirondacks.”

It took Howard Arndt, of Amherst, New Hampshire, days of staking out a nestful of great blue herons along the Ausable River in Wilmington to capture his grand-prize winning moment. Finally, he was “in the right spot, with the right light” as the hungry siblings anticipated their parent’s return. “Sometimes patience pays off,” he says.

First- through third-place honorees receive a commemorative piece of pottery by Sue Young, of Jay. In addition, the grand-prize winner gets free admission to this fall’s Adirondack Photography Weekend with Adirondack Life workshop, in Lake Placid, sponsored by the Adi­rondack Photography Institute (

See a sampling of Lisa Godfrey’s work at