LPCS students among photo contest winners

LAKE PLACID - Three shutterbugs at Lake Placid Middle-High School are having their photos of life in the Adirondacks featured in a major exhibit.

The Lake Placid Institute for Arts and Humanities recently announced the winners of a photography contest entitled "24 Hours - A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks."

Photos by Kristy Siegle, Chrystine Ellis, and Jamie Ness, three students in Sandy Payne's Photography class at Lake Placid Middle-High School, were among those chosen for the exhibit.

High school students in the Adirondack region and surrounding areas were invited to participate in a visual interpretation of their surroundings by submitting photographs representing any hour of a day during any week from April 15, 2008 through April 15, 2009 in the Adirondack Park.

Each submission was accompanied by a short written explanation describing the photographer's mindset or intention. Judges selected works for an exhibit meant to represent all 24 hours in a day in the Adirondacks.

Winners of this competition are offered the opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop with Todd Smith, an avid photographer and instructor of digital photography at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake. Scholarships for these workshops are provided by 511 Gallery, located on Main Street in Lake Placid.

Judges for this year's competition included Aaron Hobson, a local photographer who has had solo exhibits in New York City, Los Angeles, and London; Todd Smith, a local photographer and owner of 7444 Gallery, a progressive arts gallery in Saranac Lake; and Janice Thomas of the Lake Placid Institute. Altogether 31 photos by 25 different students were selected.

All three photos by the Lake Placid students were taken in and around Lake Placid.

The selected photos are currently on display at the North Elba/Lake Placid Historical Museum and will remain until July 12. A May 29 reception is scheduled there from 4-6 p.m.

From July 14 until Aug. 31 the photos will be exhibited at the Adirondack Lakes Center of Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

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