Photo festival finds young talent

INDIAN LAKE - High school student at Indian Lake Central School, Alyssa Cuthbert was the youngest winner in the first ever Community Photo Festival at the Indian Lake Theater.

Cuthbert accepted her award for best close-up on Oct. 18 and was joined by 42 other locals who submitted nature photos for review. The festival was hosted by former Indian Lake resident and professional photographer Bill Killon.

The Indian Lake Theater opened its doors to over 70 community members who came to meet Killon and to celebrate the local photography talent drawn by the competition.

Killon provided feedback on each photo he selected and presented examples of his own work, pointing out the joys and challenges of nature photography. He concluded the evening with a slideshow of all 173 submitted photographs.

"This show was really about the talent of people right here in Indian Lake and surrounding communities," said Killon. "I grew up here, and I know the talent that exists here. The festival, with the easy on-line submissions and the unique format of exhibiting photographs on the large movie screen, was good encouragement to local photographers to keep shooting and keep sharing their pictures."

Photos were submitted from artists from varying ages and levels of experience. Despite her age, Cuthbert impressed Killon and spectators alike with her talent.

"Alyssa's close-up is a terrific photo," said program designer Ben Strader. "Her image just draws you in, and you can't help but appreciate her talent and attention to the world around her."

The Indian Lake Theater was honored to have the opportunity to invite Killon back to Indian Lake and feature him as a reviewer.

"Bill was the perfect person to help everyone learn to appreciate the techniques behind taking a great photograph," said Strader.

Others who received prizes were Ryan Leddick for best abstract photo, Dave and Judy Garrison for best wildlife image, Bruce Lomnitzer for best cloud image, Sherry Nemmers for best landscape, and Robert Neusel won best in show.

The Indian Lake Theater will be hosting a second photo festival on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 pm. The show, "People", will be hosted and curated by Dr. Daniel Way, author of the Adirondack book of portraits, "All in a Day's Work."

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