Stuart Hutchins of Westport, won the People’s Choice award in the scenic category with “Champlain Sunrise” taken from the boat launch just as the sun came over the Green Mountains. An orange halo in the sky illuminates a pink and purple Lake Champlain with a lone duck swimming in the foreground.
Katherine Clark, who lived in Westport for two years, won first prize in the Towns and Villages category for the photo of her friend, Marie, walking in front of the mural by the Westport-Chazy Phone Company.
CATS held the photo contest, along with the previous travel writing contests with the purpose of promoting economic vitality through outdoor recreation based tourism.
“People research vacation destinations online, so as they look into visiting the northeast, we want them to see articles and pictures about New York’s Champlain Valley and get inspired to come here, enjoy the outdoors, patronize local businesses, and tell others about this beautiful area,” Maron said. “We thank all those who entered the contest and thank the J.C. Kellogg Foundation for underwriting this contest.”
The winning and runners-up photos can be seen at www.champlainareatrails.com.