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The Pomperaug River
Watershed Coalition Inc.
39 Sherman Hill Road
Suite 103 C
Woodbury, CT 06798

Phone: 203.263.0076
Len DeJong, Exec. Dir.
Carol Haskins, Outreach
Anne Urkawich, Admin.
tenth anniversary

Pomperaug Photography Contest & Exhibition

Walace Nutting's historic photograph of the Pomperaug

Wallace Nutting Postcard: Pomperaug Banks
(Can you help us find out where this spot is on the Pomperaug?)

To raise awareness and appreciation of the rivers that serve our towns, the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition is sponsoring a photography contest that will feature scenes from the rivers in our watershed – the Pomperaug, Nonewaug and the Weekeepeemee and their tributaries.

The Contest.  The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, is sponsoring a “Four Seasons of the Pomperaug” Photography Contest.  Professional and amateur  photographers are invited to submit photographs of the Pomperaug River in any or all of the four seasons of the year. Photographs of the river are encouraged in a variety of categories such as: one photo in any season; photos of all seasons;  shots of the same location in different seasons; general river images; photos of people and/or animals and the river.  Contestants will be divided into three categories: Adult, Teen, and Child.

Exhibition.  Selected photos will be displayed in an exhibit at Good News Café in Woodbury.  The exhibition will open on May 12, 2010, with an Opening Reception on May 16 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM, and will be on display through July 12, 2010.  Winning photos will be announced on June 19 at a benefit event for PRWC.  The Coalition also plans to use the winning photos in various fund-raising presentations including a calendar.

Jurors.  Five judges will evaluate the photo entries:

  • Robert Crawford, the well-known Woodbury artist and illustrator
  • George Arthur of New Canaan, Design Director for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine 
  • Paul Doyle of Oxford, a former military photographer who also worked for several years with Ezra Stoller, the world-famous architectural photographer
  • Jeff Nisly, manager of the RITZ Camera Store in the Southbury Plaza shopping center.
  • Carole Winer, owner of The Country Loft and has experience styling for professionals who shoot magazine and books for the interior design trade.  Carole graduated from Parson's and enjoyed many photography courses for her design profession.

Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Participants. 31 photographers participated in this year's contest and together submitted over 100 images. Thirteen photographs were named "Best" in 11 different categories. The results are:

Best in Show
Dennis Yates – Fishing the Weekeepeemee

Best General River Scenery
(3-Way Tie)
W. Scott Peterson – Ascendants
Tom Zissu – The Mill at Pomperaug Village
Chris Ford – The River in the Woods

Best Four Seasons
Linda Casper – Four Seasons of Nonnewaug Falls

Best Four Seasons (Teen)
Leora Matison – Four Seasons of the Pomperaug

Best Spring Photograph
David Clark – River Trail to the Barn

Best Summer Photograph
Adele S. Taylor – Bridge Over Calm Water

Best Winter Photograph
Jan Sansevera – Icy Falls

Best Fall Photograph
Debra C. Camejo – Fall Colors over River Boulder

Best People or Animals
Bob Donofrio – Geese on the Bank

Best People or Animals (Child)
Sierra Sutherland – Ginger on a Pomperaug Inlet

Best Use of Color
Bob Donofrio – Nonnewaug Falls

Honorable Mentions
General River Scenery
Charles Batchelder – The Bent
Dennis Yates – The Confluence
Debra C. Camejo – Hawk

People and Animals
Shawna Casper – Nonnewaug River and Storm
 Barbara Kokenos – Girl on River Bank

Anne Delo
Ashley Lefebvre
Bonnie Stephens
Diane Horton
Harvey Forman
Helen Hanlon
Horton, Robert
I. Duncan Sellars
Jan Sansevera
Joel Cook
John Munno
Karen Reddington-Hughes
Michael Oppenheimer
Ron Webb
Sarah Zahran
Sue Patrick
Sydney Sledziesksi


For further details contact:  Duncan C. Stephens at 203-266-4009; dstephens02@earthlink.net  or Carol Haskins at the PRWC office at 203-267-1700.

Thanks to our sponsors. The Ritz Camera store in Southbury Shopping Plaza is sponsoring the contest and have agreed to serve as a collection point for entries, provide advice and help in meeting the entry specifications. Thanks to Koenig Art Emporium, who will mount winning photographs for display. Thanks to Good News Café for exhibiting the best images.

Click here for some great photos of the rivers by Richard Hayward.
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