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Essex County photographers searched out the best and most beautiful locations for their award-winning submissions to this year’s Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest. Sponsored by Essex Heritage and Hunt’s Photo and Video, the contest winners were announced this week and will be presented with their awards on January 20, 2011 at 5:30pm at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem.

Now In its 4th year, the Essex Heritage Photo Contest drew more entries than any of the previous years, with over 200 images submitted by 70 photographers. Rocky coasts & harbors, farms & forests, historic routes and trails, all photographs were taken in the Essex National Heritage Area and represent one of four contest categories: “Essex Heritage Scenic Byway”, “Four Seasons”, “People”, or “Essex Heritage Events” and all showcase our distinctive regional heritage.

Winning images were selected by a panel of judges that included representatives from Essex Heritage, the National Park Service, and Hunt’s Photo & Video. The Grand Prize Winner was Rod Parker, of Salem, for his photograph taken over the Labor Day Weekend at a Friendship Sails event, entitled. “Full Sails at Sea”.

The additional winners, by category are:

Category: Essex Heritage Scenic Byway:

1st Prize: David Stone of Ipswich, “Red Barn”, Appleton Farms, Ipswich

2nd Prize: Emily Mitchell of Gloucester, “Annisquam Lighthouse”, Gloucester

3rd Prize: Gregg Mazzotta of Stoneham, “Fireworks”, Lynn

Category: Four Seasons

1st Prize: Adrian Scholes of Bradford, “Essex Fall Woodland”, Newbury

2nd Prize: Marion J. Bayly of Speculator, NY, “Little’s Lane”, Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, Newbury

3rd Prize: Suzanne M. DeGeorge of Newburyport, “First Snow”, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Category: People

1st Prize: June Rhodes of Marblehead, “Beginning of Pinky Ardelle”, Burnham Boat Yard, Essex

2nd Prize: Geordie Vining of Newburyport, “Bicycling the Clipper City Rail Trail”, Newburyport 3rd Prize: Anthony Spittler of Spring Grove, IL, “Explore Annisquam Light”, Gloucester

Category: Essex Heritage Events

1st Prize: Steve Harrington of Salem, “Lowell’s Boat Shop Dock”, Amesbury during Trails & Sails

2nd Prize: Nancy Shaw of Gloucester, “The Missing Muse”,Crane Estate, Ipswich during Trails & Sails

* 3rd Prize: Debra Lynne DeLorenzo-Geary of Salem, “I Need a Shave!”, Endicott Park, Danvers at a Photo Safari

Winning submissions to the 2010 Essex Heritage Photo Contest are viewable online at and will be exhibited for one year at the National Park Service Regional Visitor Center in Salem. The printing for the exhibit was generously provided by the Dorian Color of Arlington, MA. Prizes for the Essex Heritage Photo Contest are generously contributed by Hunt’s Photo & Video and the National Park Service. Sponsored by Essex Heritage and Hunt’s Photo & Video, the contest reflects the beauty and celebrates the unique landscapes of our Heritage Area.

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