PITTSFIELD -- After receiving more than 1,000 submissions from over 95 applicants, Qualprint has selected 12 individuals as winners of the 30th annual "A Closer Look at the Berkshires" calendar photo contest.
The top 12 winners, along with honorable mentions and a special "Around the Berkshires" section of entries, will be published in Qualprint's 2014 calendar. This is the calendar's 30th year of production.
The first place prize of $250 was awarded to Jane McWhorter, of Great Barrington, for her image of a railroad train in Hancock. McWhorter also received a runner-up award for one of her additional submissions. Mary Ellen Foster, of Alford, received the second place prize of $200 for her image of frost and a sunrise in Alford. Mark Bowie, of Pittsfield, received the third place prize of $150 for his image of Hancock Shaker Village's round stone barn and a winter night sky. Bowie also received a runner-up award for one of his additional submissions.
Nancy Choquette, of Savoy, and Richard Hoebel, of Lenox Dale, received runner-up awards for two of the images they submitted. Steve Blanchard and Bud Deyo, of West Stockbridge, and Jan Paxton, of Washington, also received runner-up awards.
Seventeen contestants received honorable mention and will also be featured in the 2014 calendar. They include Patrick Barry, of Pittsfield; Christy Butler, of Cheshire; Jerry Christopher, of Lanesborough; Courtney Hatch, of Alford; Sheena Hatch, of West Stockbridge; Linda Lambert, of Pittsfield; Tim Little, of East Falmouth; Bill Madden, of Williamstown; Paul Perachi, of Pittsfield; Scott Robinson, of Lenox; Karen Sargent, of Pittsfield; and Anne L. White, of Pittsfield. Bowie, Choquette, Deyo, Foster and McWhorter also had images featured as honorable mentions.
Another 28 local contestants received recognition in the unique "Around the Berkshires" section of the 2014 calendar. They include: Cindy Golin, of Pittsfield; Tracy Goodrich, of Pittsfield; Marianne Hall, of Pittsfield; Keith Ives, of Great Barrington; Mary Leocini, of Pittsfield; John MacGruer, of Great Barrington; Leo W. Mahoney, of Lenox; John Marran, of Adams; Hannah McIntosh, of Pittsfield; Debra Pavin, of Readsboro, Vt.
The other honorees are: Ruth M. Pierce, of Cheshire; Jane Pytko, of Washington; Cathy Saunders, of Pittsfield; Debbie Storie, of Lanesborough; Jackie Tripicco, of Pittsfield; Harold Ware, of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; Ken Whitestone, of Dalton; Bob Wiley, of Williamstown; and Patricia Zucco, of Great Barrington. Bowie, Butler, Choquette, Christopher, Little, Madden, McWhorter, White and Paxton also have images that will appear in this section.
Applications for the 2015 Calendar Contest will be available in January 2014.
For more information about the annual "A Closer Look at the Berkshires" calendar photo contest, contact Audrey Procopio, director of marketing and human resources, at (413) 442-4166, ext. 119, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.