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Amateurs snap Laurel Highlands' treasures for 10th annual photo contest

Submitted - Josiah Brown of Ashland, Tenn., captured this moment along Fisher Road in Jennerstown.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div> Josiah Brown of Ashland, Tenn., captured this moment along Fisher Road in  Jennerstown.
Submitted - Kurt Miller of Pittsburgh captured this photo of Fallingwater in Mill Run.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div> Kurt Miller of Pittsburgh captured this photo of Fallingwater in Mill Run.
Submitted - Ron Bruner of Rockwood snapped an image of Somerset Historical Center in Lincoln Township.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Ron Bruner of Rockwood snapped an image of  Somerset Historical Center in Lincoln Township.
- Brenda Schwartz of Hidden Valley took a first-place award with this photo of Donegal Lake in Donegal Township.
Brenda Schwartz of Hidden Valley took a first-place award with this photo of Donegal Lake in Donegal Township.
Submitted - Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley, with this photo of Living Treasures Animal Park near Jones Mills.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley, with this photo of Living Treasures Animal Park near Jones Mills.
Submitted - Another first-place winner was Charlotte Pletcher of Somerset with this photo of Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Another first-place winner was Charlotte Pletcher of Somerset with this photo of Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County.
Submitted - Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Jodi Brougher, Somerset, with this photo of children in Rockwood.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was  Jodi Brougher, Somerset, with this photo of children in Rockwood.
Submitted - Honorable mention in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Curt Beal, Connellsville, with this photo of Bluestone Quarry, Dunbar Township.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Honorable mention in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Curt Beal, Connellsville, with this photo of Bluestone Quarry, Dunbar Township.
Submitted - Honorable mention in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Jodie Cruse, Quarryville, with this photo of Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Honorable mention in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Jodie Cruse, Quarryville, with this photo of Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township.
Submitted - Second place in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Brad Fisher of Jennerstown with this photo of Fort Ligonier in Ligoner.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Second place in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Brad Fisher of Jennerstown with this photo of Fort Ligonier in Ligoner.
Submitted - Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Rusty Glessner, State College, with this photo of Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in New Centerville.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Honorable mention in the people and animals category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Rusty Glessner, State College, with this photo of Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in New Centerville.
submitted - Third place in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Clare Kaczmarek, Latrobe, with this photo of Rolling Rock Farms in Ligonier Township.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>submitted</em></div>Third place in the landscapes and attractions category in the 10th photo contest sponsored by the The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau was Clare Kaczmarek, Latrobe, with this photo of Rolling Rock Farms in Ligonier Township.
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The work of amateur photographers in the Laurel Highlands shows familiarity and pride, said Autumn Stankay, who for the first time helped judge the 10th annual photo contest sponsored by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

“There were areas I've never seen before,” said Stankay, who owns Skysight Photography in Greensburg. “It wasn't just the typical views you see of the Laurel Highlands, it was really integrated.”

Photos of Donegal Lake in Donegal Township and the Walter's Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset Township bested 860 digital entries to be named the top winners in the contest.

“The adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words' couldn't be more true when I look at the photo contest entries,” said Julie Donovan, vice president of public relations for the bureau. “These photos are inspiring and beautifully represent the region's natural landscape and fun places to visit.”

Winners of the people and animals category are:

First place: Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley, photo of Donegal Lake in Donegal Township;

Second place: Brad Fisher, Jennerstown, photo of Fort Ligonier in Ligonier;

Third place: Josiah Brown, Ashland, Tenn., photo of Fisher Road, Jennerstown;

Honorable mentions: Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley, photo of Living Treasures Animal Park near Jones Mills; Jodi Brougher, Somerset, photo of children in Rockwood; Rusty Glessner, State College, photo of Farmers and Threshermans Jubilee in New Centerville.

Winners of the landscapes and attractions category are:

First place: Charlotte Pletcher, Somerset, photo of Walter's Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset Township;

Second place: Kurt Miller, Pittsburgh, photo of Fallingwater in Mill Run;

Third place: Clare Kaczmarek, Latrobe, photo of Rolling Rock Farms in Ligonier Township;

Honorable mentions: Jodie Cruse, Quarryville, photo of Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township; Curt Beal, Connellsville, photo of Bluestone Quarry, Dunbar Township; Ron Bruner, Rockwood, photo of Somerset Historical Center in Lincoln Township.

Kaczmarek, of Unity, submitted her third-place winning photo depicting a snowy morning with blue skies framed by the Laurel mountains and a Rolling Rock Farms fence.

“I really liked the depth of field that I got in that image,” she said. “It was a pretty interesting morning.”

She originally took about 200 photos, including that image, for a Ligonier Chamber of Commerce calendar contest, but ended up not liking them until about a year later.

A member of the Westmoreland Photographers Society, Kaczmarek first took up photography 20 years ago, then rediscovered it just four years ago.

Her second year as an entrant, Kaczmarek said she was surprised to be chosen, but said the region lends itself to picturesque images.

“I think anybody who is into the outdoors would have to agree, this is just a beautiful place to live,” she said.

Judges for the contest were: Nikki Kruse of Ohiopyle Adventure Photography, Christie Black of Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Stankay and visitors bureau staff members.

Donovan said the photo contest was started in 2003 to increase the bureau's photo library and for marketing purposes.

“The contest has enabled the marketing team to use authentic Laurel Highlands places and landscapes in our consumer ads, annual destination guide and on www.laurelhighlands.org ,” Donovan said. “For example, the cover of the 2013 Laurel Highlands Destination Guide was a 2012 photo contest entry.”

The photos are used on pieces distributed to partners and stakeholders, such as the group's annual report and membership benefits guide, and well as traditional advertising campaigns, including billboards and print ads.

They also will be used for digital marketing, including online banner ads and consumer e-newsletters, and throughout the visitors bureau website.

The photos are on exhibit through Sunday in the lobby at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and in the Gallery at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. All of the winning photos can be viewed online at www.laurelhighlands.org/photocontest.

Staff editor Deborah A. Brehun contributed to this report. Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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