Park announces winners of 5th anniversary photo contest

1AWARD Ariel SunsetThe Foundation Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the winners of its Ariel-Foundation Park 5th Anniversary Photo Contest. Jurors included Bill Ernst, art photographer; Carol Shurlow, photographer and long-time friend of the park; and Joshua Morrison, photographer for the Mount Vernon News. View all entries here...

“I was excited to see submissions not just from Knox County but from people all over Ohio,” said Marketing Director Carrie Haver. “The wonderful variety of images captured natural beauty, history, important events and even humor at the park. I was impressed with the overall quality and care people put into their entries.”

1AWARD Always Look UpThere were a total of 31 submissions in the Adult category (age 18 and over). “Ariel Sunrise” by Victoria Winningham of Newark received Adult Best in Show, a $250 prize; “Aiming for the Moon!” by Tom Blackford of Fredericktown received Adult Second Place.

There were three submissions in the Youth category (age 17 and under). “Always Look Up” by Nola Watkins received Youth Best in Show, a $100 prize; and “My Dad at Sunset” by William Stokes of Walhonding received Youth Second Place.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to “Bridging the Seasons” by Rachel Blevins of Fredericktown, “Into the Light” by Laurie Stickney of Urbana, “Blue Glass Filter” by Cherry Williams of Columbus and “On Golden Pond” by Kathleen Price of Danville.

2AWARD Aiming for the MoonThe park also showcased all of the entries in a Facebook album, allowing people to vote for their favorites and select the People’s Choice Award, which went to “Bridging the Seasons” by Blevins, and “Trees of Gold” by Blackford.

“It’s good to see so many people taking a profound interest in photography,” said juror Josh Morrison. “Everything at Ariel-Foundation Park, is a photo waiting to happen. From nature to art, from geese to metal sculptures, night or day, you’re not going to find a bad area to take a photo. The park is a great place for the amateur to the professional photographer to capture moments.”

Ariel-Foundation Park is a stunning 250-acre city park built on the former grounds of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory. It aims to be a world-class example of adaptive reuse and features several fascinating elements such as the Rastin Observation Tower, The Terraces, Tree of Life Labyrinth, River of Glass and three lakes for boating and fishing.


2AWARD My Dad at Sunset

Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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