The 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.”
There 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.
The 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.