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Lake Placid Institute announces winners of student photography contest

First place: “My Brother” (Provided photo — Brooklyn Mayberry)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Institute announced the winners of its annual student photography contest.

“24 Hours: A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks” is open to all high school students living or studying in the Adirondack region. Submissions may be color or black-and-white, and must be shot within the Adirondacks, with no restrictions on subject matter.

This year, the Institute received 111 submissions from 60 students from 11 schools.

Brooklyn Mayberry (grade 12, Lake Placid High School) received first place for his photo entitled “My Brother.”

Marley Levenson (grade 12, Lake Placid High School) won second place for “Haunting of Heaven Hill.”

Second place: “Haunting of Heaven Hill” (Provided photo — Marley Levenson)

Third place was awarded to Nate Lucia (grade 11, The Kings High School) for “The Web of Life.”

Three photographers received honorable mention, selected by the Juror: Jacob Mayberry (grade 9, Lake Placid High School) for “The Battle”; Emma Adragna (grade 11, Lake Placid High School) for “Cotton Candy Sky,” and Sydney Leeret (grade 11, Saranac Lake High School) for “In the Clouds.”

This year’s contest was judged by Robert ParkeHarrison, professor of photography at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

“Beauty and wonder are clearly evident in the diverse photographs submitted from students around our region,” said ParkeHarrison. “I enjoyed seeing how the students studied the landscape in the Adirondack Park as well as their own inner landscape of the imagination.”

In addition to the six winners, 25 photographs were named as favorites by the Lake Placid Institute’s board of directors. All 31 selected photos will be exhibited virtually on the Lake Placid Institute’s Facebook page and website, lakeplacidinstitute.org. In April, the Institute will publish the selected photos in a booklet for the winners, along with the photographers’ essays describing their vision and inspiration. They will also be included in the High School Art Show sponsored by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, which can be viewed at lakeplacidarts.org from March 5 to April 10.

Third place: “The Web of Life” (Provided photo — Nate Lucia)

The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities celebrates the Adirondack region’s rich cultural heritage. The Institute is a platform for world-class artists and thinkers to present their work and share their ideas, while providing residents, visitors, and students the opportunity for cultural and intellectual enrichment. In addition to the photography contest, the Institute sponsors an annual poetry contest and a film competition for students.

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