Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle
In a highly competitive selection process, the residents of Cavendish chose twelve monthly illustrations for the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s 2010 Cavendish calendar, and a panel of professional judges selected prize winners in several age categories. This year's Cavendish photo contest was spectacular. There were over 30 entries and all showed great talent.
The winners of the judged contest are as follows. In the age 5 to 12 category the winner is Allyssa Ripley with Mathew Palmer as the runner-up. The age 13-18 group winner is Chris Palmer with Sonja Skalecki as the runner-up. In the adult category, Sandra Russo took first prize with "The Stand-off" (see above). The winner of the Best in Show Award is Salvatore Campofranco with his photo, “The Ham” (see below).
In the community voting the following individuals were selected to have their photos published as 2010 Cavendish calendar selections, although many voters commented on the difficulty of the task, given the wonderful selection of photographs to choose from:
January – Wendy Regier; February – Ginger Wilk; March – Jackie Hubbard; April – Jon Owens; May – Martha Mott; June – Ellen Parrish; July – Sandra Russo; August – Mathew Palmer; September – Gail Verheyen; October – Richard Svec; November – Svetlana Phillips; December – Hans Schrag. The cover photo for this calendar was taken by Winston Churchill, and entitled, “Owl in Owens Yard”.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to the judges for their keen eyes and expertise. If you want to view the winning photos, they will be displayed in the Cavendish town offices through the next year. The calendar is made possible by local business sponsors and by the CCCA. Sponsors include Castle Hill Resort and Spa; Commercial Radio; Timothy Mott, Builder; Beacon Pest Control and Chimney Care; RDB Marketing; The Village Clipper; Cavendish Game Birds; Cavendish Canine Camp; Six Loose Ladies; The Cavendish Solar Store; Chittenden Bank; Raymond James Financial; Singleton's Store; Mack Molding; Mary Ormrod's Feldenkrais; and Crows Bakery.
There was some confusion expressed this year about whether the photos were supposed to be just landscape or whether they could include people and animals. We desire photos showing our landscape in its great variety, but they may include animals, buildings and people. Calendars will be available for purchase in the fall. For more information call Robin Timko at 226-7736.