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HUDSON -- Visitors to Hudson's parks may want to bring their cameras along the next time they hit the trails. They might just capture the winning photo in the Friends of Hudson Parks 2014 photo contest.
Photo submissions should feature scenes from any of Hudson's parks. The subject matter may include various activities, seasons, people, flora, fauna and other natural subjects. Last year's inaugural photo contest was so well received that there will be two sessions in 2014. The deadline for the first session is May 31. The second session will run from June 1 through Oct. 31.
Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit photos. Teachers who want their classes to participate are especially welcome. Gift certificates will be awarded for the top photo by an adult and the best student submission for each session. Winners will be announced on the Friends website www.friendsofhudsonparks.org within three weeks after the end of each session.
Friends' treasurer Stratford Dick manages the photo contest and the photo gallery on the website. He said some of the benefits for photographers include recognition for the winners but also the chance for all participants to have their photos featured on the gallery and elsewhere. "It's also a wonderful way to be a virtual ambassador for the parks, showing off to the broader community all of the interesting things the parks offer," Dick added. "It allows people to demonstrate what the parks mean to each of them personally."
Photographers may submit digital photo files on the website at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org/upload. The same location also includes complete contest details, instructions and terms of agreement.
The Friends of Hudson Parks recently announced the winners of their first annual photo contest. Photos submitted by Tim Naujoks, Erin Schmidt, Ron Zendarksi and student winner Brendon Mulcahey were selected as the best of many outstanding photos received. Award winners were presented gift certificates from Appalachian Outfitters and Vertical Runner.
The winning photos and a gallery of other photos submitted may be viewed on the Friends' website at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org. Click on the "Gallery" link.
In order to be eligible, photos were to feature scenes from Hudson's park locations. "We think this is a great way to showcase Hudson's parks and the talents of area photographers at the same time," said Friends' president Phil Mikita. Details of the 2014 photo contest will be announced soon.
The Friends of Hudson Parks organization actively supports the mission of the Hudson Parks through volunteerism, advocacy, promotion and fund raising. Friends of Hudson Parks is a component fund of Hudson Community Foundation.