Winners of the 2018 Northern New England Journey Photo Contest

AAA members prove that the tri-state region of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont is fertile ground for photographic beauty
Although the fourth Northern New England Journey photo contest opened its subject parameters to all 50 states, only one of the finalists captured a location from outside of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. If that number increases in the future, great. If not, it doesn’t matter: Our members proved once again that there’s more than enough beauty in the tri-state region to operate a fine competition, putting our judges to the traditional test. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to those whose work appears on the following pages.
Orkin photo

1st Place: Fredrick Orkin, a 55-year member from Grantham, New Hampshire: The Tarn. 

"I’m a 75-year-old retired academic physician who has been an ardent photo hobbyist since childhood.  Although I’ve had other photos published, this is only the second time I’ve received a prize for one; Billy the Goat, captured at the Bronx Zoo, won an honorable mention from Junior Natural History Magazine in 1950. This photo occurred at the last stop on a five-day Acadia National Park photo workshop led by nature and landscape photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry. I had cajoled my Bowdoin College Class of 1964 roommate, David Cohen, to join me. The Tarn is a pond in a glacially carved valley between Dorr and Cadillac mountains, about 3 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island. Midmorning sun had risen sufficiently to light the water and cause reflections of the fall foliage as well as the rich color in adjacent reeds.” Taken with FujiFilm X-T2.


2nd Place: Frank Easton, 19-year member from Corinth, Vermont: Bridge to Nowhere

"Since my retirement in 2016, I have enjoyed traveling around the country to take scenic and wildlife photos with my college friend Chuck Maranhas, a consummate photographer, and my dog, an Australian shepherd named Gem. The A.M. Foster Covered Bridge spans a small pond on a hilltop in Cabot Plains, Vermont. The elevation, combined with being surrounded on all sides by very large, wide-open fields with no power lines and limited traffic, yields breathtaking 360-degree views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks, resulting in spectacular shots of sunsets, sunrises, and the moon or night sky. I created this image by merging two photographs: one focused on the bright sunset, the other on the darker foreground.” Taken with a Canon EOS 6D.


3rd Place: Jesse MacDonald, 20-year member from Gray, Maine: Sea Smoke at Spring Point   

"This was the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph sea smoke since  jumping into the world of landscape photography. When my friend and I arrived at the frigid Spring Point Breakwater in South Portland, it was between minus 10 degrees and minus 15 degrees with wind. Although both of us were horribly unprepared for this level of cold, we stuck it out and waited for a break in the smoke to see the lighthouse.” Taken with a Nikon D810.

Honorable Mention
Nubble Lighthouse

Ronald Grant, 16-year member from Seabrook, New Hampshire: Nubble Lighthouse

"I have visited Nubble Lighthouse [in York, Maine] many times, but never early in the morning. I thought it would look nice under the stars. For my first attempt at doing star photos, it was about 18 degrees with a cold wind that felt like 0 degrees. I had to keep going back to the car to get warm." Taken with a Canon EOS 6D.

Sleepy Hollow Farm, Woodstock, Vermont

John Lee, 20-year member, Nashua, New Hampshire: 'Fall 2017, Vermont'

"My wife and I were traveling to Stowe, Vermont, in late October 2017 to take fall photos; a friend of ours recommended that we visit Sleepy Hollow Farm in Woodstock, Vermont, an icon of fall foliage in Vermont.” Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pemaquid Lighthouse

Dave Yeiter, 14-year member, Rindge, New Hampshire: 'Pemaquid Light'

The photographer in the picture was standing right in the spot where I needed to be to get a shot of the sunrise and the [Pemaquid Point] Lighthouse. I was a bit surprised later by how much I liked having him in the composition.” Taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro1.

Portland Head Light

Darylann Leonard, 12-year member, Waterford, Maine: 'Fresh Blanket of Snow'

After a storm brought several inches [of snow] overnight, we headed out to photograph Portland Head Light [in Cape Elizabeth, Maine]. I noticed the sky was beginning to break, so I quickly made my way through the snow hoping to catch first light as it hit land. It was a beautiful moment.” Taken with a Sony a7R II.

Burlington Bay Lighthouse

James Benoit, 15-year member, Burlington, Vermont: 'Burlington Bay Lighthouse'

"This is a view overlooking Lake Champlain’s Burlington Bay and the partially obscured mountains of upstate New York. I was drawn to it by the unusual cloud formations in the sky and on the opposite shore of the lake, as well as the reflections in the calm water.” Taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50.

Farm, Falmouth, Maine

Angela Ostlund, 5-year member, Falmouth, Maine: 'Misty Morning on the Farm'

"I dropped my neighbors off at the airport early one morning and took my camera, hoping for a good sunrise photo. I missed the sunrise ... so I decided to check out a horse farm a few miles away from home. The horses were grazing peacefully, fog hugged the ground, and the grass glistened in the early morning sunlight.” Taken with a Nikon D750.

Lower Suncook Lake

Lee Petruk, 9-year member, Whitefield, New Hampshire: 'Good Morning'

"I took this at 6:41 a.m. from the dock on Lower Suncook Lake [in Barnstead, New Hampshire]. I have been coming here for 64 years, and this view never gets old. It’s different every morning. Some images are more interesting than others. The fog made this image look magical to me.” Taken with a Nikon Coolpix L830.

Great egrets

Frank Wereska, 9-year member, Derry, New Hampshire: 'Great Egrets'

"While on vacation, my wife and I found Kraft Azalea Park, a small public garden in Winter Park, Florida. One tree, away from the water but near the parking lot, had multiple nesting great egrets. Why had they all chosen one tree as a place to nest? Perhaps it was safety in numbers.” Taken with a Nikon D7000.

Cadillac Mountain

Harry Lichtman, 19-year member, Newmarket, New Hampshire: 'First Light'

"In autumn, the summit of Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain receives some of the country’s first rays of sun. Wild blueberry and dwarf birch, when backlit by the glow of sunrise, display intense colors, which I hoped to capture among the pink granite outcroppings distinctive to Acadia." Taken with a Nikon D810.