Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photo Competiton


 (BINGHAMTON, NY) Today, the 2009 Joyce K. L. Smith Environmental Photography Show & Competition exhibit opened at the Broome County Library, 185 Court Street, downtown Binghamton. Selected entries will be on display at the library from June 3rd through June 26th. 
The show and competition, now in its thirteenth year, honors the late Joyce K.L. Smith, a local environmental and political advocate. The show represents all aspects of Broome County’s natural and cultural environments.  Judges selected one winner and up to five honorable mentions in each of the categories: Wildlife; Plantlife; Natural Landscape; Cultural Landscape; and People in Action. Judges also chose the best overall submission from a local high school student.  The EMC received 343 entries from 130 amateur photographers.  Thirty students entered.
Competition sponsors include: Garland Gallery, Che Bella Fine Framing, Beveled Edge, and Silver Image Photographics.
The following winners were announced at an opening reception held this evening.
1.            Wildlife category: Courtney Moore of Vestal, “Soaring Free”
2.            Plantlife category: David Pooley of Binghamton, “Fern Shadow”
3.            Natural Landscape category: David Sersen of Vestal, “Fall Winter Leaves”
4.            Cultural landscape category: Jim Danvers of Berkshire, “Evening Sunlit Walk After Work”
5.            People in Action category: Victor Lamoureux of Vestal, “Releasing the Map”
6.            Best Submission from a Local High School Student: Joel Newman of Kirkwood (WCHS, 10th grade), “Lonesome Farmer” (submitted in the Cultural Landscape category).
David Pooley who won the Plantlife category shared, “Wildflowers are my normal goal but I was struck by the way the one fern frond cast a shadow in the center of the stone perfectly highlighted on the otherwise shaded forest floor."  
One of the stand outs in the competition was 10 year old Courtney Moore of Vestal, NY who captured a bald eagle soaring over the Susquehanna River in Windsor, NY. She titled her piece “Soaring Free”.
Moore stated, "I am a 10 year old girl who loves nature.  Taking photographs is my way of capturing a special moment in time.  I spend most of my time outside, exploring my world, appreciating its wonder and searching for that perfect photo opportunity.  Broome County has a wide variety of natural habitats for enjoying the outdoor.  Bald Eagles, such as the one seen in my photograph, have made a remarkable comeback not just in the United States but also in our county.  The Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Show allows me to share my love of nature and animals with others with the hope of inspiring people to appreciate and care for our environment just as people have helped the bald eagles."
The EMC is Broome County government’s citizen environmental advisory group. For information about the Joyce K.L. Smith Show & Competition or for EMC membership information please contact the EMC at 607-778-2116, weekdays or visit


05/19/2009 - 4:37pm