Caroga Arts Photography Contest

Official Sponsor of the Photography Contest

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Caroga Arts Photography Contest! The contest was open to all photographers who submitted photos from the Caroga Lake region of the Southern Adirondack Park in one of the four designated categories.  The winners this year in the following categories are:

Caroga Arts Artists and Events:

First Place: Playing at the Glove

Paul Valovic

Johnstown, NY

Second Place:  Sawyer Fredericks

Lorie Rosenberg

Pine Lake, NY

Life in Caroga Lake:

First Place:  Robert and His Toy

James McLaughlin

Queensbury, NY

Second Place:  Early Morning Fishing

Lorie Rosenberg

Pine Lake, NY

Honorable Mention:  The COVID Release

James McLaughlin

Queensbury, NY

Nature in Caroga:

First Place: Bowerman’s Bog

Lorie Rosenberg

Pine Lake, NY

Second Place:  Mama and Papa Loon with Chicks

Denise Scalzo

Owego, NY

Honorable Mention: Sunset Over West Caroga Lake

Jason Waddle

Caroga Lake, NY

Honorable Mention: Stormy Monday on the West Branch

Bob Buck

Fort Plain, NY

Honorable Mention: Autumn at Sherman’s

Paul Valovic

Johnstown, NY

The Sherman’s Experience:

First Place: Pano

Jenny Smith

Caroga Lake, NY

Second Place:  The Carousel at Sherman’s

Paul Valovic

Johnstown, NY

Best in Show:

Robert and His Toy

James McLaughlin

Queensbury, NY

Winning entries will be displayed at an exhibition at the Sherman’s location in Caroga Lake in July and auctioned at the Caroga Arts Annual Gala on July 24, 2021. Artists will receive half of the auctioned price of the photo. Winners are responsible for providing framed submissions for the exhibition. Winning entries will be published in the annual Caroga Arts Collective calendar. This calendar will celebrate the Centennial Celebration of the historic Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake, NY, and the 10th season of the Caroga Lake Music Festival.

The contest was judged by Capitol Region photographers Chris Murray and Manuel Palacios and Fulton Montgomery County College Fine Arts professor Joel Chapin.  Speaking for the team, Chris Murray said, “As judges we were looking for photos that were not only technically well done, but also effectively told a story that reflected their respective theme.”

Generous contributions were made by Michaels Amsterdam to help support this event


Contest Judges

Joel Chapin has been a professor of Fine Art at Fulton-Montgomery Community College for more than 20 years. He also serves as Director of the College’s Perrella Gallery.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Printmaking from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from University at Albany. Joel has been curator of 57 exhibitions at FM’s Perrella Gallery including John Van Alstine’s Mirror to the Mountain Sculpture; Larry Poons’ Recent Works; Jules Olitski’s Small Mountains; Jonathan Singer’s Botanica Magnifica; and Caroline Rammersdorfer’s Inner-View Expanded. He also was curator of eight exhibitions as Director of the Picotte Gallery at the College of Saint Rose from 1984-1986.
A recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Montgomery County 4-H Leader of the Year, Joel’s permanent collections can be seen at the State University of New York and The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

Chris Murray is a fine-art nature photographer working primarily in the landscape of his home, the woods, lakes, mountains, and streams of New York State. His work has appeared in several magazines including Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes, and New York State Conservationist, among others. Mr. Murray is an instructor at the Adirondack Photography Institute, and also teaches photography classes at Jefferson Community College and the Thousand Islands Arts Center.  Murray resides in Syracuse, N.Y. and conducts many classes around the New York State.
Murray received his PhD in Geology from the University of South Carolina – Columbia and worked in the petrochemical field before pursuing his true love of photography.

Manuel Palacios is a freelance outdoor photographer based out of the Capital Region of Upstate New York. He has spent countless days and nights wandering around and basking in the beauty of the Adirondack State Park in New York. He is particularly fascinated with night, twilight and astrophotography, and loves pushing photography to its technical limits.
In addition to being an accomplished photographer and musician, Palacios is an analytical chemist with significant experience in Data Analytics and Statistical Learning. He is a Chemistry Analytics subject matter expert capable of turning data from chemical systems into useful information.  Palacios holds a PhD in Photochemical Sciences from Bowling Green State University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioanalytical Chemistry at Tufts University.

Supporting the Caroga Arts Collective

The inaugural Caroga Arts Photography Contest supports the Caroga Arts Collective in
its mission to reignite the Caroga experience through interdisciplinary and inter-arts
collaborations among musicians, artists, scholars, and their communities. Caroga Arts seeks to bring together a community of artists to collaborate across fields and genres on interdisciplinary projects. Caroga Arts focuses on revitalizing local culture, business, and life by providing unique experiences through collaborative performances, community outreaches, exhibits and adult/youth education.

For more information or questions, please contact info@carogaart.org.