Cayuga Naturally Photo Contest Winners Unveiled

    By on November 4, 2015
    • 1st — Nature’s Sand Sculpture — B. Diane Roden

    • 2nd — A Spirited Discussion — Katherine Burke

    • 2nd — Turkey in the Sumac — Jeanne Godet

    • 3rd — Country Road — Jen Crego

    • 3rd — Ice Jam — Francis HoeFer

    • 3rd — Monarch on Aster — Francis HoeFer

    • 3rd — Mute — Kyle D. Meddaugh

    The winning entries of the Cayuga Naturally Photograph contest were revealed October 24 at the Sterling Nature Center. Cayuga County is a diverse and wonderful place filled with nature’s best from the shore of Lake Ontario into the heart of the Finger Lakes.

    Twenty-one photographers captured their favorite flora, fauna and places for hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in the 56 photographs submitted to the 2015 Cayuga Naturally Photograph Contest. The photographs depict the beauty of the streams, lakes, trees, wildflowers, birds, animals and other aspects of nature found in Cayuga County.

    The photographs from the 2015 Cayuga Naturally Photograph Contest are now on exhibit at the Sterling Nature Center. They will remain on exhibit into 2016. From the entries submitted the judges selected one-first place, two-second place, Four-third place and nineteen honorable mentions. The photographs will be on display at the Sterling Nature Center in the interpretive building. Complete results may be found below.

    The 1400-acre Sterling Nature Center is part of the Cayuga County Parks & Trail Department and is located in northern Cayuga County on Jensvold Rd just past the Sterling Renaissance Festival. The trail system is open from dawn to dusk every day of the year. For more information, call 315-947-6143, find us on Facebook or look on the web at

    2015 Cayuga Naturally Results

    1st — B. Diane Roden, Fair Haven — Nature’s Sand Sculpture, Fair Haven

    2nd — Katherine Burke, Port Byron — A Spirited Discussion, Conquest

    2nd — Jeanne Godet, Cato — Turkey in the Sumac, Victory

    3rd — Francis HoeFer, Oswego — Monarch on Aster, Sterling Nature Center

    3rd — Francis HoeFer, Oswego — Ice Jam, Sterling Nature Center

    3rd — Jen Crego, Martville — Country Road, Martville

    3rd — Kyle D. Meddaugh, Red Creek — Mute, Fair Haven

    Honorable Mentions

    Anne Pagono, Oswego — Untitled, Sterling Nature Center

    Mickki Weldon, Cayuga — Osprey the Wonderful, Cayuga

    Francis HoeFer, Oswego — Bluebirds, Sterling Nature Center

    Chris Price, Auburn — Foggy Marsh, Sterling Nature Center

    Judy Chillson, Martville — The Glen, Moravia

    Peter G. Tarby, Wilkes-Barre, PA — Bluff Sunset, Fair Haven

    Zachary Cole, Cato — Dragonfly, Sterling Nature Center

    Chris Price, Auburn — Sandpiper on Eggs, Fair Haven

    Jan Graham, Auburn — Two Chippies, Auburn

    Jan Graham, Auburn — Monarch Butterfly Dancing, Auburn

    Judy Chillson, Martville — Summer Night, Fair Haven

    Peter G. Tarby, Wilkes-Barre, PA — Another Fair Haven Sunset, Fair Haven

    Shelly Crawford, Sterling — Forgotten, Sterling

    Mikayla Somers, Martville — Mother Swan, Fair Haven

    Peter G. Tarby, Wilkes-Barre, PA — Afterglow, Fair Haven

    Chris Price, Auburn — Secret Waterfall, Moravia

    Nancy Buckhout, Aurora — What are you looking at?, Aurora

    B. Diane Roden, Fair Haven — Monarch Majesty, Fair Haven

    Nancy Buckhout, Aurora — Welcome to My Home, Union Springs

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