Pasadena resident Matt Beziat earned runner-up honors for two photos. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm.
Millersville resident Mary Gallo had two winning pieces, including “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence,” which took first place in the Flora category.
David Uy of Severna Park tied for first place in Fauna with “Park Information.”
“Buddies” by Martin McCann tied for first place in the Fauna category.
“Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” was taken by Laura Quevedo.
Photo Contest Captures The Splendor Of Kinder Farm Park
By contest requirements, those who participated in the 2016 Life in the Park photography contest were amateurs, but based on their entries, they were anything but novices. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park recently announced the winners, who snapped shots of the park’s 288 pristine acres within the previous calendar year.
Those winners were chosen from a pool of 127 enthusiastic shutterbugs who submitted photos in the areas of flora, fauna, landscape and people. Winning photos were selected by a panel of judges who also serve as members of the Friends of Kinder Farm Park, a nonprofit park advocacy group.
Mary Gallo, a Millersville resident, just happened to be out on her almost-daily walk through Kinder Farm Park when she spied a pretty flower peeking through the fence. “I just happened to see it and thought that was just the prettiest little flower!” exclaimed Gallo.
Gallo said during the spring and summer months, she visits Kinder at least once a week, if not more. She had two photos selected as winners: “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence” and “Watching Them Watching Me.”
“I just love park, the animals, the buildings, just everything!” added Gallo. “It’s so peaceful, and it’s a piece of the past that you just can’t find anymore.”
Pasadena resident Matt Beziat calls himself “an amateur photographer that specializes in nature.” Two of his photos earned runner-up honors. The pond picture in the Landscape category was taken on Halloween at Bunk’s Pond, which is located in a forested area of Kinder Farm. His passion flower photo in the Flora category was taken last September in a grassy area near one of the pastures in the park.
“Kinder Farm is a great place for taking pictures. It has a many different types of habitats for different animals and plants,” said Beziat. “It is one of the most diverse parks in Anne Arundel County for habitats.”
Beziat said he looks for composition and coloring in determining how beautiful a photograph can be. “I love nature and want people to know about some of the beautiful things that are found locally.”
Severna Park residents David Uy enjoys walking through the park with his family. Last December, he just happened to see the photo contest flyer posted at the park. He snapped several photos that day, and his family was thrilled when one of them was named a winner in the contest.
“We moved to Severna Park from Washington, D.C., and we are very impressed with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks,” said Uy. “Just the amount of green space, how well maintained the parks are, and how accessible everything is for people. Kinder is very beautiful park.”
Uy’s photo, “Park Information,” tied with “Buddies,” taken by Martin McCann, for first place in the Fauna category. McCann has lived in Severna Park since 1979 and is an avid photography hobbyist. He and his wife walk through Kinder Farm Park two to three times per week, and he always carries his camera.
“Sometimes I might take a couple, sometimes I take hundreds,” said McCann. “I was walking through the park one day and I saw the goats hanging out on the table. I don’t know why they like the table so much, but they do! I like their personality.”
Michael Lowman, vice president of the Friends of Kinder Farm Park and administrator of the Life in the Park Photo contest, said the winning photos will be on display in the Kinder Farm Park Visitors Center exhibit hall in February and all the photos will be posted on the Friends website in the near future.
For information on how to enter the 2017 contest or how to join the Friends of Kinder Farm Park, visit www.kinderfarmpark.org.
Here's a full list of the contest winners:
First: “Summertime and the Livin’s Easy” by Laura Quevedo
Second: “Boys on a Fence” by Courtney Heflin
First: “Yellow Beauty Peeking Under Fence” by Mary Gallo
Second (tie): “Purple Passion Flower” by Matthew Beziat and “Serenity” by Melinda Myers
First (tie): “Park Information” by David Uy and “Buddies” by Martin McCann
Second: “Watching Them Watching Me” by Mary Gallo
First: “A Memory of Spring” by Patrick Gillespie
Second (tie): “Country Road” by Martin McCann and “Autumn Pond Scene” by Matthew Beziat