November is here, which means it is time for TI Life's 9th Annual Photo Contest. As autumn transitions to winter, this is an excellent opportunity for you to share your three best images for the rest of the River community to enjoy.
This year I have the pleasure of judging alongside Lyne Roberge, Ian Coristine's wife. Ian set the gold standard of Thousand Islands photography with his stunning imagery of this magnificent region, and I am honored to follow in his footsteps as a judge.
The closing date for submissions is December 6th (please send them to: email@example.com, at which point Susie will forward all the images with no identifying names to Lyne and me. We will then have the task of selecting three medal winners.
TI Life will feature the winning images in the December issue, and certificates, ready for framing, will be awarded for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners. In addition to the certificates, the medal winners will receive a copy of Wind Water and Sky, Ian Coristine's book, as well as a softcover edition of The First Summer People, Thousand Islands: 1650-1910, by Susan Weston Smith.
It's always tough picking just three as typically many others are also worthy, so we will enjoy honoring them as "Honorable Mentions," and these will also be published in the December and/or January issues.
So, what makes a good photo? Aside from the obvious technical criteria (proper exposure, in focus, good lighting), I look for thoughtfully and carefully composed images such as that what was important to the photographer is evident to the viewer. More than that, however, I look for photos that are creative and infused with something of the photographer's imagination. What makes the River special to you?
Whether you're shooting with a DSLR, a compact camera, phone or drone, please share with us your favorites. Photographs that were previously published in TI Life articles, or on our Facebook page are all welcome.
Please take a few minutes to return to the River, as you sift through images, and send your picks to Susie now (firstname.lastname@example.org), before this slips your mind. Lyne and I look forward to seeing your work!
By Chris Murray
Chris Murray is a full-time photographer, instructor, and writer. 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. Chris teaches classes at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton and at Jefferson Community College. He is a staff instructor with the Adirondack Photography Institute. You can see all of Chris' Depth of Field TI Life articles here and for more of Chris’ work visit https://chrismurrayphotography.com/.