Community Contests

Burchfield Nature and Art Center 2014 Photo Contest Winners Announced



 Six first, second and third place winners were chosen from entries by four experienced judges in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center’s 2014 Photography Contest. The prizes were awarded on Friday evening at the Center.


In the Youth category, “Here Kitty Kitty” by Matthew Domzalski took first place. In second was “Tree at Chimney Bluffs” by Leah Skierczynski, and third was claimed by Christian Lee for the colorful “Sunflower.”


The Black and White category awards gave Tom Wilczak first place for “Strike,” a dramatic shot of a lightning bolt, John Breen second place for “Hermann Park Reflecting Pool” and M.C. Shoemaker third place for “Sunlit Woodland.”


In the Digitally Altered class, John R. England took first place for “Color Explosion,” Erin Burke was awarded second place for “Reflection” and “Amherst State Park” by Melanie Chimento took third place.


The People, Places and Things category award winners are Cheryl Wilczak for “Eerie County Botanical Gardens” in first place, Michael Rejewski for “Attica Arcade Railroad” in second place and Karen Dwigun for a very happy looking “So Proud” in third place.


The judges awarded Ralph Cashdollar first place in Nature – Flora for “Flower of Bar Harbor,” Erin Burke second place for “Lily Pond” and Alexandra Zielinski third place for “Breath of Autumn,” a photo of a nature collage of colors.


The Nature – Fauna category winners are Jerry Olszewski, first place for the lovely “Hidden Fawn;” Tina M. Bidwell, second place for the elderly looking “Napping Squirrel;” and Patricia Jaramillo, third place for the nurturing “Home Sweet Home.”


The People's Choice winner was Ralph Cashdollar, selected from 165 votes.


2014 Pie Contest Winners

The first place winner Linda McGowan from West Seneca baked an Apple Cranberry Walnut pie.   

An apple pie baked by Rachel  Richert  of West Seneca took second place.   

After awards were presented, participants and visitors enjoyed sampling the leftover slices of pie.