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Unspecified - An Unveiled Symphony

Julia Miao receives Judges' Choice; Cynthia Sedlacek, People's Choice

Cynthia Sedlacek’s “Who Moved My Nest” received 73 out of the 258 votes campus-wide, becoming this year’s People’s Choice.

Once again, the recognition received by Cornell’s talented amateur photographers is broadened by having both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice winners of the university-wide photo contest.

For Judges’ Choice, Julia Miao’s “An Unveiled Symphony” (above) won first prize among the 10 category first-place winners; Helaine Babbage’s “Lady with the Rainbow Wings” was runners-up; and “Gone Fishing,” by Melissa Totman, received honorable mention.

Cynthia Sedlacek’s “Who Moved My Nest” received 73 out of the 258 campus votes campus-wide, becoming this year’s People’s Choice. The runner-up was Mary MacAusland’s “Foggy September Morning on Cayuga,” with 45 votes, followed by Melissa Totman’s “Gone Fishing,” with 40 votes.

First-place winners for each category, according to the judges, were: Helaine Babbage, Adults (“Lady with the Rainbow Wings”); Ellen Carlin, Animals (“Eye Spy”); Sarah Enid Nickerson, Cornell (“Through the Looking Glass: A Shelter Medicine Veterinarian at Work”); Cynthia Sedlacek, Humor (“Who Moved My Nest”); Mary MacAusland, Landscape (“Foggy September Morning on Cayuga,”); Melissa Totman, Nature (“Gone Fishing”); Jess Hohenstein, New Entrants (“Fumare”); Anahita Verahrami, Special Effects (“Extinction”); Jess Hohenstein, Structures/Buildings (“Glowing Cabana”); and Julia Miao, Unspecified (“An Unveiled Symphony”).

Each first-prize entry then became eligible as a people’s choice entry. All first-place winners will be notified of their winning by email, and will be able to pick their prizes up from the Pawprint staff, starting Friday, Nov. 10 at 312 College Avenue.

Placing second in each category were: Stav Atir, Adults; Cynthia L. Sedlacek, Animals; Deborah Littlejohn, Cornell; Thomas Reimers, Humor; Deborah Littlejohn, Nature; Lori Radcliff-Woods, Landscape; Anna Keeton, New Entrants; Sachin Gupta, Special Effects; Martin Gilbert, Structures/Buildings; Philip A. Koons, Unspecified. Runners-up will be mailed a Cornell calendar, compliments of University Photography.

Receiving honorable mention were: Barb Morley, Adults; Becky Callan, Animals; Dave Nelson, Cornell; Jenny Tindall, Humor; Anahita Katrine Verahrami, Landscape; Holly Smith, Nature; Ido Efrati, New Entrants; Alex Molesan, Special Effects; Tim Gallagher, Structures; Deborah Littlejohn, Unspecified.

In Appreciation

Thanks to all who contributed to the contest, including the winners, runners-up and those who deserve honorable mention. A total of 198 photographs was submitted. The two most competitive categories were landscape and nature, with more than 30 photos submitted for each category.

A special thanks to those who sponsored the contest and contributed prizes:

  • Athletics and Physical Education, for general admission game tickets to men's hockey and season tickets to women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse
  • Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, for a variety of gifts, including birdwatching answer book, travel mug and complimentary Lab of Ornithology membership
  • Cornell Cinema, for complimentary tickets
  • Cornell Store, for gift cards
  • University Communications, for framed reproductions of the winning photographs for judges’ and people’s choice.
  • Gannett Health Services, for a first-aid kit
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, for a complimentary family membership; the museum’s new "Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings"; exhibit catalogue; cards; and other items
  • Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, for 2 tickets to Hamlet Wakes Up Late
  • Taverna Banfi, for Sunday Brunch for two
  • Transportation Services, for a Campus-to-Campus round-trip gift certificate to NYC
  • Cornell Orchards, for a Cornell Orchards mug and t-shirt
  • University Photography, for a complimentary studio portrait and 2017 Cornell Calendars.

Thanks also to this year’s judges and to the many staff and faculty who participated in the People’s Choice selection.

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Lindsey Hadlock