Northampton Press feature story: Calendar Contest 2000
Whitehall,Pa Photographer Earns Covered Bridge Photo Contest Honor
By Linda Mauser, Northampton Press Writer
When the Kreidersville Covered Bridge photo contest kicked off back in October, folks toting cameras of all kinds began to travel to the historical site to admire the unique bridge which dates back to the 1800s. All hoped to capture the beauty of the austere structure high atop the Hokendauqua Creek.
Upon their arrival at the Kreidersville Covered Bridge, many long-time residents with a great passion for the bridge reminisced about days of old. They were eager to honor the landmark through the eyes of their cameras, zooming in with their lenses …telling a story with their works of art.
Precious photos were shot not only of the bridge, but also of the things most dear to them …their children, their pets and other loved ones.
One of the sentimental entries was a wedding couple framed by the dark historical woodwork of the rustic structure.
Throughout the contest,creativity was stressed.Everything from contemporary,computer-rendered works to original,old-fashioned photographs were sent off to the contest organizers.
When the contest came to a halt, Nov.30, 430 entries had arrived at the country residence of Covered Bridge Association President Louise Bugbee. “The committee members were thrilled with the wonderful turnout,” said Bugbee, adding, “Although entries trickled in at first, things picked up with the approach of autumn.” The majority were fall scenes, only a few snapshots were taken in the summer,” she said.
The exhausting, but enjoyable task of separating the artwork into categories went to the committee members which kept them busy well into the night.During the photo-viewing session, sweet memories were triggered by the nostalgic prints of all kinds.
Following the coordinating, Joseph Billera adjunct professor of photography at Allentown College, used his expertise to select the works which would grace the year 2000 calendar….. He also presented a tape recorded message to Bugbee containing information pertaining to reasons for selecting the 12 winning photographs. She plans to share the information with committee members at their December meeting.Timothy Miller of Whitehall took first place and was awarded the $150 prize. Cynthia Zona of Slatington received second and $100 award. Robert Palone of Woodlyn, Pa., won third and a $50 award.
The calendars were available for purchase in the spring of 1999. Winners were honored at the Covered Bridge Festival, June 5, 1999. Photos of several of the other entries were also on display at the event.
Kreidersville Covered Bridge Association donates a scholarship yearly to a deserving Northampton High School student.
A Kreidersville covered Bridge photo graced the cover of the PSSA performance reading book in 2007.