Local Photographers Capture Beauty, Striking and Immediate


The Essex National Heritage Commission—the non-profit involved in preserving and enhancing area historic, natural, and cultural places—announce the winners of its annual Essex Heritage Photo Contest and the winners are both talented and in our backyard.  Photographers were encouraged to capture the living landscapes, unique places, and interesting people of Essex County.  All photographs were taken within the Essex National Heritage Area and fell into the categories of “Downtown”, “New Encounters”, “Splash of Color.”  There was also a “Youth” category for young photographers ages 5-17.

Winning photographs were taken in familiar areas, from Lawrence to Lynn and everywhere in between. 

Here, we’ve chosen to focus on award winners close to Cape Ann, which include incredibly beautiful shots from sites in Gloucester, Ipswich and Rockport.  In fact, the contest’s big winner with the Grand Prize was “Thatcher Island Balancing Act,” taken in Rockport by Jason Kennedy.

An awards reception for the public was held on Thursday at the Salem Armory Visitor Center where the 14 winning images will continue to be on display through the end of March.  




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