New Paltz teen photo contest winners are announced

Leo Portuese’s “Down Dusty Roads” took home First Place in the “Other” category.

Grace Witte’s “Beauty” took home first prize in the “Landscape” category.

The Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz recently sponsored its annual teen photo contest. Local students from the ages of 13 through 17 submitted entries into the categories of portrait, landscape and other. The contest required that all photographs were to be made in New Paltz. This year’s judges were local photographers Abbot Genser, Lauren Thomas and Jack Murphy.


A reception to announce the winners was held on Tuesday evening, April 9. In the end, “Down Dusty Roads” by Leo Portuese took the prize in the other category, “Beauty” by Grace Witte took the prize in the landscape category and  “The Flute” by Anna Kimber took the award for best portrait.

Many of the young photographers attended last Tuesday’s reception. New Paltz High School art teacher Todd Martin was present as was New Paltz High School principal Barbara Clinton. This annual contest is in its eighth year, under the supervision of Library Director John Giralico and library board president Linda Welles.