Bousquet Holstein PLLC has announced the finalists and winners of its 2014 “Playful in Nature” 6th Annual Photography Contest.

The first place winning image was taken by ,a senior at East Syracuse MinoaHigh School. His art/photography teacher is Kim Canestrare. The Second Place winner is Elizabeth Belinski, a junior at Skaneateles High School. Her art/photo teacher is Tracy Hale. The Third Place winner is Mia Guariano, a sophomore at Westhill High School. Her art/photo teacher is Jamie Ashlaw.Finalists and winners were announced and presented with certificates and awards at a reception hosted by Bousquet Holstein at the Everson Museum of Art on October 16th.

Over 217 imageswere submitted by students in Syracuse and Onondaga County schools. Judges included representatives of the Everson Museum of Art, and members and staff of the law firm. The winning student received a scholarship check for $500 and his school art/photo department received a donation of $500 from the firm. The second and third place winners also received scholarship awards.

The firm’s annual photography contest is open to any City of Syracuse and Onondaga County High School students in grades 9 through 12. Each year the firm uses an exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art to create a theme for the photo contest. The theme for this year’s contest was inspired by the provocative multi-media works of Fernando Orellana currently on exhibit at the museumFor this year’s photo contest, students were challenged to discover and capture subject matters that were Playful in Nature.Students were encouraged to use composition, color, texture and shape to depict their subject(s) using a detail, a close-up, or any approach in a creative and playful way. Each year Bousquet Holstein features the winning image on its annual Thanksgiving card with a short biography about the student photographer.

The other finalists included:

Alicia LicariCicero-North Syracuse“Power” Ballerinas, graceful and beautiful, but powerful and strong.1217Heather Blaski
Isabella GilnerCicero-North Syracuse“Show Me” A girl showing her hand of playing cards1217Heather Blaski
Kali PenoyerCicero-North Syracuse“Let’s Play A Game” taken at Times Square, 2 children and a street performer1217Heather Blaski
Kellsie ZachollCicero-North Syracuse“Every Worm Plays” Green and yellow inchworm on a stick1217Heather Blaski
Liz WestfallCicero-North Syracuse“Wonderland”  An arch of vined plants with hanging pom-poms1116Heather Blaski
Liz WestfallCicero-North Syracuse“Horsing Around” Close up of a wild Connemara pony (Ireland)1116Heather Blaski
McKayla BrefkaCicero-North Syracuse“The Fair” An image taken at the New York State Fair1116Heather Blaski
Tyler HughesCicero-North Syracuse“Jump” Young boy waterboarding on Charleston Lake in Canada1115Heather Blaski
Mia ShumCW Baker High SchoolTwo statues with paint peeling off, sitting in the garden1217Patricia Johnson
Sierra HaynesEast Syracuse MinoaJack-o’-Lantern ball being pushed up in a stream of water1217Kim Canestrare
Tyler MottEast Syracuse MinoaSitting on the roof looking out over the village1217Kim Canestrare
Ashley ShayyaFayetteville ManliusImage of a toy train set1015Brittney Culican
Leah KuppermannFayetteville ManliusJellyfish taken at the aquarium in Washington, DC1217Brittney Culican
Max StaniecFayetteville ManliusA seal playing in the sand in California1015Brittney Culican
Olivia RyanFayetteville ManliusGirl in black dress with colorful balloons1217Brittney Culican
Zoe MillerFayetteville ManliusColorfully painted and adorned garage1116Brittney Culican
Rachel HalpinLiverpool High SchoolClose up of a maple leaf with a heart shape cut out and a girl looking through the opening1216Diane Sipfle
Abby VetschMarcellus High SchoolWater balloon being popped1015Tara Charles
Ashley SeymourMarcellus High SchoolA person “emerging” from the driveway1116Tara Charles
Megan HaneyMarcellus High SchoolA boy holding chalk balloons1217Tara Charles
Rachel CeparskiMarcellus High SchoolGirl blowing bubbles1216Tara Charles
Madison PinckneySkaneateles High SchoolHonolulu, HI, a wave captured at its tallest point1116Tracy Hale
Benjamin HunterWesthill High SchoolThousand Islands Park, boy jumping off dock1116Jamie Ashlaw
Sarah HoareWesthill High SchoolGirl hanging from monkey bars at playground1016Jamie Ashlaw
To view our 2009-2014 finalists click on the links below: