Winners of Lakefield Trail photo contest announced

Contest ran in 2021 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the trail

Detail of a photo by Adam Stibbards which claimed first prize in the Lakefield Trail 20th anniversay contest. (Photo supplied by Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee)
Detail of a photo by Adam Stibbards which claimed first prize in the Lakefield Trail 20th anniversay contest. (Photo supplied by Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee)

The Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee has announced the winners of the Lakefield Trail photo contest.

The contest celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Lakefield Millennium Trail, which opened in December 2000.

The contest, which ran from February to December 2021, required photographers to have one foot on the Lakefield Trail when their photo was taken, with each photographer eligible to enter up to five photos.

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“With so many people enjoying walking, cycling and skiing on the Lakefield Trail network during the COVID pandemic, the stewardship committee wanted to highlight this exceptional infrastructure in our village,” says committee chair Bruce Bellchambers in a media release. “Physical and mental health is so important and our trail is accessible for all to enjoy.”

Seventeen people submitted 58 photos to the contest. Jurors Laura Peers, Meaghan Larocque, and Lynn Cassels-Caldwell selected the following winners.

1st prize – View with ice on the Otonabee River by Adam Stibbards
1st prize - View with ice on the Otonabee River by Adam Stibbards - Lakefield Trail 20th anniversary contest

2nd prize – Bench on the trail with autumn leaves by Michael Post
2nd prize - Bench on the trail with autumn leaves by Michael Post - Lakefield Trail 20th anniversary contest

3rd prize – View of clouds reflected in the Otonabee River by Natalie Zwicker
3rd prize - View of clouds reflected in the Otonabee River by Natalie Zwicker - Lakefield Trail 20th anniversary contest

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Stibbards won a $100 gift certificate to a Lakefield business and Post and Zwicker each won a $50 certificate to a Lakefield business.

“Many of the inspiring images featured glorious sunsets, mist, and ice seen from the main stretch of the trail along the river and emphasized the beauty of nature in the midst of the village,” says contest co-ordinator Laura Peers in a media release.

Although the contest is over, people are encouraged to send in photos they take on the trail to recreation@selwyntownship.ca and they will be used for promotional purposes.