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AKWESASNE - The St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC) program at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) and the Friends of the Robert Moses State Park (RMSP) Nature Center hosted their fourth and final round (fall) of seasonal photography, Sept. 13 -27.

Judging took place on Sept. 30 with representatives from the SRMT Environment Division, SRMT Public Information Office and the Friends of the RMSP Nature Center Board of Directors.

First place winner Charlene Dumas is the recipient of a $25 gift certificate donated by Twin Leaf. Charlene’s photo, “Sun Salutation” gives one a sense of natural tranquility just by looking at it. “What better place to honor the sun and enjoy the early autumn colors than by the St. Lawrence River?” said Mrs. Dumas of her winning photograph.

The second place winner was Mary Lisa Whitton, who received the Better Bird Watching DVD donated by the Friends of the RMSP Nature Center, for “Point of View.” Her expertly focused lens captures the detail of the heron’s feathers, fishing off a rocky point on Wilson Hill. “Life is good!” is the vibe Ms. Whitton was struck by when watching this bird in its natural environment.

Third-place winner Derek Cook received the Friends of the RMSP Nature Center T-shirt for “Get the Net!” The imagery evoked by Mr. Cook’s photo demonstrates most fishermen’s pleasure of the moment of the ‘fish on’ catch on the great St. Lawrence River.

Framed winning photos can be viewed at the St. Lawrence Centre Mall in Massena, NY. Thank you to all who participated in submitting a photo to the seasonal contest.

For more details about the results of the St. Lawrence River Seasonal Photography Contest please go to the SRMT Environment Division website http://www.srmtenv.org, or Friends of the RMSP website http://www.massenanaturecenter.org. Also, check out the new St. Lawrence River AOC Facebook page where you can find updated information on projects and events going on in the St. Lawrence River AOC area and the Friends of the RMSP Nature Center, Inc., Facebook page where you can sign up for fun outdoor activities.

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