Featured Image: Jeffrey Sidle – Judge’s Choice Best in Show – Promised Land State Park

December 12, 2022, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information, contact Marci Mowery at 717-236-7644 or [email protected].

Camp Hill, PA – Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests are home to more than 7,100 miles of streams and 154 lakes, both natural and manmade, and enjoyed for a wide variety of recreation.

The 2022 Photo Contest theme – Clean Water and Forested Ecosystems – gave photographers the chance to show how healthy waterways for swimming, fishing, and boating, and clean water are essential to all living things.

With categories like Forests, Water is Life, and Raindrop to River, photographers explored the relationship between healthy forests and water quality.

The nearly 600 photo submissions meant the panel of judges needed to make some tough decisions when selecting the winners.

PPFF’s Facebook followers also voted for their favorites in the People’s Choice Awards.

“We applaud all of the photographers that entered the contest,” said Marci Mowery, President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. “The quality of the images and the photographers’ abilities to capture moments in Pennsylvania’s parks and forests is commendable.”

This year’s Judge’s Choice Best in Show went to Jeffrey Sidle with an otter image from Promised Land State Park.

Jeff spotted an otter for the winning photo while scanning the water and shoreline from afar. In stealth mode, he relocated to a better vantage point. Hidden in the woods that blocked the wind, making the “water as smooth as glass and the color of green leaves reflecting off the water,” Jeff caught the serene scene.

“My focus was on the closest otter and I was rewarded with an image that I will always be proud of and now many more people will also be able to enjoy!” He says.

Other winners include:
People’s Choice Best in Show: Robert Bush’s Black Moshannon State Park shot of the Bear Spa.


Robert Bush – People’s Choice Best in Show – Black Moshannon State Park

Water is Life: Bruce Walkovich’s picture from Canoe Creek State Park won the Judge’s Choice award. Amanda Wydra’s Kettle Creek State Park photo won the People’s Choice, and Fran Bire’s Goddard State Park photo was the People’s Choice runner-up.


Bruce Walkovich – Water is Life – Canoe Creek State Park

Caught in the Rain: Zachary O’Neill’s Susquehannock State Park photo won Judge’s Choice, Dot Monahan won People’s Choice, and Liz Mickley received runner-up.

Raindrops to River: Sabine Panzner won Judge’s Choice with her Ohiopyle State Park photo, Ryan Kunselman took the People’s Choice, and a Ricketts Glen State Park waterfall shot by Angie Purcell was runner-up.

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Sabine Panzner – Raindrop to River – Ohiopyle State Park

Reflections: Jim Murphy won Judge’s Choice with a Ridley Creek State Park photo, Jessica Mitchell’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park shot won People’s Choice, and a Locust Lake State Park photo earned Dolores Sadusky the runner-up position.

Forests: Mark Lucas’ Gallitzin State Forest photo won Judge’s Choice. Sabrina Hilpert won the People’s Choice, and Derek Gilliam took the runner-up.

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Mark Lucas – Forests – Gallitzin State Forest

Young Photographer: Ellory Potter’s waterfall photo from Rickett’s Glenn State Park won the Judge’s Choice. Lilly Zhang’s and Bella Kaminsky’s Marsh Creek State Park photos won the People’s Choice prizes for first and second place, respectively.

You can view the winners and all the 2022 Clean Water and Forested Ecosystem Photo Contest submissions on PPFF’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaParksAndForestsFoundation/photos_albums

The 2023 PPFF Photo Contest will be announced soon. Stay tuned for the Call to All Photographers announcement with the theme and categories!


About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 124 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities, and donations through its 48 chapters. The foundation’s mission is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. To learn more about PPFF, visit https://paparksandforests.org/.

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