Winners of RFA Western Mountain Photography contest announced

RANGELEY — The winners of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts Western Mountain Photography Show have been announced. The show was held Sept. 14 through Oct. 6 at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery in Rangeley.
The theme of the exhibit was “The Artists Trail.” There were 33 images in the exhibit from 14 different artists.
The winners of the juried exhibit each received a cash award and ribbon, and were recognized at a Sept. 14 reception. They were:
Best in Show: Jane E. Faulkner, “Autumn Leaf-Smalls Falls.”
Black & White Division – First Place: Wess Connally- Late October, Smalls Falls; Second Place: Kathy White- What Do You See?; Third Place: Allen Wicken- 39 Steps Northeast of Maine Highway Route 4, Sandy River Plantation.
Color Division – First Place: Jane E. Faulkner,”Pollen Spring-Town Dock”; Second Place: Jen Hickey, “Water’s Sculpture”; Third Place: Jen Hickey, “The Fall of the Falls.”
All visitors to the exhibit were invited to cast one vote for their favorite entry, and 112 votes were cast to determine which entry would win the People’s Choice Award. Almost all entries received at least one vote, with 21 of the entries receiving two or more.
By far the most popular. with 20 votes, was “Kokopelli at Mooselook” by Wess Connelly of Rangeley. Connelly also was the most popular photographer, with 32 votes for his three entries. He received a special ribbon for this year’s exhibition.
This is the Fifth Annual Western Mountain Photo Show, each year with a different theme. “The Artists Trail” – the theme for this year’s exhibit – is a new joint project of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts which designates specific scenic sites in the Rangeley Lakes Region perfect for plein air artists and scenic photographers. For more info on the RFA and their programs, visit

TOP PHOTO: Jane E. Faulkner with her winning images: Best in Show “Autumn Leaf-Smalls Falls” and First Place Color Division “Pollen Spring – Town Dock.” (RFA staff photo)

Jen Hickey with “Water’s Sculpture” – Second Place Color Division. (RFA staff photo)
Hickey with “The Fall of the Falls” – Third place Color Division. (RFA staff photo)
Wess Connally, First Place in the Black & White Division with “Late October, Smalls Falls.” (RFA staff photo)
Kathy White with “What Do You See?” – Second Place Black & White Division. (RFA staff photo)
Allen Wicken Third Place in the Black & White Division with “39 Steps Northeast of Maine Highway Route 4, Sandy River Plantation.” (RFA staff photo)
The winner of the People’s Choice Award “Kokopelli at Mooselook” by Wess Connally. (Wess Connally photo)