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January 20 - February 19, 2016

In Celebration of Trees

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Nina Young, Brooklyn NY / Humboldt Street Tree
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JUROR'S AWARD: Charlotte Watts, Sequim WA / Where the Animals Go — Through the Aspen Along Lundy Creek
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Dennis Usdan, Boca Raton FL / Tree Colors
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Scott Taylor, Stow MA / Bamboo Forest
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Francis Sullivan, Victoria BC, Canada / Galiano_Primordial
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Nina Staff, Oslo, Norway / The tree and its shadow
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Carmen Spitznagel, Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany / dancer II
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Rosalyn Song, Chandler AZ / Spring in Zhongli, Taiwan
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Allen E. Shifrin, Bronx NY / Wave Hill Tree
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Rubin, San Francisco CA / Tree Climbing, Turin, Italy (October 2015)
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Kerry Rowand, Portland OR / Untitled (vacancy, Florida)
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Neal Panton, Cranbrook BC, Canada / Rockets
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Liz Palm, Oslo, Norway / Rainy Day
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Skip Montello, Rockport MA / Autumn Palette
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Kevin Lyle, Chicago IL / Evidence 7560
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Varese Layzer, New York NY / Lean, 2009
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Maury Landsman, Minneapolis MN / From the Cafe
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Karalee Kuchar, Salt Lake City UT / Keeper
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Rick Kattelmann, Crowley Lake CA / Rice Terraces in Yunnan
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Kit Jones, Livingston Manor NY / Monterey Cypress
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James Hunt, Worcester MA / Goodbye Isaac - Babson College, MA 2013
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DIRECTOR'S AWARD: Jodie Hulden, San Diego CA / Gnarled Tree
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Mike Hoover, Downington PA / The Valley
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Bill Harbin, Rome GA / Mill Pond 2
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Aubrey Guthrie, Hurst TX / Birds in a Trash Dump Tree
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Briana Gallo, La Jolla CA / Ethiopia
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Dave E. Dondero, Lafayette CA / Ponderosa pines cut during the Valley fire, Middletown, California, 2015
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Mary Doering, Brewster MA / Palms Tampa
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Myrtie Cope, Marietta GA / Craggy Tree
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Valerie Cargo, Kincardine ON, Canada / Series, Snow Day #3
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Valerie Cargo, Kincardine ON, Canada / First Series #2
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David Burnett, New York NY / Final Days of a Palm in the Way
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Jan Bell, Bowling Green OH / Trees in Morning Fog
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Cameran Ashraf, Los Angeles CA / Untitled
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Roger Archibald, North Quincy MA / Barber Chair 2
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Roger Archibald, North Quincy MA / Cambridgewater 5
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John Atchley, Lakeville CT / Twin Oaks
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Donna Baiocchi, Highland Park IL / Sun Ray Rhodie
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Stephen Beattie, Burlington VT / Catching Rays, Yellowstone National Park
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Jace Becker, Tempe AZ / Samhain 10
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Greg Boozell, Mahomet IL / Thornewood Subdivision, Champaign County, IL
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Kelly Cannon, Orinda CA / Big Oak Trail
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Ian Danielson, Pleasanton CA / Morning Haze
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Dave E. Dondero, Lafayette, CA / Lone Valley Oak, Tassajara, California, 2011
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Dave E. Dondero, Lafayette CA / Split Live Oak, Diablo Ranch, California, 2011
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Pierre Dutertre, Zephyrhills FL / Fright
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Kay Erickson, Long Beach CA / Tree Tears
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Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Long Lake MN / connecticut_15_1441_c
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Helen Hasenfeld, Los Angeles CA / Reflection, Yellowstone Park
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Michel Hersen, Portland OR / Alaskan Taiga in Autumn
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Mike Hoover, Downingtown PA / The Middle of the River
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Susan Huber, Salt Spring Island BC, Canada / Furnace Creek, Death Valley
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Morrow Jones, Canton CT / Good Cheer
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Rick Kattelmann, Crowley Lake CA / Aspen Along Rush Creek
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Lane Lewis, Fort Mill SC / The Dancers
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Kevin Lyness, Swanzey NH / Joshua Tree
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Kevin Lyness, Swanzey NH / Flocked Fir
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Liz Palm, Oslo, Norway / Reflection II
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Julie Platanias, Glencoe IL / Weeping Willow
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Eric Rennie, Cromwell CT / River Highlands Trail in Winter
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Peggy Reynolds, Essex Junction VT / Frozen Forest
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Sara Roche, Westport CT / The Weeping Beech
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Rubin, San Francisco CA / Central Valley, California (June 2015)
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Tom Schleich, Scotts Valley CA / Scarlet Maple
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Storm Sermay, Las Cruces NM / Old Juniper
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Skip Smith, Langley WA / Feral Tree
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Skip Smith, Langley WA / Langollyn
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Carmen Spitznagel, Sandberg-Waldberg, Germany / wintertales
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Philippa Stannard, Perugia, Italy / The Little Tree That Could
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John Stritzinger, Elkins Park PA / Energized
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Scott Taylor, Stow MA / Tree of Life 2
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Kathleen Taylor, Santa Fe NM / Hospital Trees
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Kathleen Taylor, Santa Fe NM / Bishop Tree 3
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Marilynn Waters, Claremont CA / Morning Light
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Jordan Weinrich, Budd Lake NJ / Into the Forest

Juror's Statement

 

 

My selections for In Celebration of Trees represent a very high diversity of tree species, settings and styles. Foremost among my criteria, each image reveals the centrality of tree-as-subject, supported by composition and legibility. Even the shortest narrative must roll from the tongue of the photo, to tell of the tree's vitality, adaptability, steadfastness, or vulnerability and awkwardness.

In some images, the intellect and calculations of the photographer can be noticed, and in others a simple spontaneous elation from seeing light on leaves carries the message that this tree is important. These higher levels of Tree Consciousness speak well for all who participated. By nature, I tend to stay away from the infrared filtration and color enhancements, but I found the representations of apparent early photo techniques generally intriguing.

Trees are a challenging photographic subject. There are days when none appear worthy of exposure, but even so the search can be good mental conditioning for the right opportunity to appear.

- Tom Zetterstrom

About the Juror

Tom Zetterstrom's Portraits of Trees represents the diversity and beauty of America's forest resources. His 35-year dedication to trees imbues this endeavor with a unified artistic vision, sharpened by his very personal commitment to issues of local and global sustainability.

Tom’s photographic career spans 45 years. His work as a freelance photojournalist in the '70s and '80s ranged from the New York Times Magazine and op-ed pages to A Day in the Life of America. His photographic eye has repeatedly responded to environmental issues over the decades. Zetterstrom's documentary portfolios include White Russia, 1973 (in the Library of Congress archive); Faces of China, 1981 (sponsored and toured by the Yale-China Association); and Man and Machine, 1973-1976. Photographs from Zettertrom's various portfolios are represented in 40 museum collections throughout the United States.