"Sunset Bliss" wins lifestyle photo contest

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is proud to announce the winners of the SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest. Awards were presented before a crowd of 100 attendees at an SVMC Orthopedics Open House on June 22.

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Jonathan Cluett, MD, and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

Samantha Vosburgh,of North Bennington, won first place and $150 for her photo, "Sunset Bliss," pictured here, which was taken at Gale Meadow Pond in Londonderry. Virginia Haynes,of Bennington, and Jennifer Mardus, of Shaftsbury, took second and third place, respectively.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

- Jessica Bachiochi, Arlington.

- Michael Beach, of Shaftsbury.

- Silvia Cassano, of Bennington.

- Bruce Squiers, of Salem, N.Y.     

- Courtney Volski, of Arlington.

- Andrea Wheeler, of Bennington.

SVMC's Facebook followers selected two winners for the People's Choice Award. Allison Mazza, of Wilmington won first place and a prize of $300 in the category for her photo "Hike with Mom" taken on Cascades Trail, North Adams, Mass. Lisa Hagadorn, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. won second place in the People's Choice category for her photo "Dare to Jump" taken on Mt. Greylock, in Adams, Mass.

The photos are on display at the SVMC Orthopedics office at 332 Dewey Street, which has undergone a complete renovation. To view an album of winners' photos, search #ActiveSVHC at facebook.com.


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