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Winners of 2018 Contest have been announced!

The winners of the 2018 contest were honored at an awards ceremony on April 30th. Another excellent contest - thank you to everyone who helped with the contest or participated! 

2018 Contest Winners




2018 Contest Winners


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History of the contest

Prize Winning Photo of Duff Park Bridge
2008 Grand Prize Winning View
in Duff Park by Bob Pitulski

Grand Prize Winning Photo of Mallard2010 Grand Prize Winning Photo of
Mallard at MCP Wetlands by Dale Matuza

Several years ago the Westmoreland Conservancy held two photo contests in successive years in honor of the memory of Vernon Bachelder, for photos taken within the Conservancy's reserves.

In 2007 Friends of Murrysville Parks initiated a new contest for photos taken within Murrysville parks.  In 2008 the contest was expanded to include photos taken within Westmoreland Conservancy nature reserves, and the Westmoreland Conservancy joined Friends of Murrysville Parks to co-host the contest.

In 2010 Murrysville's Parks and Recreation Commission assumed hosting of the contest, and in 2011 opened the contest to photos taken anywhere outdoors in Murrysville with bonus points awarded to those taken in parks or reserves. In 2013 bonus points were eliminated for photos taken in parks or reserves to keep the playing field level for all entries. In 2013 the limit for photo file size was also removed (jpg format still being required for all entries).

In 2014 the Murrysville Trail Alliance assumed hosting of the contest.


Thank you to our Contest Sponsors, without whom the contest would not be possible.  The contest is also made possible by a wide variety of effort from many people, covering organizing, promoting, judging, gathering awards, and preparing displays of winning photographs.  Thank you to everyone who has helped in the past, and to those helping with the current contest:

Organizer Dale Matuza
Judges Cary Bohl, Dave Metzgar, and Tom Morton
Our Photomeister who receives all entries, Doug Bauman
Kaitlin Sacherich, who maintains the contest Facebook page.

Special thanks to the Penn Franklin News, the Murrysville Star, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review for publicizing the contests and results.

Thank you to
Murrysville's Recreation Department and the Murrysville Parks & Recreation Commission for their help with the contest.

Thank you to the Murrysville Community Library and the Municipality of Murrysville for hosting displays of winning photographs.  If your business or organization would like to host a display of winning photos please email or call.

Finally, thank you to everyone who entered photos showing the beauty of our communities!

Prize winning photo of hawk at Murrysville Community Park
2009 Grand Prize Winning
Photo from MCP by Pat Comas

Prize Winning View from Townsend Park
2007 Grand Prize Winning
View from Townsend Park

by Ernie Hahn


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