Kodak Alaris 2013 Photo Contest Winners

Every year in the frozen chills of winter, Kodak Alaris holds a company wide contest, which shares and displays the photographic talents of its employees. Let’s have a look at the 1st place winners of the 2013 Kodak Alaris Photo Contest.

James Casha: President’s Award
Photo: Spectacular House of Worship

“The image shows the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, and was taken during a weekend trip to Turkey last October. Every year I meet up with a group of old school friends. We live all over the place so we pick a different location every time. Last year we chose Istanbul and spent a couple of days soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing city. We visited the old markets and mosques and cruised the Bosphorus (stopping for lunch on the Asian side). We had a couple of very late nights putting the world to rights in the bars near our hotel in the Beyoglu district.” – James

James Casha - Spectacular House of Worship

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Bob Janiszewski: 1st Place – Novice Action
Photo: Irish Dancers

“Every year, during the week of St Patty’s Day, the Young School of Irish Dancers performs throughout the Rochester area. This includes providing a community service in reaching out to our seniors residing across several facilities. The picture was taken at the Highlands Senior Living Center in Pittsford, NY. In the words of one of the proud Moms – “This is a fabulous picture!  It brings emotions of joy, pride and determination to the viewer.” A black & white theme was used in order to convey unity and bring focus to the determination exhibited by these wonderful dancers as they were “keeping it together”.

The picture was taken without flash. Shot with a Canon EOS REBEL T3. Exposure Time – 1/200 seconds, F-Number – 4, ISOSpeedRatings – 3200, Aperture Value – F 4.00 and converted to black & white.” – Bob

Bob Janiszewski - Irish Dancers

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Scott Koelle: 1st Place – Novice Animals
Photo: Surprised Dog With a Mohawk

“The photo is of my daughter’s dog, Navii. We adopted her from the Rochester Animal Services shelter 2 years ago and she has been a wonderful addition to our family. I had held out for quite a few years but finally gave in to my daughter, Lydia’s persistent requests for a pet dog. As a mixed breed, Navii has some strange fur; both short and long hair with the latter being very “moldable”.

One sunny afternoon, Navii was sitting on my daughter’s lap and looking out the window. Lydia spiked up Navii’s hair and I grabbed my Kodak digital camera and snapped a photo. The image looked pretty good but the background was a bit too busy so I took another photo with a couch pillow as a backdrop for a more “studio look”.

Later, I played around with the color, brightness and contrast and decided the photo looked best as a black and white. When the photo contest was announced, I decided to enter. I had never entered a photo contest and certainly never expected to win an award but thought it would be fun anyways; which it was! Many thanks to the organizers!” – Scott

Scott Koelle - Surprised Dog With a Mohawk

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Mike Paternoster: 1st Place – Novice Landscape
Photo: No LifeGuard On Duty

“The picture was taken in July 2013 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was around 9:00 am and rain clouds moved in quickly that morning covering the sky as the lifeguard was preparing for the day. The sun was sporadically shining through the clouds and I took a few pictures as the light was in and out of the clouds. There was little wind — calm before the storm — that morning and I think the picture captured that feeling as the flag remained still.” – Mike

No Life Guard On Duty

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Mark Rolan: 1st Place – Novice Nature
Photo: Tree Blocking The Sun

“In October of 2013 I decided to get up early on a Saturday morning and photograph the full moon set over the Pacific. It was something that I’ve never seen before and would love to photograph. The set was between 6-7AM and I was on Double Peak Park in San Marcos, California watching it drop toward the ocean. I was set up with a tripod and Canon DSLR, just waiting. As the moon approached the horizon, clouds began to ruin the moment. I stood back and turned around to see the sun coming up behind this baron tree. I repositioned the tripod and camera for the attached picture. Still waiting for the next full moon.

Because of the criteria of the contest (not showing any man made features in the picture), I took a second picture showing a wooden fence. This is my favorite of the two.” – Mark

Mark Rolan

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Pam Zimmermann: 1st Place – Novice People
Summary of Picture: Girl Blowing on a Dandelion

“This photo was taken near the Chenango River in Earlville, NY. The subject is my beautiful niece, Morgan, from Haverhill, MA. Every year at Thanksgiving, we have an annual photo session with all of my nieces and nephews. We work hard every year to fill the pages of a much-anticipated family calendar. The kids do handstands, cartwheels, silly pictures and serious poses. The girls were playing with the dandelions – and I just happened to snap this one of Morgan blowing on the dandelion.” – Pam

Pam Zimmermann - Girl Blowing on a Dandelion

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Pam Zimmermann: 1st Place – Novice Pictorial
Photo: Black And White Flower Collage

“This series of photos were taken in my backyard in Rochester, NY. I used my iPad mini to capture various images of some chives growing in my garden. I then used an App and made them into a collage.” – Pam

Pam Zimmermann - Black And White Flower Collage

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James Casha: 1st Place – Advanced Animals
Photo: A Tail of Two Kitties

“There cats are semi-wild and live in a cemetery in Zejtun, Malta. Their caretaker and a few local residents feed them. I took a lot of photos of them whilst waiting at a bus stop. They were not terribly cooperative but I managed to get a few nice shots.” – James

James Casha - A Tale of Two Kitties

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James Casha: 1st Place – Advanced People
Photo: Kids Playing in a Water Park

“This fountain is located in St George’s Square in Valletta – the capital city of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Every hour, water is turned on and the fountains ‘dance’ to classical music from hidden loudspeakers. On hot summer days, the fountains are popular cooling off place for children – locals and tourists alike. As well as piped music and fountains, St George Square also offers free Wi-Fi access to it’s visitors. It was whilst sitting on a bench accessing my Facebook that I snapped this picture.” – James

James Casha - Kids Playing in a Water Park

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Richard Scotto: 1st Place – Advanced People
Photo: Field of Hats

“Last year we went to one of the smaller islands in the Canary Isles called La Palma. On the Monday before Shrove Tuesday we visited the capital Santa Crus and found everyone dressed in white and wearing hats. We had stumbled across an amazing Fiesta called Los Indianos. After the Spanish established an empire in Central and South America, many people left La Palma to seek a new life in the New World. Some made their fortune and returned to La Palma where there was some resentment to these “noveau riche” from the locals. Everyone dressing in white, some in elegant suits, some in plain “peasant garb”, commemorates it each year. Everyone wears a hat and they pelt one another with talcum powder!

I was walking along the heavily thronged Main Street and saw these huge gatherings of people in the main square. I managed to climb a low wall and hang onto its railings to take this shot of the multitude of people all wearing their hats.” – Richard

Richard Scotto - Field of Hats

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Dan Olean: 1st Place – Landscape
Photo: Sun Still Setting on A Glacier

DanOlean-GullfossWaterfall-Iceland

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Dan Olean: 1st Place & Best in Show – Nature
Photo: Lighted Ice in The Land of Fire and Ice

DanOlean-IcelandsDiamonds-JokulsarlonGlacierLagoon-Iceland

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Dan Olean – 1st Place – Action
Photo: Still Shooting The Curl

“Every summer, I vacation with my extended family at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It is a wonderful beach to enjoy the sun, sand, and water for both the young and old. I go in the water, not only to cool off, but to take photos from a unique perspective of my son, niece, and nephew! Everyone takes photos of their kids on the beach, how could we resist? There are always parents taking photos of their kids in the water or playing in the surf from the safety of the sand, as I have too. But once I ventured out into the water with my camera, the view became more interesting and the photos more spectacular! I felt I was now able to capture not only the feelings of the subject, but the feeling of the ocean as well. And weather I am sitting in wet sand, lying in ankle deep water, or waiting in waist high; I could get close and capture that special photo! This image from last year was on a day when the ocean was unusually active, with 5-8 foot waves rolling in one right after another. Boy, does that draw people into the water! The waves were big enough so that they curled over and formed a small pipe, which, many kids were body surfing and boogie boarding on. I just had to capture that “Hawaiian Tube” on the Atlantic! To do so, I had to stand where the waves were breaking and follow them in as they rolled and crashed over me. I had the camera set in burst mode and just held it in front of me, pointing down the wave, keeping as low as possible to avoid being washing in with crash. Yes, I got tossed around a bit too, with a few waves taking me for a tumble, yeah that hurt!   I took hundreds of photos, with many waves, not knowing what I may have shot. After reviewing them later and tossing out the green and yellow totally underwater ones, I managed to get a few good shots! Worth it? I would do it again!” – Dan

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