Winning Photo: This beautiful photo of the Covered Bridge at Logan Mills will be the image for the puzzle in the second annual “Clinton County Landmarks” puzzle series sponsored by the Clinton County Visitors Bureau.
Winning Photo Selected in Logan Mills Covered Bridge Photo Contest
Picture will be used in second annual ‘Clinton County Landmarks’ Puzzle Series
A PA Wilds resident snapped the picture that will appear on the Clinton County Economic Partnership Visitors Bureau’s second puzzle in the “Clinton County Landmarks” puzzle series.
George Masden lives in Mackeyville, just south of Lock Haven in Clinton County, in the I-80 Frontier landscape of the PA Wilds.
The winning image of the Covered Bridge at Logan Mills was selected from more than 30 photos submitted in the recent “Capture the Covered Bridge” photo contest. It will be the “face” of a 550-piece, 18×24-inch jigsaw puzzle.
“Amateur and professional photographers alike submitted pictures of the Covered Bridge for consideration,” says CCEP Tourism Director Julie Brennan. “George could probably be placed somewhere in the middle, as a semi-professional photographer. While he doesn’t take pictures for a living, he has honed his skill over the years and has exhibited and sold some of his photographs.”
Masden enjoys capturing images from Sugar Valley such as the Amish, farmland and seasonal produce. He says the Covered Bridge at Logan Mills is a favorite subject because it offers a different perspective depending on the time of year the picture is taken. His winning photograph in fact captures the covered bridge in winter, surrounded by snow.
Brennan says there were some really great pictures submitted for the photo contest, so narrowing it down to one winning photograph wasn’t easy. A panel of four judges reviewed the entries.
George Masden: George Masden of Mackeyville took the winning photograph of the Covered Bridge at Logan Mills, Clinton County’s last remaining covered bridge. The photograph will appear on a 550-piece jigsaw puzzle.
“We thank Carol Cillo, a very talented artist with a keen eye who serves as President of the Clinton County Arts Council. Carol judged the photo contest last year for our inaugural puzzle of Hyner View and we invited her back this year,” says Brennan. “Also judging was Helen Imes, representing the Sugar Valley Historical Society, and Logan Mills residents Claudia Albertin and Glenn Vernon, who live and work in the shadow of the Covered Bridge.”
“The winning photo offers a stunning, yet simplistic look at the Covered Bridge, covered in snow and framed by bare branches, with blue skies and the mountain in the background. It’s a beautiful picture that we know will also make a challenging puzzle,” adds Brennan.
As he did last year, local artist Steve Getz with the Clinton County Arts Council, will design the box for this year’s puzzle. In addition to the picture on the front, the box will include information about the Covered Bridge and the winning photographer.
All of the photographs submitted for the contest are posted on the Visitors Bureau’s Explore Clinton County, PA Facebook page.
“We appreciate the enthusiasm and participation in the photo contest,” says Brennan. “We plan to use the entries for various other projects to more fully showcase the beauty of this special local landmark.”
Meanwhile, the Visitors Bureau is taking pre-orders through the end of May for the limited-edition puzzle, with the pre-orders helping to determine the number of puzzles to be ordered. Like last year, the cost of the puzzle will be $18, tax included, with payment due when the puzzles arrive locally in early September.
“We organized the contest so we could select the winning photo and then have the puzzle manufactured in time to be here for the Sugar Valley Historical Society’s annual Museum Open House in mid-September. It will also be here in plenty of time for Christmas gift-giving,” says Brennan.
An order form to pre-order puzzles is available on the Explore Clinton County PA Facebook page, on the Visitors Bureau page of the Partnership website www.ClintonCountyInfo.com, and at the Partnership office at 212 North Jay Street, Lock Haven.
About Clinton County Visitors Bureau:
Whether you’re looking to get away from it all, for outdoor adventures, or a taste of the rural life, Clinton County’s got it all and then some! We’ve got the great outdoors – more than 60 percent of the County is state land, available for public use. The region boasts a network of trails, state parks, forests and game lands, the Susquehanna River, streams and lakes. You can also enjoy sights and attractions ranging from breath-taking overlooks, to shopping for Amish and “English” handcrafted items, to local festivals, historical sites, a local barn theatre featuring professional actors, and outdoor concerts all summer long! Clinton County is an easy drive from most points in the northeast United States, and there are plenty of choices for great food and a comfortable place to stay.