Winners of Greenwich “Awesome Tree Contest” selected
GREENWICH — The Tree Conservancy chose the winners of its Awesome Tree Contest earlier this week from submissions of photographs and drawings, poetry and letters.
Spanning five categories, contest judges chose 15 winners and eight honorable mentions in the following categories: “Express Yourself,” for artistic photographs of a tree or trees; “Living Art,” a two-dimensional representation of a tree in any medium; “Looking Closer,” for a macro or cropped photo of a tree; “Reaching Out,” a photograph focused on branches and roots; and “Love Letters,” an expression of written affection for a tree or trees.
Cheryl Dunson, vice president of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, presented winners for the first category. First place in “Express Yourself” went to Ashton Borcherding, who submitted a photo of a tree that became pixelated as the viewer moved their eyes rightward.
“The edit went from a natural appearance of the tree on the left to a more abstract impression of the a tree with blocks of color on right,” Dunson said. “The edit also created a branching structure reminiscent of Asian temples — and, of course, being tree lovers in the Greenwich Tree Conservancy, we thought that the center heart shape was quite appropriate.”
GTC Director JoAnn Messina said 75 people came to the ceremony, which was preceded by a tree walk led by Greenwich Park and Tree Superintendant Bruce Spaman.
“This was our sixth contest, but the first in three years.” Messina said. “Everyone enjoyed the celebration of incredible talent in Greenwich both by students and adults.”
Another submission, a photograph submitted by Sandrine De Coster, won an honorable mention in the “Looking Closer” category, with a view from inside a dead tree stump. The clear blue sky in the middle is only interrupted by the stray living branches that surround it. Closest to the camera are pieces of wood sticking up in a circle, dry and dead.
One love letter, submitted by Tommy Sandford, also received an honorable mention Sunday.
“When I look out the window, I see you gently swaying in the wind,” Sandford wrote, “your leaves rustling as the morning dew is whisked from their green tips. You are a nymph and I am but a faun chasing you.
“You are elusive,” the Brunswick student said, “slipping in and out of the shadows as they wax and wane. I watch you grow old and frail when I am trapped inside my concrete cage. I am powerless to save your leaves. One by one, they leave you far easier than I ever could.”
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