DARIEN, Conn. - The winners of the “Celebration of Trees” photography contest was announced at a cocktail reception at the Darien Nature Center on Friday, March 7.
The conservancy received 135 entries for its second annual photo contest, which encouraged participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees in Darien.
Stanley Malecki’s “Early Morning Sunrise” captured the favor of the contest’s expert judges and won Best in Show for the Poland native and employee of Weeburn Country Club.
Winning Best in Show in the school age category was 13-year-old Middlesex Middle School student Josiah Harris with “Waiting.”
Wendy Ward won first prize in the new category for bark photography with “Weed Peace.”
More than 50 ribbons were awarded to other participants in the contest. All entries will be on display at the Darien Nature Center at 120 Brookside Road until April 25.
The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve Tree Conservancy of Darien goals.
Tree Conservancy of Darien, established to preserve and enhance wooded resources in town, works to raise awareness of the value of trees in the community.