William Panuska's dramatic photo of the Mid-Hudson Bridge is the November 2008 Poughkeepsie Journal Quadricentennial Photo Contest winner. Although the judges had more than 90 photographs to view and critique, Panuska's image of an ominous bank of clouds appearing to rest on top of the bridge was the clear winner. The photograph is technically outstanding, very well-framed and perfectly timed, said Spencer Ainsley, director of multimedia, photography and videography at the newspaper. Panuska, 63, who is now retired and living in Highland, taught in the Poughkeepsie School District for 30 years.
Bob Kallman's moody photo of a Hudson River scene in heavy fog takes honorable mention. Kallman's early morning photo showing a collection of oars and small boats lined along the east bank of the Hudson River with another boat approaching in the mist under the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge is serene and artistically produced, said Ainsley. Kallman owns Kallman Insurance Agency in Poughkeepsie and is an avid outdoorsman.
Congrats to them both!
PS We'll post the photos here shortly -- in the mean time, they are in this group on the Hudson Happenings photo contest page. UPDATE: The winning photos can be seen here.