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SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Samantha Vosburgh from North Bennington, Vt., won first place and $150 for her photo 'Sunset Bliss.'

'Dare to Jump' was the second place winner in the People's Choice.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has announced the winners of the SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest. Awards were presented before a crowd of 100 attendees at an SVMC Orthopedics Open House the evening of June 22.

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

Samantha Vosburgh from North Bennington, Vt., won first place and $150 for her photo "Sunset Bliss," which was taken at Gale Meadow Pond in Londonderry, Vt. Virginia Haynes from Bennington, Vt., and Jennifer Mardus from Shaftsbury, Vt., took second and third place, respectively.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Jessica Bachiochi from Arlington, Vt.; Michael Beach from Shaftsbury, Vt.; Silvia Cassano from Bennington, Vt.; Bruce Squiers from Salem, N.Y.; Courtney Volski from Arlington, Vt.; and Andrea Wheeler from Bennington, Vt.
SVMC's Facebook followers selected two winners for the People’s Choice Award. Allison Mazza from Wilmington, Vt., won First Place and a prize of $300 in the category for her photo "Hike with Mom" taken on Cascades Trail in North Adams, Mass. Lisa Hagadorn from Hoosick Falls, N.Y., won Second Place in the People's Choice category for her photo "Dare to Jump" taken on Mount Greylock in Adams, Mass.

The photos are on display at the SVMC Orthopedics office at 332 Dewey St., which has undergone a complete renovation. View an album of winners' photos on Facebook.

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