The winning photograph in the Landscape category, by Jeffrey Sidle. The photograph was taken in Honesdale, PA; Sidle is from Hawley, PA.

Through summer 2020, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy held its third annual juried photo contest, “Nature Heals: Restore, Renew, Reconnect.” The contest invited local photographers to capture striking nature photos from the Upper Delaware River region in five categories: landscape, wildlife, macro, water, and new this year, a youth category for photographers under 18.

The Conservancy is pleased to announce the winners of the contest. In the landscape category, winner – Jeffrey Sidle, Hawley, PA; runners-up – Pat Ashley, Mt. Laurel, NJ and Laurie Lobbregt, Milford, PA. Wildlife category, winner – Kathleen Colligan, Beach Lake, PA; runners-up – Cristina Marchello, East Stroudsburg, PA and Kathe Williams, Hawley, PA. Water category, winners (tie for first place) – John Musick, Gloucester, VA, and Stacy Cohen, White Lake, NY; runner-up – Peter Kolesar, Yulan, NY. Macro category, winner – Melissa Olivo Heller, Matamoras, PA; runners up – Jonathan Fox, White Lake, NY and Ann LeFevre, East Stroudsburg, PA. Youth category winners are Jesse Berman, age 12; Lorelei Maerz, age 6; and Reilly Mooney, age 16. The People’s Choice winners are Jeffrey Sidle, Hawley, PA and Kathleen Colligan, Beach Lake, PA and the Conservancy Staff Pick is Milicent Wightman, Beach Lake, PA.

The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA will host the Conservancy from November 12th until December 7th in an exhibition featuring the winning photographs as well as artwork created by the gallery’s member artists.

The ARTery Gallery is located in the historic Forest Hall building at 210 Broad Street in Milford, PA. The cooperative gallery is owned and operated by successful and emerging artists and artisans from the Tri-State area. They enjoy collaborating with and presenting exhibits with other local organizations and are proud to exhibit these winning photographs each year.  “Meeting the photographers and sharing their work with visitors who thoroughly enjoy the beautiful images of our region is a high point of our yearly exhibit schedule,” says gallery curator Marie Liu.

Contact the ARTery Gallery at (570) 296-1234. Hours are Monday 11-3, Thursday – Sunday 11-6.