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Tree Conservancy Announces Photo Contest Winners

Karen Hughan, TCD board member, Stanley Malecki, winner of "Best in Show", and Sabina Harris, TCD board member.
Karen Hughan, TCD board member, Stanley Malecki, winner of "Best in Show", and Sabina Harris, TCD board member.

Winning photographs in Tree Conservancy of Darien’s Celebration of Trees” photography contest were 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 that 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 1st prize in the new category for bark photography with “Weed Peace”.

Over 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.

Tree Conservancy of Darien would like to thank Elizabeth Hearle, Director of the Darien Nature Center and the Nature Center staff, judges Amy Cholnoky and Anne Franzan, the Gardener’s Center, Weeburn Country Club, Lynn Hamlen, emcee for the evening, the many young hosts and hostesses helping to serve the guests, and Andrea Bonfils for generously donating her limited edition photograph “Pear Tree Views” to the silent auction.

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.

For more information or to make a donation, visit the tree conservancy at treeconservancyofdarien.org or email them at info@treeconservancyofdarien.org.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit 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. TCD can be reached at info@treeconservancyofdarien.org.  

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