2023 Photo Contest Winners and Finalists

The 2023 Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Photo Contest was a great success! We had over 120 photos to choose from and the selection process was very difficult.

The addition of a category specifically for mobile device cameras gave more people the opportunity to win prizes. We’ll be sure to do that again in 2024.

The following images were selected as finalists from all entries submitted. From these, three winning entries were selected from each of the two divisions — Mobile Device Cameras and Standalone Cameras — by our esteemed panel of four professional photographers …

  • Derek Gee – Buffalo News Chief Photographer
  • kc kratt – Freelance Photographer/Buffalo Spree Photographer
  • Thomas Mackert – Freelance Photographer/Bee News Photographer
  • Mark Mulville – Freelance Photographer/former Buffalo News Photographer

Both divisions are shown below. If you click on any of the images, a slideshow will pop up on your screen. Use the arrows to move forward or backward.

Our Winners — Mobile Devices

  • First Place: Judy Griffin — “Road”  ($150 cash and a copy of Nostalgic Buffalo by William C. Even)
  • Second Place: Sherry Taber — “Covered Bridge”  ($100 cash)
  • Third Place: Jim Blesy — “Hiding”  ($50 cash)


Our Winners — Standalone Camera

  • First Place: Michael Fairbanks — “Fire and Ice”  ($150 cash and a copy of Nostalgic Buffalo by William C. Even)
  • Second Place: Kyle Post — “Knox Barred Owl”  ($100 cash)
  • Third Place (Tie): Jim Bitten — “Autumn Splendor”  ($50 cash)
  • Third Place (Tie): Brien Gottstine — “Winter Wonderland”  ($50 cash)
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