2014 Cottingley Lens Competition, Buffalo Almanack, June 2014 Issue

June 16, 2014

The Buffalo Almanack announced my image, "Riding The New York Subway," was the winning image in the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition."  In addition, two other images received honorable mentions; "Reigning Over Central Park" and "Wandering Over Manhattan."  The contest is based on the original 1917 Cottingley photos, which featured fairies flying about English teenager Elsie Wright, who borrowed her father's photo equipment and as noted in issue 4, page 63, of the Buffalo Almanack, created images of her with frolicking fairies, which were comprised of "watercolor paintings pinned to flowers and sticks with hatpins."  While many people appeared to have recognized the trickery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle apparently did not who wrote a book on this matter, and thus, the setting for this competition is based.  The Colorado-based publication is an e-zine that bills itself as an "American Fictions & Photographic Digest."  The publication is available online at http://www.buffaloalmanack.com and Max Vande Vaarst and Katie Morrison are the editors of the publication.  The article of the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition" begins on page 62 of the June 2014 issue.

 

The image depicted with this blog is "Wandering over Manhattan," which received an honorable mention.   It features the wandering albatrosses and golden eagles soaring above the Manhattan skyline, while giraffes stand on the outdoor decks of the penthouses in the towers.   The wandering albatrosses, rated "Vulnerable" by the IUCN, were photographed out over the sea while cruising from the Falkland Islands to the Island of South Georgia.  The biggest threat to their survival is long-line fishing and pollution in the form of plastics and discarded fishing hooks.  The golden eagles were photographed in Neah Bay, Washington state.  Pesticides wrecked havoc on the population of these birds at one time, and while they now enjoy a "Least Concern" status, they still struggle with being poisoned, trapped or shot.  The giraffes are South African giraffes photographed in Botswana.  This image, an edition of 1 of 3, will be up for the charitable photography auction, "Friends Without A Border," in New York City later this year.  The other two images have received notable recognition in previous competitions, and you may find further information about them in earlier blog postings.


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