DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D Yonkers) and Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-the-Hudson) were on hand to present awards to the winners of the "Take Me Away This Summer" photo contest at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library on Saturday.
"Libraries have had to change over the years in terms of how they stay relevant and obviously something like this where we are encouraging people to show us their skills as well as introduce us to new places," Stewart-Cousins said.
The Dobbs Ferry and the Ardsley library ran the contest over the summer and local amateurs submitted their photographs to be displayed on the wall.
Chuck Devlin won the contest with a shot of a sunrise in the Adirondacks. Devlin said he was more than impressed by the quality of the photographs in the contest.
"I think it's great," Devlin said. "It's nice to see all the local talent."
Photos featured everything from Niagara Falls to shots of Italy and even picturesque mountaintops."It's nature at its best," said Max Tuchman. "Here's a guy from the Bronx, I'm fascinated when I just see a tree in town."
The community room was opened up as the photo gallery covered the walls with small descriptions below each. Stewart-Cousins and Shimsky both were on hand to offer their support of the contest and what it means for the local libraries.
"Our libraries really have become second community centers in an awful lot of communities," Shimsky said. "It's great to come in today and see all of the great amateur photographic talent we have in the Rivertowns."
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