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Story and Judging Photos by: Robert M. Jadach

Judges - (from l-r) Frank Jozefiak, Alicja Kuklinski, Vice President Paul C. Odrobina, Victor Modlinski.

Chicago, Illinois - Starting from May 1st through September 15th, the PNA Photo Contest took place. The theme for this years contest was: "Just Wow Us!" (photos that will impress the judges). When it reached the deadline, there were over 100 entries submitted from many talented amateur photographers. Vice President Paul C. Odrobina said that he was happy to see that this years photo contest drew in this many entries for the contest.

Photo entries were submitted by entrants living in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

On Monday, September 29, 2014, Vice President Paul Odrobina had the judging to select the winners. Judging the contest this year was: Victor Modlinski, a film maker and PNA photographer for over 25 years, Alicja Kuklinski, Editor of the Zgoda and PNA Chief Underwriter Frank Jozefiak.

The photographs were displayed in the PNA Board Room. The judges looked over each photograph carefully, checking for sharpness, clarity, the quality of the paper stock used in the printing the pictures and making sure the subject matter lived up to the theme of this years contest, "Just Wow Us". The decision of the winners took quite a while during their difficult task, with judges selecting the ten best photographers.

The ten winners were (alphabetically) Katherine Bennett, Dominika Bondyra, Malgorzata Bondyra Katie Calvert, Beverly Collins, Mihalina Dziadyniak, Christine Lesinski Daniel Matyszczyk, Bijan Sosnowski, and Edward Witaszek. Five photos were selected as Honorable Mention. They include: (alphabetically) Nicholas Bondyra, Izabela Clarke, Angela Ignarski, Rebecca Martinez, and Allison Stamm.

Each of the ten winners will receive their winning photo entry mounted on an "Award Winners Plaque".

Vice President Odrobina would like to thank his In-House Committee for their hard work running the contest each year namely Joan Oskorep and Robert Jadach, the judges for taking time away from their busy schedule to come to the PNA to judge this years contest and all the participants and winners who entered the contest this year.

The contest will once again resume on May 1, 2015 through September 1, 2015. The theme for the contest will be shortly decided. Details will be posted on the PNA Website and listed in upcoming issues of the Zgoda.

WINNERS OF THE 2014 PHOTO CONTEST

THEME:"JUST WOW US"

WINNERS (listed alphabetically)

KATHERINE BENNETT
"Summer Storm"
Lodge 7016 - Canon City, Colorado

DOMINIKA BONDYRA
"Our Bird Condo"
Lodge 238 - Perry Hall, Maryland

MALGORZATA BONDYRA
"Inside The Cymbal"
Lodge 238 - Perry Hall, Maryland

KATIE CALVERT
"When Night Falls"
Lodge 3134 - Kalamazoo, Michigan

BEVERLY COLLINS
"Ah Moment"
Lodge 0 - Leawood, Kansas

MIHALINA DZIADYNIAK
"Droga Do Badlans"
Lodge 3274 - Rocky Road, Ohio

CHRISTINE LESINSKI
"Morning Dew"
Lodge 464 - Randolph, Vermont

DANIEL MATYSZCZYK
"Cousin Secrets"
Lodge 315 - Ansonia, Connecticut

BIJON SOSNOWSKI
"Moroccan Dreams"
Lodge 338 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

EDWARD J. WITASZEK
"Marc Seguin on the Eiffel Tower"
Lodge 2066 - Rochester, New York


FIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS

NICHOLAS BONDYRA
"Lukas and Shadow Twin"
Lodge 238 - Maryland

IZABELA CLARKE
"Fairfield"
Lodge 825 - Virginia

ANGELA IGNARSKI
"The Orangutan Just Chillin"
Lodge 3250 - Illinois

REBECCA MARTINEZ
"Grandpa's Outhouse"
Lodge 2879 - Illinois

ALLISON STAMM
"Skycoasters"
Lodge 1052 - Pennsylvania