Canonsburg girl has an eye for winning photo

Published Jan 23, 2013 at 11:21 am (Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 11:21 am)

Eleven-year-old Hannah Chop of Canonsburg is the winner of the $1,000 first place cash price in the school children category of the 27th annual Lens on Litter photo contest. The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) had a great response from Pennsylvania residents.

Her photo, “Over the Trash to Grandmother’s House We Go,” was taken in East Berlin, Pa., in August. The photo depicts a wooded area where a home remodeler had discarded a truckload of trash. The judges awarded the second place prize of $500 to Anthony Sidari, a 15-year-old sophomore from Hazel Township. His photo, “Roadside Ring Toss,” shows discarded tires leaning against a stake. The winner of the third place prize of $250 was Eric Talanca, a seventh-grader. His photo, “Litter Is No Game,” shows a soccer field with the area behind one of the goals littered with plastic water bottles. Kristen Miller, an 11th grader from Penn Trafford High School, won The People’s Choice Award of a digital camera. Her photo shows a section of a grass field littered with cups and bottles including Mountain Dew. She titled her photo “The Wrong Kind of “Dew” on the Grass.” This is the fifth year in a row that Kristen has won a prize.

The winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize in the “Adult Category” was Pam Corolla of Weston. Her photo shows a wooded area with discarded trash that includes an old table. Pam titled her photo “Cleaning Up Trash is No Picnic.” This is the second consecutive year that Pam has been a winner. Last year, she placed second. Laura Lind of Pittsburgh was awarded the second place prize of $500. Her photo, “A Clear Case of Eat and Run,” shows a park bench with discarded lunch trash consisting of napkins, plastic soda bottles and cups. The judges awarded third place ($250) to Savannah Barrow of Brookhaven for her photo “Life Without Trash Cans.” Her black and white photo shows a huge pile of trash. Marilyn McCoy of Oakmont won the People’s Choice Award of a digital camera. Her photo “Heavy Chevy – Hefty Crime” shows a rusted out frame of an old Chevrolet.

Sponsors of Lens On Litter 2012 were AAA Mid-Atlantic, Inc., BPG Development Co., Everchem Specialty Chemicals Co., Pennoni Associates, Sheetz, Inc., Wawa Inc. and WSFS Bank.

PRC invites all school students and adults to enter the 2013 Lens On Litter contest, which closes Oct. 31. The photos will be displayed on the PRC website, www.prc.org.

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