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Six Winners Named in First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest

On January 1, 2020, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined America’s state parks and Virginia State Parks to encourage everyone to start 2020 with a hike. Nearly 200 hikers submitted photos as part of the First Hike Fairfax 2020 Photo Contest presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. This year’s contest offered six award categories – triple that of previous years. The Park Authority Executive Director, a panel of Park Authority judges and a public vote have determined the following winners:

Mike Crosby - Huntley Meadows Park

Mike Crosby, Huntley Meadows Park

People’s Choice: 4-Month FCPA RECenter Leisure Fitness Pass

Nearly 1,000 people voted on the People’s Choice Winner. With 178 votes, this photo of the Huntley Meadows boardwalk received 18 percent of the vote, making it the most popular of the 18 finalists selected by the judges.

Jessica Jenkins - Burke Lake Park

Jessica Jenkins, Burke Lake Park

Director’s Choice: $100 Park Authority Gift Card

Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon chose this photo of two children walking hand-in-hand under a Burke Lake Park forest canopy, saying “It evokes a true sense of a first hike in to the woods!

Jeroen van Ek - Scott's Run Nature Preserve

Jeroen van Ek, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Judges’ Choice: 25-visit FCPA RECenter Discount Fast Pass

Park trails are for more than just human hikers and this photo of two dogs in the park resonated with the panel of Park Authority judges. In addition to the focused dogs, judges liked that the photo had depth and showed off the park nicely in the background.

David Kravitz - Lake Accotink CC Trail

David Kravitz, Lake Accotink Stream Valley

Best in Show (Scenery/Landscapes): $50 Park Authority Gift Card

Beauty is often in the details and that was the case with this macro photo of a common milkweed pod along the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail near Lake Accotink. It’s also a great reminder that there is plenty to discover in the parks, even in the colder winter months.

Heather Rascona -Holmes Valley Run

Heather Rascona, Holmes Valley Run

Best in Show (People): $50 Park Authority Gift Card

Parks offer us a natural playground and judges felt that this photo perfectly exemplified this idea by showing two boys exploring the great outdoors. Judges enjoyed the pop of color in the boys’ jackets and commended the photographer on framing and focusing the photo so well.

Jon Taets - Burke Lake Park

Jon Taets, Burke Lake Park

Best in Show (Wildlife): $50 Park Authority Gift Card

This photo of a Canada goose at Burke Lake Park stood out because it offered a different perspective on a bird that we see every day. Judges appreciated the photographer’s ability to provide an up-close look at the goose taking a drink and enjoyed seeing the details beneath the ripples in the water.

First Hike Fairfax kicks off the Park Authority’s Healthy Strides 12 Steps for a Healthier 2020, a year of healthy living ideas for you and your family. For more fresh ideas, visit the Healthy Strides web page and sign up for the e-newsletter with monthly tips to get you and your family energized.

For more information on First Hike Fairfax, visit the First Hike Fairfax web page

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