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2023 Winners!

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“These photographs reflect on many significant themes – from the landscape to relationships, the shifting of seasons and the inevitability of time, to identity and self…Each of you has shown us something unique, that, while captured within twenty-four hours in the Adirondacks, extends to cities and towns beyond, and opens up new ways to think about the world in which we live.”    — a past juror of 24 Hours   


24 Hours:  A Photographic Interpretation of Life in the Adirondacks is a contest for high school students in public and private schools within the Adirondack Park.  2022-2023 will be the fourteenth year of this program, which draws entries from throughout the region. Students are invited to submit two photographs taken during any specified hour or hours of the day, and are encouraged to move their view beyond traditional landscape subjects – though they also qualify for submission – to  subjects that relate to their own daily lives.

From the several hundred submissions received, about 20 “winning” photographs are selected by a juror who is either a professional photographer or a curator working with the genre of art photography.  The juror also gives personal feedback to the winning photographers.  Past jurors have included professional landscape photographer John Di Giacomo and Kate Menconeri, former Chief Curator at the Center for Photography Woodstock.  The selected photographs are exhibited at selected venues (libraries, art centers, community centers) within the Park and on the LPI website page devoted to the 24 Hours Exhibition. This years selected venues are TBD

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In September 2022, complete contest guidelines and a related poster will be sent to all high schools within the Adirondack Park.  Students may submit two photographs, via computer or mail, that were taken during a specific hour or specific hours of the day or night. Each photo must be accompanied by a brief 50-150 word description of when, where, and why the artist chose to photograph that particular scene or subject.  The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2023.  Juror’s decision and winning photographs will be announced by the end of March 2023. 

2022-2023 24 Hours Photography Competition Juror




Nancie Battaglia is an award winning freelance photographer living in Lake Placid New York. Published extensively, her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, National Geographic, Adirondack Life and innumerable local, national, and international media. She has been credentialed for 12 Olympics (10 winter, 2 summer) and many years worth of World Cup and national caliber competitions. Ice and snow sports are among her favorites. Her imagery has been published world wide.


Raised in Geneseo New York, schooled at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications for degrees in photography, Battaglia settled in Lake Placid photographing all things Adirondack. In addition to sports she does editorial features, news, architecture, education and commercial photography. As an active outdoor person she participates in the sporting lifestyle as well a documents it. Skiing, skating, sledding, paddling, triathlons, running, biking, hiking are work and play. She recently finished hiking her fourth round of the 46ers, the Adirondack peaks over 4000 feet.

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For more information, please contact the Lake Placid Institute at



Lake Placid Institute, P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

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