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2024 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.  2023-2024 will be the fifteenth 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 local professional photographer Nancie Battaglia and Robert ParkeHarrison, Professor of Photography at Skidmore College.  The selected photographs are exhibited at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts High School Juried Art Show March 1-16, 2024. After the art show, they will be on display at selected venues (libraries, art centers, and more) within the Park and on the LPI website page devoted to the 24 Hours Exhibition. 

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In September 2023, 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, 2024.  Juror’s decision and winning photographs will be announced by the end of February, 2024. 

2023-2024 24 Hours Photography Competition Juror

Manuel "Manny" Palacios is a photographer based in the Mohawk River Valley of Upstate New York. He blends his roles as a scientist and an evocative outdoor photographer. Often found meandering through the depths of the Adirondacks, he captures the land's natural aura through his lens. For Manny, photography isn't just a click of the shutter; it's a mindful communion with nature that elevates both the subject and viewer. With an eye for innovation, he delights in pushing the envelope of technical possibility and equally enjoys guiding others to realize their own artistic potential. His work doesn't merely capture moments; it invites a deeper way of seeing.

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This project is made possible with funds from the statewide community regrants program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by
the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.
Along with funds generously granted by the Lake Placid Education Foundation



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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