The winner of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s ninth annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest’s $750 prize is Luke Kelly of Millbrook, Dutchess County, who submitted his photograph taken from the Ferncliff Forest Fire Tower in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Kelly will also receive a framed print of his photograph.
Of the 20 finalists, Kelly’s photograph received more than 1,100 votes, the most cast by Central Hudson’s Facebook followers. In total, more than 8,100 votes were cast.
In addition, a second drawing will be held to award a framed print of the winning photo to one lucky voter. The winner will be announced soon.
“We congratulate Luke on his winning photograph, which beautifully showcases the fall colors and inspiring vistas we’re treated to here in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson. “We were once again appreciative of and amazed by all of the entries submitted this year, as they were truly inspiring examples of region’s spectacular fall season. We offer our sincere appreciation to the talented contestants who shared their work.
“Thank you also to all who participated by voting,” said Freni. “We are proud to serve this beautiful and historic part of New York State, and this annual contest reminds us how fortunate we are to live here.”
The contest opened on Oct. 4, 2021, inviting Central Hudson customers to submit photographs of the region’s fall season taken within the energy company’s service area by Nov. 5. A selection of finalists was posted to Central Hudson’s Facebook page, and voters were asked to “like” their favorite of the finalists. The official voting ended at noon on Nov. 19.
Freni also reminded customers of the benefits of “liking” and “following” Central Hudson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive important safety messages, energy efficiency tips, announcements on new programs and services, updates on severe weather and other helpful information.
The winner of Central Hudson’s ninth annual Fall Foliage Photo Contest, $750 prize and framed picture is Kelly Luke of Millbrook, Dutchess County, who submitted his photograph taken from the Ferncliff Forest Fire Tower in Rhinebeck, N.Y.