Plain Dealer Travel Photo Contest winners chosen

You don’t have to transport distant to take a superb transport photo. Four out of 13 winning images in a sixth annual Plain Dealer Travel Photo Contest were taken in Northeast Ohio, including 3 in downtown Cleveland.

The rest of a tip cinema camber a creation — from Peru to India, Japan to Dubai.

The Grand Prize-winning photo, a relaxed lake scene, was taken in executive Maine by Sharyn Peterson of Independence.

Amateur photographers from opposite Ohio submitted scarcely 6,000 images in 3 competition categories: Sense of Place, People of a World and Close to Home. A row of 3 veteran photographers judged a images. Winners embody a college student, a musician, a medicine and others.

In addition, this was a initial year for a Youth Division, open to photographers 13 to 17. Winner Betsy Naymon, a youth during Revere High School in Richfield, wowed a judges with her colorful shot of performers during an Incan archaeological site in southern Peru.

The judges — Nancy McEntee, a highbrow of photography during a Cleveland Institute of Art; Roger Mastroianni, residence photographer for a Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Play House; and Susan Kirkman Zake, a techer during Kent State University and a former editor during a Akron Beacon Journal — collected in late Mar to name a winners.

After spending hours deliberation a merits of hundreds of images, they came to these conclusions:

• A pleasing nightfall isn’t adequate to make a constrained photo. “The object alone doesn’t tell we anything about a place,” pronounced Mastroianni. “You need to find something engaging going on.”

• More photographers ought to cruise relocating around to urge composition. “I tell my students that they should make themselves physically uncomfortable,” pronounced McEntee.

• And Cleveland itself creates utterly a constrained subject. Said Zake, “You don’t have to fly opposite a sea to take a good photo.”