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Mill Hall photographer winner of Hyner contest

MILL HALL — Mill Hall resident Matt Wise snapped the picture that will appear on the Clinton County Economic Partnership Visitors Bureau’s first puzzle in the new “Clinton County Landmarks” puzzle series.

The winning image of Hyner View was selected from 156 photos submitted in the recent “Show Us Your Hyner” photo contest. It will be the “face” of a 550-piece, 18-24-inch jigsaw puzzle.

“More than 50 people — amateur and professional photographers alike — submitted a total of 156 photographs of Hyner View for consideration,” says CCEP Tourism Director Julie Brennan. “There are so many amazing pictures, whittling it down to one winning photograph wasn’t an easy job.”

Brennan says Wise enjoys photography as a hobby and particularly likes taking pictures of landscapes. He took the winning photo recently while on his way to the family camp in Keating, taking a detour up to Hyner View because it was a nice day.

A panel of three judges reviewed the photo contest entries.

“We thank Carol Cillo, a very talented artist with a keen eye who serves as President of the Clinton County Arts Council; Dave Watt, Renovo native and long-time member and co-chair of the Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival Committee; and Partnership President Mike Flanagan, who served as photo contest judges,” says Brennan. “The winning photo includes all of the elements people think of when they think of the vast, magnificent view from Hyner View — the overlook wall, the river, the mountains and sky — it’s a beautiful picture that we feel will also make a challenging puzzle!

“We want to thank another talented artist, Steve Getz with the Clinton County Arts Council, who designed the box for the puzzle,” adds Brennan. “In addition to the picture on the front, the box includes information about Hyner View and the winning photographer.”

All of the photographs submitted for the contest are posted on the Visitors Bureau’s Explore Clinton County, PA Facebook page.

“We very much appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and participation in the photo contest,” Brennan said. “We’re looking at other ways we can use the entries and more fully showcase the beauty of Hyner View.”

Meanwhile, the visitors bureau is taking pre-orders for the limited-edition puzzle; only 500 puzzles will be available. The cost of the puzzle will be $18, tax included, with payment due when the puzzles arrive in early October.

“We organized the contest so we could select the winning photo and then have the puzzle manufactured in time to be here for the Flaming Foliage Festival, which is always closely associated with Hyner View. It will also be here in plenty of time for Christmas gift-giving,” says Brennan.

An order form to pre-order puzzles is available on the Explore Clinton County PA Facebook page, on the visitors bureau page of the partnership website and at the Partnership office at 212 N. Jay St., Lock Haven.

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