Photos: Downtown Riverhead photo contest winners

The winning photo in this year's downtown Riverhead photo contest, "This Place Matters" by Diane Woodcheke

The winners of’s 2011 Downtown Riverhead photo contest were announced Thursday.

Diane Woodcheke took first place for her photo “This Place Matters,” Michael McLaughlin took second for “Riverhead Lights” and Jo Rambo placed third for “High Noon Hula Hoop Shadows.”

The three winners bested nearly 500 other entries for the honor.

Five judges chose the winning photos based on overall quality, creativity, composition or technical quality, memorable content and delivery, and “expression of Riverhead’s identity.” All pictures had to be taken between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, 2011 in the downtown Riverhead area.

The five judges were award-winning photographer Steve Berger, Art Sites Gallery owner Glynis Berry, Riverhead Free Library director Lisa Jacobs, East End Arts executive director Patricia Snyder, and iloveriverhead Founder Nancy Swett.

The photographs will be used to promote downtown Riverhead through next summer. Winning photographers will receive award certificates and cash prizes made possible with support from the Riverhead Rotary Club. The photos will be displayed in showcase at the Riverhead Free Library during the month of January 2012. The contest was organized by Ms. Jacobs and Ms. Swett, founder of I Love Riverhead (, a group established in 2009 focused on downtown Riverhead.

"Riverhead Lights," by Michael McLaughlin













"High Noon Hula Hoop Shadows," by Jo Rambo