Laurel Highlands Annual Photo Contest Exhibit

Bottle Works Black Box Theater

Feb 16-March 30

The Bottle Works Black Box Theater is proud to exhibit the winners of the 2018 Laurel Highlands Annual Photo contest! We are exhibiting the top three entries from each of the three contest categories: people, places, & animals, from Feb 16- March 30. Entries were required to be photos that tell a story about a visit to the beautiful Laurel Highlands! Visit the Laurel Highlands Annual Photo Contest Exhibit, and take in the beautiful images captured by some of the areas leading photographers. Aspiring photographers will find inspiration in the captivating moments that were immortalized by this years winners!

The LHVB congratulates the 2018 Photo Contest winners, whose images are featured in the 2019 Laurel Highlands Destination Guide and have been used in the bureau’s tourism marketing efforts.

Category 1: People

  • First place | Rusty Glessner of State College, photo of Ohiopyle State Park
  • Second place | Amber Hebenthal of Pleasant Unity, photo of Laurel Hill State Park
  • Third place | Suzanne Enos of Somerset, photo of Somerset Historical Center

Category 2: Places

  • First place | Carolyn Anderson of New Alexandria, photo of Keystone State Park
  • Second place | Brandon Hirt of Ebensburg, photo of Quemahoning Reservoir
  • Third place | Diana Sanner of Rockwood, photo of Laurel Hill State Park

Category 3: Plants and Animals

  • First place |Courtney Burnsworth of Mill Run, photo of cat in Ohiopyle
  • Second place | Linda Seanor of Berlin, photo of bird at Laurel Hill State Park
  • Third place | Paul Valerio of Irwin, photo of bee and waterlily at Seven Springs Mountain Resort

About Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands
A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located an hour east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater®, Kentuck Knob, Mäntylä and Duncan House – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park and more.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91 and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at, calling 724.238.5661, and Established in 1958, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Once you have seen the exhibit, enter your own photos into the 2019 Contest!

Enter the 2019 contest at the link below!