Windsor Icons Facebook Photo Contest Winners


On May 30th, Sofie Oliveira, age 13, of Windsor Locks, received the top prize in the Windsor Historical Society’s Windsor Icons Facebook Photo Contest. Her image, entitled “Never Forget,” of Windsor’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery with flags in front of each headstone received nearly two hundred votes on the Society’s Facebook page. She was one of thirty-seven photographers who submitted images that represented their interpretation of a Windsor icon. The subjects ranged from cemeteries, sculptures, tobacco sheds, and landscapes to people, animals, buildings, and bridges. Sofie Oliveira snapped her photo on May 19th while the cemetery was decorated in advance of Memorial Day. She selected the Veterans Memorial Cemetery as her Windsor icon because of “the importance of remembering all those that served our country and died protecting our freedom. My father Joe Jr., my grandfather Joe Sr., and great-grandfathers Al, Paul, and Manny, are all veterans, so I know the importance of honoring them and what it means to never forget.” Sofie Oliveira is following in the footsteps of her mother, Melanie Oliveira, also of Windsor Locks, who received second-place in the photo contest. The younger Oliveira has been accompanying her mother on photo shoots and is “interested in photographing the beautiful sites that surround us everyday.” Her mother’s iconic Windsor image, titled “Farmington River Railroad Bridge, Windsor, CT. 1867,” captured the historic bridge. It is also a spot that held many fond memories for her of fishing trips followed by a Bart’s lunch on the banks of the Farmington River. Oliveira commented, “it's a very calming setting, almost as if time stands still as you look out upon the water flowing peacefully by and the preserved bridge where water meets the rails. Windsor is lucky to still have this beautiful iconic bridge preserved as part of its history.” Suffield-resident Molly Stromoski, age 18, took third-place with her image of “To the Patriots of Windsor,” the 1920 eagle statute on Windsor’s Broad Street Green. Stromoski noted that she “chose to capture the eagle, from a different view point, to intrigue the viewer of the photograph.” She submitted her entry “because I live in a town much like Windsor with a strong historical essence and close knit feel.” Sofie Oliveira’s image will also be made into a postcard available in the Society’s Gift Shop.


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1st Prize:  Never Forget, Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery”, Photographer Sofie Oliveira

  Never Forget

2nd Prize:  Farmington River Railroad Bridge, Windsor, CT. 1867”, Photographer Melanie Oliveira

  Farmington River Railroad Bridge, Windsor, CT. 1867

3rd Prize:  Windsor's famous eagle, To the Patriots of Windsor (1920)”, Photographer Molly Stromoski

  To the Patriots of Windsor


Congratulations to all!


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