Thirteen area residents of the greater New Haven area, including a Bulletin correspondent, were among the finalists in the Regional Water Authority's recent Recreation Picture Perfect Photo Contest. More than 100 photographs were entered.

Barrie Collins of Bethany was a finalist in four of the five contest categories. The categories included: people enjoying recreational activities on authority lands, wildlife, plants, water scenes and general landscapes.

All photographs had to be taken on RWA lands by an authority permit holder. All finalists received gift certificate awards.

Collins placed with a scene of hikers on the West Rock Ridge's Regicides Trail enjoying a cliff-edge view of Lake Watrous on the Woodbridge-Bethany line; a high-bush cranberry in fall scarlet fruit; an autumn landscape; and a summer scene along the shore of Lake Watrous reservoir.

Last year, Collins placed first in one category and was a finalist in a second category.

Prior to her present position with The Bulletin, Collins was a staff reporter for the New Haven Register and the Waterbury Republican-American.

A brook scene photograph submitted in the contest by Von Bair of Bethany was selected for the authority's 2004 calendar.

The Regional Water Authority supplies water to 400,000 consumers in 12 south-central towns. It owns 25,000 acres of watershed, including in Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange, and provides recreational opportunities on portions of its lands to permit holders.