We were thrilled to announce the winners of our Spirit of Place photo and video competition on March 15th. Thanks to everyone who entered, our talented jurors, and our generous sponsors! More than 3,800 images and videos were submitted to 11 competition categories from image-makers around the world.
Click here to see all the winning images and videos.
Over $25,000 in prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony on June 7 at Maine Media Workshops + College, along with an exhibition in the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport Village. In addition to landscape, seascape, people/culture, portfolio, and youth categories, the competition also included a category devoted to Midcoast Maine. Images and videos submitted for that prize will be donated to create an archive hosted by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and available to businesses and nonprofits in the community to promote the midcoast region.
The 11 contest winners are a diverse group of professional and recreational image-makers who hail from six different states, and as far away as Denmark, Germany, and Israel. “We are very pleased with the response to this contest from people all over the U.S. and many other countries around the world and impressed by the quality of images and videos selected by our jurors,” said Meg Weston, president of Maine Media Workshops + College.
Photo, Portfolio Grand Prize: John Hirsch, Roslindale, MA
Photo, Youth Grand Prize: Kenan Lynch, Grantsboro, NC
Video, Adult Grand Prize: Kwaku Alston, Venice Beach, CA
Video, Youth Grand Prize: Noah LePage, New Sharon, ME
Photo, Landscape: Joseph Mullan, Wilmington, DE
Photo, Seascape: Doron Talmi, Herzliya, Israel
Photo, People/Culture: Sandra White, Bath, ME
Photo, Abstract Expression: Jim Blackstock, Brentwood, TN
Photo, Midcoast Maine: Pamela Heemskerk, Damascus, MD
Video, Midcoast Maine: Derek Kimball, Portland, ME
Video, General: Christian Biernath-Wüpping, Sonderburg, Denmark
…Plus 64 Honorable Mentions!
An esteemed panel of nine jurors representing the fine art, documentary, film, and television professions selected winners. “I was struck by the versatility and expansive points of view that suffused the work I reviewed,” said Norton Museum of Art Curator Tim Wride. “The portfolio submissions, in particular, were thoughtful and inventive, often coupled with a risky sense of depth and complication.” Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival, noted “the quality of the work was exceptional, and provided a glimpse inside both local and global communities.”
Stacey Baker, Associate Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine
Roger Dell, Director of Education, Farnsworth Art Museum
Charlotte Dixon, Artist and Educator
Edward Earle, Curator of Collections, International Center of Photography
Ben Fowlie, Founder & Director, Camden International Film Festival
Patricia Luchsinger, Producer, NBC Today
Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary & Modern Art, Portland Museum of Art
Laura Ozment Schenck, Executive Producer of Television & Special Projects, Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Tim B. Wride, William & Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, Norton Museum of Art
The contest was sponsored by B&H Photo Video & Pro Audio and Blurb, and ran from October 2012 to February 2013. The competition’s award ceremony will be held on June 7, kicking off a round of festivities celebrating Maine Media Workshops + College’s 40th Anniversary. Contest winners will have their work exhibited at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport, as well as in an online gallery and eBook. A portion of the contest’s proceeds will fund scholarships for Maine Media students.
Did you miss out on our Spirit of Place competition? Don't worry! We'll be announcing our next competition, Dreams, soon. Stay tuned!