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In honor of the school’s 40th Anniversary,
photographers and filmmakers explored Spirit of Place theme

Right Image:
Honorable Mention--People/Culture
Jo Ann Walters, Rowayton, CT
"Boy with Wolf Pup, Alton, IL 2012"

ROCKPORT, MAINE March 15, 2013           

Maine Media Workshops + College announced the winners of its Spirit of Place photo and video competition today. More than 3,800 images and videos were submitted to 11 competition categories from image-makers around the world. 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.


Contest Winners

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, Berlin, Germany

Photo, Midcoast Maine: Pamela Heemskerk, Damascus, MD

Video, Midcoast Maine: Derek Kimball, Portland, ME

Video, General: Christian Biernath-Wüpping, Sonderborg, Denmark

...Plus 64 Hononarable Mentions!


Above Image: Honorable Mention--People/Culture | Nicole Wolfe, McClean, VA | "Shane"

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


Above Image: Grand Prize Winner - Adult Portfolio | John Hirsch, Roslindale, MA | "Screening"

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.

Founded in 1973 in Rockport, Maine as Maine Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops + College has evolved into a creative center for visual storytellers across many disciplines. Offering immersive photography, filmmaking and multimedia courses in one-day, one and two-week workshops, a one-year professional certificate program and a three-year MFA degree program, Maine Media attracts more than 1,600 students each year from all over the world.



Above Image: Honorable Mention - Seascape | Moe Chen, Scarborough, ME | "PHL Nights"