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Traci Marie Wagner
WINNERS OF PHOTO & VIDEO COMPETITION EXHIBIT IN ROCKPORT
In honor of Maine Media Workshops + College's 40th Anniversary,
photographers and filmmakers explored Spirit of Place theme
ROCKPORT, MAINE May 29, 2013
Winners of Maine Media Workshops + College's Spirit of Place photo and video competition will exhibit their work in Rockport's Maine Media Gallery from June 7 through June 28. More than 3,800 images and videos were submitted to 11 competition categories from image-makers around the world. The exhibitIon opens on June 7 with a free public reception from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Over $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners.
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. The exhibit will display work from the following winners:
Portfolio Grand Prize Winner, And Again a series by John Hirsch, a photographer and educator living and working in the greater Boston area.
Landscape Category Winner, Joseph Mullan, a commercial photographer and educator based in the Philadelphia market, Joseph shoots projects on the local, regional and national level.
Seascape Category Winner, Doron Talmi, an aviation veteran and amateur photographer, residing in Herzliya, Israel.
People and Culture Category Winner, Sandra White, lives in Bath, Maine, a graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in sociology and a passion for photography.
Midcoast Maine Category Winner, Pamela Heemskerk, a natural light photographer based in the Washington, DC area, specializing in fine art portraiture, still life and landscape photographs.
Youth Category Grand Prize Winner, Kenan Lynch, a highschool student, who enjoys capturing life through photography.
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 also have their work exhibited 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.
The Maine Media Gallery is located at 18 Central St. Rockport, Maine 04856, next to Shepherds Pie. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 11:00 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesday - Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 to 3:00 pm.