Maine Media Workshops + College have announced the winners of its Spirit of Place. More than 3,800 images and videos were submitted to 11 competition categories from image-makers around the world. More than $25,000 in prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony 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 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 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.

An esteemed panel of nine jurors representing the fine art, documentary, film and television professions selected winners. Juror Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival, said “the quality of the work was exceptional, and provided a glimpse inside both local and global communities.”

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 kick 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.

Contest winners by category follow. There also were 64 Honorable Mentions. Photo, Portfolio Grand Prize, John Hirsch of Roslindale, Mass.; Photo, Youth Grand Prize, Kenan Lynch of Grantsboro, N.C.; Video, Adult Grand Prize, Kwaku Alston of Venice Beach, Calif.; Video, Youth Grand Prize, Noah LePage of New Sharon; Photo, Landscape, Joseph Mullan of Wilmington, Del.; Photo, Seascape, Doron Talmi of Herzliya, Israel; Photo, People/Culture, Sandra White of Bath; Photo, Abstract Expression, Jim Blackstock of Berlin, Germany; Photo, Midcoast Maine, Pamela Heemskerk of Damascus, Md.; Video, Midcoast Maine, Derek Kimball of Portland; and Video, General, Christian Biernath-Wüpping of Sonderburg, Denmark.

In addition to Fowlie, jurors were Stacey Baker, Associate Photo Editor of the New York Times Magazine; Roger Dell, Director of Education of the Farnsworth Art Museum; Charlotte Dixon, artist and educator; Edward Earle, Curator of Collections of the International Center of Photography; Patricia Luchsinger, producer of “NBC Today”; Jessica May, Curator of Contemporary & Modern Art of the Portland Museum of Art; Laura Ozment Schenck, Executive Producer of Television & Special Projects for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network; and Tim B. Wride, the William & Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art.

Founded in 1973 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.

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