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The City Of Hollywood Announces Winners Of The 2015 Photo Contest

The City of Hollywood Announces Winners of the 2015 Photo Contest
- The judging has finished and the winners of the City’s 2015 Photo Contest have been announced. Florida's Hollywood 2015 in Pictures Photo Contest invited the public to photograph the sights and scenes throughout Hollywood that best depict the City. This year, all of the winning photographs were taken by Hollywood residents. In the Adult Category, Lori Singer won first place and a $200 gift card with her creative photo of a lifeguard stand on Hollywood Beach, captured through a window with a seagull on the door. Carlos Lopez took second place honors and a $150 gift card with his photo of a stroll through the mangroves on a nature trail with fluffy white clouds against a beautiful blue sky at Hollywood’s Ann Kolb Nature Center. Jay Auerbach won third place and a $100 gift card with his snapshot that captured Charnow Park on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk with a backdrop of twinkling lights and a gorgeous purple sky at sunset.
   In the Under 18 Category, Daniella Vazquez was the winner and will be awarded a $50 gift card for her fantastic aerial shot of the ArtsPark at Young Circle. This year, to commemorate the Hollywood’s 90th birthday in November, we included a special category for Best Historical Photo. Photographers were challenged with capturing a photo of an historic building, site or neighborhood in Hollywood, or they could search our historic photo collection and recreate an old Hollywood photo. The winner in Historical Photo category was Jon Morganstine, winning a $100 gift card with his photo of the American Flag and its repeated reflections in the mirrored glass of the picturesque Presidential Circle building on the historic site in Hollywood.
   The winning photos and others submitted during the contest are highlighted in in official City publications such as the quarterly New Horizons newsletter, Hollywood’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and other documents and electronic media. The contest began in January with all submissions due by the end of March. The City received more than 60 entries. Judges scored each photo on creativity and originality, quality of composition, overall design, overall impression of the art and how well Hollywood was depicted. The judges of this year’s contest were: Susan Ostheim, Art Teacher at South Broward High School, Mike and Susan Stocker, both Photojournalists for the Sun Sentinel and Alessandro Di Sciascio, Systems and Programming Manager from the City of Hollywood Department of Information Technology.
   To recognize the contest participants, a presentation will be held during the City of Hollywood City Commission Meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, where the winners will be awarded their gift cards and all contest participants in attendance will be presented with a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative poster featuring selected photos from the contest. Following the presentation, selected photos will be on display in an exhibit curated by the Office of the City Clerk-Records and Archives Division for viewing by the public in the City Hall Lobby, 2nd. Please take a moment to browse through the online photo gallery by going to and typing “photo contest” in the search bar.