Maine Media announces Dreams winners
Rockport — Maine Media Workshops + College has announced the winners of its latest competition, Dreams. Internationally known for immersive photography, film and video workshops, Maine Media included a writing category in this year’s competition for the first time.
“We teach the art and craft of visual storytelling here at Maine Media,” said President Meg Weston. “Writing is an important part of that process, and we were thrilled that so many talented writers shared their work.”
More than 1,100 images, videos and writing entries were submitted from image-makers and storytellers from around the world. The 24 contest winners are a diverse group of professional and recreational artists who hail from as far away as Brazil, China, India and Singapore — and as close as Rockport.
The jurors were a stellar collection of award-winning authors, artists and editors including Newbery Award-winning author Sharon Creech, fine art photographer Elizabeth Opalenik, Maine Magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Grisanti and President of Hyperion Pictures Tom Wilhite.
Several of the Dreams contest winners have taken workshops at Maine Media, including Video Grand Prize winner Amy Parrish, a professional photographer from Ohio who said the workshop she took in 2012 with photographer Joyce Tenneson continues to inspire her work today.
Photo Grand Prize Winner Robert Moran (who also won four Honorable Mentions in Maine Media’s last contest, Spirit of Place) is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Bar Harbor.
“I carry my camera with me almost everywhere I go,” said Moran, who shot his winning image while visiting a fair in New Brunswick. “The combination of the trampoline acrobat with the ice cream cone and Ferris wheel gave the feeling of flying, and reminded me of dreams I had as a child.”
Our dreams tell us how awake we are, said Western Michigan Professor Emeritus Miriam Bat-Ami, who focused on the dreamscapes of the natural world in her Writing Grand Prize-winning poem.
“Nature moves me out of the indifference which likes to feast on everything good that has been and is waiting to be done,” she said.
More than $9,000 in prizes including cash, workshop scholarships and film and photography gear were awarded recently at a ceremony held at the B&H Superstore in New York City. Contest winners will have their work exhibited in the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport in the spring of 2014. A portion of the contest’s proceeds will fund scholarships for Maine Media students. Dreams was sponsored by B&H Photo|Video|Pro Audio, Longfellow Books and Maine Magazine.
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 and week-long workshops, one-year professional certificate programs 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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