Earlier this spring, Maine Media Workshops + College announced the winners of its “Spirit of Place” Photo & Video Competition, which drew more than 3,800 entries from image makers around the world. MMW will be exhibiting a selection of the winning photographs in the Maine Media Gallery, 18 Central St., next to Shepherd’s Pie. The show will open with a 5 to 6:30 p.m. reception Friday, June 7, to run through the 28th.

More than $25,000 in prizes was 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 is And Again, a series by John Hirsch, a photographer and educator living and working in the greater Boston area. Landscape Category Winner is Joseph Mullan, a commercial photographer and educator based in the Philadelphia market who shoots projects on the local, regional and national level. Seascape Category Winner is Doron Talmi, an aviation veteran and amateur photographer who resides in Herzliya, Israel. People and Culture Category Winner Sandra White lives in Bath and graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in sociology and a passion for photography. Midcoast Maine Category Winner Pamela Heemskerk is a natural light photographer based in the Washington, D.C., area specializing in fine art portraiture, still life and landscape photographs. Youth Category Grand Prize Winner Kenan Lynch is a high school student, who enjoys capturing life through photography.

An esteemed panel of nine jurors representing the fine art, documentary, film and television professions selected winners. 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 June 7, kicking off a round of festivities celebrating Maine Media Workshops + College’s 40th anniversary. Contest winners 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.

Maine Media Gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.