In all, 31 photographers submitted 196 entries to be considered. An initial committee selected 28 works by 19 photographers to be shown and judged. A panel of three judges – photographers Chris Holland and Nicki Jergensen, and the coordinator for the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, Natalie Weeks, walked the show to determine the place winners and two honorable mentions. When they were through with the blind judging, the 1st place prize of $250 went to Kevin Moore for Civil War Photographer; the $150 2nd place prize to Gino Amazia for Boy from the North Country; and, as happened last year, the 3rd place winner of $100 was a repeat – Kevin Moore for The Letter Home. The $50 Honorable Mention prizes went to Josh Berg for My Battle Cry, and Joshua Eller for The Bloody Lane.
A reception held on April 17th introduced the winners and allowed for photographers to talk about their work and converse with admirers. Special acknowledgements were made to Debbie Frantini of Fast Frames for doing a fabulous job on the framing; Jim’s Bottleworks for supplying beer and wine; and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board for supporting exhibition costs. All framed photographs are for sale during the course of the exhibition for $30. Proceeds benefit the Library.
Civil War 150 is a project of the Harford County Public Library with collaborations between Harford County Public Library and the Historical Society of Harford County, the Smithsonian Institution, Harford County Cultural Arts Board, the Maryland Music Conservatory, and the Junius B. Booth Society.
Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
Photo caption #1: Guests view the many entries received for Harford County Public Library’s “A Nation Divided” photo exhibition that recognizes the Civil War 150th Anniversary theme at the Library this spring. In all, 31 photographers submitted 196 entries to the exhibition that is on display at the Jarrettsville Library through May 18.
Photo caption #2: Josh Berg, winner of an Honorable Mention prize, poses with his award-winning submission titled “My Battle Cry” during the reception for Harford County Public Library’s “A Nation Divided” photo exhibition.