Juror Nancy Brown has been a commercial photographer for more than 30 years, specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for 30 years, she now works from Boca Raton. Ms. Brown has published five photography books and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency.
The exhibition was sponsored by Bluewater Editions, a fine-art and innovative art printing business in Port Salerno.
“In the 1970s, Nancy Brown was my hero in an era when not many women were successful in commercial and advertising photography,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Deits. “Nancy succeeded in New York City competing against ‘the big guys’ in photography. I had several of her books and used her as a role model.”
About the exhibition, Ms. Brown said, “It took me quite a long time to decide on the winners because there was so much fine work. I thought that the work in the show was done by mostly professionals and was pleasantly surprised to find out that most of the show was done by lay photographers who love photography, as well as advanced photographers. “
“The best-of-show image of Laguna Beach by Melinda Moore made me want to be there and enjoy the beautiful sky and be a part of the activity going on,” she said. “The second place image, ‘Moroccan Visit,’ by Carol Erenrich could be a poster for Morocco because of the graphic style of the image and the figure in the photograph gave a mysterious feeling, which says ‘Morocco.’”
Howard R. Wexler won first place for “Juno Beach”; Chris Gug was awarded third place for “Holy Waters”; fourth place went to Jason D. Page for “Andy Warhol”; and honorable mentions were awarded to Sandy Friedkin for “Grand Central Station,” Lee Abbott for “Pelican” and John McManus for “Fantasy Hot Rod.”
The Lighthouse ArtCenter is a member-supported nonprofit 501(c)(3) community arts organization, providing excellence in art exhibitions, instruction, education and ArtReach for all ages. Programs are funded in part by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.