The Winning Photos of How We See Ourselves
For nine consecutive years, the Coral Gables Museum has run an annual photography contest called Capture Coral Gables. The goal of the contest is to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Coral Gables, to showcase the best photography of the city, and to inspire residents and visitors to explore the city through the lens of a camera.
This year’s winners are now on display at the Museum, through October first. The contest, open to amateur and professional photographers alike, received over 130 entries. Winners were selected by a panel of judges that included renowned photographer Carl Juste, writer and photographer Ena Lapitu Columbie, and art critic and curator José Antonio Navarrete.
“We are very excited that the quality of photographs submitted for this year’s events surpassed other editions and that the selection of the jurors has been so rigorous,” said Yuni Villalonga, director of curatorial programs at Coral Gables Museum. The Grand Prize winner received $500, Coral Gables Art Cinema and Coral Gables Museum memberships, and camera accessories, while winners in each category received a $250 prize plus other goods, including museum memberships.
“Frow Ave” by Monica Aguinaga (left); “Spiral” (top right) and “Crossing Lights” (bottom right) by Marco Inzerillo
This year’s winning pictures include two by local photographer Marco Inzerillo. “I am beyond thrilled and honored to have won two prizes this year after winning one last year,” said Inzerillo. “This contest has pushed me to continue working harder in producing unique images that capture the beauty of our city.”
Capture Coral Gables Winners
Grand Prize: “Elena” by Victor Jaramillo
CG Historical Architecture & Public Art: “Depression Deco Noir” by Humberto Cruz
Urban Life: “Crossing Lights” by Marco Inzerillo
What Makes Coral Gables Beautiful?: Untitled, by Thais Aguerrevere
Coral Gables at Work: “Spiral” by Marco Inzerillo
The True Coral Gables: “Frow Ave” by Monica Aguinaga
This year, Coral Gables Museum also presents the winners of the Coral Gables Garden Club’s photo contest, As I See It, which is now in its third edition. Prizes for Garden Club winners range from $200 to $1,000 for the grand prize.
“The Chair of the museum, Jose Valdés-Fauli, proposed the idea of presenting our winners at the museum because we don’t have a gallery, and our artists are thrilled for this opportunity,” said Susan Rodriguez, president of the Coral Gables Garden Club.
As I See It Winners
Marlene Kerdyk Grand Prize Winner: “Pine Siskin Steam Bath” by Christopher Baker
Flowers, Plants & Trees: “Shoo Fly” by Ana Bowers
Sustainability: “Me and My Winged Friend” By Gunilla Imshaug
Marlene Kerdyk Grand Prize Winner “Pine Siskin Steam Bath” by Christopher Baker
“Me and My Winged Friend” by Gunilla Imshaug (left) and “Shoo Fly” by Ana Bowers (right)