The Stand's Photo Bash opened with an awards presentation at Wildflowers Armory to celebrate community photographers who were top picks in this summer's Photo Contest. | Photo by Juan German

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Sunday evening, 24 winning images and 17 local photographers were recognized for best capturing our 2022 Syracuse summer. The Stand’s annual Photo Bash opened with a celebration of winners, with Michael John Heagerty serving as MC and presenting prizes to finalists at Wildflowers Armory. By dusk, attendees paraded their way — led by UNiTY Street Band — to the Everson Museum to view the reveal of this year’s winners.

Members of Unity Street Band lead Photo Bash attendees to Everson Plaza to view the premier of the Photo Contest showcase. | Mike Greenlar

This summer’s contest received 118 entries into four categories. Judges reviewed all images and selected four top picks along with additional honorable mentions, basing final decisions on photos that best represented the theme of each category.

The four categories were:

#PicturePortrait — A shot of the many faces of those who call Syracuse home
#TogetherAgain A look at summer events Syracuse hasn’t seen in the last two years
#SouthSideShot — A visual testament of what makes Syracuse’s South Side distinct
#SyrSummerFun —  A capture of what makes Syracuse the place to be this summer

Top picks were:

First Place –   Nicole Moriarity
Second Place – Emily Kenny
Third Place – Quindell Williams
Fourth Place – Elijah Gustus
Honorable Mentions – Jasai Williams &  Qaiel Williams

First Place – Geralron Staten
Second Place – Michael Calobrisi
Third Place -LaTrenda Carswell
Fourth Place – Deborah Putman
   Honorable Mentions  Sammi McGiveron & LaTrenda Carswell

First Place – Deborah Putman
Second Place – Jeff Perkins
Third Place – Deborah Putman
Fourth Place – Kristina Russo
Honorable Mentions – LaTrenda Carswell & Miguel Balbuena

First Place – Quindell Williams
Second Place – Lisa Salisbury Hackley
Third Place – Quindell Williams
Fourth Place -Sammi McGiveron
Honorable Mentions Dylan Suttles & Robert Schulz

Prizes were: 1st place, $200; 2nd place, a one-year membership to Light Work and subscription to Contact Sheet; 3rd place, $50 in market money to Salt City Market, and 4th place, five guest passes to the Everson Museum of Art. Special sponsors and partners included: the City of Syracuse, Everson Museum of Art, Light Work, Salt City Market, Wildflowers Armory, Unity Street Band and the Urban Video Project.

Geralron Staten’s photo, which took first place in the category #TogetherAgain, is projected on the facade of the Everson Museum of Art Sunday, Aug. 21. | Mike Greenlar

Each summer the South Side Newspaper Project sponsors a Photo Walk, encouraging community members to explore, meet neighbors and document the city. In 2020, this effort pivoted to a Photo Contest as a way to document the community during the pandemic. Now both efforts continue with a mission to capture what makes Syracuse a unique and special place to call home.

To view the 2022 Photo Contest winners, visit the Urban Video Project’s outdoor projection site on the facade of Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St. in downtown Syracuse, starting at dusk each evening through Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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