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Winners of InVision Photo Festival Competitions Announced

Seven Magic Mountains by Margaryta Kenis

Seven Magic Mountains by Margaryta Kenis

Cash & Prizes Awarded to Winners of College Photography Contest, Juried Photo-Based Art Exhibition & #InVision2017 Instagram Photo Contest

Untitled by Robert Walch

Untitled by Robert Walch

With dynamic works that celebrate both traditional and contemporary photography, Robert Walch of Allentown and Keith Sharp of Media were selected as the first-place winners of the 7th Annual InVision Juried Photo-Based Art Exhibition, and Margaryta Kenis of Bucks County Community College was selected as the first place winner of the InVision College Photography Contest, during the InVision Photo Festival Nov.3-5.

Will Hübscher of Easton and Joan Pasternak of Bethlehem were also named the grand prize winners of the #InVision2017 Instagram Photo Contest and Community Photo Pin-Up respectively.

Robert Walch’s photo “Untitled” and Keith Sharp’s photo-based image “Window Steam” captured the grand prizes in the Photo-Based Art Exhibition and were both awarded a $750 cash prize, as well as a metal print from Dan’s Camera City for Best Photograph and Best Image-Based Art respectively. Juried this year by professional photographer and Center for Emerging Visual Artists Director of Artist Programs Genevieve Coutroubis, the Photo-Based Art Exhibition is in its seventh year at InVision. This year’s exhibit, on display through Jan. 8 in the Banana Factory’s Crayola Gallery, features 51 works by 48 artists, selected from 92 submissions.

Window Steam by Keith Sharp

Window Steam by Keith Sharp

Margaryta Kenis, the winner of the College Photography Contest, was selected for her captivating image of the Las Vegas art installation “Seven Magic Mountains” by Ugo Rondinone. As the first-place winner, she took home a $500 cash prize and metal print from Dan’s Camera City. The InVision College Photography Contest was juried by ArtsQuest’s Visual Arts Department staff. Thirty-two students’ works are featured in the exhibit, which is on display in the Banana Factory’s Hallway to the Arts through Dec. 10.

The complete list of winners is:

Juried Photo-Based Art Exhibition
First Place Photography: Robert Walch, Allentown ($750 & Metal Print from Dan’s Camera City)
First Place Photo-based Art: Keith Sharp, Media ($750 & Metal Print from Dan’s Camera City)
2nd: Nicole Gencarelli, Bethlehem ($500)
3rd: Jenny Bergstresser, Nazareth ($250)
Honorable Mention: Marla Burke, Quakertown

College Photography Contest
First Place: Margaryta Kenis, Bucks County Community College ($500 & Metal Print from Dan’s Camera City)
2nd: Hallie Fuchs, Lehigh University ($250)
3rd: Grace Boak, Lehigh University ($150)
Honorable Mentions: Meagan Ryer, Moravian College & Michelle Kott, Bucks County Community College

#InVision2017 Instagram Photo Contest
Grand Prize: Will Hübscher, Easton (Smart Phone Lens Package and 4- 24”x24” square prints from Dan’s Camera City)

Community Photo Pin-Up
Grand Prize: Joan Pasternak, Bethlehem ($100 Gift Card for printing & educational services at Dan’s Camera City)

Morning Call Amateur Scholastic Digital Photography Contest

Middle School
First Place: Joshua Rennig, Southern Lehigh Middle School ($200 Banana Factory Gift Card)
2nd: Rachel Hudson, Northampton Area Middle School ($100 Dan’s Camera City Gift Card)
3rd: Dominick Pocius, Upper Perkiomen Middle School ($75 Banana Factory Gift Card)
People’s Choice: Owen Wescott, Nazareth Area Middle School ($50 Banana Factory Gift Card)

High School
First Place: Garret Transue, Northampton Area High School ($200 Banana Factory Gift Card)
2nd: Emma Hangey, Quakertown Community High School ($100 Dan’s Camera City Gift Card)
3rd: Eric Carson, Parkland High School ($75 Banana Factory Gift Card)
People’s Choice: Dominic Assia, Liberty High School ($50 Banana Factory Gift Card)

Special thanks to Dan’s Camera City for providing prizes for the InVision competitions. For more information on the festival, visit www.invisionphotofestival.org.