Stunning Photographs Captured During POLB Competition Now Displayed at MoLAA

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Images courtesy of the Port of Long Beach. Future Rising by Aydin Palabiyikoglu.

The fourth annual Port of Long Beach (POLB) PHOTOGALLERY competition has produced three winners, the Arts Council for Long Beach announced Saturday. The annual competition has also resulted in the production of an exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), now on display through October 30.

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Following a workshop, more than 60 amateur and professional photographers set out to capture images of the port on a cruise through its vast, expansive interior. A panel of judges then selected a winning photo from three different categories.

Aydin Palabiyikoglu’s Future Rising, a shot of the Gerald Desmond Bridge construction next to the current bridge at nightwas selected as the top photo of the Port of the Future category, earning the photographer the title of the contest’s overall winner.

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Night Shift by Heather Leyse.

Heather Leyse’s Night Shift, showing an OOCL cargo ship at Middle Harbor rose to the top of the Human and Machines category and Christine Smith’s Rush, which captured the wake of the harbor cruise boat, won the Interpretation of Green category.

“I was already satisfied to have my work displayed in MoLAA as a participant of the workshop,” said Smith. “To win brought it to a whole new level of enjoyment, and affirmation of my work as a photographer. I am so grateful and can’t say enough about this experience as a whole.”

The POLB is also holding an online PHOTOGALLERY contest where fans can place a vote for their favorite of the non-prize-winning photos by visiting the website here. The winning photographer, as well as one lucky voter, will receive packages of port-related promotional items, according to the release.

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Rush by Christine Smith.

The PHOTOGALLERY is the fourth workshop and competition the Port has held in conjunction with the Arts Council as part of Long Beach Arts Month, according to the announcement. The photos are on display in MoLAA's Port to Learning: The Port of Long Beach Art Education Gallery. For a look at the winners and other entrants of the competition, visit the online gallery here.  

For more information about the museum, including hours, visit the website here.

MoLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue.

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