Port Photography Winners Announced at Gallery Opening

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The first-place winner was Cherene Birkholz for her photo Oriental Queen.

The first-place winner was Cherene Birkholz for her photo Oriental Queen.

The Arts Council for Long Beach announced the three winners of a Port of Long Beach photography competition at a reception Saturday, Oct. 4, in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. The reception was the kick-off of a month-long art exhibition showcasing the Port images captured by professional and amateur photographers.

The second-place winner was Joan Day for Jewels of the Night.

The second-place winner was Joan Day for Jewels of the Night.

And the third-place winner was Dave Freeman forWatercolors.

And the third-place winner was Dave Freeman forWatercolors.

The public is invited to come see this unique perspective of Port operations. The exhibit, with nearly 100 images on display, is located at the Liberty Gallery & Event Space, 435 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. The show runs from Oct. 5 to 26 and is open for viewing Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The photographs are the result of a workshop this summer taught by Port photographers that was followed by a twilight shoot aboard a boat tour of the Port. Eighty beginning, amateur and professional photographers participated. Both the workshop and behind-the-scenes Port tour took place in August and the participants then submitted their best pieces for the juried gallery exhibit.

“Port of Long Beach PHOTOGALLERY” marks the second consecutive year the Port has teamed with the Arts Council for Long Beach to promote cultural arts through photography for Long Beach Arts Month. Other exciting events the Arts Council will host include art shows, world-class museum exhibits, live music and festivals, and other cultural events. Held annually in October, the city’s celebration coincides with National Arts and Humanities Month.

For an online peek at some of the images, go to polb.com/phototour.

For more information on the Arts Council for Long Beach, visit www.artslb.org.

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