BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES FIFTH ANNUAL PHOTO AND ESSAY COMPETITION My Brooklyn Photo and Essay Contest - Entries due March 31, 2006

January 17, 2006

January 11, 2006 - Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today that it is accepting entries for its fifth annual photo and essay competition entitled, My Brooklyn. Sponsored by Con Edison, the contest was created to capture individual thoughts and feelings about the borough of Brooklyn and how it has impacted contestants' lives. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2006.

To enter, each contestant must submit a photograph and a corresponding essay that interprets the image, or relates it to his or her personal experience of Brooklyn. Winning entries will establish a compelling relationship between words and image.

"Brooklyn is a unique place that means many different things to many different people," says Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library. "And for the fifth year, BPL's My Brooklyn Photo and Essay Contest gives Brooklynites the opportunity to express what Brooklyn means to them in a very special and personal way."

The competition includes three age categories: Juvenile (age 12 and under), Young Adult (ages 13-19) and Adults (age 20 and older). Finalists in each division will have their essays and photographs exhibited at BPL's Central Library with prizes awarded in each category for First ($500 U.S. Savings Bond), Second ($300 U.S. Savings) and for four Finalists ($100 U.S. Savings Bond). In addition, separate prizes are awarded for best photographs including First Prize, Second Prize and four Finalists.

All winning photographs and essays will become part of BPL's Brooklyn Collection, a special collection recording the history of Brooklyn from its early beginnings to the present, and may be used in Library collateral including future ads or on the website.

For an application and a complete set of contest rules and instructions, visit BPL's website at http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

 

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