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Arts Council for Long Beach declared the 3 winners of Port of Long Beach photography contest this summer at a reception on 4th October, Saturday, at Liberty Gallery & Event Space in East Village Arts District in Long Beach. The reception was the start celebration to a month long art exhibit revealing the Port snaps clicked by both amateur and pro photographers.
Cherene Birkholz was the 1st place winner for her snap called Oriental Queen, the 2nd place winner was Joan Day for the Jewels of the Night, and Dave Freeman was the 3rd place winner for Watercolors. The people are asked to come see this great perspective on Port operations.
The showcase, with almost one hundred snaps on display, is at Liberty Gallery & Event Space, places at 435 Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach, CA 90802. The event runs from 5th October to 26th October and it is open for viewing from Wednesday till Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00 pm.
The snaps are the fantastic result of a workshop conducted earlier this summer by Port photographers which was followed by a boat tour of Port, offering workshop attendees an opportunity to shoot the Port at dusk. Eighty pro and amateur photographers took part in that. Both the workshop as well as behind-the-scenes Port tour happened in August and the participants then submitted their best pieces for the juried gallery exhibit.
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Matt Maran, a well known Globe-trotting photographer, spent hours in the cold waters of a Hampstead Heath pond to click some magnificent snaps of great crested grebes caring and feeding their young. The award winning landscape and wildlife photographer has traveled the world in search of remote terrain and rare animals, producing work for top houses like the National Geographic and BBC Wildlife magazine.
But previous year he shipped on an ambitious program far closer to house – to record the changing scenery and diverse wildlife of Hampstead Heath. The grebe snaps were clicked in the Men’s Bathing Pond in the months of June and July. The thirty seven year old made around fifteen separate visits, sporting a wetsuit and staying in shoulder deep water in the water for an hour every time. His camera was just raised above the water to deal with birds at their own level.
All his efforts resulted in stunning photos of them ferrying their chicks on their backs, eating whole crayfish, and capturing perch to feed their offspring. Maran stated that the grebes are so used to people being around them, so they were not disturbed by his presence. He added that when magnificent site. It took around 3 – 4 four minutes to get the thing into the perfect position to swallow and that was definitely the most exciting moment.