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Pic Darien 2019

Smartphone Photo Contest

We've announced 24 winners in our 4th annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien! First Place and Runner Up cash prizes in all categories were awarded to adults and children at a reception on April 28th in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The contest garnered over 530 entries in six categories, with submissions from all ages. 

Winners are as follows: 

Student Winner: Grace Salomon
Student Runner Up: Georgia Sheehan
Adult Winner: Margaret Orem
Adult Runner Up: Katie LeBesco


Student Winner: Matthew Taylor

Student Runner Up: Moera Kamimura
Adult Winner : Nancy Breakstone
Adult Runner Up: Pam Lindberg

People & Pets:

Student Winner: Sadie Mossa

Student Runner Up: Olivia Leimgruber

Adult Winner: David Wilson

Adult Runner Up: Patrick Jackson

Student Winner: Harrison Slotkin
Student Runner Up: Alyssa Farrell

Adult Winner: Diana Berrent
Adult Runner Up: Kurt Maschoff

Landscape, Seascape & Nature:

Student Winner: Matthew Taylor
Student Runner Up: Ivy Schroeder

Adult Winner: Meg Schwanhausser
Adult Runner Up: Patricia Schram

Love, Anguish and Triumph: 
Student winner: Anna Passaretti
Student Runner Up: Emily Gardella
Adult Winner: Sue Clarke
Adult Runner Up: Tracy Deberadinis

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and producer, Jeffrey Wyant, judged the contest, a fundraiser, which was sponsored by Heights Pizza, Meatball and Co. and Uncle’s Deli. case you missed it, our 2019 contest was open to all, with no age restrictions and residency was not required. We received over 530 entries from as far away as Bangladesh and Scotland! Contestants were allowed to enter as many times as they wished in six categories:
  • People & Pets 
  • Landscape, Seascapes, Nature 
  • Travel 
  • Food and Drink
  • Abstract
  • NEW! Love, Anguish & Triumph
We have awarded $100 First Place and $50 Second Place in all categories for both Adults (18 & up) and Students (17 & under). The new category of Love, Anguish and Triumph had a larger prize level of $250 for 1st prizes and $100 for 2nd place prizes. 

Meet PIC DARIEN Judge, Jeffrey Wyant:
Jeffrey Wyant is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer. He has written and directed over 200 national TV commercials and has produced daily and weekly TV shows, as well as top-rated syndicated specials, including “Don’t Ask Me, Ask God”, a show with over 16 million viewers. Wyant’s clients have included Showtime, Hearst Communications, BET, ABC/Disney Home Entertainment, RCA Records, The Humane Society of the United States and KOCH Entertainment (now Entertainment One). His documentary coverage of Afghan refugees raised $500,000 for Doctors Without Borders and his productions have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the New York International Film Festival, in addition to other awards. As a volunteer, Wyant has also generously photographed events for the Darien Arts Center. He will judge the Pic Darien contest blindly, without the identity of the contestants.

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