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Congratulations to our 15th Annual Members Photo Contest Winners

Members submitted a diverse array of photographs for the annual Members Photo Contest. Visitors to Eastern State Penitentiary viewed the display of photographs all weekend-long on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 and voted for their favorite Black and White as well as Color entry. On Sunday afternoon, guest judge Ron Tarver spoke to the participants about his picks.

Visitors voting for their favorite photographs at the 2017 Members Photo Contest

This year’s winners were first-time members and longtime members, professional photographers and hobbyists.

The winning photographs captured the essence of Eastern State and included a ghostly image of the Operating Room, a ceiling where several cellblocks intersect, a view of Cellblock 7 through a crystal ball and minimalist images illustrating the original concept of penitence and contemplation.

Find the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the judged and popular categories below:

Once again, congratulations! We hope to see you again next year!

First Place in B&W:

Popular: Sharlene Holliday, Walking Dead

Sharlene Holliday's photo entitled Walking Dead

Judged: Rebecca Carpenter, Archway to Heaven

Rebecca Carpenter's photo entitled Archway to Heaven

First Place in Color:

Popular: William Smith, Cells

William Smith's photo entitled Cells

Judged: Celeste Huang, Blue Skies out of Reach

Celeste Huang, Blue Skies out of Reach

Second Place in B&W:

Popular and Judged: Tom Singleton, Ceiling Revealed

Tom Singleton's photo entitled Ceiling Revealed

Second Place in Color:

Popular: Tony Werner, Gates of Hell

Tony Werner's photo entitled Gates of Hell

Judged: Susan Rothschild, Sunlit Door

Susan Rothschild's photo entitled Sunlit Door

Third Place in B&W:

Popular: Susan Rothschild, Sickbed

Susan Rothschild's photo entitled Sickbed

Judged: Sharlene Holliday, Walking Dead
(See first place, popular, B&W)

Third Place in Color:

Popular: Jen Mangaro, Fall Comes to Eastern State

Jen Mangaro's photo entitled Fall Comes to Eastern State

Judged: Juan Gonzalez, Structural Stratification

Juan Gonzalez's photo entitled Structural Stratification

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner