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Exhibits: Photo Contest

About The Photo Contest

The Greenburgh Library Guild
Photo Contest

Special thanks go to Howard Jacobs for his vision and commitment to celebrating amateur photography and
photographers in Westchester County and for founding the photo contest along with Elliott Topp.

The Greenburgh Library Guild is proud to host the 15th annual Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest. Photographs accepted into the competition will be exhibited in the Howard and Ruth Jacobs Family Gallery at the Greenburgh Public Library from May 2, 2024 through June 13, 2024.  Prizes will be awarded and announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

Photographs must be submitted digitally between March 11 –  March 31, 2024, and should be sent as jpeg attachments to:  Submissions must be made in  accordance with the contest rules
as certain restrictions do apply.

The Photo Contest is made possible by a generous grant from David and Susan Pomeranz.  We thank them for their generosity.

Rules of the Contest





Current Winners

15th Annual Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest
May 2 - June 13, 2024

Sponsored by the Greenburgh Library Guild, the Greenburgh Public Library is pleased to host the 14th Annual Westchester County Amateur Photo Contest.

The exhibit/contest was originally conceived by Howard Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs was the President of the Library Board of Trustees for many years.  He was a high school principal and photography teacher.  He and his family sponsored the contest/exhibit the first twelve years of the contest.  We thank Mr. Jacobs for his vision and leadership.

This year's contest/exhibit is made possible by a very generous gift to the Greenburgh Library Guild by David and Susan Pomeranz.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the photographs please e-mail Cory Deitchman at  He will put you directly in touch with the photographer.  Any sales are to take place between the buyer and the photographer.

Selection Committee:
Seth Harrison
James McClean
Mark Vergari

Contest Judges:
Deborah Lea Cohen
Philip Holt
Jerry Spette

Adult Category Prize Winners

1st Prize - Ilene Fox - Calm Amidst Chaos
2nd Prize - Angela Ciminello Dorney - Untitled
3rd Prize - Randall Lundgren - City Stroll

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Dooley - Orchid Abstract
Donald H. Whitely - Having a Smoke

Student Category Prize Winners

1st Prize - Lexi Azrin - Disconnected
2nd Prize - Luca Castagno - Light Sinking In
3rd Prize - Yeferson Jimenez - Apriendiendo Como

Honorable Mention
Juliana Rodriguez - Me
Amanda Rose - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not



Previous Winners

Photo Contest 2023

Adult Category Prize Winners
1st Prize - Ilene Fox - Reflections
2nd Prize - Michael Washburn - Maasai Mara Morning
3rd Prize - Jeffrey Friedkin - On the Waterfront

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Dooley - Flamboyant
Warren Rosenberg - When Bulls Fly

Student Category Prize Winners

1st Prize - Orianna Starace - Pointe Shoes Picture
2nd Prize - Dennys Enriquez Quizhpi - Untitled
3rd Prize - Brianna Tesorio - Lilac Magazine

Honorable Mention
Rebecca Last - Fried Dough and Ice Cream
Julia Laurentowski - Intermission

Photo Contest 2022

Adult Category Prize Winners
1st Prize - Richard Getler - Fashion Statement at Bryant Park
2nd Prize - Alison Bert - Ghost Dancers
3rd Prize - Jeffrey Friedkin - Rainy Day in New York City

Honorable Mention
Rick Misrok - Golden Pond
Bob Plotkin - Burden
Dennis Thornton - Last Catch of the Day

Student Category Prize Winners

1st Prize - Charlie Cooper - Eyes of the Arctic
2nd Prize - Denahi Muina - Orange Splash
3rd Prize - Jessica Motta - Middle Distance

Honorable Mention
Juan Gomez - The Avatar
Nick Quinde - Light in the Dark

Photo Contest 2021

Adult Category Prize Winners

1st Place - Elijah Goodwin - Alienation
2nd Place - Peycho Peev - Untitled
3rd Place - Richard Getler - Refugee Brothers

Honorable Mention
Alison Bert - Sign of the Times

Student Category Prize Winners

1st Place - Ashly Lopez-Martinez - Trapped Inside
2nd Place - Emily Saurack - Fractured Façade and Fortitude
3rd Place - Daisy Bolger - Stranded Behind a Screen

Honorable Mention
Danielle Barro - Morning Commute
Isabella Gasperi - 6 Feet Apart

Photo Contest 2020

Photo Contest 2019

Photo Contest 2018

Photo Contest 2017

Photo Contest 2016

Adult Category
1st Place - Susan Blatt - Old Woman Warming Hands
2nd Place - Paul Gherson - Dust Storm on the Beach
3rd Place - Robert Blumenthal - Building our Home

Honorable Mention
Damion Patrignelli - Desolation
Ron Whitehead - Art of Healing

Student Category
1st Place - Kevin Williamson - Faith
2nd Place - John Cabrera - Drawing with Light
3rd Place - Michelle Zaruma - Good vs Evil

Honorable Mention
David Barry - Forward Tracks
Hailey Ivey - Untitled

Photo Contest 2015

Adult Category
1st Place – Jeffrey Friedkin – Family Passage
2nd Place – Richard Getler – Interiors
3rd Place – Dennis Thornton – Frozen Falls

Honorable Mention
Deborah Lea Cohen - Plimouth Colony Cook
Robert Piro - Runner
Lou Salvagno – Circle of Life

Student Category
1st Place – Kody Berger – Torn Self-Portrait
2nd Place – David Arias – The Streets of Italy
3rd Place – Kevin Williamson - Tranquility

Honorable Mention
Reilee Gunsher – Awaiting Dinner
Killian Nelson - Untitled

Photo Contest 2014

Adult Category
First Place - Jane Cohen - Walk
Second Place - Linda Austrian - Front Row Seats
Third Place - Lewis Bogaty - The Early Worm Gets the Neatly Folded Worm

Honorable Mentions - Adult Category
Joyce Blumenthal - Untitled
Harry Jacob Quiroga - Fall Day in PA

Student Category
First Place - Kayla Lees - Self-Portrait
Second Place - Denise Delgado - Dance
Third Place - Julianna Simon-Fox - Undisguised

Student Honorable Mention - Elena Kuhn - Femme Fatale

Photo Contest 2013

Adult Category
First Place - Jaime Martorano for Simpler Times
Second Place - Robert Blumenthal for Territorial Dispute
Third Place - Robert Piro for Rush Hour

Honorable Mentions - Adult Category
Linda Austrian - Web Master
Sylvia Louie - Connection
Karen Macias - Winter

Student Category
First Place - Kara Milstein - Untitled
Second Place - Austin Raichelson - Untitled
Third Place - Kayla Lees - Untitled

Student Honorable Mention - Matthew Forman for Winter in the Fall