My Brooklyn: 2004 Winners

June 30, 2004 - July 31, 2004
Central Library, Grand Lobby
My Brooklyn: The Winners 3nd Annual Photo and Essay Contest

Sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library & Con Edison

Brooklyn Public Library's third annual My Brooklyn exhibition features the winners of a photography and essay contest that invited Brooklynites and non-Brooklynites alike to express the impact Brooklyn has on their lives.

This year's winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges including journalist Denis Hamill, photographer Régina Monfort, poet Dennis Nurkse, and author Jacqueline Woodson. Winning photographs and essays in the My Brooklyn exhibition will become part of BPL's Brooklyn Collection, a special collection recording the history of Brooklyn from its early beginnings to the present day.

The exhibition is composed of essays and photographs from three different age categories including Juvenile (ages 12 and under), Young Adult (ages 13-19) and Adult. This year, a new category, "Best Photographs," was added to honor entries with exceptional photography. The photographs are of Brooklyn's past and present in both black and white and color. Winners were chosen based on originality and the ability to capture the spirit of Brooklyn.


The Winning Essays


Juvenile Division (12 and under)

  • Adam Bernstein, 1st Place
  • Michael Squitieri, 2nd Place
  • Omar Ahmad, Finalist
  • Alana Devine Dunn, Finalist
  • Kevin Huang, Finalist
  • Isabel McMullan, Finalist

Young Adult Division (13-19)
(Mark & Bhojnarine tied for 1st Place)

  • Mark Chiusano, 1st Place
  • Bhojnarine Heralall, 1st Place
  • Ruth Allanbrook, Finalist
  • Sylvia Morse, Finalist
  • Jonah Rexer, Finalist
  • Shawnna Shuler, Finalist

Adult Division

  • Cathy Brown, 1st Place
  • Solomon Polish, 2nd Place
  • Patti Bard, Finalist
  • Alfred Goldstein, Finalist
  • Jeff Heilman, Finalist
  • Martin Kleinman, Finalist


The Winning Photographs

Best Photographs

  • Lucille Fornasieri-Gold (Adult) , 1st Place
  • Jennifer Torrie MacFarlane (Adult), 2nd Place
  • Joshua Blecher-Cohen (Juvenile), Finalist
  • Willie Chu (Adult), Finalist
  • James Ferguson (Adult), Finalist
  • Brian Hueter (Young Adult), Finalist