Inglewood Park Cemetery has named the winners of its inaugural photography competition “City of Angels” – bringing nearly 200 entrants down to six top photographers.
The competition, which had two categories, focused on the stone angels of the 115-year-old cemetery. Some statues in Inglewood Park, 720 E. Florence Ave., date back to 1905, the cemetery’s first year.
The top three photos for each category were decided by popular vote on the photo competition website and a blue ribbon panel of judges that included Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Gerard Burkhart. The cemetery announced the winners on Monday, January 11th.
“Over the last 100 plus years, there have been so many incredible features that have come to adorn our property, from beautiful historic mausoleums to magnificent works of stained glass art to our magnificent stone angels,” General Manager Rick Miller said in a statement . “I think everyone who comes out of Inglewood Park Cemetery has to see something to excite their artistic feelings.”
Courtney Gladney won first place in the “Pure Photography” category – which allows for minimal post-editing – with her post “Cross Her Heart”. Winner of first place in the “Creative Eye” category – which allowed special effects, photo montage and other finishing treatments – was Jarl Ondine for the post “Blue Angel”.
Each photographer won $ 500.
The two who won $ 250 were Stephanie Vahedi for “Resurrection” in the Pure Photography category and Joseph Francis for “From On High” in the Creative Eye category. In third place, $ 100 won Anna Smith for “Forever Your Guardian Angel” in the Pure Photography category and Helaine Cummins for “Praying for Humanity” in the Creative Eye category, each winning $ 100.
The six winning photographs, along with all the other entries, will be exhibited online at IPC-PhotoContest.com in late February and perhaps, Miller said, in a future live exhibition.