Photo contest winners displayed

Award-winning entries in the Faces of Evanston photography contest sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Evanston will go on display on Friday, Oct. 5, at First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St.

The contest, now in its third year, was originally conceived to engage residents in recognizing the beauty and diversity of the Evanston community. A record number of over 70 photographs were submitted this year.

First prize went to Julie Bernstein for her picture, "Main Street Haiku."  Bernstein also won first prize in a new category of manipulated photography, a concession to the new technology available through the use of computers to photographers.  Second prize winner is Miriam Kravis for "New Skyline." There was a third place tie between Suzanne Metzel for "Rehearsal" and recent Northwestern graduate Cortland Rankin for "Question."

Honorable mentions included John Blades, Charles Van Lengen, Joe Kozlarek, Pilar Pazos, Warren Nisley, Rolando Del Aguila, Paul Whittaker, Kelly Sill and Christine Tan.

Rankin, Metzel and Kravis also received honorable mentions for other photographs they submitted.  

Judges included Ron Kysiak, a collector of art; Ted Van Zelst, a Kiwanis member and avid collector; Dino Robinson of Robinson Design and former Arts Council President Lois Roewade. 

Dr. Stamata Blanas, the chair of the event and a member of Kiwanis, indicated that “both the quality and quantity of the submissions grows each year." She also thanked Bill Smith, publisher of, for providing the contest website.  "People were encouraged to vote for their favorite photo which gave even non-camera buffs a chance to be involved in the contest," Blanas added.

In future months the photos will be displayed at the McGaw YMCA and the Evanston Public Library.

The Kiwanis Club of Evanston was founded in 1920. Kiwanis is an international organization dedicated to serving the children of the world through contributions of service and money. In the past three years the Kiwanis Club of Evanston has donated close to $100,000 to local organizations that assist children and youth.

The club meets Tuesdays at noon at Gio’s, 1631 Chicago Ave. For more information regarding membership go to the Kiwanis website, or call Jim Gordon at 847-864-2600.