The winners of the “Architectural History of Miami Beach Photo Essay Contest” were officially announced on February 1, 2011 by Miami Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson.
Commissioner Wolfson awarded prizes in the 1st through 5th grade category to Javier Menendez Vaz, North Beach Elementary, 1st Place; in Grades 6th through 8th: 1st Place – Josefina Luiz, Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center; 2nd Place – Maria Camila Cisneros, Nautilus Middle School; 3rd Place – Everton Brown, Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center; in Grades 9th through 12th: 1st Place – Kira Feldman, Miami Beach Senior High School.
Commissioner Wolfson noted “Our youth continue to inspire and impress. They really captured what makes Miami Beach special from an architectural standpoint. We should all be very proud.”
The contest was sponsored by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tourism for Miami Beach students. The architectural theme was suggested by Miami Beach Mayor, Matti Bower who continues to be a strong public advocate for the unique architecture of Miami Beach.
Students were asked to create a “photo essay” that describes a style of architecture in Miami Beach, explaining why it is their favorite, and either why the particular building was important to Miami Beach or what made it special to the student. The student then identified a building or building element that best exemplified this architectural style. Their submissions were accompanied by three images, and included a narrative; elementary students were allowed to submit color drawings instead of photos.
Prizes were provided by the Park Central Hotel, Jungle Island, Boucher Brothers Management, and The Hotel of South Beach. All prizes were donated by tourism partners of the In-Card, an initiative of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tourism that was launched by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce early last year offering special values for both residents and tourists.
This contest was the second Miami Beach student competition that has challenged students to take a personal look at their unique hometown.
For additional information about the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tourism or about the MBVCA, please call 305-673-7050; Visit us on FACEBOOK or either the MBVCA or the INCARD websites.