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Miami-Dade Public Library System announces the winners of the Eighth Annual Photography Contest

Ages 12‑18 Category

One Man Band

1st Place
Maximiliano Garcia del Pozo
One Man Band

Pensative

2nd Place
Raphael Da Rocha
Pensative

Feeling It

3rd Place
Mayard Marseille
Feeling It

Ages 19‑25 Category

Black Girl Magic

1st Place
Alexis McDonald
Black Girl Magic

A Day at the Barbershop

2nd Place
A.G. Smith
A Day at the Barbershop

Second Chance

3rd Place
Samantha Alma
Second Chance

(Miami, FL – February 26, 2016) The Miami-Dade Public Library System is pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Photography Contest. The contest was held to celebrate Black History Month 2016. Participants in two prize categories, 12‑18 years of age and 19‑25 years of age, were asked to submit a photograph that captures some aspect of African‑American culture in Miami‑Dade County.

The winning photo in the 12‑18 year old category, One Man Band, was shot by Maximiliano Garcia del Pozo from the Doral Branch Library. He received a $100 Amazon.com gift card. The second place entry, Pensative, was from Raphael Da Rocha from Doral Branch Library and he received a $75 Amazon.com gift card. Mayard Marseille from South Dade Regional Library came in third place with Feeling It and received a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Alexis McDonald from the Main Library was the winner of the 19–25 year old category with Black Girl Magic. She received a $100 Amazon.com gift card. A.G. Smith from North Dade Regional Library took home second place for A Day at the Barbershop and received a $75 Amazon.com gift card. Third place and a $50 Amazon.com gift card went to Samantha Alma from Homestead Branch Library with Second Chance.

Maximiliano Garcia del Pozo and Alexis McDonald’s winning photographs will be part of the Library’s Permanent Art Collection and will be displayed in the Teen Zone on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, 101 West Flagler Street.

The contest was made possible by the generous support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, Miami‑Dade County and the Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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