Incoming Kiwanis Club president James Wolinski, right, and outgoing president Stamata Blanas, center, congratulate Warren Friedman, winner of this year’s Faces of Evanston photography contest.

The 26 award-winning photos in the Faces of Evanston photo contest are on exhibit at the upstairs gallery in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. The Kiwanis Club of Evanston, which sponsors the annual contest, held a reception for the winning photographers last week. Kiwanis Club president, Dr. Stamata Blanas, who conceived the Faces of Evanston photo contest and has overseen its expansion, presented certificates to the winners.

First place went to Warren Friedman for his photo “Untitled – Fountain Square Arts Festival.” In taking most of his photos, Mr. Friedman literally shoots from the hip. “I wear a small camera – a very good Canon – on my hip, and I often hold it there when I am taking pictures of people,” he told the Round-
. This technique gives a different angle, a different setting and sometimes different expressions on people who sometimes do not wish to have a camera pointed directly at them, he said.

Second place went to Paulina Lopez for “Determined to Take Flight”; a tied third-place award went to Jennifer Schuman for “Our Friends” and Jennifer Frankfurter for “Legacy of Friendship.” Anthony Icuzzi received the “Theme Spirit” award for “Evanston Light House Beach Sand Dunes,” and Barbara Seyfriend received the “Voice of the People” award for “Historical Fountain in the Evanston Rose Garden.”

Entrants who received honorable mention are Julie Cowan, Ms. Lopez, Laurie Werner, Asia Jean Sageman, John Blades, Ankita Goteti, Ms. Schuman, Hallie Redman, Joe Simchak, Mickey Propadovich, Misti Henderson, Bridget Saunders, Ms. Frankfurter, Rachel Duff and Margaret O’Rourke.

Nora Delaney, Mark Thomas, Chris Schneberger and Dino Robinson served as judges for the contest.

The exhibit will be on display at First Bank & Trust of Evanston, 820 Church St., in October, then travel each month through July to a different location in Evanston.

When James Wolinski takes over as the next president of the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, he will have big shoes to fill but nothing to ‘Face.’ Retiring president Dr. Blanas will remain chairperson of the event. The theme of this year’s contest was “Legacy”; Dr. Blanas has said she hopes the “Faces of Evanston” contest will be her legacy.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...