"Montréal à l'œil": the Centre d'histoire de Montréal reveals its 32nd edition photo contest winners

MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The 32nd edition of the "Montréal à l'œil" photo contest, entitled "Montréal postcard", has drawn to a close with the crowning of its new winners. In partnership with Tourisme Montréal, this special edition invited photo enthusiasts to submit the "postcard" image of Montréal that they felt best captured the city's spirit.

Montréal, the city we love
Judging by their entries, the 1,000 or so participants chose to portray an elegant and modern North American port city, characterized by urban eclecticism and having preserved its vibrant daily life and ebullient joie de vivre. The submissions equally revealed that Montréal's contrasting climate and its changing seasons played a role in evoking its unique magic.

Jury members based their decisions on the following criteria: respect of theme, composition, technique, contrast and focus, as well as formal quality and point of view.

"The contest participants' love of Montréal shines through in their photos and the enthusiasm with which they approached their subject," says the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. "They have succeeded in eliciting our city's unique ambiance and charm, and we are very pleased to add these magnificent images to a photo bank that will showcase Montréal to tourists from around the world."

1st prize - The Institution, by Mr. Mathias Berthet
Mr. Berthet wins a $2,000 photography contract with Tourisme Montréal. His photograph combined a particularly vivid scene of daily neighbourhood life with elements of an urban setting, which many Montrealers and tourists immediately associate with our city.

2nd prize - Biosphere, by Mr. Patrick Palmer
Mr. Palmer takes home a $1,000 gift certificate from Photo Service, which has been a partner of this contest since 1991. Mr. Palmer's photo illustrates an impressive and unique futuristic image of the Biosphere on Île Sainte-Hélène, one of modern Montréal's emblematic figures.

3rd prize - View of Mount Royal, by Mr. Rodrigo Moreira
Mr. Moreira walks away with a Sweet Deal package, valued at $500, from Tourisme Montréal. His "postcard" snapshot captured the classic cityscape of Montréal's downtown, viewed from the Mount Royal Kondiaronk Belvedere. The shot, framed by the foliage of staghorn sumac, evokes both the tropical sultriness of many Montréal summers as well as its North American feel. 

Honourable mention - Farine Five Roses, by Mr. Carlos Viani
The Centre d'histoire de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal awarded special mention to the artistic qualities of Mr. Viani's photograph of this iconic Old Port sign.

The Centre d'histoire de Montréal and its partners will showcase the snapshots of the winners and a number of participants as part of a travelling photo exhibition throughout the year. Thank you to all of our participants and partners, especially Tourisme Montréal and Photo Service.

To view the winning photos, click here.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/



For further information:


André Gauvreau 
Centre d'histoire de Montréal  
Ville de Montréal    
514 872-9385    
Pierre Bellerose
Vice President
Public Relations, Product Development and Research
Tourisme Montréal
514 844-2404

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