Natalie Beaurain wins Erika Cannegieter Award 

POSTED: 12/10/14 6:30 PM

St. Maarten – Guests celebrated the work of talented local photographers at the grand opening of the 2014 Heritage Photo Exhibition this past Saturday. The exhibition showcased photography exploring different dimensions of heritage from the 2014 Heritage Photo Contest, which was created by Les Fruits de Mer as a way to spotlight local heritage and photographers, and also to inspire public conversation around the island’s unique heritage.

Lagoonies Bistro & Bar was transformed into a temporary exhibition space, with custom-built hanging panels that displayed an array of breathtaking imagery and thought-provoking artists’ statements about heritage. Attendees admired the work, enjoyed sharing memories inspired by the exhibits, and voted for the Erika Cannegieter-Smith People’s Choice Award, a $100 prize which honors the founder of Be the Change SXM. Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes says, “This contest and exhibition was developed as a partnership between Les Fruits de Mer and Be the Change SXM. We wanted this award to be a way to salute Erika’s amazing legacy to the island and its people.”

In a close competition with over 80 votes cast at the Exhibition, this year’s Erika Cannegieter-Smith People’s Choice Award was won by Nathalie Beaurain, with a pair of photos featuring flamboyant flowers (her entry can be seen athttp://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/nathalie-beaurain/). The honor was announced at the exhibition’s award ceremony, where prizes were awarded to the winners of the overall and youth categories, Alexandre Guerre and Luna Valenti.

Selections from the Exhibition will remain on display this week at Lagoonies.  Schools or other organizations interested in displaying panels from the exhibition can contact Les Fruits de Mer at info@lesfruitsdemer.org. The all of the entries are featured online at: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com/category/vibrant-and-vulnerable.

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