Fall 2016: Brooklyn Navy Yard Photo Contest

November 8, 2016 • Post by

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Last week we held our final Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour of 2016 (don’t worry if you missed it – our next one will be on January 22). Stay tuned because after we receive the last three finalist photos from this round, we’ll be unveiling the online voting for the year-end People’s Choice Award, and these finalists will be put on display in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.

On this Election Day, our photography judge gets to make a much more pleasant and interesting selection than most of us casting our ballots at polling places. This season’s judge is Thyra Heder, an artist, author, illustrator, and woman of many talents who has called the Yard home for many years. If you’re a fan of children’s books, you may have seen her wonderful debut Fraidyzoo (on sale in the BLDG 92 gift shop), which she followed up with The Bear Report.

Over the course of her career, Thyra has done everything from movie storyboarding to magazine illustration to architectural renderings. She also participated in this summer’s workshops for Pratt PreCollege (as did last season’s judge, Tatiana Arocha), where she shared some really incredible insights and lessons she learned building her career as an artist. It was such a valuable experience for these high school students to hear about the winding pathways they might take in their career, and how opportunities can appear out of nowhere, if you’re ready to take them. Thanks so much for sharing, Thyra!

I do not envy Thyra for having to select only three from the following 42 photos. This is probably one of the best sets of photo submissions we’ve ever received. The sky was very cooperative. A bit or rain the night before offered great opportunities for reflections. And many of the photographers discovered elements and angles of the Navy Yard I have never seen in all my years roaming the place. Best of luck to everyone.

(Hover over the photos below for full photographer credits, and click for an enlarged version):

UPDATE: Thyra has selected the three fall finalists. Here they are, in no particular order:

From Chris Cannon (a two-time finalist, with a photo from the winter tour as well), a favorite subject of photographers from a different angle.

Photo by Chris Cannon
Photo by Chris Cannon

 

From Mike Rossi, a perfectly framed image makes one of the workshops at bustling Dry Dock No. 1 resemble some sort of smokehouse or seaside shanty.

Photo by Mike Rossi
Photo by Mike Rossi

 

Finally, Charles Franck peers inside one of the dwindling number of abandoned machinery rooms that still dot the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Photo by Charles Franck
Photo by Charles Franck

 

Turnstile Tours offers the Seasonal Photography Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard four times throughout the year. The first tour of the 2017 season will be Sunday, January 22 at 2pm. Get more information here, and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. We also offer our Past, Present & Future Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard every weekend 2-4pm, and other special themed tours of The Yard. All tours are offered in partnership with and begin at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, which offers free admission to three floors of exhibitions on the Yard’s past and present and a host of great special events and programs.