Announcing the Winner of the Socially Distant Summer 2020 Photo Contest

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After two weeks of fantastic submissions from our readers, Boca magazine, in partnership with the Boca Raton Historical Society, is proud to announce the winner of our Socially Distant Summer 2020 Photo Contest

The winner was determined by a jury of three judges:

  1. Mary Csar, Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum Executive Director
  2. Lori Pierino, Boca magazine Art Director
  3. Michelle Olson-Rogers, founder of and Boca magazine columnist.

The winner of the photo contest will have their photo featured in the November/December issue of Boca magazine, on social media pages of both Boca magazine and the Boca Raton Historical Society, will receive a Boca Goes Live virtual live chat interview to expand on their winning photo, and a one-year individual membership to Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum!

The contest’s runners-up are as follows:

3rd Place: “Dogs can socially distance too at Mizner Park” by Melissa Staskowski

2nd Place: “Adventure is out there” by Victoria Mullings

Winner: “Cheers!” by Jeff Romance

“Carol, Tiffany, and Dan Lipsit enjoy an after-dinner glass of wine with Tiffany’s parents Max and Teny Nameth (behind fence) at the Saint Andrews Estates Retirement Community in Boca Raton.”

As for how the judges selected the winner, “it was a unanimous decision,” shared Lori Pierino, the Art Director of Boca magazine. “We all felt like it really portrayed our community and what life is like right now with the pandemic. We could all relate. Everyone is social distancing in some form or another. So many of us have friends or family that we are not able to be close to, hug or even see. And “cheers” is the perfect caption to sum it all up. We all agreed that it would make a perfect picture to portray life during the pandemic for the museum archive.”

Jeff shared some thoughts with us about his winning photo:

What he hoped his photo would capture: 

“As I drove past the St. Andrews Retirement Community and saw five people spending time together through a fence, I was saddened that friends and family were not allowed to visit loved ones inside the facility and they were restricted to spending time in this manner.  I hoped that my photo would capture the frustration that both parties felt not being able to see each other in a normal fashion.”

The message he hopes his photo evokes:

“I hope my photo evokes the message that love conquers all. When I met the two families that I photographed that day, I saw five people enjoying life and each other’s company regardless of the surrounding circumstances.  They didn’t have a care in the world and if this was the only way that they could spend time together, they were happy to do so.  I enjoyed photographing them, but even more so I enjoyed watching how much love they shared and how much fun they were having”

On Tuesday, September 1, we’ll be hosting a Boca Goes Live chat on Facebook with winner Jeff Romance in which he’ll share the inspiration behind his photo.

Congratulations to Jeff Romance, Victoria Mullings, and Melissa Staskowski. All of us at Boca magazine would like to thank everyone who entered for sharing how you’ve been making the most of your socially distant summer in Boca Raton!