Edith Barry, the Museum’s founder, traveled the world taking photographs of new cultures, old traditions, amazing sights, and familiar scenes. As a result, the Museum’s Archives holds an entire collection of her photographs ranging from Kennebunk to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Singapore. It is from this documentary spirit that the Museum’s photography contest was born in 2011.
The Museum invited the local community to capture parts of the world (natural, cultural, or otherwise) as they saw it. Questions contestants were asked to consider were: “What defines our culture today?”, “What about our culture do you think needs to be captured for the future?”, and “In 100 years, what photographs will be displayed at the Brick Store Museum?”
Over the following years, the Museum has received hundreds of beautiful photographs captured by the community in the spirit of Edith Barry. In the spring of 2016 the Museum took a retrospective at the winning photographs over the past five years. Winners were chosen by three local artists who also chose Grand Prize Winners for ‘Best Overall’, and Visitor’s Choice winners were chosen by visitors who voted on the photos posted on the Museum’s social media pages.
The categories were:
Kennebunk – people, events, objects, or activities that are connected to the Kennebunk community and its heritage
Nature – Animals, plants, and landscapes; geological or climatological features
Travel – Locales, people, or activities in the United States of abroad that convey a sense of place.
Under 16 – Photographs of any of the above categories taken by those under the age of 16.
Smartphone – Photographs taken by a smartphone. In 2015 the Museum added this new category as a response to growing technological changes in how we capture everyday life.