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Sunnyside Recognizes Best Photos

Jan. 22, 2011 By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has named the 10 winners of its inaugural photography contest – aptly titled the “XBestPix” (as in 10 best pictures).

The 10 winners, who were among the nearly 100 contestants that submitted photographs, will receive a $50 prize and have their photo professionally finished and mounted. They will be awarded their prize at Technical Digital Services (TDS), 50-31 43rdStreet/Celtic Avenue, Woodside, on Monday, Jan. 24, from 6pm-8pm, 718-609-0330.

The contestants were required to submit a photo of the Sunnyside/Woodside or Long Island City area from any era. The selections were made by three jurors who judged the contest on a “blind” basis, with no access to the identity of the photographer. The contest was open to entrants of any age, worldwide.

“There were many excellent photographs submitted and the Chamber of Commerce is grateful for the efforts,” said Ira Greenberg, Chamber President.

Elizabeth Polk, a Sunnyside resident until her death at age 99 in 2001, is pictured here in the only historical photograph placing among the winners. The photo was taken by her photographer husband, Harry Polk, on 39thAvenue in Sunnyside in the forties. Daughter Grace Polk of Manhattan submitted the photograph.

The public will be able to view the photos on the chamber’s website ( in February.


    1. Steve Bornholtz, Woodside
    2. Kristin Burns, Sunnyside
    3. Carl Derrick, Long Island City
    4. Jeff DelViscio, Port Washington, NY
    5. Mary Teresa Giancoli, Sunnyside
    6. Matt Green, Bronx
    7. Peter Kileen, Sunnyside
    8. Cindy Krikawa, Sunnyside
    9. Grace Polk, Manhattan
    10. Spiros Morfovasilis, Astoria
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