News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606


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City of Irvine 40th Anniversary Photo Contest Exhibition
Exhibition highlights top 40 finalists, grand prize and top five category winners
Contact :Public Information Office    949-724-6077

IRVINE, CA (January 17, 2012):  The City of Irvine is proud to present the “City of Irvine 40th Anniversary Photo Contest” exhibition at the Irvine Fine Arts Center from January 21 through February 4. The exhibition opens with a special public reception on Saturday, January 21, from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibition will showcase the contest’s top 40 finalists, including the grand prize winner and top five category winners in the Outdoors, Community, Historical, Innovation and Vision, and 17 and under categories.  A component of the City’s year-long 40th Anniversary Celebration, the contest drew more than 200 entries between January and September 2011.

“We received many beautiful, funny, creative, heart-warming and unique photos – all of which captured the many wonderful aspects of Irvine,” said Craig Reem, Director of Public Affairs and Communications.

Irvine resident Sakumi Yokoyama’s photograph of Woodbridge North Lake was selected as the grand prize winner, while William Finnen (Historical), Dana Lansigan (17 and Under), Daniel Anderson (Innovation and Vision), Paul Marto (Outdoors), and Evgeny Ignatov (Community) were selected as the top five finalists in their categories.

Gallery admission and parking are free. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For more information, call 949-724-6880 or visit


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