Exhibition Dates: May 13th – June 12th, 2022

David Lloyd. Falling Roots. Grand Prize Winner 2020

The Coral Gables Museum and the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) invite photo-based artists of all backgrounds to submit fresh and creative images of The City Beautiful to a Special Edition of the photography contest, Capture Coral Gables 2022

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the BID, this edition, devoted to Downtown Coral Gables, will offer 25 prizes to the best 25 photos,

Capture Downtown Coral Gables asks that all photos submitted be shot within the confines of the 19 blocks of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables for all categories except for the AT WORK submissions.  This category may be City-wide, with greater consideration given to entries featuring our downtown.

Capture Coral Gables 2022 will be open for submissions between
FEBRUARY 4th and APRIL 1st, 2022, 5:00 pm, ET.

By submitting an entry, the applicant agrees to the Contest Official Rules and understands that, once submitted, his or her information cannot be modified.

  • Photographs must fit into ONE of the 2022 contest categories. These are: City Life, Culture in the City, Architecture and Urbanism, Hidden Treasures, and Coral Gables – At Work.
  • Capture Downtown Coral Gables asks that all photos submitted be shot within the confines of the 19 blocks of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables for all categories except for the AT WORK submissions.  This category may be City-wide, with greater consideration given to entries featuring our downtown.  Click Here to View the Map
  • They should not be older than two years and should not have been exhibited or awarded within the City of Coral Gables.
  • Images of the photographs must be submitted in digital format – no print or slide submissions will be accepted.
  • Submitted images must be in JPEG or JPG format, and no bigger than 1200 pixels on either side. Maximum resolution 100 MB.
  • Submitted images must be labeled as: last name_first name_CONTEST CATEGORY.
    (For instance: Smith_Annie_CITYLIFE)
  • There is a filing fee of $10 for each submission.
  • Once accepted, the photographs will be printed and framed by the Museum.



By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless Coral Gables Museum and its sponsors, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Coral Gables Museum assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. CGM is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to in this Contest. By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest; (c) that there is a filing fee is of $10.00 for each submission; (d) that Museum may use the winning photographs and/or each winner’s name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertisements relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize is/are ineligible or cannot be contacted, as required by the “Contest Prizes” Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Museum, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

The Museum reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. Failure by the Museum to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.


The Coral Gables Museum has the right to cancel or suspend the contest and or the exhibition at any time.


Each photograph should be labeled under ONE of the following categories as: last name_first name_CONTEST CATEGORY. (e.g.  Smith_Annie_CITYLIFE )

  • CITY LIFE – What does a day in Downtown Coral Gables look like? From a birds-eye view to boots on the ground focus on capturing the pace and dynamics of our city.
  • CULTURE IN THE CITY – Day and Night, Downtown Coral Gables is a cultural hub that attracts people of all ages and interests. This category is a call to capture the vibrant cultural scene from music, to theatre, from cinema, to visual arts, and from history to books.
  • ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM – Coral Gables is nationally recognized as a historical landmark because of its architecture and urbanism, most of which was completed in the early decades of the 20th Century. This category encourages applicants to approach the city’s buildings, their façade, sculpture details and the City’s urban layout with fresh lenses.
  • HIDDEN TREASURES – Sometimes meaningful things are hidden in plain sight, or in the most unexpected places. Find a little corner or magical moment in our city and share it with us. This is your opportunity to capture a special experience. 
  • CORAL GABLES – AT WORK Coral Gables is home to more than 8000 local businesses who contribute significantly to the landscape of The City Beautiful.  Many of these companies – from small non-profits and mom and pop retailers to the large financial/service firms and restaurants galore – are incredibly proud to call some of the most beautiful buildings in Coral Gables their home base.  Add in the nearly 150 multi-national companies and 22 consular and trade offices and you fold in a global perspective that leads the way in Miami-Dade County.  This category invites applicants to open their eyes to a vibrant downtown and endeavor to capture Coral Gables at work.

The GRAND PRIZE will be selected by the jurors, and PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD will be voted online, by the public, and will be announced at the Closing Reception of the show.

Capture Coral Gables welcomes any artist regardless of their education, race, age, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Capture Downtown Coral Gables asks that all photos submitted be shot within the confines of the 19 blocks of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables for all categories except for the AT WORK submissions.  This category may be City-wide, with greater consideration given to entries featuring our downtown.


Applicants will be notified both via email and by telephone within 1-2 weeks after the submission deadline. For this purpose, Museum staff will use the contact information entered by the applicants in the entry form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a working email address and phone number to be contacted.

Finalists will be asked to send a full-resolution copy of the selected photograph in order for it to be professionally printed and framed by the Museum. The photograph should be: TIFF format; smaller side not less than 16”; larger side not more than 20”; 300 DPI; Color Mode: Adobe RGB (1998); maximum size 100 MB.

It is highly recommended that you prepare your image beforehand so that, if selected as a finalist, you have enough time to email the TIFF to the Museum.


After the exhibition, participants will be asked to coordinate the pick up of their printed photographs with the Exhibitions Department. The frames are the property of the Museum.

Capture Coral Gables’ Jury consists of a group of selected professionals that represent a broad spectrum of the photographic world. They will review the entries, and grant the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize (Jurors’ Pick)
  • Winner in the Category of City Life
  • Winner in the Category of Culture in the City
  • Winner in the Category of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Winner in the Category of Hidden Treasures
  • Winner in the Category of Coral Gables at Work

There will be a seventh prize (People’s Choice Award) voted by the public online, which will be announced at the Closing Reception of the show.

All finalists will be invited to participate in the exhibition and will be eligible to win the different prizes.



Prize winners will be announced at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 13th, 2022, 6-9 PM. This event will be fully advertised by the Museum and is free and open to the public. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Closing Reception of the exhibition.

Tony Fernandez received the BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Florida, where he began Photography studies with Jerry N. Uelsmann.  Subsequently, he studied with Aaron Siskind, Arthur Siegel, and Wynn Bullock at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois (MFA, Photography and Cinematography). Additional studies in Education included the Master of Arts in Teaching (Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan), and the Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

His teaching career spans four decades, having taught at the elementary, secondary, and college level. His photographs are in the George Eastman House and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1987 he founded the Photography program at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he continues to be adjunct instructor of Photography and Cinematography. 

Don Queralto has documented historical buildings, landscapes, and art for 40 years. He has traveled through North and South America, The Caribbean and Greece capturing the essence of his subjects. With studies in Architecture, Art and Photography, he has been influenced by American photography icons such as Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, as well as by his mentors, Wilson Hicks and Phillip Brodatz.

Specialized on the art field, he documents and photographs for auction houses, art dealers and collectors. He has taught Photography at F.I.U. Main Campus; The Art Institute, Fort Lauderdale; Miami-Dade College; the Asher Institute, University of Miami and is currently teaching at the Adult Center.

Adriana Meneses Imber graduated from Communication at UCAB (Caracas, Venezuela) and has a post-graduate degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University, (Philadelphia, USA). From 1990 to 1995, she was Director of Culture of the Government of the Federal District, Venezuela, where she developed an extensive program of exhibitions, musical events, and training workshops, among other activities. In 1995, she became Director-founder of the Museum Jacobo Borges, a unique institution in its genre whose profile was to develop a series of exhibitions and activities that linked artistic and social issues. In that position, Meneses remained for eleven years.

From 2006 to 2007, she directed the Museum Carlos Cruz Diez and later became the coordinator for Special Projects for IARTES, Caracas. In August 2015, Meneses relocated to the United States, where she has been organizing exhibitions and is part of the I AM MONUMENTS Institutional Assets and Monuments team. As an independent curator, Meneses has worked in numerous projects and exhibitions both in the United States and internationally. Some of her exhibitions are: For Now: Contemporary Venezuelan Art of the Miami Diaspora (2019) and Visados para la Libertad (2020), Coral Gables Museum; Botero at Full Volume (2022), The Doral Contemporary Art Museum; and Synergies, Geometric Art, MIFA (2022). Currently, Meneses is working on safekeeping the Legacy of Venezuelan journalist, art manager and supporter of the arts, Sofia Imber with the University of Miami, FL.

This prize will go to the photograph that excels in creativity and technical sharpness. All finalists will be considered, regardless of the category for which they applied.

This prize will be voted online, by the public, and will be announced at the Closing Reception of the show.


  • $2,000 in CASH PRIZES
  • Feature in the 3 Downtown Digital Touchscreen Kiosks (IKE)
  • An exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum
  • 25 BID GIFT CERTIFICATES to spend in businesses of Downtown Coral Gables
  • One-on-one Portfolio Review session with Dr. Antonio Fernandez
  • The opportunity to share skills as a Teaching Artist with the Coral Gables Museum’s Education Department
  • The winner in the Coral Gables – At Work category will have an opportunity to be the cover shot of the Chamber and City’s annual Doing Business in the Gables Membership Guide published each August.

… and many more surprises!

Registration for Capture Downtown Coral Gables is now closed. Stay tuned for updates on this year's contest winners!