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From the Heart Juried Photography Exhibition 2021

“From the Heart Benefits The Inner Truth Project”

Article by John Furlong

Many Treasure Coast Photographers participated in this year’s From the Heart Juried Photography Exhibition resulting in over a 110 photographs currently on display at the Mid Florida Event Center Art Gallery through April 22nd.

This is the eighth year for the event which is sponsored by the Treasure Coast Photography Center, Inc., a local non-profit organization supporting photographers and the community with the net proceeds from the event going to a local charity partner. This years partner is The Inner Truth Project whose mission is to provide therapeutic services for survivors of sexual trauma and provide education on preventative trauma and strategies to the larger community. They provide an environment where people can share the truth about experiences and receive help. They provide peer support, private and online support groups for survivors. The TCPC, Inc. contribution through sponsors and entry fees was over $3,500 which brought donations for local charities to over $49,500 for the eight years of the From the Heart Exhibition.

Entry for the exhibition was open to amateur and professional photographers. All submitted images were reviewed by a panel of three professional jurors with a final placement awarding by a professional judge. Cash awards totaling $2000 were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in four categories with Best in Show receiving a $500 award along with a Special Award honoring Jeff Linn a past Chairman of From the Heart. Treasure Coast Photographers have been well represented in this year’s event with Christopher Spain of Jensen Beach taking Best in Show along with Mark Smith of Port St. Lucie placing 1st in the People category, Roberta London of Palm City placed 1st in the Flora/Landscape category, Jim Gallegos of Stuart placed 2nd in the People category, Kathryn Turney placed 1st in the Animal category, Manuel Carlea of Port St. Lucie placed 2nd in the Open category and Spencer Rutledge of Port St. Lucie placed 3rd in the People category. Jim Gallegos also received the Jeff Linn Special Award.

For images of the award winning photographers and their photographs, please visit From the Heart Juried Photography Exhibition and Treasure Coast Photography Center Facebook pages.

The From the Heart Juried Photography Exhibition for 2021 has been a great way for the Treasure Coast Photography Center, Inc. to recognize photographer’s talents and support local charities.

For more information about the Treasure Coast Photography Center, Inc. visit


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