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These photos are from The Beyond Words: Celebrating America's Libraries Photo Contest, which helped mark National Library Week 1999 and the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress. Amateur and professional photographers alike were encouraged to capture the spirit of our nation's libraries and the many ways they touch our lives everyday. Libraries nationwide held local photo contests and submitted their first-place winners to ALA for national judging.

These photos belong to the American Library Association. By participating in the contest, photographers granted ALA the rights to use them in any and all promotions of libraries and literacy. They are yours to download and use at no cost for brochures, annual reports and other promotional materials. We do ask, however, that you attribute the photo to the Beyond Words Photo Contest and credit the photographer and the prize won. That information is included on this page for your convenience. We also have included the name of the library that submitted the photo to the national contest.

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Grand Prize
ALA President's Prize
Library of Congress Prize
Amateur First Place

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Grand Prize
"Inquiring Minds" by Kirsten Baker, Liverpool (N.Y.) Public Library

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ALA President’s Prize
"A Reach for Knowledge" by Susan Matsubara, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library

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Librarian of Congress Prize
"Enlightenment" by Robert Riddle, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library

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1st Place, Amateur
"Following in his Father’s Footsteps" by Shirley Gray , Union (N.J.) Public Library


Second Place, Amateur
Honorable Mention, Amateur
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Honorable Mention, Amateur

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2nd Place, Amateur
"Waiting" by John Sagan, Hiram Halle Memorial Library, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

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Honorable Mention, Amateur
"Zachary" by Marlene Hodge, Timberland Regional Library, Centralia, Wash.

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Honorable Mention, Amateur
Untitled by Elisa Chilson, Walla Walla College Library, College Place, Wash.

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Honorable Mention, Amateur
"Legacy of Literacy" by Ron Dial, Benicia (Calif.) Public Library


Honorable Mention, Amateur
1st Place, Youth

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Honorable Mention, Amateur
"If I Could Fly" by Adrienne Posey, Reinert/Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

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1st Place, Youth
"Eyes on the Print" by Tracy Conti, Coral Reef Senior High School Library, Miami, Fla.

 

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2nd Place, Youth
"Follow the Sun with Learning" by Annie Kindland, Clay County (Fla.) Library System

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3rd Place, Youth
"Exploring" by Veronica Marzonie, Flint (Mich.) Public Library


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Honorable Mention, Youth
"Where Do I Begin?" by Angela Madonia, Jervis Public Library, Rome, N.Y.

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Honorable Mention, Youth
"On a Rainy Day" by Aya Kiyohara, St. Andrew’s Priory, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honorable Mention, Youth
"My Daughter Loves the Library" by Karen Cunnington, Everett (Wash.) Public Library

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Honorable Mention, Youth
"Imagination" by Jannis Jocius, Sunnyvale (Calif.) Public Library


     

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Honorable Mention, Youth
"ZZZZ" by Cena Maxfield, Park City (Utah) Library