Kennedy Wins Annual Alameda on Camera Award at Arts Center

Dennis Evanosky    Local photographer Jennifer Kennedy takes a moment at the life-preserver throw ring that became the subject of her prize-winning photograph.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts recently awarded Jennifer Kennedy its Call for Art Award for her photograph “Life Savers — a Whole Lot of Fun.” Kennedy was participating in the center’s annual Alameda on Camera event. Each photographer draws a number and — based on the number drawn — is assigned a small slice of Alameda in which to find and photograph something eye-catching. The life preserver throw ring on a fence near Alameda Fire Station No. 3 caught her eye, as well as the eyes of the judges. 

Kennedy took up photography on a trip to Italy. “I started venturing out more but I didn’t feel like I was getting enough out of my camera,” she said, “So I decided to join several photography groups to get tips and meet other photographers.” 

She purchased a Canon 6D several years ago and, until recently, concentrated on tugboats, cargo ships and other maritime vessels. “Maritime photographers are known as ‘ship spotters,’” Kennedy said. Through Instagram she learned that others loved to photograph maritime vessels and has made several ship-spotting friends through this photo-sharing network. 

In November 2018, she toured SS Kauai when Matson had the ship berthed with her sister ship SS MV Maui at the former Naval Air Station near USS Hornet (CV-13). 

The Blue Collar Green Water Committee chose Kennedy’s photograph of a cargo ship to grace the cover of its 2019 calendar, “This calendar is mainly dedicated to ferry employees and others who ply maritime trades,” Kennedy said. 

“My favorite subjects to photograph are cargo ships, tugboats, muscle cars and landscapes,” she said. 

The Alameda Sun sponsors the Call for Art Award each year.