Winners Announced for Penguin Hotel Art Contest - Images by Armando Colls, Ross Konigsburg and Chris Costa to Transform Hotel Rooms on South Beach

South Beach, Florida – March 2015The Penguin Hotel announced the winners of their art contest - The Big Picture, Interiors at The Penguin Hotel. Winners will receive $500 plus a two-night stay at the Penguin Hotel. More than 500 entries were received. A panel of judges picked the top three winners: Armando Colls, Ross Konigsburg and Chris Costa. Fans on the hotel’s Facebook page selected Armando Colls as the People’s Choice winner. Each of the winning pieces of art will be printed on a wall-sized canvas and placed in at least one room.

The contest, open to accomplished and emerging artists, was seeking for new art for the wall-sized canvas in each hotel room. Judges included HGTV Urban Oasis lead designer Lindsay Pumpa, art writer Ciara LaVelle, and art dealer Paul Fisher. The canvases will be printed this Spring and will be installed in the rooms in summer 2015.

The winners of The Big Picture, Interiors at The Penguin Hotel include:

-    Armando Colls – South Florida based photographer Armando Colls believes taking a photo is much more than just pressing the button, “there is a moment, a story. My vision is to travel the world and share my vision through my art, my photography.”

-    Ross Konigsburg – Ross Konigsburg, a native Floridian based in Virginia, works to capture the beauty and tension found in the wilds around the world. “The goal is to create images that let people feel they are seeing the same beauty I see.”

-    Chris Costa - Chris is a self-taught photographer living just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a photographer, Chris combines his tremendous passion for photography and his inspiration for the beauty of nature to create extraordinary works of art. “It’s all about the beauty of nature. That’s my inspiration.”

The Penguin Hotel, an art deco boutique hotel built in 1948, offers 43 rooms, eight with direct ocean views. Rooms offer flat screen TV's, WIFI and an option, at an extra cost, to have the canvas wall customized with any image from a family portrait to a company logo. The Purple Penguin Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and the ideal location for people watching and enjoying ocean breezes. The Penguin Hotel is located at 1418 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139. For more information visit or call 800-235-3296.

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