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6 Fenway Photos Get MFA’s Stamp Of Approval

BOSTON — On Wednesday, for the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts is displaying works of art chosen from an online contest. The project is called “Grandstand to Gallery,” and the winners head to Fenway Park Wednesday night.

Seven hundred people submitted photos of Fenway to the MFA’s inaugural contest via the Internet. It’s the museum’s pitch to the stadium’s 100th anniversary.

Pictures by the six winners are hanging on the institution’s walls, including, “Fenway Pretzel Vendor,” taken by 66-year-old Lora Brody, of Waltham.

Lora Brody of Waltham in front of her winning Fenway photograph (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

“It was dusk, and this kid came by with a big tin of pretzels on his head — a hawker — with a great orange shirt and blue sky,” she recalled. “I knew when I took that shot that I got a good one. It felt great!”

Brody is a professional photographer, but her picture and two others were chosen anonymously by MFA director Malcolm Rogers and Red Sox vice president and historian Dick Bresciani. A jury of Red Sox fans voted for the other three online.

The “Grandstand to Gallery” winners will be recognized in a lineup Wednesday night before the game at Fenway, and their images will be displayed, for everyone to see, on the Red Sox video board.

Brody, a lifelong fan of the team and the historical park, is thrilled that her entire family will be joining her in the stands.

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