The 430 images submitted for the competition were distributed across eight categories: Animals/Nature, Architecture, Experimental, Landscape/Cityscape, Photo Essay, Photojournalism, Portrait and Still Life. Such a wide range of categories, coupled with a relatively large number of images, resulted in a group of remarkably diverse photographs. Even work that wasn’t chosen in the Experimental category often showed experimentation in terms of how the students approached their subjects and how they think about photography as a medium. Selecting just over 100 images was a challenge, given that the majority of the work submitted was very high in quality. In fact, a number of the students are already producing college-level work. The photographs submitted for this exhibition, whether or not they were selected, often reflect technical skills that range from very good to excellent, even exceptional. The lighting in most of the work is frequently a significant component of the images and usually illustrates a good understanding of the importance of matching quality of light to content. A fair amount of these photographs are conceptually sophisticated, particularly in some of the cinematic/narrative images. It was good to see so many students exploring black and white photography in so many different ways, even at times pushing the boundaries of the definition of black and white. I hope that all of these students continue pursuing photography, and I encourage them to seriously consider studying the medium at universities and colleges as they work to develop their practice and define their photographic vision and voice.
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