Students enter to win at the 1st annual photo awards ceremony

The photographers of the 29 photographs that adorn the white walls of the Pierce Gallery will soon discover if their hard work has earned them an award, during the 1st Photo Salon Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 8 at 7 P.M. in Art3301.


Jill Connelly, chair of the Media Arts Department, was part of the group that created the Awards Ceremony.


“We thought this would be a good way to highlight our student photography,” Connelly said.


The photographs were sorted in categories such as: Best Photo Journalism, Best Portrait and Best Landscape. All entires will be considered for Best in Show and Best Creative Photograph.


Photographer Joshua Cowan had an early prediction when the gallery first opened of his own photograph entitled “Protester.”


“That’s going to win best photo,” Cowan said hopefully.


One of the judges this year was Paul Myers, a member of the advisory board for the Media Arts Department and a Professor at Brooks Institute of Photography.


“A photo makes me stop and wonder what is going on beyond composition, “ Myers said, “We can see the photographer found a great moment.”


Prizes have been donated from both Canoga Camera and Woodland Hills Camera.


They include: a gift certificate, a camera bag, lighting kit and a tripod, in addition to cash prizes provided by the ASO.


However, it is not all about winning.


Agata Dziatlowicz whose work is entitled “Dancer” glowed when students gathered around her work and admired it, even taking pictures with their phones.


“It’s great that my work can inspire, “Dziatlowicz said.


There is a great mix of season professionals including Erin Stone, whose work has won countless of awards and has been featured in magazines along with first time photographers who are still getting used to the idea of having their work displayed.


Join them as they share in the bliss tomorrow when the envelopes are opened and the winners are revealed.

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