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Inaugural Southwest Photo Contest a Success

Categories: Culture, Landscape, People

Southwest Studies held a photo contest as part of its Southwest Week, Nov. 10-14. The contest was open to the Colorado College community, and approximately 50 entries were received.

The contest, held for the first time this year, featured three categories: culture, landscape, and people. "We held the photo contest because we wanted to highlight the visual imagery of the Southwest region, which has a long history of representational and interpretive art," said Steve Weaver, technical director of geology and one of the contest's three judges. "We wanted to give the Colorado College community the opportunity to show their personal work and vision of the region.

"We were very pleased with the quality of the photographs submitted for the contest," said Weaver, whose photos have been featured every year on the Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card and poster since the program began 12 years ago. "It was difficult to select the winners from all the submissions, but we feel that the winning images truly best communicate the culture, landscape, and people of the Southwest."

The winners in the culture category were John Nestler '15, first place; Calla Jacobson, second place; and Sierra Wilbar '18; third place.

The winners in the landscape category were Soren Frykholm '18, first place; Calla Jacobson, second place; and Mike Procell, KRCC operations manager, third place.

The winners in the people category were John Nestler '15, first place; Adam Young '16, second place; and Sabrina Piersol '17, third place.

The winning photos were matted, mounted, and displayed in the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, then given to the photographers as prizes.

"It was difficult to choose between all the creative and interesting work that was submitted for the contest," said Assistant Art Professor Emma Powell, one of the contest judges. "I was drawn to photographs that were both technically proficient and stayed with me after the first look."

"Having judged many photo contests, it was good to see us struggle a bit trying to pinpoint who the winners were," said Staff Photographer Bryan Oller. "To me that's a strong indicator of the many talented photographers who submitted their images. I loved seeing all these beautiful visual interpretations of the Southwest. Next year will be even better."

The Southwest Week activities were co-sponsored by the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies and Film and New Media Studies.

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