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Compelling Stories Caught on Film Impress Nationally-Renowned Photography Competition Judges

By: The Art Institutes

March 20, 2015

[PITTSBURGH, PA – July 17, 2012] – Aspiring photographers from around the country used their skills behind the lens to compete for tuition scholarships in The Art Institutes Storytellers Photography Competition. Now in its third year, the visual stories were judged by photojournalism luminaries such as Harry Benson, whose subjects have included The Beatles, every US President since Dwight D. Eisenhower, and members of the British royal family; Martha Rial, Pulitzer Prize winner and a 1981 graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with an Associate of Specialized Technology degree in Photography; and Carol Guzy, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a 1980 graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an Associate of Science degree in Photography.

The Art Institutes Announce Winners of its Storytellers Photography Competition

Winners of the national competition were named for the high school senior and high school graduate categories. The grand prize winner in the high school senior category, Katrina Clevenger, earned a tuition scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years to attend The Art Institute of Indianapolis. In the high school graduate category, Jenifer Hooker earned a $10,000 tuition scholarship to study photography at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

Entrants were asked to submit six original photographs that tell a story on a theme “Storytelling Through the Lens,” along with a 500-800 word artist statement describing the entry. Each of the 39 participating Art Institutes schools offering photography programs selected local-level finalists to advance to the national level of the competition.

The submissions reflected a variety of techniques, from traditional black & white and color photography to Adobe creative suite image manipulation. For her grand prize-winning entry, Katrina Clevenger used black & white photography to tell an endearing story about her sister Kelli, who was born with Down syndrome. In the high school graduate category, Jenifer Hooker used vivid, full-color images to show the role photography has played and will continue to play in her life.

The aspiring photographers impressed the judges with their entries and fearlessness in tackling tough issues. "I think overall they’re very strong. I’ve judged for a few years now, and I’m really impressed with the subjects that they’re tackling,” said Carol Guzy. “They’re not afraid to take a look at these really tough issues that are part of our world.”

“I didn’t see any bad pictures. I think it’s a very high standard," added Harry Benson.

The second place winner in the high school senior category – earning a $5,000 per year scholarship (for up to four years) – is Asia Hagans, who plans to attend The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston. The third place winner in the high school senior category – earning a $2,500 per year scholarship (for up to four years) – is Sarah Cameron, who plans to attend The Art Institute of California - Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University.

“This year, the students’ entries demonstrated a level of creativity and talent that went above and beyond our expectations,” said John Mazzoni, president of The Art Institutes. “But Katrina’s and Jenifer’s entries really exemplified what it means to tell a visual story that is both compelling and memorable. We look forward to helping these students grow as creative professionals and reach their maximum potential.”

For more information on The Art Institutes Storytellers Photography Competition, please visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/competitions/photography-storytellers.aspx .

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By: The Art Institutes

March 20, 2015