It will be picture perfect end to the academic year for the College’s Digital Photography students.
The seventh annual Photography Awards will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Applied Health Institute auditorium.
All Digital photography students – both first- and second-year – participate in the event. In fact, many graduates of the program return to attend each year, noted Stephen Dominick, professor and program coordinator for the College’s Digital Photography program.
“Our end-of-year show is very significant to all our students because it showcases and rewards their photography. It is very much like a ‘night at the Oscars’ for them,” said Dominick. “It’s an opportunity for them to dress up and attend an event that is designed to recognize their work, talent, skills and passion for photography.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Following the event, there will be an exhibition gallery reception in the Learning Commons between 4 and 5 p.m. where light refreshments (non-alcoholic) will be served.
Several awards will be presented including:
PORTFOLIO OF THE YEAR
This award is sponsored by Nikon Canada. First prize is a full-frame Nikon camera kit valued at approximately $4,000. Second-year students must produce, shoot and print a 10-print portfolio based on a theme of their own choice. The portfolios are adjudicated by a panel consisting of industry experts and faculty. First, second and third place winners receive an engraved glass crystal.
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Sponsored by The Premium Building Group. All second-year students submit an architectural assignment from which the top three submissions are selected to shoot a property. There is a cash prize of $1,000 with this award and an engraved glass crystal.
TYM HRYCUSKO MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded to a graduating second-year student (selected by faculty) for outstanding technical proficiency, exemplary ethical values and exceptional dedication to the profession of photography. The winner receives an engraved glass crystal. This award was founded in 2014 by Stephen Dominick and Grace Smith to honor the late Tym Hrycusko who inspired Dominick to create the Digital Photography Program at Niagara College.
This is a photo-competition that must be entered by all students. Year One categories are Portrait, Splash, Still-Life and Street. Year Two categories are Portrait, Food, Fine Art and Commercial. Best of Show for Year One and Year Two are selected and receive an engraved glass crystal. Year Two Best of Show receives a Gemini Studio Lighting Kit donated by Henrys Camera valued at $1,400.
Gift cards donated by Henrys and Pikto are also presented to all the winners.
BIG HEART AWARD
This award was founded by Grace Smith with Vanessa Bassett-Bradley (2016 grad) and recognizes a graduating Year Two student who has honorably and unselfishly demonstrated the characteristics of kindness, goodwill, altruism and professional courtesy towards other students in the Digital Photography Program. The winner receives an engraved glass crystal.