MSJC student wins state photography award

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California Community College student photographers awarded for their work
Fourth annual College Seen winners announced
SACRAMENTO—September 14, 2010—Seven California Community College students have been named winners in this year’s College Seen, an annual photo competition co-sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, its CollegeBuys program, and Adobe®. The winners, all from different colleges, were selected from a pool of 442 entries by a panel of judges that included several community college photography instructors. 
Matthew Ronan, a student at City College of San Francisco, took the contest’s top honor, receiving the grand prize award of $500 and an Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium package, courtesy of Adobe®, for his unique self-portrait, which combines two of his artistic passions: photography and pyrography, or the art of burning images into wood.
“College Seen provides the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to artistically portray their reflections on community college life,” said Dr. Paul Lanning, President and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. “Many of the photos entered into this year’s contest display not just the talent of the person behind the camera, but the diverse and unique experiences that can be encountered on all of California’s 112 community college campuses.”
In addition to Ronan, six other California Community College students have been awarded first place in separate categories, all selected based on their visual impact, technical execution, style, and category relevancy:
·         Alexa Wan, Los Angeles Harbor College, received first place in the campus experience category with “All Aboard,” which depicts students studying and chatting on a bus.
·         Geo Smith of Sacramento City College received first place in campus elements for his photo “Blue Bike,” which shows a popular mode of transportation at the college.
·         Lambert Li, Laney College, captured an action shot of a competitive basketball game and received first place in the news and events category for the aptly titled “A Hotly Contested Women’s Basketball Game at Laney College.”
·         Tammy Baker of Mt. San Jacinto College snapped a photo of fire fighters in training and took first place in career preparation and work experience for “Hot Career Choice.”
·         Katie O’Neill of Allan Hancock College took first place in the technology and learning category for “Mastering Stoichiometry,” which depicts a student in a classroom lab.
·         Deborah Chesher, Los Angeles Valley College, won first in the conceptual category for her photo “Crossroads,” a unique image of intersecting shadows.
A gallery of the winning photos are available at www​, and will also be published this fall in Affinity, the magazine for California Community Colleges.
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