Students Place In Photography Competition

March 14, 2019

The photography department has recently been awarded with many prestigious achievements. The photo show that takes place during the last few weeks of every semester is one way students can share their artwork that they have put months of effort into. While this is being prepared for, photography instructor Eric Mittman also encourages his students to participate in non-school related contests.
“If there is honestly anyone to thank for helping me along the way, it would be Mr. Mittman,” junior Colby McClure said. “He inspires me to be my best self. I got the Congressional award for a picture of a woman with a cracked face and blank expression. I think that surreal pictures inspire me to do the cool stuff that I do.”
One program the photography students participate in every year is called the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards program. This program is the nation’s longest running and reputable program to recognize creative students in grades 7-12 with a passion for arts or writing. The awards students receive range from the highest honor, gold keys, to the second highest, silver keys, and finally to the honorable mentions.
“I won a Silver Key in the 2019 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards for a blue tinted polaroid photo of my friend,” junior Owen Collins said. “I plan to keep on trying to improve my art and as an artist overall. I’m going to keep entering contests and pushing myself until I am the best I can be.”
However, this is not where the awards end. Junior, Lela Rasmussen, recently won some highly-distinguished photography awards of her own.
“I got third in Alabama’s State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Exhibit, and there was a ceremony on Valentine’s Day to be recognized for that achievement,” Rasmussen said. “I am also a Visual Arts Achievement 2019 Blue Ribbon Finalist, and on March 11th, I went to the Huntsville Museum to view this exhibit. A lot of work goes into finalizing these pictures, especially if its something meant to be obviously surreal or photoshopped.”
Once a photo idea is developed, students have the ability of making it come to life through their effort.The time spent working on these award-winning photos pays off in the end, as students realize why they do what they do.
“I spend most of my time in photoshop, that’s really where the work happens,” Collins said. “It can take even just a few hours to edit a simple portrait. I get my inspiration from things I see around me, or even just my mood. If I’m in a good or bad mood, that will affect the type of art that I produce.”
Students feel that the photography department is more than just a course for them, it is a community. As they continue to grow and prosper in their achievements, they keep each other motivated to do better.
“We inspire each other and bounce ideas off of each other constantly,” Rasmussen said. “Not to mention that, as you pass through the classes of photo, you become more like a photo family.”

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