MINNEAPOLIS, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jostens, the leading provider of publications, jewelry and consumer goods serving the K-12 and college market, today announced the winners of its nationally acclaimed 2015 Photo Contest. The annual competition, co-sponsored by Jostens and Wolfe's Camera, celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers from schools across the country. This competition empowers students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school communities through photography. The award-winning photos will be showcased in the next release of the Jostens Look Book and Look Book companion app which serve as a mode of inspiration for yearbook staffs across the country.
Entries from nearly 5,000 student photographers were submitted from across the country. From these entries, 89 winners were selected. Photo contest submissions were judged by a panel of four judges consisting of professional photographers and photography instructors. The judges focused on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities, as well as the ability to convey a compelling story.
One Grand Prize winner was selected along with 1st – 5th place and honorable mention winners from nine categories: Academics/Community Service, Graduation, OWN Your Story, Photo Illustration/ Manipulation, Portrait, Sports: Athletes in Action, Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit, Student Life & Traditions, and Junior High/Middle School.
This Year's Grand Prize and First Place Winners are:
Grand Prize: Waving the Flag of BHS by Noah West from Bentonville High School [AR]
Academics/Community Service Category: In Living Color by Mia Fortunato from Coronado High School [NV]
Graduation Category: Friends and Tears by Brooke Lasley from Bryant High School [AR]
OWN Your Story Category: But First… by Matthew Szczerba from Luke M. Powers Catholic High School [MI]
Photo Illustration/ Manipulation Category: Summertime Swimming by Noah West from Bentonville High School [AR]
Portrait Category: Face of the Game by Kelsi Brinkmeyer from Texas High School [TX]
Sports: Athletes in Action Category: Fly on the Wall by Kelsi Brinkmeyer from Texas High School [TX]
Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit Category: Utter Disappointment by Lauren Franco from Trinity High School [TX]
Student Life & Traditions Category: Decisive Play by Tim Whaling from Westlake High School [TX]
Junior High/Middle School Category: Into the Fog by Clay Campbell from Bryant Freshman Academy [AR]
"Jostens is thrilled to recognize the remarkable photographic talents of students nationwide. The winners of the photo contest were able to capture a variety of school experiences and tell a story through the lens of the camera," said Sara Sausker, Jostens program manager, education. "The judges held the photographs to professional standards. The technical quality and story-telling ability of these photos are outstanding and cannot be surpassed."
Noah West's Grand Prize winning photograph, along with the winning photographs from each of the nine additional Photo Contest categories, are available for viewing on Facebook® at https://www.facebook.com/jostensadviserandstaff?fref=ts.
Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Jostens serves markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, educational and trade publishing segments.