Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Parkie takes top prize....of course

(Way to go, Evan!)


An Ithaca College junior has earned first place for a photo taken during the national College Media convention October 25-27 in Washington, DC. Evan Falk, a television-radio major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, also received an honorable mention for a second photograph.

The photo competition was sponsored by Associated College Press (ACP) and College
Media Advisers (CMA). The ACP/CMA conference attracted students from colleges across the U.S. and Canada, with 34 students talking part in the photo competition. The assignment was to make a portrait of a person, of D.C., or a certain object, or a color, etc.

Falk’s first-place prize was awarded for an image of a Viet Nam War veteran at the Arlington National Cemetery gravesite of another soldier who had saved his life.
The judges, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, said they were impressed with the quality of the images in the competition, especially given the challenges of the rainy weather during the conference.

All three of the top images had people in them, emphasizing the photojournalism nature of the competition, the judges explained. They also noted how “good captions really made a difference,” particularly on the first-place image.

"You can assume certain things about a photo. The caption will clarify those assumptions," one judge said. Another judge commented, “(The caption) took a typical funeral shot and added some real meaning to the image."
Falk, who is from Westfield, NJ, studied photography with Janice Levy, associate professor in the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts in Ithaca College’s Park School.

Levy commented, “I’m very proud of Evan’s achievements, especially in this demanding competition. I always encourage my students to get in close to their subjects because that effort yields powerful photographs, as evidenced by the judges’ comments.”

Falk’s honorable mention photo, also taken at Arlington National Cemetery, shows a husband and wife at the gravesite of a family member.
The award-winning images are available at the competition web site, http://www.jea.org/_DCPortrait07/


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