Communication and Media Studies

Photo Contest Winners


This year's contest received a record 674 entries!

More than 100 students attended the judging event held in the UC Kinnickinnic Theater. Images were displayed on the big screen as the judges evaluated them.

About the judges
About the contest

Best of Show

Benji by Lance Balzart

(First Place in Portrait Category)

by Lance Balzart

Junior TESOL major, art minor
Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

"A B&W portrait I took of a friend. Shot with Kodak 35mm Tri-X 400"

Digitally Manipulated

Liquid Glamor by Miranda Java 2011 

First Place—Liquid Glamour

by Miranda Java

Senior marketing & communications major

Hometown: New Richmond, Wisconsin

"Enhancing the original photo by making it appear more breathtaking and spiritual. By liquefying the subject, she appears less permanent, more like a glimpse of one's imagination or subconscious."

Down Town Express by Jenna Schultz 2011

Second Place—Down Town Express

by Jenna Schultz

Senior art education K-12 major

Hometown: Le Sueur, Minnesota

"This image was taken of the Minneapolis Skyline. I wanted to emphasize the city architecture with the extreme color of the sky by using photo filters in Adobe PhotoShop."




Land Escaping by Jenna Schultz 2011

Third Place—Land Escaping

by Jenna Schultz

Senior art education K-12 major

Hometown: Le Sueur, Minnesota

"This image was originally a digital photograph of a landscape with a tree standing alone at the center. Using Adobe PhotoShop I wanted to create an abstract version of something I drove by on a daily basis more complex, making something simple more out of the ordinary."




Front Row by Courtney Hintermeyer 2011

First Place—Front Row

by Courtney Hintermeyer

Sophomore art major

Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota

"The married duo Connie and Craig Minowa singing with their band Cloud Cult at St. John's University."





She Leaves in a Dream by Brianna Samson 2011

Second Place—She leaves in a dream

by Brianna Samson

Junior broad area art & marketing communication major

Hometown: Owatonna, Minnesota

"The wind swept her soul away."




Celebration by Trina Severson 2011

Third Place—Celebration

by Trina Severson

Junior marketing communications major

Hometown: Owatonna, Minnesota

"On a weekend in Gran Canaria, an island on the Canary Islands, I stumbled upon one of the biggest carnivals on the island, in Playa Del Ingles. The parade was spectacular, with amazing floats, costumes, music, and variety. This is one image I shot when one float was shooting out confetti at the viewers of the parade."

LOOK by Desi Danforth 2011

Honorable Mention—LOOK

by Desi Danforth

Freshman journalism major

Hometown: Andover, Minnesota

"This photo was taken at my house in Andover in the spring of last year."


Jump by Sally King 2011

First Place—Jump

by Sally King

Senior journalism major

Hometown: Golden Valley, Minnesota

"Track and Field invitational at UW-River Falls."








Solace by Lauren Hanson 2011

Second Place—Solace

by Lauren Hanson

Senior TESOL/Spanish major

Hometown: Almena, Wisconsin

"This is of my grandma, but the football player she is consoling is not related to me (or her). She is such a caring person. Grandmas have an innate ability to comfort anyone who needs it. After losing his final, senior-year football game, David needed her. She knew it."



 Tough Enough by Kelsea Schuster 2011

Third Place—Tough Enough

by Kelsea Schuster

Freshman animal science major

Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin

"This photo was taken at the Lincoln County Rodeo in WI."


 Benji by Lance Balzart

First Place (and Best of Show)Benji

by Lance Balzart

Junior TESOL major, art minor

Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

"A B&W portrait I took of a friend. Shot with Kodak 35mm Tri-X 400."


Emily & Erin by Brad Ogbonna 2011

Second Place—Emily and Erin

by Brad Ogbonna

Senior international studies major

Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota

"Portrait was taken of two half-sisters, who also happen to be eleven years apart on top of a rooftop. "

Portal to the Soul by Carrie Kierstyn

Third Place—Portal to the Soul

by Carrie Kierstyn

Freshman applied physics and engineering major

Hometown: Adams, Wisconsin

"The closeness to the face and the emphasis on the eye make the blackness of the pupil symbolize the openness and never ending vastness of the soul."

 Make Love, Not War

Honorable Mention—
Make Love not War

by Tina Heerdt

Junior psychology major

Hometown: Hector, Minnesota

"Self portrait. I have always been fascinated by gas masks. I adore them."





Refugee by Marne Boyd 2011

Honorable Mention—Refugee

by Marne Boyd

Junior art education broad area

Hometown: River Falls, Wisconsin

"Photograph was done in platinum palladium medium. A self portrait done to emphasize the highlights and contrast of the platinum palladium process."


Are You Gunna Kiss Me or Not by Julia Hansen 2011

Honorable Mention—

Are you gunna kiss me or not

by Julia Hansen

Junior marketing communications major

Hometown: New Holstein, Wisconsin

"Image was taken for the Kiss a Pig contest assembly at a high school.

Contestant is ready to kiss with orange lipstick and is puckering up."

 Snowstorm December 2010 by Amber Rosenwinkel 2011


Honorable Mention—Snowstorm 2010

by Amber Rosenwinkel

Sophomore elementary education major

Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota

"I walked outside to brush my car off the night before I had to drive to work. Little did I know I would have to dig "The Love" (my Taurus) out of its safe haven of white happiness."








A Dream Within a Dream by Theresa Anderson 2011

First Place—A Dream Within a Dream

by Theresa Anderson

Freshman art education major

Hometown: Anoka, Minnesota

"This picture is one of my favorite places to go to just sit and think. I found it while exploring downtown Anoka, MN and instantly fell in love."





Sun Shiny Daffodils by Lauren Wendt 2011

Second Place—Sun Shiny Daffodils

by Lauren Wendt

Freshman agriculture studies

Hometown: Marshall, Wisconsin

"Daffodils in our garden."














Monument Valley by Alex Sullivan 2011

Third Place—Monument Valley

by Alex Sullivan

Major: undecided

Hometown: St. George, Utah

"This picture was taken on a famous overlook looking over monument valley."














Sunset Memories by Katelyn Mewes 2011

Honorable Mention—Sunset Memories

by Katelyn Mewes


Hometown: Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

"This is my grandpa’s barn that he milked in for many years until his death."


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