Xavier University Selects International Photo Contest Winners

March 24, 2010

At a reception March 24, Xavier University’s Offices of International Student Services, Marketing and Printing Services, Web Services and the Department of Art announced the winners of the University’s fourth International Photo Contest, in which entrants captured different global sites on film and entered them into the contest. First place prize was a G11 camera, donated by Canon.

The contest opened for submissions in late November and online voting started in late February. 240 images were submitted by 48 students and represented 42 different countries. 26 finalists selected by the judges were showcased in the Faces of the World Lounge of the Gallagher Student Center. Judges were Greg Rust, Xavier’s director for photography, Gene Carmichael, S.J., spiritual counselor in human resources, Lea Minniti, director for International Student Services, and Jonathan Gibson, assistant professor of art. Online voting started in late February and 1,024 voters selected their five favorites. They are:

FIRST PLACE WINNER
Mickey Hafertepe of Media, PA (19063): his photo, “Mutatu Jungle” (shown) was taken during his trip to Kampala, Uganda. Mickey is a senior majoring in natural sciences. He receives the Canon G11camera.

SECOND PLACE
Annie Mergel of Bloomfield Hills, MI (48304): “Odd Exposure” was taken in Beijing, China. Annie is a first-year student majoring in communication arts.

THIRD PLACE
Ashley Patrick of Wadsworth, OH (44281): her picture from Lukaya, Uganda is “Me, Teacher.” Ashley is a senior Philosophy, Politics & the Public international studies major.

FOURTH PLACE
Margo Fisher-Bellman, a Cincinnati (45236) graduate student in English won for "Tanning Hides" set in Fes, Morocco.

FIFTH PLACE
Jennifer Seiser, an MBA student from Cincinnati (45225), submitted “All for Everyone" taken in Berlin, Germany.

Photos can be seen at www.xavier.edu/internationalphotos. There is also a gallery of all photo contest finalist images on the 2nd floor of the Gallagher Student Center at Xavier University.