University selects winners in international photo contest

375 submissions received from students, staff and alumni | April 18, 2008

The Romero International Center, the Division of Student Life and Leadership, Marketing and Printing Services, Alumni Services and the Department of Art announced the winners of the University’s second international photo contest in which entrants captured different places around the world on film and entered them into the contest.

The first place winner in the student category was Jessica McCoy, whose photo, “Paanii” was taken during her trip to Varanasi, India. Jessica is a senior majoring in liberal arts with a minor in peace studies. She receives a Canon G-7 camera donated by Canon. 

“I was on Xavier's academic service-learning semester to India in the fall of 2007," McCoy says. “We were visiting Varanasi, a holy city in the Hindu faith, through which the Ganges River runs. We were there during the Chhath festival, where mostly women come to stand on the banks of the river all night and then worship the sun the next morning as it rises to ask for health and prosperity for their husbands and children or future ones. We took a sunrise boat ride on the river and I took this photo after the sun had risen, with all the people lining the banks, dressed in their finest attire. India lends itself nicely to taking amazing pictures. The colors in my photo are an everyday occurrence. Color is very much a part of their entire wardrobe.”

First place winner in the faculty/staff/alumni category was Rebecca Collins of New York City, a 2000 Xavier biology alumna, for “Shy Boy,” taken in Kabula, Kenya. Collins will receive a signed and framed photograph of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, taken by University photographer Greg Rust.

The contest opened for submissions in December and online voting started in late February. Three hundred seventy-five  students, faculty, staff, and alumni submitted photos and the contest judges narrowed the field to 21 finalists in the student category and 10 in the faculty/staff/alumni category. Online voting started in late February and voters selected their favorites. Canon provided prints for those 31 photos and they were hung in the Faces of the World Lounge in the Gallagher Student Center.
Additional student winners:

2nd place: Meghan Snyder for “Adme” taken in Jaipur, India. Meghan is a senior majoring in social work with minors in psychology and theology. 

3rd and 4th places: Tai Piazza for pictures from New Delhi, India. “Faith” won third place and “Shades of Fraternity” took fourth. Tai is a sophomore majoring in international studies with minors in international business.

Additional faculty, staff, alumni winners:
2nd place: Hem Joshi or “Rice Plantation in a Hilly Area” taken in Shexa, Nepal. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Math and Computer Science.

3rd place: Keith Klenowski for “School is Out” from Bombay, India. Keith is a 2001 psychology alumnus.

4th place: Kevin Fitzgerald or “Shy” taken on the East Coast of Nicaragua. Kevin graduated in 2006 with an honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and the Public.