On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the hippest of Colorado College’s artists and admirers gathered in Cornerstone for the Fifth Annual Winter Photo Gala. The show consisted of 100 of the best student photographs from 2013, myriad snacks, and cider, as well as performances from the up-and-coming student band, King Duck, and the Blue Grass Ensemble. Attendees found both the refreshment and photography spread incredible, and overall the event was a smashing success.
The Winter Photo Gala is one of the CC photo club’s largest events, and it is completely student run. From the curating, the submissions, and the judging, co-presidents Esther Chan and Lucy Sudekum worked hard with the entire photo club to organize this sparkling and elegant event. They each emphasized how important it was to them to showcase as many student works as possible and show the wide breadth of talent in CC’s student body.
Each student was welcome to submit up to three photographs for the exhibit. After receiving approximately 280 submissions, a photo board made up of eight students selected the top 100 photographs to show in the Gala, presenting between 70 and 80 student photographers. Clay Haskell, the faculty sponsor of this year’s event, picked the winner for the grand prize, and the four other winners were determined by the student voters. All in attendance were invited to place votes for their top three photos. There were some incredible prizes awarded this year, which is a testament to the success of the event in the past, and the overall appreciation from the Colorado College community for great talent and beautiful art.
This year’s winners and prizes are:
1st: Emily Kim – Canon Rebel T3 (dSLR)
2nd: Alex Suber – Lomography Diana F+ Medium Format Camera
3rd: Savannah Johnson – Lomography OKTOMAT camera
4th: Michael Nordstrom – Lomography Fish Eye camera
5th: Justine Epstein – Camera phone lens set
The winning photos are those that most embody the theme of this year’s Gala: Candid. Chan and Sudekum defined this as something that occurs naturally; however, it can mean different things to different people. The theme is not so much a strict condition for submissions, but more like guidelines for the students. Since the Gala was able to accommodate more photos than ever because of Cornerstone’s size, the photo club wanted as many students to be involved in sharing their passion as possible. Overall, the event was a hit because of the “exceptional pictures, amazing prizes, and great venue,” said co-chair, Chan.
While some students missed the wine from previous Photo Galas, others focused on the art at hand. Lela Wulsin, photo club member, noted that the turnout was exquisite, despite the competition for free Chipotle offered at another event that evening.
“The aesthetic was bold and spicy, really highlighting people’s passion for photography,” said gala attendee, senior Eliza Carter. Senior Maggie McKeon added, “It was refreshing to see such a diverse selection of photographs.”