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Photo research wins

UToday HomeDecember 6, 2012

By Trisha Kingcott

The award-winning photographers. The award-winning photographers (left to right): Aura Pon, fourth place; Fatemeh Hendijani Fard, second place; Petra McDougall, sixth place; Jayme Chalmers, first place; Melanie Walker, first place; and Friedemann Sallis, judge and director of graduate studies in the music department. Photo by Tara ChristieThe Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students’ Association tapped into their creativity with the launch of the first Graduate Student Research Photo Competition this fall.

Graduate students were invited to submit photos that represented their research for the chance to win a monetary prize and have their photo displayed in the new Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students’ Association offices, currently under construction in MacKimmie Tower.

Over 60 students submitted images on a variety of subjects, including technology, architecture, wildlife, individuals and families.

The photos were judged by Franco Rizutti, Graduate Students’ Association president, Amanda Stuart-Ross, Graduate Students’ Association vice-president (student life), and Friedemann Sallis, director of graduate studies in the music department. The judges were so impressed with the quality of the photos that they chose to award the first place prize to two students.

This unique collaboration between the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students’ Association celebrates the research, innovation and creativity of the University of Calgary’s remarkable graduate students.

Prizes were presented to the top seven photographers at a celebration ceremony held at the Last Defense Lounge on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Lisa Young, dean and vice-provost (graduate studies), was joined by Sallis to present certificates and cheques to the winning photographers.

“Not only are our graduate students innovative researchers, they are creative individuals who are actively involved in the university community,” says Young.

 

“Mother and Son” — Melanie Walker’s winning image.“Mother and Son” — Melanie Walker’s winning image.
“Sequentiality” — Jayme Chalmers winning image.“Sequentiality” — Jayme Chalmers' winning image.
The 2012 Graduate Student Research Photo Competition winners:

First place tie ($500 each)
Jayme Chalmers, master’s student, fine arts
Photo: Sequentiality

Melanie Walker, master’s student, culture and society
Photo: Mother and Son

Second place ($300)
Fatemeh Hendijani Fard, PhD student, computer engineering
Photo: Unexpected Ceiling

Third place ($100)
Shantel Beach, master’s student, public policy
Photo: Open Doors & Open Hearts: Colombia & Canada in 2012

Fourth place
Aura Pon, PhD student, music
Photo: Vuzik: Exploring a Medium for Painting Music

Fifth place
Margaret Reid, master’s student, chemistry
Photo: The Reaction

Sixth place
Petra McDougall, PhD student, biological sciences
Photo: The Eye of the Eldest