Six Santa Catalina School juniors won awards in the 2022 Weston Scholarship portfolio competition for black and white film photography. The annual contest, hosted by The Weston Collective, is open to high school and college students in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.
An awards ceremony was held at the Monterey Museum of Art on May 19, and the winners' work will be on display at the museum through summer.
Carys Chard won first place in the Roman Loranc Fine Art Category, which came with a $700 award. Her portfolio, called “Rustic Waterfront,” showcases the everyday reality and inner workings of the Monterey Municipal Wharf.
In the Julian P. Graham High School Category, Selma Ruiz placed first ($700) and Renee Larrauri placed third ($300). Selma experimented with stacking negatives on top of each other for her portfolio, “Double Vision,” while Renee captured the essence of her childhood home in “The Golden Days.”
Three students earned honorable mention and $200 prizes. Jacqui Boe turned her camera on San Francisco in “Meets the Eye”; Paloma Palafox took still life images of vegetables in “Implemented Shadows”; and Miriam Riley explored “Lonely Places.”
This year’s contest drew 71 submissions.