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11 students win awards in Weston Scholarship competition
11 students win awards in Weston Scholarship competition

Eleven juniors won awards in the 2019 Weston Scholarship portfolio competition.

Santa Catalina students submitted 21 portfolios to the competition, which aims to preserve the legacy of black and white film photography on the Monterey Peninsula. The contest, hosted by The Weston Collective, drew 100 entries from three high schools and Monterey Peninsula College.

Two Catalina students, Taylor Ford and Abby Gunter, earned second place awards, which came with $500 scholarships. Taylor's portfolio, "Submerged," featured different images of the body in water, while Abby focused on first responders in Greenfield, California, for her portfolio, "What's Your Emergency?" Catalina's remaining winners earned honorable mention and $200 prizes. In total, Catalina students earned $2,800 in scholarship awards.

The students' photographs represent a range of subjects, including portraits, abstracts, cities, and landscapes. They also represent a variety of techniques, as students used wax paper, experimented with exposure and contrast, worked with studio lighting, and created images using the photogram process.

An awards ceremony was held May 10 at the Monterey Museum of Art, where parents and friends alike had the opportunity to see the students' work and watch them accept their awards.

You can view a selected image from each of the portfolios on SmugMug. Their work will be on exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art through July 7.

Congratulations to the following students:

Brooke Borgia – Honorable Mention
Ellie Butler – Honorable Mention
Jessica Clements – Honorable Mention
Damiera Cruz – Honorable Mention
Taylor Ford – 2nd Place in the Julian P. Graham High School Category
Abby Gunter – 2nd Place in the Witherill-Morrison Social Commentary Category
Rosemary Lee – Honorable Mention
Gabriella Nagy – Honorable Mention
Grayce Nichols – Honorable Mention
Truth Ortiz – Honorable Mention
Chanel Sun – Honorable Mention

Students in the darkroom
At work in the darkroom.

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