BU Students Dominate Boston Press Photographers Association Collegiate Contest

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | rtaffe@bu.edu

(Boston) — Boston University students from the school’s College of Communication dominated the 2005 Boston Press Photographers Association’s (BPPA) student still photography contest, winning 10 of the 14 awards given in the first collegiate competition ever for the 79-year-old group.

Winners will receive their awards at the Association’s annual awards dinner June 4, 2005, where their winning photographs will be displayed along with those from the annual BPPA members’ contest.

BPPA judges considered nearly 500 images submitted by 40 students from 10 colleges: Boston University, Western Kentucky University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, New England School of Photography, Suffolk University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Brown University, and Boston College.
Winners included:

NEWS — 1st Lisa Hornak, Boston University; 2nd Lance Havelka, Boston University; 3rd Lisa Hornak, Boston University; honorable mention, Josalee Thrift, Boston University.

SPORTS — 1st David Kaufman, Boston University; 2nd Jeffrey Chen, Tufts University; 3rd Phoebe Sexton, Boston University; honorable mention, Phoebe Sexton, Boston University

PORTRAIT/FEATURE — 1st Melanie Blanding, Western Kentucky University; 2nd Michelle Caucutt, Boston University; 3rd Melanie Blanding, Western Kentucky University; honorable mention 1, Andrew Cullen, Boston University; honorable mention 2, Emily Johnson, Boston University.

BEST IN SHOW — Melanie Blanding, Western Kentucky.

“We launched this because the BPPA has been looking for ways to reach out to the next-generation of photojournalists,” said spokesman Rick Friedman. “We’re pleased with response to our first effort to involve students in our annual competition and look forward to even broader interest next year. The level of photographic quality was so far above what we were expecting, with some absolutely spectacular images.”

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication, with an enrollment of more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students, specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. For more than half a century the photojournalism program has graduated students who have become top professionals at newspapers, magazines, wire services, agencies, and in the freelance market, including Pulitzer Prize and World Press Award winners.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.