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Marylhurst University Chosen for Sony World Photography Awards Student Initiative

For Release: December 12, 2008

Marylhurst University is one of 14 institutions in North America chosen to compete in Student Focus, the Sony World Photography Awards' university program. Sixty institutions across six continents will be competing in the awards and Marylhurst University is one of the select few to have been chosen to take part in this prestigious international awards program.

The Sony World Photography Awards (WPA), now in its second year, has expanded its student initiative to create a truly global competition to find tomorrow's photography professionals. With the environment as the central theme of the Sony World Photography Awards 2009, the brief for the students is to create an image which highlights an environmental issue specific to their country.

Institutions will select 120 images, two from each institution, for the WPA. A shortlist of two students from one institution from each continent will then be selected by a prestigious judging panel from the photographic community including:

Tom Ang, Leading Digital Photography specialist
Ruth Eichhorn, Director of Photography GEO Magazine
Mary Ellen Mark, Documentary Photographer
Adrian Evans, Director of Panos Pictures
Susan Welchman, Senior photo editor at National Geographic

The other thirteen institutions chosen in North America are:

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii
Tisch School of Art, NYU
Yale School of Art
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, California
Art Center College of Design, California
University of Illinois, Chicago
Cranbrook Academy of Art
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Canada
NOSSI College of Art, TN
Rhode Island School of Design
Arizona Northern State University
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
James Madison University

The 12 shortlisted students, along with their tutors, win an expenses-paid trip to Cannes in April 2009. As part of the Festival at The Sony World Photography Awards, finalists will conduct their final assignment from which an overall University winner will be decided. They will also participate in a series of lectures including Can Photography Make a Difference? with Tom Ang, a range of masterclasses, and portfolio sessions with leading industry experts.

The overall student winner will be announced, along with the winners of the professional and amateur categories, at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony at the Palais des Festival on 16 April 2009. The Student Focus prize is over 45,000 Euros' worth of photography equipment for the winning institution, courtesy of the sponsor, Sony.

A highlight of the festival in Cannes will be a showcase of photographs selected from the student submissions from all of the 60 participating institutions. When presented together, the photographs are expected to create an international collective view of our planet as seen by a new generation of photographers.

Rich Rollins, associate professor of photography at Marylhurst University comments: "We are delighted that Marylhurst University has been chosen to compete for such an esteemed award. We hope to make the most of this wonderful opportunity."

Scott Gray, World Photography Awards founder, comments: "Ten universities in Europe competed in the inaugural student initiative – this year it will be 60 institutions worldwide. We are delighted to be able to expand the program and offer so many more students a platform on which to nurture their passion for photography."


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