At the end of each trimester, we like to host a photo contest among our students. It’s a fun way for friends and family back home to see how far we’ve come and what we’ve been up to.
This fall, we had five prize-winners for our photo contest:
The last one is meant to be defined in the eyes of the photographer-students themselves, and a few of them got pretty creative! The photos were judged anonymously by a Winterline staff committee. Submissions were cleared of original titles and sources. Merits were determined by image alone. Runner ups received prizes of local Costa Rican coffee mugs, winners received a range of prizes from Winterline Nalgenes up to an REI day pack.
All in all, it was an incredibly difficult selection process, with many quality submissions across the board. Above all else, we at Winterline want to give our congratulations to all the winners and wish them the best in the rest of their gap years.
The first runner up for “Landscape” was considered on these points:
- Strong narrative.
- Playful light and dark shadows with silhouette foreground
- Landscape includes a sense of the immediate experience
- Strong colors despite bleak expanse
The winner for “Landscape” was considered on these points:
- Strong use of shadows and multiple landscape dimensions (water, rock, mountain)
- The Golden Hour
The runner up for “Skills” was considered on these points:
- Strong tension between strength of the measurement tool and the fragility of the living organism
- Vivid use of macro detail
- Immediately understandable narrative
The winner for “Skills” was considered on these points:
- Clearly a new skill
- Strong use of eye-level perspective, brings audience down the level of the activity
- Strong use of depth of field & wide aperture: face is perfectly crisp, drawing attention to the subject immediately
The runner up for “Wildlife” was considered on these points:
- Beautifully photographed wildlife subject
- Colorful, in focus, context provided for size
- Intimate & casual
The winner for “Wildlife” was considered on these points:
- Perhaps not technically wildlife, subject is dramatically framed by its context, in situ
- Lighting well chosen
- Perspective — nearly eye-level
The runner up for “People” was considered on these points:
- Strong narrative of ease and rest.
- Human and approachable.
- Composition is beautifully imbalanced.
- Strong perspective, captures the sense of ground & earth which draws out the emotion
The winner for “People” was considered on these points:
- Strong narratives, easily understandable
- Eye-level perspective adds to the sense of dignity of the subject
- Framing with wall brings out the sense of intimacy with the subject
- Subject and objects hold each other in contrast with the uniformity of the background
The runner up for “Winterline” was considered on these points:
- Strong narrative, well-aligned with Winterline brand of skills, friendship, and exposure to new experiences
- Use of Winterline logo
- Clear emotions of joy & spontaneity with new experience
- Strong use of non-candid subjects
The winner for “Winterline” was considered on these points:
- Visually impressive colors and use of light
- Strong 1st person perspective
- Strong narrative of personal reflection mixed with the reflection on the water
- Answers the questions: why a gap year and why winterline while also capturing the feeling of adventure and delight at the end of an eventful day.