In this most recent gap year program photo contest, students competed for prizes in five different categories.
A number of the students are photographers on our Media Team, a group of students composed of recipients of our work-study gap year scholarships. To account for any bias, all photographs were stripped of their photographers’ names.
The five categories were People, Places, Culture, Skills, and of course, Winterline. Here are the winners!
Interested in taking a gap year with us?
People: Runner Up
- Captures kinetic energy, frozen in time
- Honesty of emotion
- Close up
- Shallow depth of field, bokeh, brings intimacy with subject
- Powerful symmetry broken by the human form
- Formal narrative is asymmetric with half-nudity
- The expression captures curiosity, joy, even mischief
Places: Runner Up
- Quality use of depth of field
- Subjects are perfectly crisp at the edge of an unknown height
- Captures a candid repose into human history, mixed with the challenge toward digital modernity
- Powerful sense of place
- Intimacy with an unknown owner, their belongings and their colorful attention to detail
- Architecture merges the old with the new, disarray with uniformity, roughness and tenderness
Culture: Runner Up
- Unique, close crop framing
- Colors of subject and sky contrast to reveal relationship between subject and others
- Decorations brought out in bite size via proximity to subject
- Abundant detail and humanity shines through in this image
- Universality and homogeny meet in the faces of the subjects
- Use of bokeh and focus pulls back the curtain between observer and observed
- Striking minimalism in the framing of the subjects
Skills: Runner Up
- Care and attention to detail from the subject brings out tenderness in this moment captured
- Eye-level humility meets the narrative of the subject’s focus
- Soft lighting from natural source adds to the emotional experience
- Close crop creates tension between subjects and what lies outside the frame
- Emotional tension & curiosity captured perfectly in the seen subjects’ eyes and the presence of an unseen subject.
- Lettering on main subject’s T-Shirt brings out further, unscripted meaning
Winterline: Runner Up
- The unknown background contrasts with the familiarity of the foreground, creating tension between the direction of the subject and the weighted centrality of the written logo
- Adventure and exploration captured perfectly with matched anonymity
- Dominant narrative of friendship and togetherness
- Adventure and respite brought to mind by the outfits and heavy lean of the subjects
- Symmetric framing and individuality despite matching outfits
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?