CTM Contest winners

CTM Contest winners

The seventh annual CTM Photo Contest and fourth annual CTM Video Contest prove without a doubt that Skidmore is a creative community.

April 11, 2014

Each year Skidmore offers cash awards to members of the community who create outstanding photographs or videos illustrating Skidmore's people, places, and programs. This year’s Creative Thought Matters contestants did not disappoint.

"SteelWooling at the Tang" by Nghia Lu '14
"SteelWooling at the Tang" by Nghia Lu '13. 

The theme “Places We Live, Places We Love” asked participants to capture the places around campus where they live, study, eat, hang out, and work and to show what they love about Saratoga Springs, from its lakes, parks, and history to its downtown activities. From the 110 photo entries it inspired, “SteelWooling at the Tang” by Nghia Luu ’14 won two prizes: its 530 “likes” made it the Facebook fan favorite, and its 97 votes earned it the Skidmore community prize.

"An Ode to Christopher Weigl" by Matthew Cohen '13
"An Ode to Christopher Weigl" by Matthew Cohen '13. 

Matthew Cohen ’13 won the judges’ award: Cohen’s “Ode to Christopher Weigl” recreated the 2008 contest winner, “Ethereal,” by Chris Weigl ’11, who died in a bike accident in 2012. Cohen says, “He was my friend and photography mentor. I can never truly recreate any of his unbelievable work, but trying made me feel better.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Lauren Bosche '15 for "El Lago Rojo", Kyle Wagman '14 for "Snowy Night", and Cooper Babcock '14 for "Hilltop Pond." 

  • Hilltop Pond
  • El Lago Rojo
  • Snowy Night

The judges were Emma Dodge Hanson ’93 and Phil Scalia, both professional photographers, and Sarah Weitzman ’14, co-president of the Skidmore Photography Club and the 2012 CTM Photo Contest winner.

In the video contest, Dorothea Trufelman ’14 and Shenghao Li ’14 split the prize money. Trufelman’s video, “Moving Pictures,” was praised by the judges for its creative combination of film, dance, and music, while Li’s music-video-like “Down the Road” was lauded for its creativity and particularly impressive dance moves. Video contest judges were Tom Lewis, professor of English, and Vickie Riley, visual resources coordinator at the Tang Teaching Museum.

Photo contest winners receive a $250 cash prize, and video contest winners received $750 each. Prizes will be awarded to students by President Glotzbach at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in the atrium of the Dining Hall. Some of the images will be used in the new CTM Photo Gallery, a large-scale display in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. 

Click here to read more about the contests and see previous winners.

Tags: Admissions, Campus Life, CTM Photo Contest, CTM Video Contest, Nghia Luu ’14, Matthew Cohen '13, Dorothea Trufelman ’14, Shenghao Li ’14
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