Fall4Oneonta Photo Contest Winners Chosen

October 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Fall Foliage at Hunt Pond by Kelly Christian

SUNY Oneonta senior Kelly Christian of Floral Park, N.Y., and 2013 graduate Jason Sagat of Suffern, N.Y. are the winners of SUNY Oneonta’s #Fall4Oneonta Photo Contest.

Held from Oct. 4 through Oct. 22, the contest drew 166 entries from current students, alumni, and faculty and staff who captured the beauty of Oneonta in the fall in creative and interesting ways. A total of 3,180 votes were cast for favorite photos through a tab on the SUNY Oneonta Facebook page during the contest period.

Kelly’s “Fall Foliage at Hunt Pond” photo racked up 561 votes to win the “People’s Choice” prize by a slim margin, besting the runner-up by just 19 votes. Jason’s “Last Lonely Leaf” photo was selected as the “Photographers’ Pick” winner after our judges, college photographer Michael Forster Rothbart and photography instructor Kevin Gray, narrowed the entries down to 8 finalists, and then one winner.

A dual major in computer art and mass communications, Kelly has been an active member of the Computer Art Club since her freshman year and became a part of the club’s e-board last year. She took this photo in mid-September on her way back from studying at Hunt Union. “Every fall, I look forward to the beautiful foliage here on campus. It’s my favorite thing about this school,” she said. “Photography is a hobby I’m very interested in; I’m actually taking advanced digital photography with Dr. Sven Anderson this semester. My dad and I have always shared a love for photography, and that is one of the main reasons why I entered this contest.”

Jason graduated from SUNY Oneonta, cum laude, in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in computer art and is now working as a marketing intern. He took the “Last Lonely Leaf” photo during a digital photography class at SUNY Oneonta. “We went outside to get some good pictures; I’m glad I stopped to take this one,” he said. “I really enjoy taking pictures with a macro setting/view. I saw these couple of leaves in one of the bushes by the art building. I went for it, and I’m happy with the result.”

Although the contest is over, submitted photos will remain in a gallery for viewing.