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School students win five international photography awards

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
Fairfield, United States
8 February 2006

Maharishi Middle and Upper School photography students recently won five international awards in the 2006 PIEA (Photo Imaging Educational Association) International Photography Competition, one of the largest photography competitions in the world.

The competition took place at Daytona Beach Community College in Florida.

The three highly experienced judges have done photography for publications such as Audubon, Life, National Geographic, Geo, Stern, Time, the New York Times, and the Miami Herald.

Nearly 6,000 images were entered by 1,330 entrants from 101 schools worldwide.

In the category for grades 9 and under, Maharishi School students received three awards out of 179 entries:

• 1st place: Sophia Blitz, grade 8

• 3rd place: Holly Armstrong, grade 8

• Honorable mention: Satya Griggs, grade 8

In the category for grades 10-12 single image, Maharishi School students received two awards out of 1,261 entries:

• 2nd place: Anjali Krystofiak, grade 11

• Honorable mention: Camille Morehead, grade 10

All of the winning students will receive prizes. The competition had 93 sponsors from six countries sponsoring over $110,000 worth of prizes.

The Maharishi School winning photographs will also be a part of the PIEA International Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit, consisting of the 112 winning images from the competition, will travel in two venues around the world for three years, going to museums, high schools, universities, and conventions. It will be seen by over 700,000 people.

The exhibit will come to Fairfield for the March ArtWalk in 2007. Maharishi School sponsors the Fairfield venue.

The traveling exhibit begins at the 2006 PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Annual Convention and Trade Show in February and will be seen by over 40,000 people.

Carolyn L. Waksman is the Upper School photography teacher, and Greg Thatcher is the Middle School art and photography teacher.

Copyright © 2006, Maharishi University of Management

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