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School students win four international photography awards

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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1 March 2008

Four Maharishi Middle and Upper School* photography students recently won awards in the 2008 PIEA (Photo Imaging Education Association) International Photography Competition.

In the category for students in grade 9 and under: single image, ninth grader Dodie Paige Thiel's photo titled 'Purple Hat/Train' took second place, ninth grader Satya Griggs won an honorable mention for her photo 'Chains,' and ninth-grade student Eylisa Belilove won an Exhibitor Award for her photo titled 'Foot Soles.'

In the category for grades 10-12 — single image, eleventh grader Josh Posner won an Exhibitor Award for his photo titled 'Boy on Skateboard.'

Their teachers are Carolyn Waksman and Greg Thatcher.

PIEA is a worldwide organization that helps photography teachers educate and exhibit student work. The judges chose 118 entries from 98 entrants for the exhibit. The 2008 contest received 6,150 entries from 1,309 participants from 115 schools in nine countries.

Student and teacher winners come from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities in Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, India, South Africa, the U.K., and the U.S.

Entrants compete in nine categories by age group. Each category awards Grand, First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention, and Exhibitor Awards.

Following the premier exhibition of 118 images at the Photo Marketing Association Convention in Las Vegas, January 31-February 2, two traveling exhibitions are touring venues in Australia, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. The winning images will be viewable online at

*For more information about the school, visit: Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment

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