Ryan Sutton's 'Bird Rock' photo wins La Jolla Historical Society's first student photo contest
By Ruth Chandler
An eerily spectacular photograph taken by Ryan Sutton, a La Jolla High School junior, won the grand prize in La Jolla Historical Society’s inaugural Student Photo Contest. “Birdrock at Night,” was captured using a Nikon D90.
Encouraged by the win, Sutton said he plans to enter “Birdrock at Night” in the San Diego County Fair, along with a few other images, now that he’s received the grand prize of a flash for his camera.
The second place winner was second-grader Carina Freundt for “Sunny Jim Winks.” Third place went to fourth-grader Sophia Konstas-Stone for “Big Awesome Thing-ee.” Coordinated by Historical Society office manager Kristina Gibbons and new board member Jennifer Harter, the photo contest was intended to encourage students (kindergarten through 12th grade) to gain a better appreciation of their celebrated community through the camera lens. Students were asked to submit original photographs of La Jolla’s historic structures, natural environment, or related subject matter that symbolized the town’s rich heritage.
A standing-room-only crowd attended the April 25 awards ceremony, which included parents, sponsors, judges, historical society board members and staff, and the contestants’ teachers.
Judging the more than 100 entries were Alan Decker, a veteran photojournalist; David Fokos, a fine art photographer whose black and white images are masterpieces of minimalism and featured in galleries around the world; Bill Kenney, owner of La Jolla Photo & Imaging; and Bil Zelman, a celebrity/lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in magazines, including Rolling Stone and GQ.
Dewhurst & Associates served as the contest’s title sponsor, joined by La Jolla Photo & Imaging, Outside the Lens, City National Bank, and Nelson Photo.
“We hope this is the first of many such events involving our students,” said Gibbons, who added that she is already looking forward to next year’s contest. “It was so great to see the community come together.”
The student photographs will remain on exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. through May 31. For more information, call the historical society at (858) 459-5335.
Lucie Edwards, Grade 2, Untitled
Courtney Gainor, Grade 9, “Torrey Pine”
Max Goldberg, Kindergarten, “The Tree”
Portia Krichman, Grade 9, “In the Cross Hairs”
Emma Lhullier, Garde 3, “If Walls Could Hear”
Jade Novarino, Grade 11, “Sunset, Birds & Plane”
Sydney Pastore, Grade 4, “Our Flag”
Alex Tchang, Grade 4, “Spinning”
K-1: Andreas Marouf, “The Window”
2: Tara Samimi, “Ocean Waters”
5-6: Flora Guarnotta, “La Jolla’s Natural Guitar”
8: Caroline Carlson, “Scripp’s Pier”
9: Ben Dinklage, Untitled
12: Myles Chandler, “Everyday”
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