Mrs. Borcherding, NHHS Publications and TV Studio teacher, recently had the students submit some of their photos to a Walsworth contest. The competition ran from February 27th to March 29th, and the results will be posted on April 30th.
When asked what the Walsworth competition is, Mrs. Borcherding responded with, “It's an annual photo competition for High School and Middle School students hosted by our yearbook publisher, Walsworth.”
Mrs. Borcherding has stated that the winner of each category (see list below) will receive a $100 VISA gift card.
Mrs. Borcherding was questioned if anyone from the area has ever won in the past, and she responded with, “Yes, we had a student win the ‘academics’ category a few years ago with a photo that she took of a student working on a project in Woods.”
She was then asked what makes a good photo, and her response was, “If you're looking for a prize-winning piece of photojournalism, it first needs to be technically good (i.e. proper lighting, clarity, subject is the focal point). Secondly, it should help to tell the story.”
The participating students were sent a survey, and the first question was “What were the photos that you submitted?”
Sophomore Hannah Rethemeyer stated, “The photos that I entered into the contest were mostly from the state cross country meet. There were photos mostly of the runner as they ran, but I also took pictures of the crowd as they cheered on the runners.”
Senior Lexi Oetterer said, “I submitted three photos from the blood drive that I took, and a photo from one of the Pink Out volleyball games of the student section.”
Senior Alexander Trentmann said, “I had two photos of chemistry tie-dying. One was just of a t-shirt soaking in the dye and another was of one of the students getting the extra dye out with water.”
The second question was “How do you feel about your photos?”
Alex Trentmann said, “I like them a lot. The colors looked nice and the pictures themselves do too.”
Lexi Oetterer exclaimed, “I feel good about them, but I don't know if they will be good enough to win.”
Hannah Rethemeyer stated, “I feel pretty good about the photos that I entered-- not sure that I will get anything for them because I was looking at the other pictures that other people were entering, and they all look pretty good.”
The third question asked was, “How did you feel when you took the photos?”
Hannah Rethemeyer said, “As I was taking most of the photos, I was kind of in a hurry because they were running by so fast that I had to hurry and take the photo and make sure that I was getting good ones at the same time. And then I had to run to the next spot and make sure that I got pictures of all the runners.”
Good luck to the students that submitted photos for the contest!
The categories for the contest are the following;
- Academics – Show us learning in progress.
- Club or Organization/Community Service – Clubs and organizations allow groups to shape each individual as well as the community. Show us how.
- Feature/Portrait – Reveal who a person is by showing what they are feeling or a bit of their personality using the face and emotion as the focus.
- Junior High/Middle School – We’re looking for the best junior high/middle school photo of any genre. Photo must be taken by a junior high or middle school student.
- Photo Illustration – Show us a photo that has been modified, manipulated or otherwise features special effects that were created to tell a story.
- School Spirit – We want to see the meaning of school pride displayed on the sidelines, in the stands, at practice – by anyone not competing in an athletic event.
- Sports Action– Capture athletes in action and the spirit of competition.
- Sports Reaction– Focus on the fans. Nervous, happy, sad. Show us the moment your fans react to something happening during a sporting event.
- Student Life– We want to see who students really are — who that person is, what they do and why.
- Yearbook Life– Show us yearbookers in action. Staffers doing the everyday duties of yearbook life and also inside the classroom — interviews in progress, photographers taking pictures, reporters covering events, advisers teaching and even what’s happening on deadline days!