Huntington High School senior Nicole Sevilla captured a first place prize in the Huntington Camera Club’s annual contest.
Ms. Sevilla has been taking photography courses for the past three years. She has worked closely with art teacher Pamela Piffard-Williams, who leads the high school photography program.
“Throughout the years, I can honestly say my favorite courses have been in English, art and history,” Ms. Sevilla said. “I first started out in photography during my sophomore year with an introductory course and from there kept branching off. Mrs. Piffard is the best teacher anyone could have. She helped me delve into the idea of gaining a whole new perspective, which I thank her for. I’m planning to use her ideas of seeing things with a different eye at SUNY Oneonta as I am majoring in fashion merchandising. To be open minded is essential in the fashion industry.”
The Huntington Camera Club’s annual contest is considered by many to be Long Island’s most prestigious. A panel of judges reviewed every image with an eye on their technical aspects and creativity as well as their ability to fit the category in which they were entered.
“Nicole is a very talented photographer,” Mrs. Piffard-Williams said. “She has a clear vision and a unique style. She is passionate about life and it shows through in her art. I’m very proud of all of her accomplishments.”
Nikon, Inc. once again signed on as a major sponsor of the contest, donating equipment, books and educational materials, which were awarded as prizes.
Ms. Sevilla won first place in the “Simplicity” category for her silhouette of classmate Rudi Fasolino. Her prizes included a $100 stipend along with a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm lens and a Tamarac ZipShot mini tripod.
The Huntington Camera Club has hosted the competition since 1991. Since then more than $35,000 in prizes have been presented. “The club is proud to shine a spotlight on the talents of these young photographers and their teachers,” according to the organization’s website. “A competition of this nature is only possible because of the generosity of the local business community and club membership.”
This year’s competition drew 1,063 entries from 463 students spread across 17 high schools and 28 photography teachers.
Visit http://hccny.org/web/highschool.php to see all the award winning photos.