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Photojournalism Student Wins Creative Quarterly Competition

Posted Oct. 20, 2010

By Nicole Gennarelli

Kathryn Sumpter, junior photojournalism major, won the Creative Quarterly photography competition and will have her work published in their magazine this quarter.

Creative Quarterly is a magazine and online gallery that features artwork of students and professionals from all over the country. There are four contests a year to choose the artists and images that will go in the magazine.

They also feature inspirational websites and artist interviews in the magazine along with the winners,” Sumter said. “The categories you can submit in are fine art, graphic design, illustration and photography.”

Sumpter first heard about this competition last year through one of her photo professors. She entered and received runner-up.

“After that I joined their mailing list and that's how I heard about this call for entries,” she said. “I entered because I felt good about how my final from last semester had turned out, and I wanted to see if I would do better than I had the year before.”

Entering the contests was relatively easy. Sumpter went to Creative Quarterly’s website and clicked on the call for entries link. She entered all her entries online by filling out the entry form, uploading her images and paying the entry fee. Any person that enters the photography category can apply either online or via mail, and submit a series of three to five photos or one single entry.

“The main thing is just making sure your images are labeled right and that the art you are submitting has been completed within the last 12 months,” Supmter said. “You are notified via e-mail if you have won or are a runner-up. Each winner also has to submit a headshot and an inspiration photo they have taken. One of the inspiration photos will be used for the cover so it's almost like a second competition.”

Sumpter’s first reaction was to triple check and make sure she actually won the competition when she was notified. This is her first time being published, so it makes winning much more exciting.

“I've been a runner up in a few contests, but this was my first time being one of the winners, so I was pretty happy once I realized that I wasn't misreading anything,” she said. “It's a great way to get worldwide exposure because your work is also published on the Internet.”