BHSU students receive top honors at 2015 American Advertising Awards

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, February 18, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Black Hills State University student Ellen Pustejovsky, mass communication major from Rapid City, won the Best of Show Student Division at the 2014 American Advertising Awards in February. Her winning photograph, "The Modern Cave Woman," also earned a gold ADDY at the event.

            

            

       

   



Black Hills State University students earned top awards during the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Black Hills American Advertising Awards in February, including Best of Show.

Seven students earned a total of 13 awards at the event, which showcases students&rsquo photographs and graphic design projects. The American Advertising Awards is the industry&rsquos largest competition for creative excellence.

Ellen Pustejovsky, mass communication major from Rapid City, won the Best of Show Student Division for her photograph "The Modern Cave Woman."

"This photograph was chosen not only because it was technically perfect and a beautiful image, but because it was incredibly unique," said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication at BHSU.  

The photo was taken at Botany Bay in the Spearfish Canyon. Pustejovsky said the outdoor canvas reminded her of the classic film "Jurassic Park," which gave her the idea for the prehistoric image.

"When we put a little bit of movement in the photo, I got something very dramatic," Pustejovsky said. "This is one of my favorite shots. It just reflects my style of photography."

Pustejovsky also earned three gold ADDY&rsquos and one silver ADDY for her photographs.

Pustejovsky, who is currently applying for photography internships, said her recent awards have already boosted her resume.

Laura Howard, mass communication major from Spearfish, earned a gold ADDY for her photograph "Down Pour." Like Pustejovsky, Howard said the award is another achievement she can place on her resume.

"You need any advantage to stand out from other job candidates," Howard said. "I&rsquom so grateful the photography program at BHSU allows me to do that."

Babbitt said he was exceptionally proud of all the students and their work.

"This recognition is huge," Babbitt said. "When students list an ADDY award on their resume, whether it&rsquos a company on the East or West coast, it will recognize what that ADDY means."

BHSU students who received an ADDY include:

&middot Jenny Chay, graphic design communication major from Black Hawk, Silver Award, Poster for "Battle of the Five Armies"

&middot Danielle Donald, graduate, Silver Award, Photography/Digitally Enhanced for "Toy Town"

&middot Danielle Doney, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City, Silver Award, Visual/Illustration for "Smoking Ban Proposal"

&middot Laura Howard, mass communication major from Spearfish, Gold Award, Photography/ Black &amp White for "Downpour"

&middot Carly Meyer, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo., Gold Award, Photography/Color for "The Hunter" Silver Award, Photography/Color for "Paige" Student Division Best of Show Runner-Up for "The Hunter"

&middot Ellen Pustejovsky, mass communication major from Rapid City, Gold Award, Photography/Black &amp White for "The Modern Cave Woman" Gold Award, Photography/Black &amp White for? "Blown Upside Down" Gold Award, Photography/Color for "Blurred Beauty" Silver Award, Photography/Color for "A Juicy Splash" Student Division Best of Show for "The Modern Cave Woman"

&middot Alanna Weahkee-Rios, graphic design communication major from Spearfish, Silver Award, Visual/Illustration for "Mexican Heritage Stamps"
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