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BHSU students selected as finalists in Photographer's Forum Competition

by Jen Murray
Black Hills State University photography students were chosen as finalists for the 28th Annual College Photographers Competition sponsored by Photographers Forum Magazine and Nikon camera.

Finalists include: Jen Murray, senior mass communications major from Rapid City; Bernie Butcher, 2007 communication arts graduate; Jennifer Carr, junior psychology major from Rapid City; Tara Arsaga, senior mass communications major from Ipswich; Jenna Nagel, sophomore mass communications major from Rapid City; Leah Cleland, senior mass communications major from Oacoma; Jamie Avent, 2007 mass communications major from Rock Springs, Wyo.;  Jenna Hillman, senior mass communications major Mitchell; Brianne Bussell, senior mass communications major from Rapid City; Adam Rosa, senior mass communications major from Gillette, Wyo.; Jesse Hanson, senior mass communications major from Huron; Samantha Schmitz, 2007 mass communications graduate; and Annie Woodle, 2007 mass communications graduate from Rapid City.

Murray was awarded an honorable mention in the black and white category, which places her submission in the top one percent of all images selected. The photographs chosen as finalists will appear in the 2008 Best of College Photography Annual to be published in June by Photographers Forum Magazine.

Julie Simpson, competition coordinator, stated that BHSU photography students were the only university finalists from South Dakota in this year’s competition.

According to Steve Babbitt, BHSU mass communications professor, competing against the nation’s finest fine art and commercial photography schools BHSU students have dramatically increased their standing in the competition over the past five years. BHSU photography students began competing in the Photographers Forum competition in 2002 and that year only one student from BHSU was chosen as a finalist.

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