BHSU announces winners in Outdoor Week Photography Contest

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, April 27, 2015/Categories: 2015

Black Hills State University students captured the beauty of the outdoors during a special photography contest recently.  

To celebrate Outdoor Week at BHSU April 20-25, students entered original photographs in the Outdoor Week Photography Contest that depicted outdoor activities, landscapes and lifestyles. BHSU held a variety of events during the week that celebrated learning, living, working and playing in the Black Hills.

The Outdoor Week Photography Contest winners are:

&middot First Place: Laura Heisinger, mass communication major from Mitchell

&middot Second Place: Allison Geier, graphic design communication major from Roscoe

&middot Third Place: Riley Winter, mass communication major from Rapid City

&middot Honorable Mentions: Robyn Hynes, mass communication major from Pierre and Bryce Boser, mass communication major from Box Elder

"The judging of this competition was difficult as there were so many wonderful photographs," said Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communication at BHSU. "There were many extremely creative images. Those that won have captured the spirit and beauty of enjoying life in the outdoors."

Robyn Hynes, mass communication major from Pierre, submitted her black and white photograph of an American desert landscape, which depicts one her favorite parts of the country.

"I enjoy traveling to the American Southwest more than anywhere in the world. It&rsquos wonderful to be able to share the beauty of the American desert through my camera lens, and hopefully encourage people to travel there to explore all the amazing landscapes it has to offer," Hynes said.

Riley Winter, mass communication major from Rapid City found beauty in a field of sunflowers. It&rsquos simple scenery such as this that makes a great photograph, Winter said.

"It&rsquos the simple things in life that tend to be overlooked, such as a field of sunflowers on the edge of a rural South Dakota highway," Winter said.

Allison Geier, graphic design communication major from Roscoe added that it&rsquos those outdoor shots that create the most natural and inviting canvas for photographers.

"Everything in nature is just sitting there, just waiting to be captured," Geier said. "That&rsquos why I enjoy outdoor photography so much. It&rsquos not posed."

Outdoor Week Photo Contest - Images by Black Hills State University

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