BHSU photography student earns regional ADDY award

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, April 13, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Black Hills State University student Carly Meyer, a graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo., earned a Silver Award and Judge&rsquos Choice in the student division at the District Eight American Advertising Federation ADDY awards held in Minneapolis.





Black Hills State University student Carly Meyer earned two awards in the District Eight division of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) ADDY awards recently.

Meyer&rsquos photo "The Hunter" earned a Silver Award and Judge&rsquos Choice in the student division at the regional ADDY contest, held in Minneapolis April 10. "The Hunter" earned a gold award, as well as the Student Division Best of Show Runner-Up at the AAF Black Hills American Advertising Awards in February. Meyer will enter the photo in the AAF National ADDY contest, which takes place in June.

"It means the world to me to have my photo receive an award at this level," Meyer said. "It just goes to show that with motivation from professors, support from family and friends, and truly making an effort to be a creative and professional photographer that good things will happen."

Meyer took "The Hunter" for her contemporary issues photography class. Taken at sunset in Higgins Gulch, the photograph offers a unique twist to classic portraiture.

"Carly has such a unique and fresh perspective on portraiture," said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication at BHSU. "&lsquoThe Hunter&rsquo is a perfect example of the unique approach she has to portraiture. She&rsquos a risk taker and willing to push her subjects in a way that reveals personality and character."

"This was a spur of the moment shot," Meyer said. "My model is an outdoorsy, rugged guy and the picture sort of created itself. With great lighting and a great subject, my photo was able to succeed."

Meyer said the awards she&rsquos earned gives her something to show clients or future employers and show the success and level of photography she&rsquos achieved.

And she credits much of that success to the opportunities and education she&rsquos received at BHSU.

"The professors motivate and push their students to be the best photographers, she said. "I love knowing that my work is being looked at and awarded," Meyer said. "I hope everyone gets to experience this feeling someday."

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