Thursday, September 5, 2013

Photo Gallery: And the winners are ...

We have the winners.

Last month we ran a gallery of photographs by students enrolled at SAIS Europe this year.

We asked a jury of faculty, staff and SAIS Europe graduates to vote for their favorite pictures. Two of the 26 photographs were front-runners.

First prize goes to Jagabanta Ningthoujam for a photograph he took while on an expedition to the Garhwal Himalayas this past June.

"It was a 25-day expedition to a peak called Mount Trisul, which is 7,128 meters high," Jagabanta said. "This picture is of an unknown peak, probably around 6,000 meters high. I took it from our intermediate camp (Camp 2), which was at a height of around 5,000 meters."

Jagabanta used a Canon 5D Mark III for the photograph.

"It is a long exposure shot during night time using the moonlight to light the mountain up. In terms of difficulty, the whole expedition was a grueling lesson in mountaineering, but the photograph itself was alright. It was very cold, though!"

Second prize goes to Kristen Andree for a photograph taken on the island of Maui while on a family vacation in Hawaii this past July.

"We were staying in Waliea and were out to dinner at the restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapuaa that was floating on a man-made lagoon," Kristen said. "The sun was setting over the water and on the beach. This statue of a Hawaiian man fishing was perfectly silhouetted in the lighting, and I snapped the shot."

Kristen took the photo with a Sony Alpha 550 camera, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens, ISO 400, f/25, and 1/200 shutter speed.

Nelson Graves

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