Students and alumni display photography at New Media Showcase

By Holly Penta

The New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts Department at Northwestern State University held the second annual New Media Showcase awards reception on April 17. The event showcased work created by alumni and current students, whose work was entered in to a competition with various categories. There was a DSLR category, a cell phone category, which was a new edition to the event this year, as well as a winner in Best in Show and a People’s Choice Award.

The event was coordinated by Instructor Emily Zering, Instructor Dr. Ron McBride and Department Head Dr. Paula Furr. NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, along with other high-ranking administrators of the university attended the ceremony and congratulated all who participated.

Chase Slater won first place in the cell phone category and third in DSLR. He is a graduating senior at NSU and came into the competition with no expectation of winning. He submitted 24 photos to the competition, about half of which were accepted into the showcase.

Slater’s artistic process varies depending on what type of photo he is taking. Sometimes, he says photography just comes down to “dumb luck,” noticing interesting shots, and can be taken pretty quickly. Other times, especially when doing night photography, taking a single shot can take around 20-30 minuets and tons of preparation. A full hour of shooting can lead to around 15 solid photographs.

One of Slater’s photos, entitled “Starry Night” depicting the starry sky over silhouette of trees is his favorite in the show and he loves that “you can see more with the camera than with the eye.” His advice to other photographers is to keep shooting and submitting to galleries and competitions even if you are unsure if they will be accepted or if they’re worthy of awards.

The New Media Showcase is open to the public and will be on display in Hanchey Gallery until April 28.

Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services