Four Take Top Honors in Photography Competition

Written by Laura Paskin
March 24, 2015

Senior Political Science major Kirsti Ruud took first place in the 7th annual Imagining the World photo competition in the Study Abroad category for her photo "Rahavaviko Kely." "Rahavaviko Kely" is Malagasy for "my little sisters." Economics senior Luka Karaula was the first place award winner in the International Student category for "The Thinker." Also receiving awards were junior Nicole Schlaeppi, Photography major, second place in the Study Abroad category for "Nicaraguan Mountains," and senior Joy Durkin, Public Affairs major, third place in the Study Abroad category for "Guiding on the Ganges." 

"The annual Imagining the World photography competition highlights the transformative nature of international experiences," said Associate Dean S. Kathleen La Voy. "Through this contest, our students share with us a very personal window into the world."

A panel of professional judges chose 20 award-winning and honorable mention photographs for the Imagining the World exhibit on display in Kinsey Gallery from April 23 - May 28. Ruud, Karaula, Schlaeppi, and Durkin also received honorable mention awards. Other students included in the honorable mention category were Hilary Hanses, Dennis Levin, Sarah McLaughlin, Jeremy Littman, Megan Rahrig, Hai Than Tran, Minna Yang, Peng (Annie) Zhang.

The awards ceremony takes place on May 7, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the Kinsey Gallery. A reception immediately follows the award presentations.

The Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition is open to all current Seattle University undergraduate and graduate students.

Photo, left to right: Kirsti Ruud, Luka Karaula, Nicole Schlaeppi, and Joy Durkin.