The winners of the nationally renowned 2021 Jostens Photo Contest have been announced and eleven of the 91 photos selected were of high school commercial photography students in Texas, including one who was named Grand Champion.
The annual competition, co-sponsored by Jostens and Wolfe’s Camera, celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers in schools across the country. The competition allows students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school community through photography.
Thousands of student photographers from across the country submitted nominations. Applications for the photo competition were judged by a jury of four judges made up of professional photographers and photography teachers. The judges focused on storytelling, quality, showstoppers, originality and thoughtfulness.
Nine categories were entered in this year’s competition: academics and community service; Graduation; Landscape; Illustration and manipulation of photos; Portrait; Sports: Athletes in action; Sports: sidelines and school spirit; Student life and traditions and yearbooks in action.
The national winners were:
Abby Elliott – Grand Champion. Receives $ 1,000 and a Nikon SLR camera. Abby also won third place in athletic action, two honorable mentions in athletic action and an honorable mention in student life;
Peyton Sims – First portrait and student photo. Receive $ 500 for each first place as well as photography props;
Caden Rainwater – First place in the sidelines and scholarly spirit. Also two honorable mentions in the academic and student fields. Receive $ 500 for first place;
Brooke Knight – Fourth place among academics.
Award-winning photos will be featured on the Jostens Look Book, which serves as a fashion inspiration for directory staff across the country –