The 2012 LUCEO Student Project Award Winner
After a long and wonderful deliberation on Thursday, June 8th by jurors Michael Wichita, Pamela Chen, Maggie Steber, Heather Hakimzadeh and Nicole Fruge, we are very excited to announce the recipient of the 2012 LUCEO Student Project Award. This year’s winner is Alena Zhandarova of Russia. She will receive $1,000 and mentorship from a LUCEO member of her choosing. As part of the award her work is also featured on the CNN Photo Blog.
The jurors felt that her portfolio “City of Brides” (a selection of which can be seen below) best represented her ability to fulfill her proposal for “Run Forest.” Keep your eyes on the LUCEO blog for more information about Alena and to see her work progress over the course of the year.
The selection process was broadcasted live from LUCEO’s YOU ARE HERE exhibition space at LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. It was also recorded and is viewable here. Judges Michael Wichita (AARP) and Nicole Fruge (Education Week) will still select from the list of 10 finalists to award assignments.
You can learn more about the Student Project Award and other LUCEO events at LOOK3 including The Hunt by visiting our festival site at LUCEO@LOOK3.
A water tower, colored to match the sky, rises over St. Marie, Montana. The municipality occupies a long-ago defunct and abandoned Air Force base in the coldest part of the state, just outside of Glasgow. The town consists of old military housing and adjoins the old runway which is now intermittently used by Boeing for research purposes. There are no services in St. Marie spare a post office and town hall. Much of the town remains abandoned though its original appeal was to former military families who would be familiar with the layout and structure of the former base. It is quiet and the flat plains stretch quietly in all directions. #blue #fewfarbetween #luceo #montana