March 19, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Two WMU students received round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States as the grand-prize winners in the first annual International Photo Contest. Karen DiLaura, a senior Spanish major from Lake Orion, Mich., took the top prize in the "people" category. Grand prize in the "places" category was won by Amber Campbell, a sophomore pre-speech pathology major from Grand Haven, Mich.
Contest winners were announced Sunday evening (March 19) at the 11th annual International Festival, held in WMU's Bernhard Center. Four students were recognized in each of two categories, people and places. Enlargements of the eight winning photos were unveiled during the festival and form a display that will travel to several buildings across campus in the coming year.
Winning photos are also available on the Web on the features page of WMU News, <www.wmich.edu/wmu/news>, through April 30. Click here for thumbnails of eight winning photos.
DiLaura's grand-prize photo in the people category is a self-portrait taken in the ruins at Constantina, Spain. Other prizes in the people category went to Meredith Cislo, second place, photo from Ona, Spain; Karen Jefts, third place, photo from Zambia; and Katherine Law, honorable mention, photo from San Blas Island, Panama.
Roman aqueducts in Segovia, Spain, are the subject of Campbell's grand-prize winning photo in the places category. Other winners in that category were Jill McDonald, second place, photo from the Amazon rain forest in Peru; Juliana Newhouse, third place, photo of gondolas in Venice, Italy; and Andy Haw, honorable mention, photo of a night view of Paris.
Each of the eight winning contestants received an enlargement of his or her photograph and other souvenir prizes.
Judges for this year's contest were Dr. Margaret Riley, director of the WMU Study Abroad program, Thom Myers, an assistant director in the Office of University Relations, and Neil Rankin, a professional photographer from Kalamazoo.
Only Western Michigan University students are eligible to enter the International Photo Contest, which is sponsored by the Study Abroad program and by the Office of University Relations. Other sponsors this year were Travel Consultants, Norman Camera and Video, McDonald's, Little Caesar's, and the WMU Bookstore.
For more information about the International Photo Contest, contact Margaret Riley in study abroad, 616 387-5890.
Media contact: Thom Myers, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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