We are thankful for all the students, alumni, and faculty members for their contribution to BGU’s first ever photo contest. Contestants submitted their own pictures in 3 categories: BGU Impact, BGU Community, and BGU Mission and Values. We received a nice collection of photos from Asia, Africa, and America in which appeared students, alumni, and professors participating in various activities in different regions around the world. It was not an easy task to compare the pictures, each of which differ in style, technique and content.
We are happy to announce the finalists for each category as follows:
Lauren Speeth, reading for young girls in Trichy, India
Wendy Realer, immersion students and professors in Kingston, Jamaica
BGU Mission and Values:
A. Marimuthu, project of sewing in Trichy, India
These pictures were chosen because they represent BGU and its legacy. Lauren’s photo is a very sensitive, but powerful picture showing Lauren as the missionary in service. It is so touching to see how the young girls were impacted by her lesson reading.
Wendy’s picture of a BGU class group clearly demonstrates the diversity of BGU students and faculty. It highlights that BGU is not just virtual but has a physical existence and has a huge impact in the world.
Muthu’s picture represents what it really means to be a transformational leader, depicting the kind of change that can happen in others’ lives through care and holistic mission. The photo shows women who are proud of the jobs that resulted from a program initiated by BGU students.
Congratulations to all the applicants and winners! Do not forget, the three finalists receive a free Certificate of Achievement course as a prize!
After this exciting contest, I am happy to share a couple of ideas on how to take a photo the right way. In today’s world, messages, content, pictures, and videos form peoples’ minds. If we want to influence others, we need to use the right words and pictures. As the saying goes, one picture is worth a thousand words – so the proverb describing how influential could be a picture even without written words.
Here is some advice for photographers and communicators who want their pictures to have a real impact:
– If it is possible, use a camera and not a smart phone.
– Take your time and frame the picture the best you can. You could even try different framing crops and choose the best afterwards.
– Lights are important. If you take a picture inside, use a flash. If you are outside, pay attention to the sun’s direction.
– Tell a story with your picture: use people on the photo. Even in case of a landscape, one small person adds depth to the picture.
– Show people during activities: a professor speaking, students listening, workers doing their tasks. Bring movement and action to the static photo.
– Try unusual angles like from the ground up or from high above like a bird’s eye view.
Take a shot!