Mark Wright – 2nd Place Canon & Calumet Student Photo Contest Winner
We are pleased to announce the winners of our recent photo contest here in Chicago as part of our launch of the new Canon EOS 70D camera. Our call for entries was sent out to Chicagoland photography students and we were overwhelmed by the many wonderful submissions we received. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and share their work.
The first prize was a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera kit, second place prize was a Canon Pixma Pro 100 Printer and Canon PowerShot cameras were awarded to 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners. We will be featuring the winning shots and an interview with each of the winners here on the blog.
Our second place winner Mark Wright shares with us the story behind his winning image “Running the Rocks,” and how he plans on using his newly won Canon Pixma Pro 100 Printer.
What is your hometown? Where and what are you currently studying?
I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, but now live in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. I am studying photography at Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in photojournalism.
What type of camera gear and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
At the time I was shooting with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 24-70mm, but now I mostly shoot with a D700.
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
The image was taken at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. When I arrived at the amphitheater I was amazed at how large the place was and the layers upon layers of rock and rows of seating. I thought through the best way to portray this, lined up my shot and waited for the right moment.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Some of my favorites are Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. I also enjoy current photographers like John H. White, Todd Heisler and Yuri Kozyrev.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I’m most interested in photojournalistic and editorial work. Recently, I’ve been working on an assortment of photo essays and multimedia essays.
How will adding this Canon gear help you in future photography projects?
It will be good to have this printer to start seeing more of my images off the computer screen and on paper. It will help me build my portfolio and offer more printing services for my clients. I used to print a lot more in the past and this will help me redevelop and polish those skills.
What’s the best tip or advice you’d offer aspiring photographers?
I think some of the best advice I can offer is to always be photographing and keep your camera on you wherever you go.
You can also see our interview with first place winner Jordan Frey here. Stay tuned to the blog for the rest of these winning images and interviews from the Calumet & Canon Student Photography Contest.