The Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development (CCDMD) revealed the names of the winners in the 9th World of Images Intercollegiate Photo Contest during an online event on June 3. Ten students shared scholarships worth a total of $3,000 as well as five subscriptions to Photo Solution magazine.
The CCDMD has been holding the competition since 2011 to encourage young photographers and to promote the production and sharing of high-quality artistic or documentary photographs. It is exclusively reserved for students of the Québec CEGEP network. The 2019–2020 edition of the competition ended on March 11. This year, 1,231 photographs were submitted by 265 students from 62 college institutions.
Florence Babin-Beaudry, a commercial photography student at Collège Marsan, won the top prize, worth $1,000, for her photo Au-delà 1, and received a one-year subscription to Photo Solution magazine. Runner-up Alexandre Turmaine, a science student at John Abbott College, received $750 for Comfortable at home. Maya Charest, a student at Heritage College, came third with an award worth $500 for Njegos. In fourth and fifth positions, Gabriel-Alex Rusciti, a visual arts student at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Thomas Catalini, a visual arts student at Cégep Lionel-Groulx, each received $250 for their respective photos, Laisser tomber and Le vide*.
The members of the jury also wanted to highlight the quality of several other photos among the 32 finalists. Four participants were given a special mention and a one-year subscription to Photo Solution magazine: Leonardo De Coninck (natural sciences, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) for L’envol de Los Voladores, Valérie Dubuc (Commercial photography, Collège Marsan) for Perte, Maya Hogue (sciences, letters and arts, Collège André-Grasset) for Le pêcheur et son filet, and Yuki Lafrance-Magamine (visual arts, Cégep Limoilou) for the La plongée cellulaire series.
Finally, the People’s Choice award, worth $250, went to Rose Séguin, who is studying photography at Cégep du Vieux Montréal, for Émancipation. Among the 32 finalist photos, her image received the most votes from visitors to the website.
Jury members and contest winners.
For this 9th edition of the contest, the jury was made up of the photographer Gilbert Duclos, the contest’s patron of honour; Alexandre Claude, professional photographer; two college representatives – Marie-Stéphanie Taschereau, photography teacher at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, and Pierre Robert, visual arts teacher at Collège Lionel-Groulx; two CCDMD representatives and members of the contest organizing committee – Véronica Gill and Michel Hardy-Vallée; and finally, the the 2018–2019 contest runner-up, Juliette Balthazard.
All the members of the jury and the organizing committee extend their congratulations to the winners and thank them, and all the other participants, for contributing to the e World of Images website.
There was only one setback in this successful 9th edition of the contest: unfortunately, the exhibition of the finalist photographs, which is normally organized by CCDMD in cooperation with a college network institution, could not be held this year due to the current health crisis.