Bousquet Holstein is pleased to present our 2022 Photography Contest Finalists!

Burning Time – By Anthony Ahn – First Place Winner

For the past 14 years, Bousquet Holstein has hosted an Annual Photography Contest for high school students in grades 9-12 in Onondaga County. Now that we have an office in Ithaca, high school students from Tompkins County are invited to participate in the contest as well. Each year we receive hundreds of entries and recognize 20+ finalists. Place winners receive monetary awards and our firm also makes a donation to the 1st Place winner’s art/photography class. The 1st Place winning entry is featured on the cover of our firm’s Thanksgiving card, which is mailed to over 7,500 clients, colleagues, and friends.

The theme of each year’s contest has been inspired by an exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art. This year’s theme – Forever is Composed of Nows – takes its name from a 2022 Everson exhibition that was inspired by a poem, known by its first line, written by Emily Dickinson in 1862.

Forever – is composed of Nows-
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –
From this – experienced Here –
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –
Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies –

The Forever is Composed of Nows exhibition examines snapshots of the present moment, grouped by theme, image, or idea across different time periods and media. Whether artists respond to history or look to the future, creativity exists in the moment. This year’s contest challenged student photographers to capture the essence of their “now” – the emotions, objects, persons, and places that express the photographer’s place in the infiniteness of forever.

This year’s 1st Place winning image was taken by Anthony Ahn, a senior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School where Brittney Culican is Anthony’s teacher. His image is entitled Burning Time (pictured above) and is featured on the firm’s 2022 Thanksgiving card.

To view our 2009-2022 finalists click on the links below: