Just A Memory by Jennifer Draper

2023 First Place Winner

Congratulations to our 2023 finalists!

For the past 15 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 8,000 clients, colleagues, and friends.

The theme of each year’s contest is inspired by an exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art. The theme in 2023 – Americana – was inspired by a 2023 Everson exhibition called Native Americana by Frank Buffalo Hyde.

Americana is broadly defined as anything associated with or characteristic of the culture, civilization, history, or geography of America. This year’s contest challenged student photographers to capture their personal definition of “Americana,” through the juxtaposition of their own history, lived experience, and culture with the broader iconography of America.

The 2023 1st Place winning image was taken by Jennifer Draper, a Junior at Cicero – North Syracuse High School where Heather Blaski is Jennifer’s teacher. Her image is entitled Just a Memory (pictured above) and is featured on the firm’s 2023 Thanksgiving card.

For a slide show of all 2023 finalists and place winners click on the link below. The slide shows from all previous year winners and finalists are also listed and available for review.

To view our 2009-2023 finalists click on the links below: