Madolyn DiCaprio – 1st PlaceKatie Tzivanis – 2nd PlaceJordan Sturgen – 3rd Place

Bousquet Holstein PLLC has announced the finalists and winners of its 2015 Beauty, Charm and Joy 7th Annual Photography Contest. The finalists were recognized and the winners of the competition were announced at a reception at the Everson Museum of Art on October 28, 2015.

The first place winning image titled “In Touch” was taken by Madolyn DiCaprio,a senior at Marcellus High School, at the New York State Fair Butterfly Exhibit. Her art/photography teacher is Tara Charles. The Second Place image titled “Lexi” was taken by Katie Tzivanis, a junior at Jamesville-DewittHigh School, and portrayed her friend in a field. Her art/photo teacher is Lisa Troubetaris. The third place image titled “A Golden Destiny” was taken by Jordan Sturgen, a junior at Tully High School, at early sunrise in Wilmington Beach, NC. His art/photo teacher is Virginia Killmore 

This year 291 images were submitted by students from 12 different Syracuse and Onondaga County schools. Judges included representatives of the Everson Museum of Art, and members and staff of the law firm. The winning student received a scholarship check for $500 and her school art/photo department received a donation of $500 from the firm. The second and third place winners also received scholarship awards. The firm’s annual photography contest is open to City of Syracuse and Onondaga County High School students in grades 9 through 12.

Each year the firm uses an exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art to create a theme for the photo contest. This year’s theme, “Beauty, Charm and Joy,” was inspired by The Three Graces exhibition currently on display at the Everson Museum, featuring the art of Carrie Moyer, Tony Feher, and Polly Apfelbaum as well as important works from the Everson’s permanent collection. Students were encouraged to use composition, color, texture and shape to depict their subject(s) using a detail, a close-up, or any approach in a creative and playful way to represent the theme in their images.

Each year Bousquet Holstein features the winning image on its annual Thanksgiving card with a short biography about the student photographer. Click here to see all images: 2015 Photo Contest Finalists

The other finalists included:

Joshua DiFabio12Cicero North SyracuseHeather BlaskiBloomAn abstract form spinning off of a much larger structure – taken at Universial Studios Orlando: Islands of Adventure.
Lauren Marmon11Cicero North SyracuseHeather BlaskiBurst of SunlightSunrise at Meltzer Park
Caitlyn Conrad10East Syracuse MinoaKim CanestrareCasted ShadowsWilliamsburg, VA.
Jacob Kessler11East Syracuse MinoaKim CanestrareFallen With GraceWater trickling down a creek near Canastota, NY.
Jake Nelipowitz11Fayetteville-ManliusBrittney CulicanLittle GirlA little girl who looked she was fun to be around at the Maine Media Workshops.
Chad Woods11Fayetteville-ManliusBrittney CulicanBubblesCandid shot in New York City
Laney Zettler11Fayetteville-ManliusBrittney CulicanBoat Loads of FunThe photographers brother and new puppy at Lake Tahoe, CA.
Danielle Lonczak11LiverpoolDiane SipfleSwinging SmileBubbles being blown around a girl at Fishy Park in Pinegate North.
Bailey McGowan12LiverpoolDiane SipflePersonificationWaves crashing at sunset at Montario Point, NY.
Madolyn DiCaprio12MarcellusTara CharlesA Simple JoySunset on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Isabella Matro11MarcellusTara CharlesChampignon de GrâceAn art walk in the mountains of Northern Oregon.
Abby Vetsch11MarcellusTara CharlesGolden HourThe photographer’s sister and cousins playing in the ocean at sunset in North Carolina
Kayley Wagner12MarcellusTara Charles¡Mira!Surrounded by children in the Dominican Republic and this little boy kept shouting ¡Mira! ¡Mira!
MeiLin Luzadis12NottinghamChristina FerlendaMaking WavesThe beauty of sunset on Seneca Lake in Willard, NY
Jordan Sturgen11TullyVirginia KillmoreSouls RefletionEarly sunrise at Wilmington Beach, NC
Mia Guariano11WesthillJamie AshlawAutumnThe photographer’s friend surrounded by falling and blowing leaves in her backyard.
Mia Guariano11WesthillJamie AshlawThe Eye in the LeafInspired by Instagram in her friends backyard.
Mia Guariano11WesthillJamie AshlawSpring BreezeInspired by flowers and wind, a silhouette of herself at Storm King Art Center.
Montana Malfitano12WesthillJamie AshlawTwistedHiking on a wooded Torc Mountain in Killarney, Ireland