Once again, there were hundreds of superb entries from around the world and very few easy decisions
Thank you to all who entered our 2014 Photo Contest! The judges say their lists of favourite photos changed every time they looked at the entries – but somehow, they whittled them down to 15 finalists, and settled on three winners, who each received $500. Runners-up received U of T prize packs.
For the People category, photographers were asked to submit an image that focused on a person or a group of people.
Winner: “Hunan Hawker” by Theodore C. Lo (PhD 1973), London, Ontario
Having taken up photography after his retirement, Ted Lo and his wife travelled to pursue “his new vocation.” One day in 2013, they were walking up a hill in Hunan Province, China. It was a scenic area with terrace farming, and their attention was drawn away from the landscape by a woman coming up the hill behind them with a basket on her back. The shot was taken in colour and converted to black and white to bring up the contrast between light and shadow.
Runner-up: “The Courage of Youth” by by Godofredo Baylon (DCE 2000), Toronto
Honourable Mention: “On the Street” by David B. Williams (PhD 1981), a professor in the department of biochemistry
For the Places/Things category, photographers were asked to submit an image of anything from a still life to a landscape.
Winner: Local Resident, by Lance McMillan (MMus 2009), Toronto
In June 2011, McMillan and his travelling companion went to Machu Picchu, Peru. During the trip, they had taken a shine to the llamas in the Peruvian countryside and were actively looking for llamas to photograph as they ascended the mountain toward the famous ruin. But they didn’t see any until they got there – when this local resident boldly stepped up to volunteer as McMillan’s model.
Runner-up: “Barbershop” by by Sarah Gould (PhD 2014), Toronto
A 2012 Runner-up in the People category, Sarah Gould strikes silver again.
Honourable Mention“Toronto Downtown at Dusk” by Yuanyang Wei (MASc candidate in the department of chemical engineering).
For the Boundless category, photographers were asked to try to capture the sense of the word in an image. Learn more about the University of Toronto’s Boundless campaign at boundless.utoronto.ca.
Winner: “Boundless” by Anca Liliana Cismaru (BSc 2013 UC), Toronto
Cismaru took this photo of sculptor Nicolas Lavarenne’s “Guetteur pensif” (“thoughtful watcher”) in November 2013 while on a student day trip in Montreux, Switzerland. Here’s how the sculptor described his work in an interview with WIPO Magazine, “The poles lift the sculpture from the ground, making it lighter, almost virtual, unable to be touched. Bronze is very heavy and yet it flies.” The combination of ancient art form, nature and jet trails criss-crossing a vast sky makes this image truly “boundless”.
Runner-up: “Milky Way over Pigeon Lake” by Godofredo Baylon (DCE 2000), Toronto
You’re not seeing double. Godofredo Baylon, who is a Coordinator, Research Information at U of T, was the runner-up in two categories.
Honourable Mention“Flying High” by by Theodore C. Lo (PhD 1973).
After finishing first in the people category, Ted Lo also got an Honourable mention in Boundless – showing us all why we should think about another career after retirement – although we don’t all have his boundless talent.
Jacklyn Atlas is a freelance photographer who has worked with diverse clientele from corporate, public and artistic sectors. A strong collaborator, she enjoys involving herself in all levels of a project. Both in studio and on location, Jacklyn embraces the creative possibilities in every project.
Amanda Keenan is a graphic designer in the department of University Advancement at University of Toronto. She also runs a letterpress studio specializing in bespoke paper goods such as wedding invitations and posters.
Gilbert Li is principal of the graphic design studio The Office of Gilbert Li, which he founded in 2004. The studio’s much-lauded work covers all forms of print and editorial projects for a clientele of leading public institutions, cultural groups and non-profit organizations. He is U of T Magazine’s art director.