Summer 2008
Photo Contest Winners

Kyle Ng picks up top prize for his shot of King’s College Circle during Nuit Blanche


"Fellow Photographer"

First place photo: "Fellow Photographer" by Kyle Ng (BSc 2007)

Kyle Ng captured his winning image on King’s College Circle during last year’s Nuit Blanche celebration.The spiky-haired photographer in the picture was shooting “Event Horizon,” an installation of a UFO crash landing in King’s College field by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Ng says he was aiming to convey the sense of amazement the artwork inspired among fellow photographers. Judges commented that the photographer beautifully captured a specific moment that focuses not on the event itself, but the event’s impact on the audience.

 Second place photo: "The Other Side" by student, Nasir Haider

Second place photo: "The Other Side" by student, Nasir Haider

While roaming around Convocation Hall one day after class, student Nasir Haider came across this alcove and doorway and wondered what lay behind it.“There are all these nooks and crannies,” he says. “And doors that you don’t know where they lead.” Using a friend’s camera, Haider snapped a shot and was later surprised by the quality of the image. “I didn’t realize how good it was until I blew it up on my computer.”

One judge described Haider’s photo as painterly and mysterious. “There’s something about the photo that makes you feel uneasy. It’s as if you’re in a fairy tale, in a hallway where the floor tips down and the walls move and you’re not sure if the doorway leads to safety or danger.”

Third place photo: "Forward" by student, Janet Yu

Third place photo: "Forward" by student, Janet Yu

Janet Yu took this photo between the Medical Sciences Building and the McMurrich Building last fall after a day of studying at Robarts with a fellow photographer. She started taking photos six years ago, but only recently joined the University of Toronto Photography Club at the Scarborough campus. “What I love about photography is how it allows you to capture and express your vision in life, and share it with others,” she says. One of the judges said Yu did a great job of portraying how the concrete shapes interact with the environment.“ Contrasting them with the figure in the background allows you to imagine how people have had to change their paths to accommodate the presence of the shapes.”

The Judges

Claire Dawson is creative director and co-founder of Underline Studio, a Toronto design agency whose clients include Dyson Canada, Harry Rosen, U of T and Random House of Canada. Underline has gained international recognition for intelligent and engaging design, winning awards from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, the National Magazine Awards, Communications Arts magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Applied Arts magazine.

Liam Sharp has been shooting photographs for advertising, corporate and editorial clients for more than 20 years. His specialty is bringing the subtlety and power of studio lighting to real-world locations. He has worked extensively in the U.K. and Canada, as well as the U.S, China, Papua New Guinea and Kenya. His work has been featured in Graphis, Applied Arts, Report on Business and U of T Magazine, among many other publications.

Pascal Paquette is a visual artist who works mostly in painting and photography, but also in video and site-specific installation. He has exhibited internationally and is co-founder of The Culture Lobby, an extensive photography-based project taking place in the Western Balkans. He is also a designer and photographer for the Division of University Relations at the University of Toronto.

Thanks to our sponsor, TD Meloche Monnex, for providing the prizes. Kyle Ng received a Canon Digital Rebel XTi Kit, Nasir Haider a Nikon Coolpix S700, and Janet Yu a U of T prize pack.

The Finalists

The judges selected the following images as top-10 finalists.


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