Competitive photo contest to capture college life

Amber McKenna

The first Spring Photo Contest hosted by the Office of Admission will give students a chance to win prizes for their everyday snapshots.

The contest is the first of its kind and features four categories: dorm-room shots, on-campus adventures, off-campus adventures and study abroad. Admissions marketing assistant Aaron Larsen is in charge of the contest. He said it was created because the admissions staff believed it was not capturing all Linfield moments with the candid and posed pictures currently used on college promotional materials.

“We have all sorts of professional shots,” Larsen said. “We want photos that show college life.”

Larsen said he has seen many pictures that would be perfect for the contest while browsing on

A similar competition on campus is the annual International Programs photo contest, which offers prizes for pictures students have taken while abroad.

“Our offices share pictures all the time, and we think (the contest is) a great idea,” International Programs Assistant Marie Schmidt said.

Like the International Programs photo contest, prizes will be awarded in each category. First place winners will receive $35, second place $25 and third place $10. However, the biggest reward is to have one’s photos used for future Linfield publications.

Photos will be judged by the admissions staff on originality, creativity and overall quality.

Larsen said extra points will be awarded if photos feature more than one Linfield student and if students are wearing any type of Linfield memorabilia.

Larsen said there is no limit to the number of photos contestants are allowed to submit, but contestants will only be allowed to receive one prize per category.

The deadline for submitting photos has been extended to May 23. CDs and entry forms can be turned into the Office of Admission in Michelbook House or campus mail unit number A448.

For more information on the contest, visit

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