General Amherst photography student crowned Christmas contest winner

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst’s photography club held a pre-Christmas contest and have now unveiled the winners of it.

Mackenzie Szwed captured first place for her photo, one depicting her legs and shoes among scattered Christmas lights on the floor. Abbey Appleby took second place while Katerina Bart captured third prize.

Szwed said when she found the Christmas tree lights, she decided to use them as part of her photo.

Mackenzie Szwed holds up the photo that won General Amherst High School’s most recent  photography contest.

Mackenzie Szwed holds up the photo that won General Amherst High School’s most recent
photography contest.

“I scattered them on the floor and I was wearing red pants that day and I thought it would be kind of ‘Christmasy’,” she said.

Szwed added she took about 20 pictures to get one she liked and slightly brightened the photo to enhance the lights. She said she usually takes landscape and outdoor shots so this was one of her first attempts at another kind of photography.

“It was cool to hear my name on the announcements,” said Szwed. “That was exciting.”

Photography is relatively new for Szwed and she stated she hopes to have a professional camera someday.

Art teacher and photography club teacher representative Andrea Craig-Wammes said the photography club will take a break as exam time approaches but they will start up again in February. She said the club hopes to see new faces. Upcoming projects they hope to get involved with include the town’s heritage photography contest and the “Student Pix” exhibit that is held at the Gibson Gallery. The latter is held annually in the spring.

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