Gibson Gallery showcases Student Pix


By Jolene Perron

For seven years, the Gibson Gallery has worked with Chris Knight from the Greater Essex County District School Board to put on the Student Pix-Student Digital Photography exhibit.

The entries are submitted in categories : Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Primary. To break it down further, there is also black and white, colour and digitally enhanced using computer software.

“It’s always amazing to see the selection of photographs and just the capabilities of the photographers.” said Bonnie Deslippe.


“ Pie in the Face” - Photo by Alexandra Lucier, winner of Best in Show for color.

There are over 260 entries this year. The ages range from primary grades to the end of High school from all across the county. The exhibit will be up until June 10, with a reception at the Gallery where people can come out and meet all the young artists.

Judging of the photos took place on Wednesday, May 30. This year the judges were George Alles, who was asked because he does a lot of photography to base his paintings on, Phyllis Chant, photographer and owner of Chant Photography, was asked because they have seen her work at the Mudpuppy Gallery and she has some creative ideas, and Ron Giofu was asked because photography is part of his job at the Amherstburg Echo.

“It was interesting listening to the judges because they also look at the photographs a little differently than maybe we would.” said Deslippe.

The judges awarded 39 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons as well as 5 “Best in Show” ribbons – one from each category. Best in Show ribbons  went to Alexandra Lucier for color, Samantha Emily Binnendyk for enhanced as well as war and peace. Deslippe says Binnendyk must be very talented to have won Best in Show for two different categories.

“We hope people come out,” said Deslippe, “Just see how talented these young people are.”

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