The Greater Essex County 6th annual “Student Pix” winners announced

By Charlie King

Among the 274 photos received from elementary and secondary schools around Essex County, 32 students were given first, second or third place prizes at the Student Pix closing reception.  Submitted photos were divided into three categories: black and white, colour and enhanced photos then separated by age.

The photos were categorized and three winners from each group were picked by judges: George Alice, water-colour painter, Joel Charron, editor of the River Town Times and Ron Giofu, editor of the Amherstburg Echo.  Public Relations director of the Gibson Gallery, Bonnie Deslippe said it took four hours before the judges reached their final decisions.

First place winners for black and white photos are: Avery Lynn Loiselle of Southwood Elementary School, Emily Watton of Essex Elementary, Kylee Wilson of Southwood and Jenna McIntyre of Herman Secondary School.  First place winners in the colour division are: Tyler Goddard of Amherstburg Public School, Joshua Wilson of Prince Andrew Elementary School, Chloe Kurtsakas of AV Graham Public School and Rachel Matthews of Belle River District High School. In the enhanced category, first place winners are: Tyler Sterling of Southwood, Jordan Klassen of Centennial Central Public School, Alicia Tran of Southwood and Samuel Miller of Vincent Massey.

“We had a great turnout, especially for a holiday weekend,” said Deslippe. “We’ve had a lot of positive response from the public as to the quality of the photos which is always great to hear.”

Teaching consultant, Chris Knight, co-ordinated this year’s Student Pix contest.  This is Knight’s first time hosting Student Pix and he was very pleased with the turnout.

“The Gallery itself has been amazing,” said Knight. “They’ve been full of suggestions and help.”

Knight said one of the challenges he faced was sorting and positioning the pictures around the gallery to make certain things pop out while keeping everything in view.

“Throughout the week we’ve been moving things here and there, trying to make it just right,” said Knight.

Knight is looking into some suggestions for next year such as themes and more categories in the enhanced art section.

“It’s great to display our student work and to give the public the chance to see all the positive things we have to offer,” said Knight.

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