The City Paper‘s sixth annual photography contest continues to attract better and better photography that ranges from cute kids and blazing sunsets to street scenes and artistic compositions. This year is our first conducting the contest without the trusted eye of our former staff photographer, the award-winning Nancy Santos, who started this contest six years ago and ably administered it every year. She left the paper last fall, so for help judging this year’s submissions, we turned to our new freelance photographer, Leslie McKellar, who snaps many shots for us on a weekly basis. Leslie tapped wedding photographer Christine Wall to help judge, along with Terry Kuzniar, a professional photographer whose work was featured in our Winter issue of Dish. The entry fees for the contest are used to award all the winning photographers — first place garnered $150, second place $75, and honorable mentions received $50. Congrats to the winners, who represent a vibrant and accomplished local photography community. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Photographs can be picked up at our offices anytime during regular weekday business hours until March 14 (we won’t keep them around forever).
MEET THE JUDGES
Leslie is one of those photographers who started out with a knack for taking good pictures. She’s slowly been turning her hobby into a full-time career, taking photos for Charleston Magazine and Oblique in addition to being the City Paper‘s primary freelance photographer. She prefers capturing the candid moments, when subjects aren’t aware of being observed. As a first-time judge, Leslie was impressed with the quality of work submitted for this year’s photography contest.
Terry graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in cinema and photography. He set to work in Chicago right away, photographing everything from fashion to food before moving to Charlotte, where he worked for big name clients like Lowe’s, Blockbuster, and DirectTV. He moved to Charleston in 2001 and focused on editorial work, shooting lots of food and fashion. He’s shown his pictures in galleries in Charleston and Chicago and appreciates lots of different styles and applications, constantly working to stay open to new ideas and styles. Fore more on Terry, check out his website, kuzniarphotography.com.
Owner of Christine Wall Studio in Charleston, Christine came to Charleston from North Carolina, where she was a graduate of the North Carolina State Design School Program. Her degree in Portrait Photography and Design has allowed her to combine portraiture and cutting-edge photojournalism to provide a creative and unique view of Charleston weddings, families, and children for over 20 years.