With the release of the Fall 2013 issue, Resource Magazine announced the winner of their EDU2013 Student Photography Competition, Katie Thompson. A recent graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Thompson has an impressive and innovative body of work, telling Resource that she’s “always been interested in creative fantasies, something a little more surreal and abstract.”
Almost 7,000 images were submitted to Resource’s EDU2013 Student Photography Competition. With the help of judges Alison Zavos, founder of Feature Shoot and Andy Adams, founder of Flak Photo, twenty-two year old Katie Thompson was chosen as the winner. We met up with Katie a couple of weeks ago to take her to meet some of our sponsors and help her carry ALL the prizes she won! Thanks to all the great people over at SIGMA Corporation of America and broncolor for inviting us to join them and help make presentations to Katie.
Check out the incredible list of prizes Katie won from SIGMA which included 4 awesome Canon mount lenses as well as a SIGMA SD1 Merrill and SIGMA 17-50mm 2.8. All pictured below.
Resource Magazine would like to thank all of the incredible student photographers from around the world that submitted images fro the EDU2013 Student Photography Competition. Below is our Runner-Up and Honorable Mention Galleries.
Honorable Mention Gallery – Honorable mentions were published in the Fall 2013 issue of Resource Magazine.
Most importantly we’d like to thank the amazing sponsors that made EDU2013 possible. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to make EDU2013 such a huge success. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s EDU2014 Student Photography Competition. Coming soon!
To learn more about Katie, be sure to read the full article from the Fall 2013 issue of Resource Magazine below. Available to purchase on line here!
EDU 2013 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Katie Thompson – By Jennifer Harlan
It all started, as these stories usually do, with a little point-and-shoot camera. Whether on vacation with her family or in the forests of her home in the Chicago suburbs, thirteen-year-old Katie Thompson snapped self-portraits that she then manipulated on Photoshop, creating “weird graphic art-type stuff.” Thompson’s father had always dabbled in photography as a hobby, and when he got his first DSLR, his daughter (who was by then a freshman in high school) quickly adopted it as her own.
She began studying photography and darkroom printing in school, shooting black-and-white and developing the film herself. By the time she was fifteen, she knew what she wanted to do with her life: become a fashion photographer.“I figured it out pretty early,” she laughs. “I spent a lot of time looking at fashion magazines—I even thought for a while about modeling—but I realized what I was really drawn to was the pictures. I’ve always liked kind of whimsical, fantasy-driven pictures, and I think with fashion you’re able to do that. It doesn’t have to be real-life or realistic in any way.”
Fast-forward six years, and the recent RIT graduate is poised to take the world by storm. A quick perusal of Thompson’s portfolio reveals a superstar in the making: her photographs are imaginative and inventive, beautifully lit and possessing a whimsy and an intimacy well beyond her years. Thompson describes her style, “I’ve always been interested in creating fantasies, something a little more surreal and abstract. I’d rather create it than just document it, taking an idea and finding a visual solution for it.” Her inspiration for these stunning shots ranges from a certain kind of light or a color to concepts like distorted self-perception.
All that promise and talent is about to get kicked into overdrive. As the winner of Resource’s EDU2013 contest, Thompson was chosen out of over 7,000 entries to be the recipient of $25,000 in prizes, everything she needs to kickstart her budding career. “I absolutely did not expect to win,” says an incredulous Thompson. “I was shaking the whole time. It’s just awesome, amazing—I can’t even describe this feeling.”
From a Senso lighting kit (“something I’ve wanted for a long time”) to an APA membership (“yay!”) and a personal marketing consultation with the godfather of photography himself, Skip Cohen (“that’s something I could really use”), Thompson is ecstatic and overwhelmed by the wealth of resources and opportunities she has been granted. “I thought that for my first year I would still be learning, assisting and retouching and really getting a handle on my career, not necessarily shooting. But if I could be shooting a year from now, if I could start showing my work to people and making contacts, that would be a dream come true.”
“Winning this contest could be a turning point, if I let it,” she reflects. “It’s going to be awesome.”