Judges' Report

Individual Photographs

95 Entries

Gold Award

University at Buffalo (NY) - Future Imperfect, by photographer Douglas Levere

Future Imperfect

  • The subject, Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author of speculative fiction. The concept of the photo shoot was to document Okorafor in a landscape matching her fiction, everything was shot in-camera with no Photoshop after effects.

Silver Awards

Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) - The Future's So Bright


  • Image shot for the cover of Research Horizons magazine, used to illustrate a story on innovations in renewable energy.

Swarthmore College (PA) - Flipping The Script


  • The Photo used on the college's website to illustrate a story about student experiences before graduation.

University of California, Davis (CA) - Kiss, by photographer Karin Higgins


  • This image of a UC Davis alumnus and current staff member was taken for an institution wide branding campaign. The goal of this portrait was to show the powerful connection that Joel has with the horses he works with on a daily basis. 

Bronze Awards

Grand Valley State University (MI) - Geology in the Mines, by photographer Amanda Pitts.


  • This image was produced as a stand-alone spread for the Spring 2015 issue of Grand Valley Magazine. It was featured in the Focal Point section, which is a section of the magazine dedicated to something visually stimulating related to the university.

Middlebury College (VT) - Scene: Dancing


  • This appeared in Middlebury Magazine and was a vignette to showcase a faculty member.

The University of North Carolina General Alumni Association (NC) - The Grace of Preservation 


  • The photo illustrates alumnus Tim Duffy's work. Duffy developed a vision for preserving traditional music that included the legendary musicians themselves. 

University of California, San Diego (CA) - Dr. Seuss's Workshop, by photographer Erik Jepsen


  • The iconic library at UC San Diego is named Geisel Library, in honor of Theodor Geisel, aka, Dr. Suess. His widow, Audrey Geisel, made a generous contribution to the campus to name the library, which also is home to an expansive archive of Dr. Suess's work.

Series of Related Photographs

69 Entries

Gold Award

University of Mary Washington (VA) - 2015 UMW Branded Photos


  • These photos are part of collection used for development of a strategic media buy, targeted primarily toward prospective students. The advertisements, all of which are genuine representations of the UMW brand, ran on billboards, bus wraps, online, and in shopping malls.

Silver Awards

University of Puget Sound (WA) - Climbing Washington's 100 Highest Peaks


York University (Canada) - Sporting Life 


  • York University athletes on what varsity sport means to them. From York U Magazine - Spring 2015.

Bronze Award

University of Georgia (GA) - Ga Fishes Field Course Series


  • The purpose of these images were to tell the story of the coastal segment of the Georgia Fishes Field Study Course.