Each year, Bousquet Holstein PLLC is proud to sponsor a photography contest for Syracuse City and Onondaga County high school students in grades 9 through 12.  2016 was our eighth year showcasing the creative and photographic skills of students in our county and city schools.

The theme of each year’s contest is inspired by an exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art. The 2016 contest theme, “Street Scenes,” was inspired by the Helen Levitt: In the Streets photography exhibition at the Everson Museum. We asked students to discover and capture the lives of people in street scenes, neighborhoods, and family gatherings. Students were challenged to  capture the humanity of their subjects at play, in day-to-day life, and exhibiting human interaction.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC and its members have been consistent supporters of the arts and education in our city and county. Each year we feature the 1st Place winning photograph on our Thanksgiving card which we mail to our clients. In the liner notes of the greeting cards we include a brief biography about the artist, the theme, and the subject matter of their image. In late October, we host a showing of the top 20+ entries at a reception for finalists and their immediate families and teachers at which time the winning photo is announced.  Cash scholarship prizes are awarded to students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place photographs and a donation by the firm is made to the visual arts department of the 1st Place winning school. In 2016, we also awarded two additional “Honorable Mention” prizes. The winning images have also been showcased in local newspapers and many schools choose to congratulate their winning students in their monthly newsletters to parents.

To view our 2009-2016 finalists click on the links below:

Masthead Photo:  2016 First Place Winner, Emma Hutchings, a sophomore at Marcellus High School. Her teacher is Tara Charles.
The image, titled “Freeze”, was taken in a Marcellus neighborhood on a sunny afternoon with children running around outside playing with balls. The image was edited from color to black and white.

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