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.  2017 is our ninth 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. This year’s theme, social activism, is based on the
Everson Museum of Art’s exhibition: Seen & Heard: An Active Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage. In Seen & Heard, New York’s central role in the fight for women’s suffrage serves as catalyst for contemporary activism. The multi-media exhibition explores the language and tactics of protest through the arts to initiate civic engagement. The exhibition’s title and concept were inspired by Barbara Kruger’s Who Speaks, Who is Silent? from the Everson’s permanent collection, a monumental work addressing the implication of silence and representation for women. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in New York in 1917, Seen & Heard will explore the state’s activist history and its contemporary application.

For this year’s photo contest, we ask students to learn from the history of social and political activism in New York and to capture images that engage in a current and timely conversation around equal rights, civic engagement, and social change. The idea is to demonstrate that photography can document and contribute to social change. What is your cause and how can you use your camera to make the world a better place?

Click here to download the 2017 Entry Form and Instructions. Deadline for submissions is October 5, 2017.

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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