For the past 12 years, Bousquet Holstein has hosted an Annual Photography Contest for high school students in grades 9-12 in Onondaga County. Traditionally, the theme of each year’s contest has been inspired by an exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art. Each year our law firm receives hundreds of entries, from every high school in the county. Our judges panel includes members of management, curators, and staff at the Everson, Bousquet Holstein attorneys and staff, and guest artists and photographers. Our judges have the difficult task of selecting 20-25 finalists from the group of incredibly creative entries, and they then narrow the finalists down to determine the winners. The First Place winner receives a scholarship check for $500, as does the Art/Photography Department of the winning student’s school. The winning image is also printed on the cover of our firm’s annual Thanksgiving card, which is mailed to more than 6000 of our clients. The other students who place in the contest also win scholarship prizes. The theme for each year’s contest is announced to schools in late winter/early spring. Entries are due in early October and finalists and winners are announced in early November.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to present our 2020 Photography Contest finalists and winners. On behalf of the members and employees of our law firm, we thank each student for their entries and for sharing their vision, creativity, and photography skills. Our judges had a difficult time selecting finalists from the many entries we received, and, in this slide show, we are pleased to present the 23 finalists they selected.

Rather than a theme inspired by the Everson, this year’s theme was Life During the Time of Pandemic. Student photographers were encouraged to tell the story of the outward and inner impact of living during a time of social distancing, quarantine, remote learning, and economic dislocation.

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is committed to our clients and to the communities in which we live and work. Our attorneys volunteer their time and lend their talents in board and leadership positions to civic, charitable, arts and education organizations supporting not-for-profit initiatives throughout the Central Upstate New York region. This year we featured all five of our semi-finalists on the firm’s Thanksgiving card, which was mailed to more than 6,000 clients.

To view our 2009-2020 finalists click on the links below:

Masthead Photo:  This year we showcased the top five images in our annual photography contest for high school students. The images are framed by a visual to which we have become all too accustomed… a Zoom meeting.
The 1st Place image was taken by Lenah Penafeather, a sophomore at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Her image is entitled Breath. (bottom right)
The 2nd place image was taken by Sophia Spitzer, a senior at Marcellus High School and is entitled Masks On, Masks Off. (top right)
The 3rd place image was taken by Eve Chapman, a junior at Marcellus High School and is entitled Becoming Ghosts. (bottom left)
The 4th place image was taken by Kira Forget, a freshman at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central and is entitled Locked Out. (bottom center)
The 5th place image was taken by Hannah Li, a senior at Fayetteville Manlius High School and is entitled Quarantine Day 45 (top left)

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