International photography contest winners announced

1st December 2015
photo by Adelene Sublett

“Samburu Women” (2006) by Adelene Sublette.

By Steven Krolak

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Works by IU Southeast undergraduates Chelsea Markuson and Adelene Sublett have won the 2015 IU Southeast International Photography Contest critic’s choice awards, judged by photojournalist and activist Amira Karouai.

Speaking of her photo, “Tel Aviv Nights” (see homepage), taken in Israel in 2014, Markuson said, “Two young women preparing for the night inspired me to capture this delicate moment that describes anticipation . . . This photo also describes the tenderness of friendship between two people while demonstrating the execution of applying lipstick in a moving vehicle.”

Of her image, Samburu Women,” taken in Kenya in 2006, Sublett said, “This is a rare all-women’s village in Samburu, Africa. These exiled women and their children struggled to stay alive in harsh environmental conditions with lions on the prowl. At the time this photograph was taken, the village had been in a severe drought for seven years. These extraordinary women have overcome miraculous odds.”

Winners of the people’s choice award were “A Promise Made” by Halim Chambers and “Odaxelagnia” by Adelene Sublett.

All winners will receive prizes at the International Festival, March 15, 2016 in the Hoosier Room at IU Southeast. The winning photographs are now on display in the IU Southeast library, alongside other images submitted to the contest.

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