Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – Sigma is currently accepting photo and application
submissions for its second annual Scholarship Contest that awards up to $6,000
in cash and photo gear to winners.
is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a photo-related career.
Applications for the contest will be accepted through Feb. 28,
2011, via the Sigma scholarship website.
Students interested in entering the must submit between three and
five photos that are thematically tied, the company said.
Submitted photos must also represent outstanding image quality,
to help underscore Sigma’s commitment to photo excellence.
Students must also complete an essay of between 300 and 800 words
describing their creative process in shooting, selecting and editing their
Students pursuing higher education in industries such as
photography, photojournalism, graphic arts and design, visual arts, and art
history are eligible to apply, and each submission will be judged on the
creativity of the subject selection, overall technique, and image quality.
“The images submitted in our first scholarship contest exhibited
a high level of skill and passion which was a true pleasure to see,” said Mark
Amir-Hamzeh, Sigma of America general manager.
“Our support of these talented young photographers has been confirmed
and we very much look forward to seeing what this year’s competition will
Sigma’s first Scholarship Contest winner, Jamie Russell of
Cheektowaga, N.Y., submitted a series of photographs depicting poverty in her
hometown. A total of 122 students competed in the contest.
A public, online vote will be held from March 1, 2011, until
April 1, 2011, and the top five vote-getters will become finalists. Sigma
executives will then choose the Scholarship winner; the winner will be
announced on April 18, 2011.