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 photos.
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 produce."
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.