Ronkonkoma, N.Y. -
said Monday that it has selected Andrew Lu of Yorktown Heights, N.Y. as the winner of its second annual photo scholarship contest.
The 17-year-old high school student was selected for his emotion evoking collection of five black-and-white stills.
Lu will receive a prize of $5,000 in cash and a $1,000 credit toward Sigma products of his choosing.
Lu plans to study photography in college next fall.
Sigma said the images Lu submitted were meant to "illustrate the importance of black and white photography, and to appeal to viewers' senses and urge them to reflect on their own emotions."
To view Lu's photos and essay, visit
Lu, who is still mulling over which college to attend, has been accepted to School of Visual Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Pratt Institute, and will be pursuing a degree in commercial and fashion photography.
"The judges were moved by Andrew's ability to convey truth and vulnerability in his black and white photographs, and we felt his goals were successfully articulated in his essay. We look forward to following his photography career," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, Sigma America president. "Our decision was very difficult and we want to thank the talented young men and women who entered the contest, as well as the tens of thousands of people who voted to help us identify the five finalists. We're honored to support young photographers and provide this opportunity to high school seniors each year."
Lu earned 2,469 votes to qualify as one of the five finalists. Sigma Corporation of America executives then reviewed the five finalists' work to determine who the winner would be.
To view all of this year's scholarship submissions, visit