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
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