Photo of the Day contest winner chosen by razor-thin margin

A one-vote margin decided Gettysburg College's Photo of the Day contest.

With 93 of 392 ballots cast, Spanish and psychology major Jen Lech, Class of 2010, will receive an eight-gigabyte iPod touch.

Lech studied abroad in Seville, Spain, this past spring semester. She captured her prize-winning image during a week-long side trip to Morocco, where she was part of a caravan that spent the night at an oasis in the Sahara desert. "It's pretty hard to hold the camera steady on the back of a camel," she said. (A profile of Jennifer Lech includes more of her photos.)

"I was really surprised to win," said Lech, who is photo editor of The Gettysburgian student newspaper. "I looked at all the other photos and thought they were amazing, including the one of Glatfelter Hall against the dark clouds. I thought that one was definitely going to win."

Instead, with 92 votes, Sarah Hammell's image finished a very close second. "I visited the campus again this past December," Hammell wrote. "While I was wandering around, the clouds were starting to break up, and provided a lovely, and somewhat haunting, backdrop to Glatfelter, so I snapped the picture—my favorite of the many I took that day." Hammell is a member of the Class of 2007.

Totals for the other four finalists were:

82 votes for Jonathan DePoy's image of the Bullets jumping in unison before the 2007 Centennial Conference lacrosse finals against Washington College.

72 votes for Katharine Hickey's image of a cataract being replaced by a prosthetic lens. Hickey, Class of 2010, snapped the shot while shadowing Dr. James Clark of Crystal Eye Clinic in Accra, Ghana. A story and photo gallery chronicle her study-abroad adventures.

29 votes for an image submitted by Kim and George Hatcher, parents of George Hatcher III, Class of 2007, submitted. The photo show their daughter, Lynn, at the campus fountain in 2004.

24 votes for an image of the Quarry Suites submitted by Andrew Johnson, Class of 2009.

The finalists were chosen by a panel comprising Prof. Mark Warwick, who co-chairs the College's Department of Visual Arts, and editors of the College's magazine and website. Sixty-eight individuals submitted images. Voting was via a poll in the first-ever online edition of Gettysburg, the College's magazine, where her victory was first reported in the fall print edition.

In addition to the finalists, several images received email "write-in" votes: Jennifer Jameson Wakamatsu, Class of 1999; Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson, Class of 1998; Shane Swink, Class of 2013; Lara Asmonda, Class of 2013.

Submissions for Photo of the Day are always welcome. Anyone is eligible. Photos can be taken anywhere in the world, at any time past or present, as long as there is a connection to the Gettysburg College community, including alumni, families, students, faculty, and staff.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The College was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor


Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2009




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