Seniors Jeanette Breck, Rachel Kelly, and Caroline Keyvani were recently selected as three of only 170 high school students nationwide for inclusion in the 2019 Drexel University High School Photography Contest.
Jeanette’s submission, Summertime Sweetness, is the result of a special class visit from professional food photographer Tina Crespo, who helped students compose and take images of food and accessories. Jeanette took advantage of the Moran Gallery’s natural light to create this bright, colorful piece. “Without my wonderful photography teacher [Ms. Sarah Rafferty] and her great connections to other professionals in the field, I would not have had the opportunity to take this picture and the series that followed,” she remarks.
Alaska documents a memorable day during Rachel’s Special Studies Program trip in June of 2018 — one of laughter, dancing, and hiking as students climbed the glacier with ice axes. “I took this picture because I wanted to capture the beauty of this ever-changing glacier,” Rachel notes. She put her artistic acumen to work in choosing black and white for the photo, seeking to emphasize the varied shapes and lines of this unique natural wonder.
Caroline’s love for portraiture developed over the course of more than two years of studying photography with Ms. Rafferty. Her photo, Discernment, depicts a family friend in her mother’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio — a man who has served as an important mentor and inspiration in Caroline’s life. “I was motivated to take a candid photo that captured his strong, kind, and powerful character,” Caroline notes. The portrait later inspired a favorite essay that Caroline wrote for her college applications.
This year, the Drexel University High School Photography Contest received more than 3,000 photographs from 1,051 students in 41 states. Now in its 19th year, the contest has reviewed more than 27,000 photographs to date, and culminates in a month-long exhibition in the Photography Program Gallery in Philadelphia.