The winners of the Millennium Arch Photo Contest were announced during the landmark’s 10th anniversary celebration at Missouri University of Science and Technology on Friday, Oct. 1.
“The photography competition has been thrilling for me,” says Millennium Arch artist Edwina Sandys, who attended the event. “The photos help me see the sculpture in a new light. True art opens our eyes and the photos do just that.”
Approximately 330 photos were submitted to the contest that commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the Millennium Arch’s installation on the lawn of Missouri S&T’s Castleman Hall. The winners each won $500 for their entries.
“I found each of the photographs in the contest in every category to be excellent,” said contest judge Harry James Benson, a well-known Scottish photographer. “They were composed well and very professionally executed.”
Honorable Mentions, winning $100 each, were David Chinadurai, Brad Edwards, Kevin Kissel, Anne Lindgren, Scott Peterson, Curtis Sullivan and Manoj Vallati.
The Millennium Arch was designed by Sandys and was completed by S&T’s High-Pressure Waterjet Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. David Summers, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of mining engineering at S&T. The contest was sponsored by the Missouri S&T Campus Art Committee and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Photos selected as finalists will be displayed in the Havener Center for a month followed by permanent display around campus after the exhibition concludes. The contest and the display were coordinated by the S&T Campus Art Committee.