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Third Annual Photo Contest

by Derrick Harvey | August 21, 2013
Photo Contest



In the Spring of 2013, Valley Forge Christian College held its third annual photo contest. We asked students to submit images that captured VFCC's six core values. The photographs were composed and judged on architectural design, angles, color, metaphors, symbolism and literal or abstract design. Entries were also evaluated on composition, depth of field, exposure, and the ability to evoke feeling and emotion to tell a story.

  • Category 1: We believe in God
  • Category 2: We prepare for the future
  • Category 3: We care for others
  • Category 4: We embrace community
  • Category 5: We affirm the dignity of all people
  • Category 6: We serve with creativity and excellence
A panel of five judges also based their judging on originality, technical excellence, creative and artistic merit, and adherence to the categories. 

The panel was made up of the following judges: 

Kim Clark - Photography Professor  
Michelle Maloney - Director of Marketing 
Steve Thurston - Associate Director of Marketing 
Doug Smith - Graphic Designer 
Jeanne Lockner - Marketing Assistant

Here, we present the grand prize winner (best photo among the category winners) and six category winners.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Matthew Kalapuch
Caption: God's creation is so vast and beautiful that a lot of the time we are unable to take it all in. The open arms of the individual represent that God is uncontainable and also shows the finite capabilities of humanity compared to the infinite nature of God.

Matthew Kalapuch


WINNERS BY CATEGORY

Terrah Coon
Category: We Serve with Creativity & Excellence
Caption: There is no greater way to serve the world like Christ than to merely love our neighbors. In a world so dark, the love of Christ will shine bright through us. Inspired by 1 Cor. 13:13. This photo was captured with glow sticks and a long exposure.

Terrah Coon


Matthew Kalapuch

Category: We Affirm the Dignity of All People
Caption: This photo was taken of a blind musician in the subway system of New York City. Playing a homemade instrument made of nothing more than a broomstick, aluminum can and a string, this man sits here hoping to make enough to eat for the day.

Matthew Kalapuch


Aaron Hulbert
Category: We Prepare for the Future
Caption: "The Journey." - As we move forward we choose to follow and accept the path God has laid before us.

Aaron Hulbert


Mark Bender
Category: We Care for Others
Caption: "Boys will be boys." With a team from VFCC, we traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece and brought a day of fun to kids from the impoverished and rejected community of the Roma-people.

Mark Bender


Matthew Kalapuch
Category: We Believe in God
Caption: God's creation is so vast and beautiful that a lot of the time we are unable to take it all in. The open arms of the individual represent that God is uncontainable and also shows the finite capabilities of humanity compared to the infinite nature of God.

Matthew Kalapuch


Aaron Hulbert
Category: We Embrace Community
Caption: "One walk, One Place, One Community." - No matter where your walk in life takes you God places people in your life to help you move forward.

Aaron Hulbert