What a week. The Hearst National Championship was an incredible experience. I placed second out of the photo finalists and will get a $4000 award sometime in the future. Also, I won an additional award for Best Single Photograph for a picture (the football players walking down the hall shot) from my portfolio I submitted to make it to the finals for an additional $1000.
Below is the photo essay I submitted as part of the shoot-off. We had about two days to shoot a variety of assignments, one essay and some singles. The essay topic was San Francisco and its relationship with the water. I found this beach where members of nearby swim clubs swim every morning. I tried to show the quiet and graceful relationship these swimmers have with the water and the roaring laughter they share together. I really worked the ender shot because I knew the essay wouldn't be as interesting without some great moment. A judge told me he loved this picture because it was "so full of life" and it was my favorite from the week.
I had a really awesome time at Hearst. The photo finalists were an amazing group teeming with talent and enthusiasm. The photo judges were an absolute pleasure to be around and learn from. We were wined and dined every night with extravagance. It all went by too fast. Also, San Francisco may pass NYC as my favorite American city.
I'll write and add more pics from all this later...
a photoblog by ben fredman
Sunday, June 10, 2007