Winners 2013 - 2014
October '13 - Winner #2
"Flight Crew" exemplifies the exuberance of Queens College's Filipino club of the same name, showing how hard students can party – even if the Princeton Review consistently lists Queens as among the Top 20 Sober Schools in the country (this year it's number 13). "This is just a fraction of how much fun we have as a club, as friends and as family," says photographer Erick Dabandan. "When I first met them, we had a pot luck in a member's house. We had a couple of picnics during the summer, play sports, go to the gym, participate in open mics and talent shows – one is coming up Nov. 7 – and when we go to a party, we are the party. I'm hoping more people join our club. I promise we don't bite."
Erick Dabandan earned an associate degree at Queensborough Community College in 2011 and took time off to, among other things, travel to Canada and Florida. He’s majoring in accounting at Queens College and expects to graduate in 2015. He made this photo while Flight Crew was having a good time and later decided to submit it to the CUNY Photo Challenge. In his spare time, he likes doing band and club photography and working out in the gym. In the future, "Besides graduating and getting a really good job, I wouldn't mind owning my own little bar."
September '13 - Winner #1
"Budget Transportation" captures the increasing popularity of the bicycle as a means of getting to and from CUNY campuses. Photographer Daniel Smith says, "The high price of the [public transit] fare, combined with daily expenses, makes students and professors seek alternative routes to school and work."
Daniel Smith, a junior and an Army veteran, is an environmental science major at Brooklyn College. He made this photograph with the CUNY Photo Challenge in mind, explaining that it documents "the amount of bicycles and motorcycles that are present on any given day." Calling himself an environmental activist, he intends to work with and protect the environment while using photography to capture what he sees. He has just started a photo-oriented blog at meseeum.blogspot.com; it features portraits and an image made when he was deployed in Kuwait in 2010.
Use your camera to capture a compelling moment at CUNY and win an iPad! Enter our monthly student photo competition by the 25th of every month and, if you're a winner, you and your photo will be featured during the following month on the cuny.edu homepage billboard, the contest winners page and CUNY Facebook, which also will show two runners-up. In June 2014, the winning photos will compete for best student photo of the year, with the top photographer being awarded an iPad.
What judges look for: Our panel of professional photographers, editors and graphic artists looks for images that say something about our students, faculty, staff, a CUNY college or a campus activity. Images that tell stories are especially favored, including human interest topics and depictions. For the winning photos of 2011-2012, click here; for the winning photos of 2012-2013, click here.For information, enter now >>