FGCU Photo Wins Contest for Magazine Cover

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Facebook voters favor colorful campus sunset

Dramatic Sunset at Florida Gulf Coast University

I snapped the photo in 2010. Looking west toward the back of Lutgert Hall (before Marieb Hall was built next to it), I captured the cloudy but color-soaked sunset on my Nikon D90 digital camera.

A dramatic sunset snapshot of the Florida Gulf Coast University campus trumped four other finalists from around the country in a contest to choose the cover of an international education magazine.

FGCU graphic designer Bob Klein’s entry drew 2,469 votes in the Facebook face-off, edging out California State, Fresno, which came in second with 2,212 when voting ended July 25. Other finalists chosen by the American International Education Foundation (AIEF) were Drexel University in Philadelphia, Iowa State University in Ames and Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Neb.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit foundation will display the FGCU image on the fall edition of its semiannual UScampus Guide, which is distributed at AIEF fairs around the world as well as in public libraries, schools and student advising centers in 16 countries. The free publication provides information and resources to help international students pursue studies at American schools. It’s also available online at http://www.UScampus.com.

Klein says he snapped the winning photo in 2010 as he was walking across campus after shooting an event. Looking west toward the back of Lutgert Hall (before Marieb Hall was built next to it), he captured the cloudy but color-soaked sunset on his Nikon D90 digital camera with high dynamic range (HDR) imaging that intensifies light and shadow.

“HDR is what makes it look surreal,” Klein said. “It takes three exposures – one proper exposure, one underexposure and one overexposure -- and sandwiches them together. That’s what makes the clouds so dramatic.”

Finalists for the Facebook vote were selected based on the size, orientation and resolution of the image as well as content that would most appeal to international readers, according to the AIEF.

For more information, contact Bob Klein at (239) 590-7079.

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