Jostens Announces 2014 Yearbook Photo Contest Winners

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68 Student Photographs Selected from Record 5,000 Entries Nationwide

Today, Jostens announced the winners of its nationally acclaimed 2014 Photo Contest. The annual competition, co-sponsored by Jostens and Wolfe's Camera, celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers from schools across the country. This competition empowers students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school communities through photography. The award-winning photos will be showcased on Jostens Adviser & Staff Facebook page, and will be published in the Jostens Look Book and Look Book companion app which serve as a mode of inspiration for yearbook staffs across the country.

Entries from nearly 5,000 student photographers were submitted from across the country. From these entries, 68 winners were selected. Photo Contest submissions were judged by a panel of four judges consisting of professional photographers and photography instructors. The judges focused on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities, as well the ability to convey a compelling story. One Grand Prize winner was selected along with 1st – 5th place and honorable mention winners from eight categories: Academics/Community Service, Graduation, Illustration/Photo Manipulation, Portrait, Sports: Athletes in Action, Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit, Student Life & Traditions, and Junior High/Middle School.

This year's Grand Prize and First Place winners are:
Grand Prize: Snapshot from Lifelong Memories by Aaron Martin from Frisco High School, [TX].
Academics/Community Service Category: We Heart Hair by Whitney Butler from Bryant High School, [AK].
Graduation Category: Finally Here by Dylan Crow from Shawnee Mission West [KS].
Middle School/Junior High Category: Concentration by Kaelyn Denham from Mexico Middle School [MO].
Photo Illustration/Manipulation Category: Art Pop by Terry Vo from La Quinta High School [CA].
Portrait Category: Misconceptions by Chandler Durow from Lovejoy High School [TX].
Sports: Athletes in Action Category: Husky Shout by Katie Kroeppler from Horizon High School [AZ].
Sports: Sidelines and School Spirit Category: Moment of Truth by Matthew Szczerba from Powers Catholic High School [MI].
Student Life and Traditions Category: Orchestra Laughing by Olivia Seabaugh from Shawnee Mission East High School [KS].

“Jostens is thrilled to recognize the extraordinary talents of students across the country. The winners of the photo contest were able to capture a variety of school experiences through the lens of the camera.” said Sara Sausker, Jostens program manager/education. “The judges held the photographs to professional standards. The technical quality and story-telling ability of these photos cannot be topped.”

Aaron Martin’s Grand Prize winning photograph, along with the winning photographs from each of the eight additional Photo Contest categories, are available for viewing on Facebook® at

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is the most trusted partner in helping celebrate moments that matter through products, programs and services that help people tell their stories and recognize achievements. The company's products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics and personal care sampling and packaging, and educational and trade publishing segments.

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