The results of the 2022 Drexel University High School Photography Contest were announced in January. Suffield Academy students Kristian Yan ’25 [honorable mention winner] and Ellie Frisbie ’23 both had striking photographs included in this national competition. Only 112 students from 24 states were accepted into this year’s show. The contest received over 1500 photograph submissions from 532 individual students in 176 schools. This is the 22nd year that the contest has taken place and every state and U.S. territory has been represented. The judges have reviewed almost 34,000 images showcasing incredible high school artists. This is the first year that Suffield students have submitted photographs and the opportunity was presented through the Photography Club.
Faculty member Jennifer Graham spoke about her talented students, saying, “Kristian is a very talented young photographer whose work is deeply inspired by his travels. He is a true street photographer, observing and capturing the people and life of cities that he immerses himself in. He has a very graphic eye for layout and color. This is Kristian’s second year taking Photography and he looks forward to eventually stepping into the leadership role of Photography TA.” Kristian took his honorable mention photo last year in Hong Kong, and primarily shoots his photos digitally.
About Ellie, Mrs. Graham said, “Ellie is a senior Photography TA and is also taking graphic design. She has passion for portrait photography and connects deeply with the aesthetic of film photography.” Ellie will be attending Fairfield University in the fall and she says, “As I enter college I am really looking forward to pursuing photography by continuing to challenge myself creatively!”