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Schoneberg wins DCB photo contest

By Staff | Mar 15, 2019

Submitted photo Tucker Schoneberg’s winning photo, “City Colors.”

For Tucker Schoneberg, photography has been an interest for several years.

So when his mother, Michelle, saw on Dakota College at Bottineau’s website there was a photo contest for high school students and showed it to him, Tucker entered five photos.

“I was curious to see how far my photos would make it,” Tucker said in an email to the Tribune.

Of the five photos he entered, one, “City Colors” (a picture of a sculpture in downtown Minneapolis with the foreground in focus), was picked as the overall winner. Tucker received a $500 scholarship to DCB and a DSLR camera, bag and lenses kit as part of his prize.

Upon hearing he won the contest, Tucker was “super excited.”

“I called my mom right away and said, ‘Mom, get the cameraI won!'” Tucker said.

Seven judges chose their favorite images from contest entrants, and from that group chose 25 of their favorites, and from the 25 narrow it down to five. All judges’ top 25 choices are put into a folder and, as a group, are critiqued on aesthetics, composition, intent and technical proficiency. Images are critiqued until 25 are chosen and printed as part of an on-campus photo exhibit. Those 25 images are critiqued again until the top five are chosen.

Each entrant gets a point when one of his images is picked in a round, which is how the top three are picked.

According to Clint Saunders, the head of DCB’s photography department, out of a record number of 158 entries from four states in this year’s contest, Tucker was the only photographer to have all five of his images chosen in the first round. His images showed up in the top 25 folder before critiques, and three of his images were in the top 25 after.

“He was the only contestant who ended up with three images printed in the show,” Saunders said of Tucker in an email to the Tribune. “Two of his images made it to the top five overall.”

The multi-state photography contest is open to current high school students. Photos can be taken with any camera, provided they’re taken by students submitting them and are original. Students can digitally submit up to five images for entry into the contest.

The contest has been in place since 2014.

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