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Long Beach Photography Students Focus on Excellence

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Photography students at Long Beach High School have many earned awards and honors for their outstanding work and talents. Art and photography class members enter a number of competitions and exhibits each year and have contributed to a longstanding history of accomplishments that exists within the Media, Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Students won in six different categories in the Photographic Foundation of Long Island Youth Showcase competition and will now proceed to the Photographic Society of America, an international contest. This is a new record for the number of students who placed in this juried competition. In the digital category, Charles Mandell took first place in architecture for his piece, “Manhattan Skies,” while Tara Sheridan placed first in scapes for “Pastel Skies.” In the print category, Bianca Nauth achieved first place in scapes for “Breaking Dawn.” Second-place awards were earned by Johnnie Whelan in photojournalism for “Paris Protest” and Robin Xiao in people/animals for “Candlelight Portrait.” Johnnie also received the Photographer’s Choice/Creative distinction for “The Sagrata.” 

Congratulations are also in order for Maranda Ficklin, who won first place and Best in Show awards in the Huntington Camera Club’s Annual High School Competition for her photograph, “Gloomy Walk.” She received a brand-new Nikon D7500 camera as a prize and was formally honored at a ceremony held on April 30 at the Huntington Library.