A photo taken by Saint Viator sophomore Matthew Dziubyk emerged as one of the top entries at the 6th Annual Student Art Contest sponsored by Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio.

Ten students from iPad Media Arts entered VIP's 6th Annual Student Art Contest.

Ten students from iPad Media Arts entered VIP’s 6th Annual Student Art Contest.

VIP is the exclusive photographer of Saint Viator activities, including athletics, yearbook and portrait shots.

“This was a professionally juried exhibition,” Myles Hayes, the VIP photographer who coordinated the contest, said. “There was no theme in particular, however, the matted or mounted pieces were judged by three professional photographers.”

Specifically, they judged entries on creativity, composition and technical ability. In the end, three winners were announced at a reception and gallery show of the students’ works, as well as ten honorable mentions.

"A Day at Sea," by sophomore Matthew Dziubyk.

“A Day at Sea,” by sophomore Matthew Dziubyk.

Matt’s photo, titled “A Day at Sea,” earned an honorable mention from the panel of working photographers, emerging from the nearly 90 entries.

In all, ten students from Mr. Matt Gruenfeld’s iPad Media Arts class entered the photo contest. Their submissions were displayed alongside photos taken by students from Belvidere, Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Rolling Meadows, Stevenson and Wheeling high schools.

“Matt’s image has excellent sharpness and color saturation,” Mr. Gruenfeld said. “I really like the symmetrical composition, too.”

The art contest came after students in iPad Media Arts spent the semester learning about the different composition and design elements that go in to taking a good photo, as well as the finer points of producing artistic videos and movies.

For most class members, this was the first time their work was judged by professional photographers, reinforcing Saint Viator’s commitment to accompanying students on a lifelong journey of learning and discovery.