At the College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press New Orleans National College Media Convention nearly 100 photojournalists shot photos around the city around the theme “All that Jazz.” Photographers submitted 79 entries into the competition. Bradley Wilson coordinated the photo adventure.
To see a gallery of the photos taken and get a sense of what NOLA was like during the convention, check out the set on Flickr.
See below for the winners of the Photo Shootout and their publication’s adviser.
FIRST PLACE: Tiffany Fields, Lenoir-Rhyne University (Adviser: Richard Gould)
The French Quarter is home to artists of all kinds who showcase their talents along the busy sidewalks of its famous streets. One artist, Bo Battle also known as Silverman, performs his work differently. During the busy daylight hours and into the night he sits at the corner of Decatur and St. Phillip without moving an inch. After he closes up shop, his personality shines as bright as his silver skin, offering friendly advice and smiles to all who pass.
SECOND PLACE: Taylor Craig Sutton, University of Georgia (Adviser:Ed Morales)
Maggie Halsted a 29 year-old from Columbia, Mo., snaps a picture on her cell phone of Robotron a 52 year-old street performer from New Orleans on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Robotron has been performing in New Orleans for 25 years.
THIRD PLACE AND CLASS FAVORITE: Bosley Jarrett, Vanderbilt University (Chris Carroll)
Mark Smith plays “The Saints Go Marching In” on the tuba with other homeless men outside of Jackson Square. Shortly after, Mark’s peers scolded him for taking improvisational liberties instead of playing the standard fare. Passersby danced and sang along with Mark and the other performers during their performance on Oct. 25, 2013.
HONORABLE MENTION: Crystal Schick, SAIT Polytechnic, (Publishing Manager: Heather Setka)
Josh Wingerter blends in with the famous heads behind him, which he creates from scratch himself at the Frenchman Art Market in New Orleans on Fri. Oct. 25, 2013. Wingerter has been designing and building these art pieces for only the last six month, but has already started advance techniques, like adding texture to the work. The backdrops are newspaper wrapped canvas’s, then several layers of stenciling, then after about six hours of work, are finished of with a hard resin.
HONORABLE MENTION — Jessica Bills, California Baptist University (Adviser: Michael Chute)
On the corner of Dumaine and Dauphine, Paul Melancon, 45 sales representative, adjusts his shirt’s buttons while having cigarette after a trim at the Headquarters Barber Shop. He has lived in New Orleans since his youth, but left after Hurricane Katrina to stay in Pomona, Calif. with the Red Cross. On Aug. 26, 2006, he moved back to the city though “things weren’t right” he said when he returned. He said, “They preserved the culture, they have modernized the city tremendously.” Melancon’s love for this city can be seen through his interactions with the people, whether he asks old friends’ doctor appointments or new friends’ lives. Though the city has changed post Katrina, one thing has remained for Melancon. He said, “I mean smoking is never going to change, cause I mean its New Orleans.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Danielle Veenstra, College of Central Florida (Adviser: Rob Marino)
“Little Drummer Boy”Darius Lindsley is a 12-year-old street performer, who plays his unconventional drum every night on Bourbon Street. With five years of experience under his small belt, Lindsley saves the money he receives to buy himself nice things. “I earn a lot of money to buy things like new shoes,”said Lindsley. "These Air Jordans are the best in stock!” When told he has talent, Lindsley replies with “Thanks, I get that a lot.”
Thank you to our Photo Shootout Judges:
Rex Curry, Orlando Flores, Bryan Marley, Cary Conover, Jeff Reeves, Matt Hagen, Scott Strazzante, Joe Michaud-Scorza, Brad Smith, Ryan Perry, David Massy, Ted Jackson, Alex Sanchez, Chuck Cook, Matt Stamey, David Kasnic, Paul Friesen, Jason Ivester, Gary Lundren, Stan Godwin, Nathan Hardin, Lauren Roberts, Susan Poag