Monett student a top finisher in national photo contest

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Miles Laning won third place in the Jostens photo contest for this photo of fellow student Harrison Merriman working at his computer, catching the reflection on an adjacent device. Contributed photo

Jostens awards third place to MMS student Miles Laning

Miles Laning, student in Amy Barker’s digital photography class at Monett Middle School has been awarded third place in the Junior High/Middle School division of the 2017 Photo Contest co-sponsored by Jostens, the leading publications and consumer products company for schools, and Wolfe's Camera, This competition empowers students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school communities through photography.

Entries from 4,000 student photographers were submitted from across the country. From these entries, 85 winners were selected. Photo contest submissions were judged by a panel of four judges consisting of professional photographers and photography instructors. The judges focused on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities, as well as the ability to convey a compelling story.

“I am very proud of Miles and his wonderful photo that uses reflection and leading lines to showcase another student working diligently on his computer,” said Barker.

"Jostens is thrilled to recognize the remarkable photographic talents of students nationwide,” said Sara Sausker, Jostens program manager, education. “The winners of the photo contest were able to capture a variety of school experiences and tell a story through the lens of the camera.”