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Caz student photographer is honored

Student photographer is honored

Nancy Andrews of Montour Falls and a senior in Cazenovia College's Studio Art - Photography Program, recently received word that a photograph she entered in Serbin Communications' 27th Annual College Photography Contest, sponsored by Photographer's Forum Magazine and Nikon, placed among the finalists.

I entered three photos, she said. The judges chose one I call 'Free Bird,' taken from an airplane window. I didn't win one of the big prizes, but as a finalist, my photo will be printed in the Best of College Photography Annual, 2007.

Neil Chowdhury, assistant professor of photography and director of the Photography Program, said, Placing in such a prestigious national contest means that Nancy's entry was judged better than a very large number of competitors by a panel of important industry professionals. This is a big achievement and I'm pleased that her talent and initiative have been recognized.

Andrews graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in Odessa, with no clear idea of what she wanted from life. She enrolled at Corning Community College and was intrigued by the photography courses.

I've always enjoyed taking pictures, she said. I decided photography was something I would be happy doing for the rest of my life. Her search for a four-year college led her to Central New York. Cazenovia College was the only place I applied after I finished at Corning. Photography and horses are my two main interests. Cazenovia offers both.

An internship with the Elmira Star Gazette led Andrews to a summer job as a photojournalist. She photographed special events covered by Star-Gazette reporters. She worked with reporters and on her own covering these and other news stories, including photos of damage after the 2006 flooding in the area; events at Watkins Glen International race track; the LPGA Corning Classic golf tournament and the Indy Racing League's races at Watkins Glen.

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