Huntington High School junior Roman Borovica and sophomore Reese Rinaldi both captured third place honors in their respective categories of the Huntington Camera Club’s annual high school competition.
Mr. Borovica vied in the “Old and New” category while Ms. Rinaldi competed in the “Patterns” division. The two students are studying with Huntington art teacher Pamela Piffard, who leads the photography program.
The Huntington Camera Club’s annual contest is considered by many to be Long Island’s most prestigious. This year’s competition drew 897 entries from 388 students representing 17 Nassau and Suffolk high schools and 24 photography teachers.
“I have always had a love for photography,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “Mrs Piffard’s photo class has really helped grow my photo taking skills and my love for photography. I plan to continue taking photo classes throughout high school.”
Ms. Rinaldi, who plays on the Blue Devil varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams and earns top grades across the board, took the award winning photo with a Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera.
“Aside from being a great teacher, Mrs. Piffard is very welcoming and easy to talk to,” Ms. Rinaldi said. “Her class is a place for all of her students to express themselves and show creativity through pictures.”
The Huntington Camera Club has hosted the competition since 1991. Since then nearly $40,000 in prizes have been presented. “The club is proud to shine a spotlight on the talents of these young photographers and their teachers,” according to the organization’s website. “A competition of this nature is only possible because of the generosity of the local business community and club membership.”
A panel of judges reviewed every image with an eye on their technical aspects and creativity as well as their ability to fit the category in which they were entered.