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Photography and Digital Imaging alumna wins emerging artist award

August 13, 2013

Taking the Plunge, Valerie LeClair’s award-winning photograph.

Taking the Plunge, Valerie LeClair’s award-winning photograph.

Charlottetown, PE Holland College Photography and Digital Imaging graduate Valerie LeClair won the regional BMO 1st Art! Award, BMO Financial Group announced recently.

The awards are presented to emerging student artists across the country, with a $10,000 national award, and twelve regional awards of $5,000 each. LeClair won the award for her image, Taking the Plunge, a colour photograph reminiscent of painter Alex Colville’s work.

LeClair who is from Tignish, said she sees the award as an affirmation.

“I was overwhelmed when I found out I had won the competition. I didn’t really believe it at first, and definitely wasn’t expecting it. As an artist, I think we all doubt our work at times, and this just confirms that I am on the right track and gives me motivation to keep going,” she said.

Photography and Digital Imaging instructor Alex Murchison agreed.

“These awards are a wonderful way to encourage emerging artists to continue to hone their skills and apply themselves to improve their abilities. Valerie is a talented photographer, and we were delighted to learn that she was receiving this honour,” he said.

Holland College’s Photography and Digital Imaging program offers professional training for this challenging yet rewarding field. Graduates find employment as photographers, photographers’ assistants, and technicians. Student training is enhanced by many workshops, guest photographers and opportunities for on the job training. The program places a strong emphasis on the business of photography, aspects of which include specialty and general employment options, market research, marketing and self-promotion for photographers, creative and technical standards and portfolio development. Students are encouraged to pursue personal and paying assignments outside of regular program activities. For more information about this and other programs at Holland College, visit hollandcollege.com, e-mail info@hollandcollege.com, or call 1-800-446-5265.


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