Annual Photo Contest

Beginning with the second COMPAS program on the relationship between the public and the private, the Center for Ethics and Human Values has held a Photo Contest in conjunction with each of its COMPAS programs. Photography provides a unique medium with with we can approach and encounter the conversations the COMPAS program seeks to facilitate. Below are details for the upcoming Inequality contest, as well as the winning photographs for the Sustainability and Public/Private photo contests.

2016-17 Inequality COMPAS Photo Contest Winners

When many people think about inequality, they think of economic inequality—inequality in wealth and income. However, it is important to also examine the causes, significance, and effects of political, legal, and health inequality, the relationships between these forms of inequality, and their connections with race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and LGBTQ status. These different dimensions of inequality can often be difficult to connect with, especially when we do not experience them firsthand. A photograph can change this. A photograph can force us to confront the inequalities that we often overlook, providing the knowledge and motivation needed to foster change. In addition to their general aesthetic merit, submissions will be judged on the ways in which the photographs explore issues related to the COMPAS theme.

Undergraduate/Graduate Students

March to the Capitol
1st Place: Ingrid Raphael, "The March to the Capitol"

2nd Place: Bella Kitzis, "Roles"
Low Yielding Maize
3rd Place: Nall Moonilall, "Low Yielding Maize "
Outside the Walls
Honorable Mention: Chris Baggott, "Outside the Walls"


Cultural Decor
1st Place: Julie Rae Powers, "Cultural* Decor"

2nd Place: Adam Brown, "Silence"



Co-1st Place: Holly Curry, "Twenty-One"

80 Cents on the Dollar
Co-1st Place: Holly Curry, "80 Cents on the Dollar"

2nd Place: Jason Joseph, "Separation"

In a Cage
3rd Place: Yu Tsumura, "In a Cage"

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2015-16 Sustainability COMPAS Photo Contest Winners

Perhaps the greatest cultural, economic, and technological challenge facing modern democracies and global development groups is how to respond to the depletion of natural resources and the effects of climate change. The health of the planet as well as the future shape of human society is at stake, and a photograph can tell these compelling stories like no other medium. A photograph can show us the wonders of our planet that are at stake. A photograph can show us the harsh realities we face as those wonders begin to disappear. Perhaps most importantly, a photograph can show us what we have accomplished and explore solutions to the challenges facing us. In addition to their general aesthetic merit, submissions were judged on the ways in which the photographs explore issues related to the COMPAS theme.


Communal fishing in the Logone Floodplain, Cameroon
1st Place: Sarah Laborde, "Communal fishing in the Logone Floodplain, Cameroon"

Scarred Earth
2nd Place: Danae Wolfe, "Scarred Earth"

Abandoned Faith
3rd Place: Richard Burry, "Abandoned Faith"



1st Place: Holly Curry, "Ozymandias"

Horse logger, New River Valley, Virginia
2nd Place: Pradeep Edussuriya, "Horse logger, New River Valley, Virginia"

Undergraduate/Graduate Students:

Our Nation's First Offshore Windfarm
1st Place: Lillianna Marie Baczeski, "Our Nation's First Offshore Windfarm"
Evaluating Green Space
2nd Place: Joshua Cheston, "Evaluating Green Space"
Yellow Beauty
3rd Place: Nall Moonilall, "Yellow Beauty"
Honorable Mention: Brooke Hall, "Fabricate"

2013-14 Public/Private COMPAS Photo Contest Winners

While photography can be a private art form, traditions of photojournalism and photography as public art illustrate its relevance for public matters. The two come together when, for example, per-sonal grief in the face of tragedy ends up on the front pages of newspapers. In addition to their aesthetic merit, submissions were judged on the ways in which they illuminate the themes of personal privacy and publicity, public and private in the political and economic senses, and how they interact.


I Thought it was a Man Asleep

1st Place: Evan Dawson, "I thought it was a man asleep,
it was a tent rolled up in itself."

Enfant a la plage
2nd Place: Andrea Grottoli, "Enfant a la plage"


3rd Place: Kaethe Sandman, "Pawprints"

Advance and Recede
Honorable Mention: Robert Ladislas Derr, "Advance and Recede"


Honorable Mention: Lisa Downing, "WOMEN"


Restoration Work
Honorable Mention: Evan Dawson, "Restoration Work"



1st Place: Amy Powell, "Cuffs"

vision, mudslide, shadow clump (no. 3)
2nd Place: Theodore Zanardelli, "vision, mudslide, shadow, clump (no. 3)"

Kids will be Kids
3rd Place: David Wai, "Kids will be Kids"

Road to Recovery
Honorable Mention: Parker Dudzik, "Road to Recovery"

Airplane Dog
Honorable Mention: Amy Powell, "Airplane Dog"


Undergraduate/Graduate Students:

Streets of Manila
1st Place: Kaylin Chen, "Streets of Manila"

We are the Media
2nd Place: Corey Reeb, "We are the Media"


Leave a Letter
3rd Place: Thomas Wright, "Leave a Letter"


The Scarlet Letter
Honorable Mention: Michelle Goodwin, "The Scarlet Letter"


Rush Hour
Honorable Mention: Miao Zhou, "Rush Hour"

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