Club Recognizes Top Campus Photographers

UWindsor Photography Club contest winners. From left to right: third place winner Qi Jiang, first place winner Sambath Kumaar, and second place Elyse Turton. [Photo by // Alex Denonville]

by Alex Denonville
The Lance- News Editor

University of Windsor’s booming photography club hosted its third photography contest awards ceremony last week, showcasing the growing pool of talent of its members.

The club gathered at the International Student’s Centre in Laurier Hall Nov. 28 to recognize and reward the top three photographers from the contest, which ran throughout October, and invited students to submit their best photos with the theme of architecture. Over 150 students and staff then voted for their top three favourite photos.

Qi Jiang took third place with a beautiful black and white composition of a university staircase.  Elyse Turton came second with a planetoid panorama photo outside of the CAW Centre. Taking top honours was Sambath Kumaar, who won with a late-autumn evening image of the campus sculpture which pays tribute to the victims of the 1989 massacre of students at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Kumaar, a graduate student in engineering, was surprised with his victory over a deep pool of competitors.

“I didn’t expect to win, I just took it from my mobile and I thought it was going to be a stiff competition because there are people with [digital SLRs],” Kumaar said. “I don’t do professional photography. I have my phone with me all the time and when I see something and it looks beautiful, I just want to capture it.”

Given his award-winning eye for photos, he said he may invest in a dedicated camera once he has enough money.

UWindsor Photography club’s president, Jiehao Zhou, said the whole point of establishing the club is to give visual artists a platform to display their work.

“For many visual art students, it’s hard to find a job so many just focus on working by themselves,” Zhou said, adding that he made the switch from business to visual art just this year.

He started the club to give those students a chance to be recognized.

“The point is to never give up,” he said.

That determination is seen in spades through the club. Formed in February 2014, it has boomed in its first year by hosting events, photography workshops, contests and planning trips to photo-friendly destinations near and far.

Enrique Chacon, the university’s International Student Advisor, has been impressed with the quality of the photography and the club’s public outreach efforts.

“Every contest we’ve had has been better than the last. I even sent an email to the university president saying ‘you have to see these pictures’,” Chacon said. “People are taking notice and they’re very impressed.”

The club is now moving into its next contest, asking students to submit their photos with the theme of food. Students can submit their entries to

For more information about the club and their upcoming events, check out their page at Zhou said they will be celebrating their first year anniversary with a giant cake and the launch of their new website

Third place winning photo by Qi Jiang.

Second place winning photo by Elyse Turton.

First place winning photo by Sambath Kumaar.



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