Results of May Photo Contest!


Adrianna Brusie/The Commonwealth School

Sunset at “Hancock,” Commonwealth’s biannual, school-wide camping trip to Camp Winona along Moose Pond in Maine.

What is May like at schools across Massachusetts?

Photojournalists from across the state were invited to send us images that tell that story for our May photo contest. Adrianna Brusie of The Commonwealth School took home the first prize and a $25 Starbucks gift card with her photo of two students enjoying an idyllic Maine lake on a school trip.

Emma Taubert of the Millbury Reflector won second place for her photo of a member of the school’s track team getting an unexpected shower after a race. Declan Gallagher of The Raider Times at Watertown High School placed third for his photo from the NCAA lacrosse championship. Both photos are part of the gallery below.

The judge, Boston Globe deputy photo editor Kim Chapin, said the winning image established a clear mood through effective composition.

“The photographer perfectly captured the mood of the two people enjoying the sight at the lake just before the end of a sunset,” Chapin wrote.

“There are a couple of good lessons to be learned from this image. The first is the rule of thirds for composition. Too many people place a subject dead center in an image and it becomes cliche and uninteresting. This image is a great application of the rule of thirds with the people to one side, allowing the viewer to both see them and yet see the beauty they are viewing. There is a great quality of light, exposed very well to capture the mood at that moment and probably is a very good representation of what it looked like to them.

“Additionally the image has some great layering which tends to draw a viewer into the photo for a longer period of time. The depth created with the layers of the two people, the water and the reflection of the light from the setting sun on it, the ridge of the mountains in the background, made sharp by the bright light behind it, and the light from the setting sun against the clouds; these are all different layers and different elements in the image, drawing the viewer in for a longer look.”

Take a look at some of the other entries below: