Senior makes finalist list for 25th annual College Photography Contest

Marietta College senior Seth Wolfson, a native of Bloomfield, N.J., has been chosen as a finalist in the 25th annual College Photography Contest by Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Wolfson, the son of Ray Wolfson and Irene Sherman of Bloomfield, N.J., will learn on Feb. 11 whether his photo entries are selected for one of the top four places or as one of 100 honorable mentions. This year’s judges are: Dennis Keeley, Chair Photography Department, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.; Linda Lowell, Chair Photography Department, Santa Barbara City College; and Armando Flores from Nikon USA.

Wolfson is already pleased his work has placed in the top 5 percent of the more than 30,000 photographs the competition received from student photographers from the U.S. and Canada.

“Photography for me is the primary way of expressing my thoughts to others,” said Wolfson, who is majoring in photo marketing. “Through photography I have been able to share my feelings and tell a story that I would never have been able to before due to learning difficulties that removed many of the typical means available to others.”

Wolfson has gained valuable experience in his four years at MC, including photo editor of the student newspaper, The Marcolian, since 2002, and as a teaching assistant at The International Center of Photography in New York since 2004.

Wolfson believes his formal photography classes in Florence, Italy, while studying abroad, have helped him develop his skills beyond what even he ever expected.

Marietta College encourages its students to study abroad to participate in a number of opportunities for educational study outside the college, which do not interrupt their affiliation with the College. Marietta has established formal relationships with several national and foreign institutions, which makes it easy for students to find a place to go. The College considers approved study abroad programs as an extension of its campus and transfers grades earned without question.

“Having the opportunity to immerse myself in an atmosphere with teachers, students and facilities devoted to photography will push me to higher levels, allow me to explore my creativity and the creativity inherent in the art of photography,” said Wolfson, a graduate of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.