And the Fall Photo Contest Winner Is….


The U.Va. Instagram Fall Photo Contest drew over 400 entries, with images showing everything from a hedgehog on the Lawn to the many places to take in the fall foliage on Grounds.

Professor John Edwin Mason, a history professor and photographer who recently taught the course “Photography in the Age of Instagram,” selected the winner. The only contest criteria were that the photos must be taken on Grounds and show something great about life in the fall at U.Va.

Mason selected this shot by Carson Gibson, a second-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences:


He wrote:

“I was looking for a beautiful photo, one in which the use if light, color, and composition combined to create a compelling image.

In addition, the photo had to capture the unique look and feel of UVA in the fall.

Finally, it had to work well within the Instagram app.

The light in the winning photo is terrific. The colors are dazzling, without being over the top. The path draws the viewer into the image, and the bricks and flagstones make it recognizably UVA.”

Mason also picked a first and second runner-up, by Instagram users @christiankochuba and @kayjdkay respectively:

Check out the gallery for more, or the hashtag #uvaphotocontest on Instagram.¬†¬†Here’s a look at some other staff favorites:

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