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Student photographer selected for 'Best of College Photography Annual'

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Allyson O'Keefe

     HAMMOND – Allyson O'Keefe, senior staff photographer for Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper The Lion’s Roar, has been selected as a finalist in Serbin Communications' 27th Annual Student Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon, USA.

     Selected from among 28,000 photographic entries submitted by student photographers, O'Keefe's work will be featured in the Best of College Photography Annual 2007.

     O'Keefe, a native of Metairie, is a graduate student in Organizational Communication and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern last year.

     "Ally has been a godsend for our department," said Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications. "She not only takes the majority of the 30,000 pictures we take each year, but she is more than willing to coach other students who work with us. Her attitude and skill level are both amazing."

     "We a very proud of the recognition Ally has received," said Coordinator of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. "She is an amazing photographer who not only has an innate talent for her craft, but also imparts much of that knowledge to our younger photographers, making her a great asset to the staff and the university."

     O'Keefe's work is published weekly in The Lion's Roar and featured in the Le Souvenir yearbook where she has served as photo editor.

     The Best of College Photography Annual 2007 will be available in mid-June. Judges for the competition include Steve LaVoie from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Nikon USA's Armando Flores.

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