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Student photographer again selected as 'Best of College Photography' finalist

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Allyson O'Keefe

     HAMMOND – For the second consecutive year, Southeastern Louisiana University student photographer Allyson O’Keefe has been selected as a finalist in Serbin Communications’ Annual Student Photography Contest.

     Co-Sponsored by Nikon and Photographers’s Forum magazine, the 28th annual contest received photographic submissions from more than 4,000 students nationwide. As a finalist, O'Keefe’s work will be featured in the Best of College Photography 2008.

     Her selected photo was taken during her coverage of Southeastern athletes participating in the 2007 LSU Tiger Relays.

      O’Keefe, a native of New Orleans, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southeastern in 2006 and is pursuing a second degree in digital design. She is editor-in-chief of Le Souvenir, Southeastern’s student yearbook, and photo editor of The Lion’s Roar student newspaper.  

     “Ally is a phenomenal photographer,” said Interim Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. “For her to be named as a finalist two years running only validates the wonderful work we have seen her do as a member of our staff.”

     “Ally’s work brings a certain something to our publications,” said Interim Coordinator of Student Publications Lorraine Favre. “She is humble about her work but her photographs speak volumes regarding her talent.”

     Judges for the competition included Mark Takeuchi of the Art Center College of Design, Christopher Broughton of the Brooks Institute of Photography and Joe Ippolito of Florida A&M University.

     The Best of College Photography 2008 will be available as a limited edition hardbound publication in mid-June.

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