Recently I submitted some images at the Union League Club of Chicago's Annual 2013 Juried Photography Competition. I won first prizes for a cityscape and a black & white as well as a second prize for a nature scene along with a couple of honorable mentions. I entered about 20 images overall in several categories competing with some 50 photographers and over 300 images. I entered the "Signs" Category with a couple of images just for the fun of it. "Lo and behold," this one taken while out doing some street photography last year got a first prize in the Sign Category.
The sign is an advertisement for a local college in Milwaukee set in juxtaposition to the nearby Tattoo parlor. it was a grab shot while waiting for the light to change at a street corner.
It offers in my mind and I guess the judges a little humor about your college age generation.
It was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7000, shutter priority, 50mm equivalent focal length, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/800s.
John, many congrats on your results in the contest. This image has great colours but the woman in the sign and the "Tattoo" really make the shot . Thanks for posting. Cheers, Tom ps "Topless Dancers" would have been even better
First of all, congratulations for your winnings...I like the way you titled this one. Really funny way of putting it. With the dictates of the times nowadays, sometimes it makes one think if college is really worth it. I would say it is...and it will stop many from feeling they are victimized by the situation around them. I am currently reading the biography of Condoleeza Rice whose parents insisted that education is important and who was raised in a middle class black segregation in her time at Titusville, Birmingham. Her parents said, that even if she only have a single lunch at a local Walmart cafeteria, one day she is going to be President of the United States. Of course she didn't but she is where she is now because of the support of her parents who instilled education as first and foremost in the family.
Izzie, thanks for looking and commenting. It is interesting that the college the sign is an advertisement for is Alverno College (one of the largest Catholic All Women's Colleges). Many of there sizes use interesting images to draw attention to their mission of educating women.