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Attention photographers! University of St. Thomas seeks fresh views of its campus with a new public contest

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The University of St. Thomas is looking for photographic interpretations of its campus architecture and community. Photo courtesy of University of St. Thomas
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The public photo contest offers prizes up to $1,500. Entries are due Oct. 20. Courtesy of University of St. Thomas/SHINE
University of St. Thomas, academic mall, chapel
University of St. Thomas, photo contest, SHINE, camera lens

Grab those iPhones, point-and-shoots and SLRs . . . The University of St. Thomas is hosting a public photo contest with prizes up to a whopping $1,500. Both professional and amateur photographers alike are invited.

"As it prepares to expand its campus to include a new performing arts building, the university is looking for ways to connect with the community," says Robin Paoli, one of the contest's main organizers. "A photo competition like this is a perfect way to see St. Thomas through the eyes of Houstonians."

"A photo competition like this is a perfect way to  see St. Thomas through the eyes of Houstonians," says contest organizer Robin Paoli.

All entries are requested to fall into one of three categories — architecture, character/belief and campus life. One professional and one amateur photo will be selected for each category, earning respective cash awards of $500 and $250. Participants can enter a total of six images, two in each category.

A final "best of show" winner will receive a $1,500 grand prize.

To judge its contest, the university has assembled a panel of 17 leaders from the local cultural community, including Clint Willour of the Galveston Arts Center, restaurateur and gallery-owner Steve Zimmerman, FotoFest exhibit curator Jennifer Ward, Nancy O'Connor from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and CultureMap's beloved photo editor Barbara Kuntz.

"We worked very closely with the judges as we created the competition rules," Paoli explains. "We've decided to keep the parameters very open to allow photographers to interpret the categories however they like. Can't wait to see the results."

All photos are due by Saturday, Oct. 20. Click here for details on how to enter.

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