Ronkonkoma, NY, March 11, 2011 – A diverse collection of photos depicting high school student life, nature scenes, exotic foreign destinations and urban landscapes are among the hundreds of images submitted by 167 high school seniors who are competing in Sigma Corporation of America’s second annual Scholarship Contest.
Now, it’s time for the voters to have their say.
Sigma announced today that a crucial online, public vote is underway to narrow down the field of scholarship candidates to five finalists. Voting started March 1 and will last until 5 p.m. ET, on April 1, 2011. From the five finalists, a judging panel of Sigma executives will then choose the scholarship winner based on image quality, creativity, and technique. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash, and $1,000 toward Sigma products. Sigma will announce the winner April 18, 2011.
To view the students’ submissions and cast a vote, visit http://scholarship.sigmaphoto.com/view-submissions.asp.
“Sigma is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – a half-century of inspiring and empowering photographers to explore the possibilities. To that end, we’re excited to see such a high level of skill and creativity shown by these budding photographers,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We encourage each of the entrants to do all they can to reach out through their networks and promote their work, asking for the votes of their friends and colleagues.”
Voters must register an email address to cast a vote for their favorite submission, and just one vote per email address is allowed.
Sigma launched the second annual Scholarship Contest on Nov. 15 with a goal to empower and support up-and-coming photographers. The contest illustrates Sigma’s five decades of technological achievement and innovation in the industry.
The contest was open to high school seniors who will graduate in 2011, and who plan to pursue a career in a photo-related field, such as photography, photojournalism, graphic arts, design, visual arts, art history, etc.
For information about the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship, eligibility, the application process, material submissions and a formal list of contest rules, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/scholarship/.
For information on Sigma Corporation of America and its lenses, cameras and flashes, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.
About Sigma Corporation
For 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s expertise and innovation has driven the company’s core philosophy of “knowledge, plus experience, plus imagination,” with an emphasis on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 50 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com.