Our Finalists & Winner

Congratulations to the 13 finalists of the Uncommon Cameras photography competition!

Uncommon Cameras, the photography competition run by the European Alumnae Council and the Mount Holyoke Global Alum Alliance, would like to congratulate our 13 finalists and our overall winner!

Our “Super Winner”

Voting was open to all MHC alums and students. Voting closed on 24th November and the overall winner was Nadia Heath ’80, Scotland, with her joy-filled image “Fly Like A Bird”. Huge congratulations Nadia!

Nadia Heath '80 - Fly Like A Bird
Winning Entry by Nadia Heath ’80 – Fly Like A Bird
Meet our finalists…

The Uncommon Cameras jury included photography and art professionals Jennifer Ransom ’65, Claudia Palmira ’95, Sonali Gulati ’96, Sylvia Xue Bai (η™½ι›ͺ) ’07, and Christine Boehm ’09. After intensive and extensive communications via email and Zoom, the jury selected 13 finalists out of the 122 photographs that were submitted by 53 alums from 24 countries and five continents.

To see all 122 entries, visit our Instagram to see the photos and read their captions πŸ™‚

(scroll down for the gallery of finalists’ pictures)

Cindy Chan ’05 Cindy Chan ’05, Australia Deserted Classroom 
Eleanor Chang '78 Eleanor Chang ’78, USA       Argue, Pray, Love
Sophie Chen ’91 Sophie Chen ’19, China       Milky Way 
Elizabeth Cooper '95 Elizabeth Cooper ’95, UK Ben Sgulaird
Heather Do '07 Heather Do ’07, Germany Weather the Storm
Carolyn Geisler Hornfeld '63 Carolyn Geisler Hornfeld ’63, Switzerland The Dents du Midi – Am I dreaming?
Nadia Heath '80 Nadia Heath ’80, Scotland Fly Like a Bird 
Karen Hopkins '92 Karen Hopkins ’92, Spain Sunlit Lavender and Grasses of LaMancha
Mieke Kamps FF'78 Mieke Kamps ’78, The Netherlands Inside & Out 
Lane Rosenthal '74 Lane A. Rosenthal ’74, USA My Paris Teacher 
Virginia Ross '66 Virginia Ross ’66, UK Surfing Forecast 
Elizabeth Taeed '09 Elizabeth Ta’eed ’09, Portugal My Other Half 
Olivia Wrobleski '21 Olivia Wrobleski ’21, USA/UK c/a 4:30 pm 


View our 13 finalists’ photographs & backstories

The finalists were selected proportionally in each different category (representing roughly 10% of the entries in each category), and are all together here for you to enjoy:

01. Cindy Chan ’05, Australia - Deserted Classroom

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The only reason why I was able to get into college was because MHC offered me a full ride. I can't help it wonder at times where I'd be or what I'd do if I wasn't given the opportunity to access higher education. It was travelling through the back streets in Laos that I came upon a deserted classroom, and the distinct smell of chalk that lingered in the air reminded me of the gifts that MHC has endowed.Β  Now that I'm making my way in the world, I'm proud to continue to be part of that legacy by being a donor. One small act can create ripples of positivity.

The quality and intensity of the photos submitted for Uncommon Cameras is truly impressive, and the jury faced a very challenging task. During their evaluation, jury members focused on artistic quality, composition, visual impact, and originality. They also valued adherence to the theme and relevance of the backstories. To view all entries, click here.

The task was daunting but exhilarating. One of the jury members summed up the experience with these words: β€œ[it was] amazing to see this cross-continents effort! While I didn’t expect to be empowered in the process, it happened! Reviewing the photos made me happy and gave me an MHC kind of power”.

Congratulations to the finalists, our overall winner, and big thanks to all jury members for their participation!