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Hudson -- Students with a penchant for photographic prowess recently parlayed their talent with a lens into regional recognition, winning featured spots among northeast Ohio artists in an annual calendar competition.
The artwork of junior Maddy Jeffries, senior Mary Lauletta and sophomore Annie Nataro is being featured in the 2013 Academy Graphic Communication desk calendar.
Annie's work in featured on the front cover.
"It was basically a class project; teaching the students how to save their work as the correct formats, save it on CD and forward them on," said Hudson High School photography teacher Tim Naujoks.
The students' work was among "several hundred" pieces submitted for the annual calender, which is in its 11th year, Naujoks said.
"I personally had worked on it a few times over the years, but wanted to get my students involved with the opportunity," Naujoks said.
The winners, chosen by the staff of AGC, get two copies of the calendar and "great recognition," for winning, according to Naujoks. "They were chosen [in] late December and the calendars came out a few weeks ago," he said.
Maddy's work "The Old Camper" was taken during the fall at a Kent apple orchard. Maddy's work is on Page 22 of the calendar.
"I was pretty surprised," Maddy, 17, said. "My teacher had us apply and I just kind of put in a few of my photos -- and I wasn't expecting to win."
Maddy has "not always been the most artistic," she said.
"But this year has sparked my interest in photography," Maddy added.
Like her classmates, this was the first contest Maddy has entered her work in.
Annie's work, "Autumn Reflections," is on the cover and on page 70 of the calendar. The work, shot from outside a downtown Akron shop, near the Civic Theater, was created by using high dynamic range photography in which the photo's colors are manipulated by a computer program, Annie said.
"I was shocked and so excited when I found out," Annie, 16, said of her win. "I just was not expecting to win."
Annie found out her picture was on the cover while she was looking at the calendar online and happened to find the website which listed a "sneak peek" for the calendar and found out her photo was going to be on the cover.
"This was my first photo taken with my new camera," Annie said. "I was shocked."
The sophomore credited her teacher, Naujoks, for suggesting the class enter the contest.
Mary's picture, "Under a Train" was taken in Peninsula. Mary's work is on the top of Page 120.
"I was under a train," Mary, 18, said of her picture, which was taken in September.
Mary did not have an interest in photography until she took the class last fall, she said. However, after several friends told her the class and teacher was fun, she decided to give it a shot.
"I thought it would be fun, so I took it," Mary said.
Being picked for the calendar was a surprise to the senior.
"To be honest, I didn't think it was that good of a photo," Mary said.
Mary also recently won several scholastic art and writing awards for two art portfolios. She hopes to continue her new found love of photography by majoring in photo illustration in college, she said.
To vies the AGC calendar visit: http://www.visitagc.com/52weeks52works.php