"Gallery 1853" on-campus photo contest
The University of Florida is known for its scenic campus, and an event called "Gallery 1853" showcased the artwork of students and faculty in a unique on-campus photo contest.
"We had about 300 photos, over 100 different people posting on both twitter and Instagram”, says Ryan Morejon, “We narrowed it down to about 25."
The "Gallery 1853" art show is just one of many new events hosted by the UF Social Media Street Team.
The exhibit challenged students to try their hands at photography, in a contest judged by their peers.
"There's five categories, so one winner for each”, says Morejon, “and they will get a UF SMST swag pack. It's a mystery swag pack, but they will like it." And the other 20 finalist will receive a specially designed button.
The contest was open to everyone, but one student thinks her experience gave her a leg up.
"I’m a photojournalism student and I’ve been doing photography since high school."
One of Steakley's photos earned her a spot as a finalist in the "Nature" category, but she says there's more where that came from.
"I have tons of pictures on campus because whenever I’m walk around I take pictures of stuff whenever I see cool things and I thought the nature category was really good so I entered a picture of the bat houses”, says Steakley.
“I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to submit something and maybe get some exposure."
And that's exactly what the UF Social Media Street Team was hoping for.
"These photos are supposed to live online but we wanted to create a platform literally for these photos to live on in real life", says Morejon.
He says "Gallery 1853" is just one way to connect everyone on campus.
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