Three Fort Hays State University students recently won $500 worth of prizes in "Dare to Dream," The Learning Commons photo contest.
Katie Sluyter, Herman, Neb. senior, won first place and an iPod Touch. Her black and white photo, "Heartbeat At My Feet," of a spotted dog sitting at the feet of his two masters, portrayed what she dared to dream. The caption reads, "I dream to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."
Tyler Liang Li, Huan Tai China, won second place and an 8.1 megapixel digital camera. His aerial-view photo, "Dragon" was taken of the Colorado valley from an airplane.
Wei Li, Xinzheng China graduate student, the third place winner, received a 2GB flash drive. "Dream Exists" titles his photo of an American flag blowing in the wind and a thank you sign resting on a destroyed tree in Greensburg.
"The tornado can destroy our homeland, but what it cannot take away are people's determination, and of course, dreams," was the caption.
Thirty FHSU faculty and staff members narrowed the 155 photo entries down to 12 finalists and the student body voted on the winners.
The iPod Touch was donated by the Office of the Provost and the other prizes were sponsored by TLC.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, coordinator of the Learning Commons in Forsyth Library, said this was the first year TLC did this contest and they hope to make it an annual event.
To see the winning photos visit http://www.fhsu.edu/tlc/d2dwinners.php or to see all photos visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/tlcphotocontest/.