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Honors Student Wins November CUNY Photo Contest

Dec. 2, 2011

She's a member of the Macaulay Honors College and the Bulldogs swim team. She rides horses and volunteers with GallopNYC, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with developmental, emotional, social and physical challenges. And now senior Catherine Chan has been acknowledged for her photographic prowess.

Chan was named the November winner of the CUNY Student Photo Challenge contest for "Brooklyn College's Lily Pond," her shot of our quiet campus oasis during its autumnal brilliance.

Chan, who plans to enroll at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine next summer as part of the Coordinated B.A.–M.D. Program after receiving a B.S. in biology, explains what motivated her to take the shot that won her November's accolade: "In light of my graduation from Brooklyn College, I took this photo in order to provide myself a visual means of remembering my undergraduate education. What I found most interesting is the way it captures how the rays of the sun penetrate the foliage and lift the morning fog."

The contest is open to all CUNY students. Judges are looking for photos that convey something about CUNY students, a CUNY college or a campus activity, or that present a broad interpretation of the educational experience. All of the monthly winners, including Chan, will be entered in the final competition to select the year's best student photo. The winner receives an iPad.

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