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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #2 - 9/11/20 (text and photos by Jaren Wilkey) Jaren Wilkey is Manager of Visual Communications - BYU Photo.  On Labor Day 2020, BYU played the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; one of the first handful of college football games held in the "new normal" of COVID-19 protocols and precautions. (See BYU's published multimedia presentation here.) Jaren gives a behind-the-scenes look at the new--and the familiar--aspects of football coverage in a pandemic.

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    UPAA Blog 2020-21 #1 - 9/1/20 (photo by fellow retiree Robert Jordan) Bill Bitzinger at the 2014 UPAA Symposium at Sanford University in Birmingham, AL.

    This is a companion to an article in the 2020 Contact Sheet, the annual journal of the University Photographers' Association of America .

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    (text and photos by Matt Cashore) Matt Cashore is senior university photographer at Notre Dame and the editor of the UPAA blog and magazine. (…so, um, yeah, Matt is talking about himself in the third person.) Matt’s Campus Environment category “Snow Aerial” was voted Best in Show in the April 2020 Monthly Image Competition.

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    (photo by Steven Bridges) For the first time in 3 years UPAA has a new Photographer of the Year: Steven Bridges from The University of Tennessee.

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    (text and photos by Matt Cashore) Lens adapters are nothing new but an adapter with full functionality across different brands is.

    This is the second of an occasional series of reviews of accessories and other minor gadgets. See the first here. Have a $300-or-less piece of gear that makes your work more convenient? Write about it for the blog. Contact info at the end of this article.

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    (photo by Matt Cashore) Above, 2019 Annual Print Competition judging at the Symposium at Grand Valley State University. This link is the most up-to-date information on contest deadlines, rules and entry specs and procedures.

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    (photo by Isabel Chenoweth) A gymnasium at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT is transformed into an emergency medical facility in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

    The motto of UPAA is "The Visual History of Higher Education." 

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    (text and photos by Justin Torner) Justin Torner is a staff photographer in the University of Iowa Office of Strategic Communication. He lists “food” first in the list of specialties on his own website bio, and adds at the end that he “always loves a challenge.” His photo, “Burger Drop,” was voted 1st place in the General Features and Illustrations category in the January 2020 Monthly Image Competition.


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    (photos and text by Quinn Russell Brown) Above: The National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

    UPAA member Quinn Russell Brown is a photographer and editor at the University of Washington magazine at the University of Washington in Seattle. A portrait he made for the University of Washington magazine was selected from over 2600 entries to be one of 46 images displayed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It is part of a show called “American Portraiture Today,” which is on display at the gallery through August 2020.​

    I am the staff photographer at the University of Washington Magazine, where I create the art for many of their covers and feature stories. I have been mentored by the magazine’s art director, Ken Shafer, a longtime Seattle designer who created the well-known logos for Tiger Woods, the NFL Hall of Fame, NBA All-Star Games, the Seattle Sounders, and many more.

    My photo in the National Portrait Gallery is a 3-by-4-foot photograph of civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement. I made the portrait in February 2018 at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on the University of Washington campus.