Faculty of Engineering photo contest turns students into shutterbugs
By Neale McDevitt
In the summer of 2008, architecture undergrad Khanh Linh Truong was suffering from exam-induced insomnia and hit the streets at 5 a.m. to clear her head. Luckily, as a McGill exchange student at the Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, she happened to be pacing streets that were among the most beautiful and historic in Venice, Italy. As the cool morning air soothed her frazzled nerves, Truong turned a corner and walked straight into one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments: sunrise over Venice – a sight she captured with her digital camera.
“At McGill, architecture students are told right from the start to always carry a camera or a sketch pad because you never know when something will inspire you.”
Recently, one of the shots Truong clicked that morning earned 1st prize in the inaugural Engineering Student Experience Photo Contest. Faculty of Engineering students were invited to submit their photos to either one of two categories: Exchanges / Studies abroad, or Internships / Co-op. Entries were judged on composition, originality, and how well the photo communicated the internship or study-abroad experience. “It is only our first year doing this but we received over 50 submissions,” said contest organizer Darlene Hnatchuk, Industry Liaison Manager, Engineering Career Centre. “I think it is a wonderful way to share the student experience with other people.”
The pictures on this page represent just a handful of entries.
More photos can be seen in the display case outside the Engineering Student Centre in the Frank Dawson Adams Building.