University Library Photo Contest 2017


University Library Photo Contest 2017


In 2016, University Librarian John Tombarge was looking for new ways to liven the floors of the University Library. He proposed sponsoring a student photo contest and letting the winning entries beautify the walls of the library floors. Meg Griffiths, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, assisted in the planning and logistics of the contest.

The Library worked with the University’s General Counsel to ensure that participating students retain copyright to their artistic work. By entering the contest, students licensed their work for the use and benefit of the University Library, enabling the Library to print, frame and hang their photographs in Leyburn Library. In addition, the Library can use the images for non-commercial, indefinite use in promoting the University’s educational mission.

With announcements on social media and the University Library’s website, current W&L students were encouraged to submit photos they had taken of the outdoors. The Library received more than 60 entries by the deadline in late
January of 2016.

Every submission was printed in thumbnail format and displayed in Leyburn Library for a week, during which time the W&L community was asked to vote for their five favorite images. Three top prize winners received gift certificates of $200, $150 and $100, respectively, to the B&H Photo/Video store. The top 15 winners were professionally printed, framed, and hung in Leyburn and Telford Libraries.


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Copyright belongs to the photographer listed as creater in each record. A non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to Washington and Lee University, for the use and benefit of the Washington and Lee University Library, for the purpose of printing, framing, and hanging photographic work on the lower floors of Leyburn Library, and for non-commercial use in future promotions in furtherance of the University’s educational mission has been granted by the copyright holder.


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