Last month, thousands of students from all over the world submitted their photographs to iGoogle, hoping for a shot at winning $7,500 US and having their images selected by the website as its new visual theme.
Of the 3,600 students who entered the contest, Holly Warey of Waterdown, Ont., has made the shortlist of 36. She is one of two Canadians to do so.
The 23-year-old Ryerson four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography grad entered the contest on a whim last month, at the urging of her boyfriend.
“I never thought twice about it to be honest. I just submitted my work and went on finishing school,” she explains. “Then I got an email a couple of weeks ago and my jaw hit the floor. It was quite a surprise,” she says of learning that she had been shortlisted in the global competition.
The subjects of her ethereal, abstract submission — horses — are something she holds close to her heart.
“I love horses,” says the equestrian, who has been riding for the past 15 years. “With my photography, I always shoot what I’m passionate about.”
Holly’s work, along with the other nominees’ is posted on www.google.com/photographyprize where voting for the six finalists is open to the public until tomorrow.
Each finalist will be flown to London, England for an opening at the Saatchi Gallery June 23, where their work will be on display, and where the lucky winner will be announced.