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Gamma Theta Upsilon photo contest winners

Friday, April 24, 2009

Photo of a sandstone formation in northern Arizona

Rick Pawlenty's photo of a sandstone formation in northern Arizona.

Photo of a sandstone formation in northern Arizona Photo of fields and forest in Nepal Photo of a American White Pelican colony 

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Five students and a professor are winners in the 2009 Gamma Theta Upsilon photo contest.

Fifty photographs were judged on uniqueness of place and cultural significance.

Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international geography honor society. The St. Cloud State chapter, Kappa Lambda, was founded in 1968.

View the winning entries in a photo slide show with music.

Taking honors in three divisions were:

Regional

  1. Michael Assenmacher, graduate student, Preston, Iowa, "White Pelican Colony"
  2. Lindsay Clarke, senior, Chaska, Minn., "St. Cloud Dam"
  3. Randy Baker, professor, Geography Department, "Two Harbors"

National

  1. Rick Pawlenty, freshman, St. Cloud, Minn., "The Wave" at Paria Canyon in Arizona
  2. Rick Pawlenty, freshman, St. Cloud, Minn., "Maroon Bells" in Aspen, Colo.
  3. Rupak Shrestha, sophomore, Patan, Nepal, "Urban Living" in New York City

International

  1. Rupak Shrestha, sophomore, Patan, Nepal, ‘Window to the Soul’ in Sankhu, Nepal
  2. Taylor Bongard, senior, Minnetonka, Minn., "Eiffel Tower" in Paris, France
  3. Taylor Bongard, senior, Minnetonka, Minn., "Irish Boat" in Republic of Ireland

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Media contact:  Belkis Kambach, assistant professor of geography, 320-308-3180, bkambach@stcloudstate.edu.

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