Stock Photography that Gives Back: Winners of the Call to Action Contest

Stock Photography that Gives Back: Winners of the Call to Action Contest
StudentStock isn’t your average stock photography site. It’s populated by imagery created by students of all ages and a certain percentage of the proceeds goes towards scholarships. Started by a couple of photography teachers, StudentStock is a launchpad for students who are creating great work but need a platform for selling. It helps beginning photographers grow their skills, develop a sense of what sells, and, ultimately, be a part of the stock photography marketplace that is often so hard to find success in. The following photographers are on that path to success. They recently won the Call to Action photo contest, put on by StudentStock with support from BorrowLenses. See their winning entries below!

1st Place: Kirk Yarnell – California State University, East Bay

Bend, OR Roundup

Roundup ©Kirk Yarnell

Taken in Bend, Oregon during a roundup, Yarnell captured this back in 1994 so, yes kids, this was taken on film! Yarnell has been shooting since 1980 and currently lives in Mt. Shasta, California.

2nd Place: Shannon Fuller – Butte College


Spin ©Shannon Fuller

Fuller tried to get this shot with 4 different dogs before getting the exact one she was looking for. She used a Nikon 70-200mm to capture this moment from a distance to avoid getting soaked herself! She froze the action at 1/1600th of a second.

3rd Place: Ben Meester – Butte College

dropping in-8

Dropping In ©Ben Meester

After a storm, Meester set out to one of his favorite back-country spots in Tahoe to get this shot. He used a Canon 14mm for an effective vista of the first run of the day.

Runner Up: Aaron Alvarez – Santa Ann College


The Ballerina ©Aaron Alvarez

Taken at Newport Beach, CA with a Canon 5D Mark II, Alvarez got lucky this lucky shot when, during an otherwise average beach stroll, he saw a ballerina practicing her jumps.

Congratulations to all of the winners! See all of the entries on the contest page.

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Alexandria Huff's photography and lighting tutorials can be found on 500px and her blog. She is a Marketing Coordinator for and also writes for SmugMug. She learned about lighting and teaching while modeling for photographers such as Joe McNally and has since gone on to teach lighting workshops of her own in San Francisco. See her chiaroscuro-style painterly portraits on her website.

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