Winners Announced in “Celebrate Rice” Photo Contest

Neil Martin, photographer, Lovett Hall, Rice University, 2012

Our 1st-place photograph, Neil Martin's panoramic image of Lovett Hall

The beauty and inspiration of Rice University as it reaches its centennial was the focus of “Celebrate Rice: A Glasscock School Photography Contest”. The winners were announced yesterday at an event at the Brochstein Pavilion on the Rice campus.

The three prize winners were: Neil Martin of West University Place for his detailed panoramic photo of Lovett Hall which won 1st place and $1,000; Lance Carter of Houston for his baseball-themed photo, “Reckling Park at Sunset,” which won 2nd place and $500; and Luis Ayala of Houston for his dynamic and lush photo of campus activity near the Brochstein Pavilion and Rice Memorial Center, “Relaxed Saturday Afternoon,” which won 3rd place and $250. Martin’s photo also won the Glasscock Prize of $250, awarded for the highest-ranking photograph taken by someone who had taken photography classes through the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Lance Carter, photographer, "Reckling Park at Sunset," Rice University ,2012

Our 2nd-place photograph, Lance Carter's "Reckling Park at Sunset"

Luis Ayala, photographer, "Relaxed Saturday Afternoon," Rice University, 2012

Our 3rd-place photograph, Luis Ayala's "Relaxed Saturday Afternoon"

Fifty-four entrants submitted more than 220 photos in the contest, which was announced last summer to give entrants multiple seasons in which to photograph the campus before the deadline of March 23. The contest sought outdoor photos that capture the spirit of Rice University and that represent parts of campus that personally inspire each individual photographer. Entrants included Rice alumni, students, faculty, staff, Continuing Studies photography students and members of the general public.

Judges for the contest were Peter Brown, photographer, author and an instructor of photography for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies since 1979, Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director of the Houston Center for Photography, and Paul Hester, photographer and lecturer in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University.

“As jurors we were surprised and pleased by the quality, quantity and diversity of images that were submitted,” said Brown. “The spirit, the beauty, the visual organization and the remarkable details of the Rice campus were well captured.

“We each learned new things about the university and would like to thank the talented people who took the time to make these images,” he continued.” Their work truly celebrates the spirit of Rice University.”

This year marks the centennial of Rice University, which accepted its first students in 1912. The Rice Centennial Celebration served as co-sponsor of the contest, as did the Rice University Office of Public Affairs and Woodson Research Center at Rice University.

The winners, eight honorable mentions, and the rest of the entrants are available for viewing online at

Celebrate Rice Photo Contest Video

Click on image to see video from the event.

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