Pensacola State’s Hannah Clarke wins Sunset Photography Contest
Troy Moon, Pensacola State College
Hannah Clarke’s abstract photo “At Twilight” was named the winner of the Pensacola State College Sunset Photography Contest on Monday, March 7, during a short ceremony at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille.
Clarke was one of 12 PSC photography students who competed in the annual contest which ran through February. The students’ photographs were displayed in Jaco’s through the month and people were asked to vote for their favorite. Voting also occurred online.
For winning the competition, Clarke was awarded a solo exhibition show at Jaco’s that will run through the month of April.
“It’s crazy, kind of a surreal experience,’’ Clarke said. “I have so much work from the past semesters that I want to show. I’m really excited about it.”
Clarke will graduate from PSC in two semesters.
Jaco’s is a longtime supporter of the PSC Photography Program and has contributed more than $12,000 to the Student Photography Award.
“We love supporting the community and what better way to do that then helping students who are the future of our community,’’ said Madeline Cates, Jaco’s marketing manager. “It’s great exposure for the students and we get to display their beautiful photographs on our walls every February. It’s a win-win for sure.”
Kristen Regan, PSC Associate Professor of Photography, said the annual contest is a true learning experience for the students.
“They worked very hard to produce these images and I’m really proud of them,’’ Regan said. “Jaco’s has always been there to support PSC and they provide a lot of support for our students.”
PSC photography student Amber Beasley also competed in the 2022 contest. She won the 2021 contest and the follow-up solo exhibition in April 2021.
She’s been asked by Jaco’s to have another solo exhibition of her work in July.
“It was a wonderful experience to have my own exhibition,’’ said Beasley, who graduates in May. “I even sold a couple of pieces which was really cool. Jaco’s has been tremendous in their support.”
ABOVE PHOTO: Hannah Clarke’s winning photo, “At Twilight.”