Ad photo students impress prominent judge panel in contest

Apr 03, 2017

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Photos are screenshots of Elkin Jaramillo’s award-winning video profile of Philip Jamison Pianos, provided by Jaramillo. Below, Philip Jamison stands in his West Chester, Pa., shop. 


A short film about a piano shop and its longtime operator created by RIT advertising photography student Elkin Jaramillo was a winning entry in a competition held by an award-winning photography magazine.

Jaramillo’s video feature, “Philip Jamison Pianos,” earned him the grand prize in the multimedia/video category of the PDNedu Student Photo Contest that was open to students all over in undergraduate, graduate or certificate programs.

Jaramillo’s video profiles piano master Philip Jamison, who has been fixing pianos for 46 years. The two-minute short details Jamison’s long career and provides an interesting look into his West Chester, Pa., shop, where the business owner has repaired, tuned, sold and rented pianos since 1985.

Jaramillo discovered Jamison and his dedication to everything pianos by happenstance.

The RIT student was walking around back streets in West Chester when he noticed a vine-covered sign with mention of pianos. Intrigued, Jaramillo knocked on the door of the building and chatted with Jamison for a few minutes before he agreed to be the subject of the interview piece. 

Another advertising photography student in RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Sol Ji Park, was also recognized in the PDNedu contest. Park’s “Untitled” project won honorable mention in fashion/portraiture.

“This high-key and low-key series is a look into the importance of one’s self-values,” Park said, according to PDNedu’s website, in regards to the collection of photos she entered.

Park’s work was the lone honorable mention selection in the category and trailed only the grand-prize winner.

The contest’s panel of judges consisted of six high-ranking individuals in the photography field, from senior photo editors at New York and TIME magazines to the chair for documentary photography at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School.

Jaramillo, Park and the rest of the winners and honorable mentions will be recognized in the spring issue of PDNedu­ — which stands for Photo District News. It’s a monthly magazine for the professional photographer that has impartially covered the professional photographic industry for over two decades, according to the website.

In addition to being acknowledged in the upcoming edition that will circulate 50,000 copies to students and educators nationwide, Jaramillo will receive a few extra luxuries. All grand-prize winners are given a Nikon DSLR camera, $150 to B&H Photo and Video and a portfolio consultation with an editor at PDN or a contest judge.