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Del Val student wins grand prize in state contest


Delaware Valley High School senior Thai Branowski of Alexandria Township, N.J., is the grand prize winner in a statewide photo contest that attracted 370 entries this year.

Also distinguishing themselves were Del Val students Gaby Klein, Alena Graziani and Skye Bundt.

The 15th annual New Jersey Youth Photography Competition, sponsored by the Ocean County Camera Club, attracted entries from 14 counties, and its winners go on to the Photographic Society of America’s national competition.

Branowski’s photograph, “Into the Woods,” won first place in the People/Animals category. He’ll receive $50 for taking first place, plus $100 for grand prize.

Alena Graziani’s “Self Portrait” took fourth place in People/Animals, and Gaby Klein’s “Wet Paint” took fourth place in Photographer’s Choice Color. Her “Drizella” and Skye Bundt’s “Nature’s Eye” achieved Judge’s Choice recognition. That is accorded to a photo when one or more of the three judges believe a photo has special merit.

The three students are in Sarah Ruppert’s Advanced Photography course, and Bundt took Into to Photography last semester.