An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Thirteen photography students from Lakeside have received top honors in the 2020 Washington State High School Photography Competition. A three-member jury awarded finalist and select ribbons to 28 prints by Lakesiders, judging them to be in the top 5 percent or 10 percent of all entries in each of the competition’s categories.

Lakeside scored 65 points overall to win the “state championship,” receiving 20 points more than runner-up Roosevelt High School. “This is an exceptional accomplishment,” said photography teacher Barry Wong. “Lakeside photography students should be commended for the effort they put into preparing for the contest: critically appraising their portfolios, collaborating over image choices, and fine-tuning their images.”

Congratulations to the following students who took top honors: 

  • Katie Wang ’20 - 1st place - abstract
  • Kurt Oelschlager ’20 - 1st place - animal
  • David C. ’22 - 1st place - still life
  • Virgil Collins-Laine ’20 - 1st place - portrait
  • Thomas Y. ’21 - 2nd place - traditional b&w
  • Helen T. ’22 - 2nd place - people
  • David C. ’22 - 3rd place - documentary
  • Siddharth Hathi ’20 - 3rd place - portrait
  • David C. ’22 - 3rd place - landscape
  • Vittorio Mount ’20 - 3rd place - people
  • Kurt Oelschlager ’20  - 4th place - animal
  • Isabel Rodden ’20 - 4th place - still life
  • Isabel Rodden ’20 - 4th place - portrait
  • Annie H. ’22 - 5th place - traditional b&w
  • Vidisha Gupta ’20 - 5th place - abstract
  • Sophia Copeland ’20 - 6th place - still life
  • Megan K. ’23 - 6th place - people

View a gallery of the students’ winning images below.

Formed by a group of high school instructors as a way of elevating student photography, the statewide competition was informally launched in the mid 1980s with a handful of schools submitting a few hundred entries. Over time, the event has become more formal, attracting sponsorships, statewide media attention, prestigious awards ceremonies featuring Washington State governors, and thousands of entries from dozens of Washington high schools. In a year when participation was depressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, some 38 high schools submitted 1,075 images for judging.

This year, the first-, second- and third-place photographs from each of the competition’s 10 categories will be professionally matted and framed and featured in a traveling exhibit making numerous stops around the state, including the Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum (tentatively scheduled for December 2020). For tour updates, announcements, and a digital gallery — plus galleries of previous years’ winners — visit the website of competition sponsor Kenmore Camera.