OUS senior applied management major
Contest submissions were judged on creativity and originality by a jury, including many of the most recognized and respected Photoshop and digital photography instructors in the country.
Dean's winning entry, "Prom Night II," was taken in an abandoned tank-cleaning facility near the OUS campus in
"I love the texture of the walls with old buildings," Dean said. "When I first discovered the abandoned building, I took pictures of it in its original condition. Later, I wanted to create a more surreal narration."
The concept for the photograph originated as an assignment for his Introduction to Digital Photography class with senior lecturer of art,
"I learned to accept and learn from constructive criticism in order to improve the overall quality and feel of digital photography," Dean said. "It's really neat."
For Suter, Dean's achievement as a student has far-reaching implications. While the top-three finishers have been announced ahead of the annual conference in
"He has amazing talent with an eye for detail" Suter said. "He lives for learning. What a real testament of his skill and ability to receive this incredible nomination. He is truly a 24-hour a day, seven-days-a-week student."
Dean earned his associate degree in electronic media in December of 2013. As a student worker, he is also the lead photographer for the marketing department at OUS. More of his work can be seen by visiting www.benjamintdean.com.
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