Annual community college photo contest launched today  
Foundation for California Community Colleges’ “College Seen” contest offers students chance at prizes and recognition

SACRAMENTO – April 27, 2009

For the third year in a row, California Community College students with photography skills have a chance at winning cash, software and other awards by entering the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ College Seen photo contest. Entries for the contest can be submitted now through June 30 online at

The grand prize winner, who will be announced in late August, will receive a $500 cash award, Adobe® Creative Suite® 4, and the opportunity to be featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Affinity—the first-ever California Community Colleges alumni magazine, which was launched last fall. Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 features InDesign®, Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, and is being provided to students compliments of Adobe®.

“No one can capture life on a community college campus as well as a student who experiences it every day,” said Paul Lanning, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Foundation. “For three years now, the College Seen contest has enabled California Community College students to tell their stories in a visual way while providing them with a channel through which to demonstrate their talents and creativity.”

Students may enter up to six photos in various categories, including sustainability, technology and learning, career preparation, campus elements, campus life, and conceptual. Six first place category winners, including one grand prize, will be selected by a panel of judges. To participate, students must be over the age of 18 and be enrolled in at least one community college course.

“Winning the College Seen contest provided me with not only an opportunity to showcase my work, but also Adobe software and products that have helped me continue working toward my educational goals,” said Dustin Peterson, grand prize winner of the 2008 College Seen contest. “I’m able to use the software both in the classroom and on my own time as I work on design and photography projects.” Formerly a graphic design student at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Peterson has since transferred to Chico State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

The College Seen photo contest is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Software prizes are provided by Adobe®, which has partnered with the Foundation to offer state-of-the-art
graphics software for campus licensing since 2001. In 2006, Adobe® and the Foundation partnered to launch a student purchasing program for fully licensed Adobe® software at discounts of up to 80 percent. Available software includes Adobe® Creative Suite® 4, Acrobat® 8, and Dreamweaver®, all for hundreds of dollars off the typical educational discount.

Details on these and additional purchasing discounts are available at, the Foundation’s newly updated retail site providing significant discounts on computers, software, furniture and other items for California Community Colleges and their students and faculty.

Since its launch in 2007, the College Seen photo contest has drawn more than 500 entries from California Community College students. Additional details, along with photos from previous winners, are available online at

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official non-profit foundation to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office. The Foundation’s mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education while saving millions of dollars for colleges each year. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation and receives no direct state or public support.

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