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High School 2021 Photo Contest

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Free Entry + Over $3700
in Prizes & Scholarships

Must be a current High School student. All Photos must be original and created by the student submitting the work. Photos may be of any subject matter, and may be taken with any camera.

1st - Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF 16-35mm f2.8L II Lens
          $500.00 scholarship to Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB)
2nd - $750.00 scholarship to Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB)
3rd  - $500.00 scholarship to Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB)
(Scholarships may only be used by full time students at DCB)

All 25 winning entries will receive a 16x20 inch archival giclee print
of their winning photo, and an exhibition in an art show, including an artists reception and campus/studio tour, to be held at DCB.
(students are responsible for picking up their photos, or providing $5.00 postage for shipping)

Entries due by Friday February 12, 2021
Judging will begin February 26, 2021
Art show opening and Artist Reception at DCB will take place on
Saturday, March 06, 2021 5:00 PM
Show ends May 15, 2021

How to enter
Students can submit up to 5 images. Photographs may be film or digital, however the entries must be submitted digitially as (.jpg) files.  Please submit full size images. Please do NOT put text on the images. All winning photos will be cropped to a 10x15 format for printing and framing. Photos should be titled with the photographers last name, first name, & image title, ie: Doe_John_Barn.jpg.
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Mission Statement

Our mission is to adequately prepare students to enter the workforce in the field of professional photography by providing a unique, hands-on learning experience in which the students work and learn in our state of the art photography studio.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency when using professional photography equipment including DSLR cameras, lenses, on camera and studio lighting, and misc. studio equipment.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency when using Adobe Suite post production software including Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency when creating images in professional portraiture, advertising, documentary, sports, event, and outdoor photography.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in photography business practices including portfolios, websites, marketing, branding, pricing, photo packages, printing processes, labs, product packaging, and customer relations.

On Campus


 Students can take classes on campus, take classes online, or a combination of both. Students taking classes on campus will work in our state-of-the-art studio.



Students who take classes online will be guided as they purchase their own lighting equipment and do everything from home.

Our Instructors

Students will learn from instructors who, not only have Masters in Fine Art Degrees, but have also been recognized nationally and internationally for their photographic works and photography instruction.

Study Abroad

Each year we offer a study abroad photo trip for our students and community members. Please click the link for information about this year’s trip to Ireland.

Degree Options

We offer an AAS Degree and a Certificate option. For more information about our degree options or any other questions about the program, please contact Clint Saunders at the link below.

 What our students and graduates are saying


 “I want to thank my instructor, without his encouragement, support, and making me strive for perfection, I wouldn’t be the photographer I am today, and wouldn’t have gotten an internship doing commercial photography with the Disney Corporation.”

 “All of the hands on training has made me a lot more confident about getting paid for my photography.”

 “I enjoy shooting on location in our outdoor photography class. We don’t sit in a classroom talking about it, we go out and do it.”

Be Advised

Photography Department Phone: 701-228-5675


Todd Vorenkamp
Online Instructor

Clint Saunders
Photography Dept. Head

Leslie Ostreim
Studio Manager

Photography Links