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Dordt studentís photo published in "Best of Photography 2011" book

October 31, 2011

What started as a class joke between a photography professor and his class led to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City with a renowned photographer. For one student, it also led to the special honor of having her photo published in a major photography magazine.

A photo taken by Dordt College junior Jordan Edens of Kennewick, Wash., has been published in the Best of Photography 2011 coffee-table book sponsored by Photographer’s Forum magazine. Edens is majoring in a photography independent studies program.

More than 14,000 photographs were submitted by amateur photographers from the United States, Canada, and close to 90 other countries worldwide. Only the top 11 percent were chosen for publication in the book.

Professor Doug Burg had been planning a trip to New York City, and his photography students playfully asked to come along. “We asked if he could take us in his suitcase,” said Edens with a laugh. The class was surprised when funding from the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service came through, making the 2011 spring break trip a reality.

Their guide through the streets of New York was Rene Clement, an award-winning photographer based in New York. He has ties to Sioux County and has produced a coffee-table book of photos featuring Orange City natives in Dutch costumes.

Edens’ photo was taken from the Staten Island ferry. She captured an image of a coast guard perched behind the boat’s large stationary gun. “I chose to submit this photo because it was pretty unique, definitely not an image you see every day,” said Edens.

Edens almost tossed the letter announcing that her photo was selected. “When I got the letter in the mail, I thought it was junk mail. I’m glad I opened it!” The honor helped solidify for her the decision to pursue a major and a career in photography. “I feel very honored and excited that I was recognized.”

On the trip the students were also able to use their unique talents to help the Project Hospitality ministry on Staten Island. Project Hospitality shares the gospel and a free breakfast with day laborers waiting to be chosen for a day of work. The students took photos of people helping at the project, and the ministry will use those photos to help share the word about their mission.

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