Emily Kenny's finalist photo.

Emily Kenny's finalist photo.

Sept. 27, 2017

Buena Vista University student Emily Kenny, a senior psychology and digital media double major from Schaller, has been named a finalist in the international “Shoot the Wild” photography contest.

“Being chosen as a finalist was a surreal feeling,” said Kenny, who plans to pursue a career in photography or photojournalism. “When I was looking through the photographers who have won or have been chosen as finalists before, they were all well-established and have been doing this their entire lives.”

“After this trip and being chosen as a finalist, it is clear to me that I have chosen the right career path.”

Emily Kenny

Dr. Andrea Frantz, professor of digital media at BVU, said, “The contest is highly competitive and juried ‘blind,’ meaning no names are associated with the images submitted.”

Kenny's qualifying image depicts two lions devouring a zebra and was taken during a month-long environmental and wildlife South African trip she completed in August. All finalists’ images are published in the 2017 Shoot the Wild book of photography. 

“The shot I got was a very rare scene to capture which is what I believe made it stand out,” added Kenny. “After this trip and being chosen as a finalist, it is clear to me that I have chosen the right career path.”

Digital Media at BVU

Students are prepared to become professional multimedia storytellers. They become proficient with the tools of digital media including audio, video, digital photo, text, and a variety of software editing and publishing packages.