The Final NIght – A Flood of Excellent Student Work and Awards

Andrea Bruce awards Foundry student Linh Pham the "Golden Scarf Award" after final student screenings Saturday evening.
Andrea Bruce awards Foundry student Linh Pham the “Golden Scarf Award” after final student screenings Saturday evening.

Antigua, Guatemala – Saturday evening saw the final event of Foundry 2014, with each student’s project screened before a packed auditorium at Casa Santa Domingo. Awards were also given to students for various achievements, some dubious, some humorous, some serious.

The top award, the “Golden Scarf Award,” was won by Linh Pham. This award is given to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of Foundry. In awarding the scarf, instructor Andrea Bruce noted that Pham had finished his project earlier than many in the class, but stayed on to help others complete theirs.

The “Golden Heart Award” was won by Eriko Yoshida. In making the award, instructor Maggie Steber noted that Eriko had arrived from Japan with limited English and no Spanish, yet managed to gain the confidence of a homeless woman who allowed her to photograph her extensively.

The “Best Eye Award” was won by Daniele Volpe. The “Out of Left Field Award” went to Callum Finklater, who learned of the Foundry workshop as he flew to Guatemala from the UK with the intention of having a fun vacation. Instead he signed up for the workshop and performed admirably, according to Vic Blue, one of his instructors.

Afterwards, the group adjourned to a local restaurant which had made its rooftop available to Foundry. People ate and mingled, and said their goodbyes to each other until they meet again at Foundry or working in the field as photojournalists.