Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Student/Staff Wins Multiple Wins Multiple Awards for Photography

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College student and staff member Shelby Revoy recently won three awards in the Faculty/Staff Photography Awards category as a part of THUNDER inDIGIfest 2021. THUNDER inDIGIfest 2021 is a three-day Indigenous virtual festival featuring original multimedia productions in photography, audio, animation, and film submitted by students, faculty, and staff from the 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).


“Photography has been an interest of mine since I was very young. My mother used to take a lot of photographs and around twelve years old I started to take photographs with her. I continued my interest in photography because as I get older, I see a world full of people moving so fast that they forget to appreciate the beauty around them or the beauty in themselves. Now I take photographs because I enjoy making people smile, I can create powerful messages, and help people see the beauty.” shared Revoy.

Revoy entered around 30 images in THUNDER inDIGIfest as a Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Staff. Her entries ranged from photoshop to HDR, to candid, to portrait, including wildlife, landscapes, and people. Revoy shares, “I voted and invited others to vote, then I heard back a few days later by email that I won.”


Revoy received recognition for the following images:


· The Finch- I enjoy watching wildlife, and so at my previous home in Eau Claire, I fed the birds and would photograph them. This small finch would come around often so I took my shot. The HDR filter of the photo was a happy accident. I was practicing my Lightroom skills and developed this HDR preset which I then used on the finch photos to experiment with the definition of the subject.


· Torch Sisters- Another happy accident, this photo was taken at UW- Eau Claire about a year ago. My friend invited me to the show Elemental because she had an extra ticket. The Torch Sisters are a beautiful group of aerialist performers, they are extremely skilled and talented. They used their talent and skills to tell a story of various elements such as Metal, Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind.


· Couple Cardinals- When I lived in Eau Claire, I would photograph the birds on my deck. The cardinal is significant to me because I believe they represent a loved one visiting me. I think it was maybe a grandfather who died from cancer, or my partner's grandmother maybe.


“I am very grateful for the opportunity and I hope my art was something people enjoyed seeing!” shared Ms. Revoy.


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