The work of three McPherson College student photographers has been selected as finalists in the annual national college and high school photo contest conducted by Photographer’s Forum magazine.

One photograph by Micah Gilbert, a sophomore from Elkhart, Indiana, received honorable mention in the contest. Other entries accepted as finalist were submitted by Jaden Hilgers, a senior from Wichita, and Lisa Koehn, a senior from McPherson.

More than 12,000 photos by students from the United States, Canada and around the world were entered this year and just 100 college entries were selected for honorable mention. Professional photographers selected the best photos for the finalist group that went on to compete for first through fourth place awards and honorable mention. All the finalist will be named in the hardcover book “Best of College & High School Photography 2018,” and as an honorable mention award winner, Gilbert’s name will be included in the May issue of the magazine and his photograph will be published in the book.

“This is an extremely competitive competition. Having three students from McPherson College whose photographs were chosen as finalists is very exciting and speaks highly of their abilities,” said Ann Zerger, associate professor of art and photography professor at McPherson College. “Going on and receiving an honorable mention at this level is quite an accomplishment.”

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