By Ms. Audra Calloway (AMC)March 30, 2010
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- A Picatinny housing resident and spouse of a Soldier here recently won a first-place prize in the Army-wide Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's 2009 All-Army Digital Photography Contest.
The photography contest is an annual, juried competition. Photographers compete in one of two groups - either active-duty military or other eligible Army patrons. The works are judged at the regional level and then regional winners compete at the Department of the Army competition.
Six of Jessica St. Clair's pieces were selected to compete at the DA level.
At the Army level, St. Clair placed first in the category of Experimental Photography for her photo titled "Abstracture," which she describes as, "a mind-bending merge of twisted and transformed architectural photographs."
"Captivated by large metal and glass architecture that was surrounding me, I took many pictures detailing the strong repetitive lines and shapes it formed. Then, twisting and turning each photo, I arranged them into a collage of interacting pieces until they created a fascinating construction of organized confusion," St. Clair explained. "My intent with this piece is to draw viewers in to try and figure it out."
St. Clair also received an honorable mention for work "Eye in the Sky" in the Department of the Army level Object category.
"I was ecstatic to see my photographs in the winning line-up. It truly feels wonderful to share pieces of work that are so special to me with the Army community, and it gives me great enjoyment to admire the creative work of others as well," she said.
She also won $300 for her first-place prize.
St. Clair has been the lead designer for the Program Executive Office-C3T Special Projects Office at Fort Monmouth for more than six years.