UNCW Photographer Jeff Janowski Wins Higher Education Photography Award

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

UNCW Photographer Jeff Janowski has won first place in the photo essay category in the Annual Print Competition sponsored by the University Photographers’ Association of America.

Janowski was recognized for his photo essay on the town of Navassa, North Carolina. His images were used to accompany personal narratives collected by students and faculty of the UNCW Department of English for Facing Community Change, a book documenting the rich history of Navassa, efforts to clean up “brownfield” sites, and the town’s determination to maintain its identity. The images are also featured in the latest issue of UNCW Magazine.

“After learning more about Navassa and what it has gone through, I felt the need to delve into the storytelling through pictures,” said Janowski. “It was a wonderful experience working with students and the English department on a project that sheds light on an important issue in our community.”

Janowski said he was honored to receive such a prestigious award from the association. “I am happy that my peers thought enough of my work to give me the award,” he added.

The Annual Print Competition is the flagship competition of the UPAA, an international organization of college and university photographers dedicated to the application and practice of photography as it relates to higher education.

“We have one of the best professionals in the field of photography capturing stunning images of our university every day,” said Jesse Bradley, media production director. “This particular piece demonstrates the importance of not just taking photographs but telling a story with images. I’m proud of the great work Jeff does for UNCW; this recognition is well-deserved.”
-- Venita Jenkins

 Conswalia Green

A portrait of Navassa resident Conswalia Green is among the images featured in Jeff Janowski's award-winning photo essay.