Brooks Student Chapter Launches "Week In Pictures" Exhibit, Auction

 Members of the NPPA student chapter at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, have launched the Brooks NPPA Top 20 "Week In Pictures" 2005 Print and Web show, along with a photography exhibit that will raise money for the student chapter in a silent auction.

“The Top 20 Week In Pictures 2005 is a collection of the best of the best images submitted last year by the students of Brooks Institute of Photography,” said Greg A. Cooper, a Brooks faculty member in the visual journalism program who is the NPPA student chapter’s faculty advisor. The Brooks NPPA chapter is the largest NPPA student chapter, with more than 100 active members.

“Every week that school is in session, students are encouraged to submit their best images from the previous week for consideration for the ‘Week in Pictures,’ a weekly feature presented as a gallery on the chapter’s Web site,, Cooper said. “The student officers, the faculty advisor, and a guest student editor selected the images. Visual journalism faculty member Joe Gosen narrowed down the hundreds of images to about 50. That collection went to The New York Times’ deputy director of photography, David Frank, and his boss, assistant managing editor Michele McNally, for final selection.”

The prints are now showing at the school’s Ventura campus and will be sold during a silent auction. Cooper said that all of the prints in the gallery have been donated to raise money. “All proceeds from the auction will go to the organization to fund such things as publication of the Web site, shoot-off contests and other student related activities. To bid on a print, fill out a form located at the receptionist’s desk (at the exhibit). Bidding will close at the end of the closing reception, Friday, June 16, 2006.”

Cooper also reminds Brooks NPPA students that the deadline for this term’s first “Week in Pictures” is this Sunday, May 14, at midnight PST. “Keep in mind as you consider submitting, by getting your images selected for ‘Week in Pictures’ there’s a chance that your images might end up on the desk of high profile editors, such as Michele and David at The New York Times, for consideration for next year’s show.”

The first Brooks NPPA student chapter meeting of this term is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. PST to showcase images shot during this term’s student “shoot off.” The event will be covering is the California Strawberry Festival on May 20 and 21. “Shoot your best images there and bring them to the meeting for judging and critique to participate in the shoot off,” Cooper said.