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Cole earns ACM honor for photo

Barry McNamara
Alyse Cole, a Monmouth College senior from Washington, Ill., received honorable mention in the fourth annual ACM Off-Campus Study Photo Contest.

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest, of which Monmouth is a charter member, started the contest in 2008 to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Cole took her photo, titled “Play on Land,” in the fall of 2010 while participating in the ACM’s Florence program.

“While in Venice, it was very different to see children playing in the squares in front of churches or just anywhere they could find dry land to play on,” said Cole, a talented artist who received “Best of Show” for a painting in a recent student exhibit. “It was just such a difference for me. No grass.”

Jake Reznick from Carleton College was awarded the 2011-12 grand prize for “Day’s End,” his graceful image of a fan maker at work in China. Nine other photos were awarded first, second and third place in each of three categories – People, Stories and Artistry – and 14 photos received honorable mention recognition. The winning photos were selected from among 131 photos entered in the contest through the ACM colleges’ off-campus study offices

In 2012, all of the award-winning photos will be displayed at ACM campuses in a traveling exhibit. A gallery of those photos is available at