And the winners of the Red & White Day photo contest are…

FEATURED image of the Red and White day photo contest image, showing the Faculty of Science
FEATURED image of the Red and White day photo contest image, showing the Faculty of Science

At Red & White Day on Sept. 29, dozens of students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in a photo contest celebrating spirit and impact in the York University community.

Participants were asked to share their photos using the #YUSpirit and #YorkUImpact hashtags. Since this Red & White Day ushered in the on-campus launch of Impact: The Campaign for York University, participants were encouraged to submit photos that not only demonstrated their school spirit (i.e. by wearing their red-and-white or York gear), but also showcased the impact that York has made on them or the impact they have made at York. A winner was selected from each of the student, faculty/staff and alumni categories.

With nearly 200 entries, the competition was fierce and the judges certainly had their work cut out for them.

Image of three students holding up a frame. The image has the word student placed on it.
The winning student image

The winner of the student category was Amanda Tanner, a current student at Glendon College in the French Studies and BEd programs. Tanner also serves as a Glendon eAmbassador, sharing her personal experiences with prospective students through her online blog, on topics such as classes, meal plans, residence, commuting and much more. “To me, the photo represents the community – I had only just met one of the girls in the photo, so it just goes to show the cool and lovely people you get to meet every day at York,” said Tanner.

Staff from the Faculty of Science are in the Observatory. They are wearing red and white and are pointing to the heavens.
The faculty/staff category winner

The winner of the faculty/staff category was the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Science, with a photo submitted by Executive Assistant Dimitra Markatas. The image shows  the team looking out from the peak of the York Observatory. “The Observatory has supported student research and community outreach since 1969 and inspires the community to learn about astronomy by offering free public viewing and tours every Wednesday,” said Markatas. “Since one of the themes of our York Science Impact Campaign focuses on ‘Building Stronger Communities,’ we thought the Observatory was the perfect place to demonstrate our #YUSpirit and #YorkUImpact.”

Recent PhD grad with her daughter. The image shows the grad in her PhD robes. The word alumni is placed over the photograph.
The alumni category winner

The winner of the alumni category was Mary Harrison (MA ’08, PhD ’14), an alumna of the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Program in Language, Culture & Teaching. Harrison shared a photo of herself and her daughter from her 2014 Convocation ceremony, which she felt was a pivotal moment of #YorkUImpact for her life and her career. “Among other things, my dissertation examined mother-daughter relationships, so I was intensely proud to take a photo with my own incredible daughter while wearing my doctoral robes,” said Harrison. “Shortly after convocation, I was offered a job at Fanshawe College in London, where my family now lives and continues to grow.”

More Red & White Day photo contest submissions can be found on Facebook and across various social media channels under the hashtags #YUSpirit or #YorkUImpact.

For more on Red & White Day, see YFile, Oct. 3.

Below are the photos that were selected as honorable mentions for each category:

A collage of Red & White Day images that received honorable mention in the contest. The top row of the collage shows four student images. The second row of images shows Faculty and Staff in a variety of poses (four images in total). The first shows a group wearing red and white and holding red umbrellas. The second shows a group standing in front of a display that documents Impact. The third shows a group standing in front of a sign that says I love YU. The third shows staff and faculty standing outside in a YU configuration. The third row shows a group of four images that show grads of the university all of whom are wearing red and white.