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Photo contest winners

Ignatian Heritage Month Photo Contest Winners

Magis. A faith that does justice. Finding God in all things.

Those were the three categories that the Loyola community was challenged to represent in this year’s Ignatian Heritage Month photography contest. During the first week of November, dozens of students, faculty, staff, and alumni submitted photos that reflected the three themes.

Four winners were selected—one overall winner and one in each category—by a panel of Loyola faculty, staff, and students. Votes from the Loyola University Chicago Facebook page also were considered in the selection process. 

Riti Patel, a senior majoring in international studies and finance, photographed the overall winning image in Barranquilla, Colombia, while studying abroad at the Universidad del Norte.

“While learning about Colombian history, arts, and economics, I have also learned a lot about Colombian people. The picture I entered is one of mi mama Colombiana, one of the many people I have met who radiates something they like to call on the coast ‘calor humano,’ or human warmth,” Patel wrote when submitting the winning photo. “This human warmth to me represents all things Ignatian spirituality—including being a person for others, seeing God in all things, and using their strong Catholic faith as a guiding compass for doing good.”

The additional winning photographs in each category are:

Magis (the philosophy of doing more for others): Quinlan School of Business graduate student Huy Nguyen took a beautiful photo of a farm that captures the Magis theme. “I have always felt that one of the most admirable things to do in life is to be a farmer,” Nguyen wrote. “What other of life’s dedications fulfills such a basic need?”

A faith that does justice: Fellow Quinlan student Anna Bagaylyuk captured a stunning shot of a sunset at a Chicago park that reflects the beauty of Ignatian spirituality.  

Finding God in all things: Nick Peterson, a senior majoring in philosophy and history, photographed Loyola’s Crown Center for the Humanities. His unique perspective on the building represents how God can be found everywhere.

The winners in each category won a $50 Visa gift card, and the overall winner received a $100 Visa gift card. The contest was sponsored by the School of Communication, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Mission and Identity, and University Marketing and Communication.