RCC Commercial Photography graduate Nick Grancharoff was part of a
winning team entry in the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Nick's
photography, including the cover of The Zachry Force Report was part of
the Jeff Heinke Designs winning entry, winning for overall writing, photography and design in a employee publication:2016 Silver Award of Distinction: Zachry Force Report January-February 2016 Employee Publication - Newsletter.
Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program
recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two
decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from
companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards
of its kind in the world.
Academic and Curriculum Awards were presented at RCC’s seventh annual Student
Academic Honors Awards Ceremony on April 14, at Oakhurst Baptist Church.
Academic Award is based on the highest GPA in each degree and diploma program
of study. Students must have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have
completed at least 40 credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a
diploma program, and have a program GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Awards were presented to the following (listed with their program areas):
Sarah Mitchell, Photographic Technology/Portrait Studio
Curriculum Award goes to a student in each degree and diploma program who is
both outstanding in his/her academic achievement and has potential for success
in the particular field he/she has chosen. To be eligible, the students must
have been enrolled in two of the last four terms, have completed at least 40
credit hours in a degree program or 10 credit hours in a diploma program, have
a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, have demonstrated expertise in their field of
study, and have participated in departmental, campus and community activities
that promote the College.
Curriculum Award for the department of Photographic Technology was presented to
Nathan Richards of Oxford, N.C.
34 Participants from 5 colleges and a couple of recent graduates attended.
This is part of the note from the ASMP Chapter:
"The first two presenters, Joe Levine and Bob Leverone,
played nicely off each other, being exact opposites. Joe, the organized
to the nth degree food photographer... (even showing) photographic depiction of his studio
procedures, lighting virtuosity, and NASA-like filing system for each
and every shot he has ever made, and wowed us with his energy and
hilarious personality. Joe later did an amazingly simple and effective
lighting demo with his Profoto gear.
Bob topped him by just being Bob, speaking off the cuff
while a steady stream of his vastly entertaining sports action shots and
sports personality portraits showed in the background, which he never
even glanced at, leaving us more in the dark than ever just how in hell
he does it. There was obviously a lot of exacting technique, which we
could only guess at since Bob, when pressed offered only brief
explanations of how many strobes, cameras & what lenses, etc., were
involved in his lighting and weirdly wonderful compositions. When a
student’s question forced him to describe scaling the heights of the
Georgia Dome rafters and catwalks to sync his strobes to his cameras, I
got lost just trying to calculate his gaffer tape bill. We may never
know how he does it. I just wait patiently to see more.
The last presenters were RCC alumnus Steven McBride, with
his friend and assistant, Adam Pinnell, who did a tag team presentation
of Steven’s beautiful outdoor landscape and corporate photography. I
know Steven as my neighbor, but his clients know him as the
globe-trotting photographer who always brings home the goods, be it from
Caribbean resorts, China, Montana, or Madison County. His assistants
know him as the soft-driving perfectionist who will take his entire
studio with him if that what it takes to get the photograph. At least
that’s what Adam hinted at, being shown at one point tossing a small boy
into a swimming pool until the laughing photographer got the perfect
Adam, who seems to have spent major time in the gym since I
saw him last and appeared to be able to one-arm press Stephen with his
multiple Canon lenses without breaking a sweat, then did a short stint
on being a digital tech, or dit, as I’m told it is called now. This
pleased the student photographers greatly when they learned how much
more dits can charge than regular gear-toting assistants. Adam later did
a great dit demo on a laptop for everyone.
In closing, Steven impressed us all in describing spending
his first six years out of college as an assistant before striking out
on his own and following his love of the outdoors to his successful
career as a location photographer."