Graphics and Imaging Technologies student Audrey Dainty, Frontenac, Kansas, is still pinching herself: From a field of 601 images submitted by 103 photographers across the nation to a prestigious competition called PhotoSpiva, her photo— “Troubled Psyche” — was one of 88 chosen.

Seven other images chosen also were from the GIT Department: three by students (Tara Blagg of Caney, Kansas; Anne Wood of Kearney, Missouri, and Alex Gourlay, of Topeka, Kansas), three by alumni (Derek Livingston ’17, Jaydon Wilson ’18, and Maisie Johnson ’18), and one by faculty member Rion Huffman.

Their work is on display next to professional photographers from coast to coast. Last year, 11 images were accepted from PSU GIT — three by Huffman, four by Alex Gourlay, two by Andy Grotheer, and two by alumnus Derek Livingston.

Huffman said it’s important for students to enter such competitions.

“They get to prove themselves against a national field of photographers,” he said. “Our students create amazing work, but sometimes they don’t have enough confidence in what they have created. Getting into a national gallery not only serves as a confidence booster, but it helps their portfolio and grows their network through others taking notice of their work while it’s on display.”