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"It's a Boy" by Paul Prudhomme
"It's a Boy" by Paul Prudhomme

STARKVILLE, Miss.--The work of a Mississippi State art major is being recognized in a newly established international photography challenge.

An entry by senior Paul T. Prudhomme of Vicksburg won in the "Night" category of the 2014 Australian-based Blow Up competition.

Specializing in graphic design, Prudhomme is the son of David Prudhomme and Tammy Davenport. His winning submission is titled "It's a Boy." To view his and other entries, see

Announced earlier this year, the annual event is organized by the Blow Up Photography Competition and Print Book. In addition to the Sydney-based Australian Centre for Photography and The Lomographic Society, competition sponsors include The Impossible Project of Berlin, Germany, and Redbird Editions of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Professional and amateur artists from throughout the world were invited to submit photographs in one of five categories--black and white, family, instant, night or portraits. Judging was based on quality, creativity and best depiction of the submitting artist's chosen category.

In February, the five category winners will be profiled in the Blow Up #1 annual.

Selected from among more than 440 worldwide submissions, Prudhomme's image was created during MSU's just-completed fall semester in the digital photography class of assistant professor Dominic Lippillo.

"Paul is very talented and dedicated to photography, and he is doing a great job of getting his photography out into the world," Lippillo said of Prudhomme, whose work earlier was recognized in the New York Photo Festival's PhotoWorld 2014 Invitational.

Judges for the 2014 Blow Up competition included photographers Derek Henderson of New Zealand, Tamara Dean of Australia, Achim Lippoth of Germany, Nguan of Singapore, Henrik Purienne of South Africa, and Delphine Chanet and Melanie Rodriguez of France.

MSU's art department is home to the Magnolia State's largest undergraduate studio art program. Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, it offers a bachelor's degree with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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