Andrew Lu of Yorktown Heights, N.Y. wins Sigma Scholarship Contest

competition Apr 18, 2011

Ronkonkoma, NY, April 18, 2011 – When Andrew Lu entered the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship contest, he had two goals: To evoke emotion with his black-and-white imagery and to take home the grand prize. Today, the camera and lens manufacturer announced that Lu has successfully accomplished both of those objectives. The Yorktown Heights, NY, native has been announced as the winner of the second annual Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship Contest, for which he will receive a prize of $5,000 in cash and a $1,000 credit toward Sigma products of his choosing.

Lu, a 17-year-old high school senior who plans to study photography in college next fall, wowed the judges with five black and white photographs. He says the images are meant to illustrate the importance of black and white photography, and to appeal to viewers’ senses and urge them to reflect on their own emotions. To view Lu’s photos and essay, visit

“I am extremely honored to be chosen as the winner of the Sigma Photography Scholarship Contest,” said Lu. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout these few weeks. I would also thank my family and friends for believing in me the whole time. This is a great memory to cherish as I leave my high school years behind and start my new experiences in college.”

Though he hasn’t decided what school he will attend, Lu has been accepted to School of Visual Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Pratt Institute, and will he be pursuing a degree in commercial and fashion photography.

“The judges were moved by Andrew’s ability to convey truth and vulnerability in his black and white photographs, and we felt his goals were successfully articulated in his essay. We look forward to following his photography career,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our decision was very difficult and we want to thank the talented young men and women who entered the contest, as well as the tens of thousands of people who voted to help us identify the five finalists. We’re honored to support young photographers and provide this opportunity to high school seniors each year.”

The contest, which started in November, required applicants to submit three to five thematically-tied photos and an essay describing their creative process. Online public voting took place between March 1, 2011, and April 1, 2011, and Lu earned 2,469 votes to qualify as one of the five finalists. Sigma Corporation of America executives then reviewed the five finalists’ work to determine who the winner would be.

To view all of this year’s scholarship submissions, visit For information on Sigma Corporation of America and its lenses, cameras and flashes, visit