Instagram Winner Takes Home Poster-Sized Photo

October 6, 2014



Photo by Hannah Worker --  Instagram contest winner, Jordin Tafoya poses, with the poster of her photo from Chaco Canyon.

Photo by Hannah Worker —
Instagram contest winner, Jordin Tafoya, with the poster of her photo from Chaco Canyon.

By Gabi Orr-Dick

— Sophomore Jordin Tafoya is the winner of the 2014 ASK Academy Chaco Canyon Instagram contest. Her black and white picture of one of the kivas in Casa Rinconada received 70 ‘likes’ on Instagram.

There were 95 submissions in total for the Instagram contest, consisting of submissions from scholars, project managers, and other guests who were on the camping trip. Scholars were asked to vote by ‘liking’ their favorite photos. Tafoya was gifted with a poster of her photo, created by Project Manager Shelly Bethke’s husband, Richard Schneider. Schneider donated a poster to Jordin, and one to the academy, which can be found hanging in the upstairs lobby.

Tafoya’s love for photography helped her find the perfect places to capture the best memories from the trip. “Photography is something that I have always wanted to do, but I haven’t been in any (photography) classes.” Beautiful scenes in Chaco were abundant, Tafoya said. “Being in an area where my ancestors were, influenced me to pay more attention to the smaller stuff; like the picture I took of the pile of rocks.”

She said she feels that Chaco is an amazing area in general. “I loved Chaco Canyon. I didn’t think I was going to like it as much as Jemez. I like Jemez because of all the trees, and Chaco is just desert. But it’s so beautiful up there with all the rocks and fossils.”

To view all the Instagram submissions, search for #askacademycc2014 on Instagram.


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