2016 Janie Moore Greene Grant is Awarded to Jiayu Su

Award recognizes those studying photography in higher education.

Image © Jiayu Su

Jiayu Su of Powell, Wyoming has been named the 2016 Janie Moore Greene Grant recipient. He is a first-year student pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Photographic Communications at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

Su described the events that have led him to study photography:

“Around five years ago, I was invited to visit a small valley in a poor area in China. I had never been interested in photography until I took a picture of a little girl, who was looking at me with a bright and shining eyes. That picture touched me so much. I found out what a magical power of the photos which can change people’s heart or perspective. Then, I started to devote in taking photos.

I have never thought about photography would be my future job before I came to college. I studied communication before and I considered photography would just be my hobby. I never thought it would be my career, but after I have seen some of the images of the Yellowstone National Park which have been taken by the students in my college, I changed my mind, and also changed my major. I love nature photography so much, no matter if it is landscape or wildlife. I want to study photography and I want to be a professional photographer.

Image © Jiayu Su

I want to gain some professional experience during my two years in the college. And I am going to be a nature photographer so that I can record the changing of our beautiful natures in the world and provide my photos to some magazines or organizations like NANPA so that people would pay more attention to our environment.”

The Janie Moore Greene Grant is a $1,000 award given annually by the NANPA Foundation through the generosity of Janie Moore Greene to a student currently enrolled in, or who has been accepted to, an institution of higher education specializing in the study of photography.

Applications for the 2017 award will be accepted beginning in late summer. For more information and updates, visit the NANPA Foundation website.