Melanie Arnold won first & second place
in the Pennsylvania Assocaiation of Senior Centers
Photography and Poetry Contest in September 2006.
The photography highlighted aging and the theme was HERE YOU ARE FAMILY.

Press Release ~ People News
Arnold Wins National Photography Contest

June 12, 2006 Melanie Ames Arnold, owner, Melanie Arnold Photography, won a national photography contest sponsored by the State University of New York to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their biannual MESA Bulletin, the Journal of Review of the Middle East Studies Association, an international organization of researchers, teachers, and scholars in all fields of Middle East studies.

Unlike other photography contests, this one not only required photograph submissions, but also an essay discussing the significance of the photograph to understanding the Middle East or Middle Eastern studies. According to the contest guidelines, “All entries were judged for quality, originality and significance by a panel of professional photographers and Middle Eastern scholars.”

When Melanie photographed the wedding of an American bride to a Turkish groom, she never imagined a new friendship would blossom and a cultural learning experience would positively affect her. The groom’s sister, Iclal, and Melanie “clicked” instantly and readily exchanged cultural information. Iclal was equally touched and shares, “Melanie is an example of how people can understand each other even though they are from different cultures.” While being photographed Iclal was usually shy and reserved, but Melanie was able to capture—in one flashing moment—her subject’s carefree spirit and unguarded smile. This winning photograph will grace the cover of MESA’s December Bulletin distributed to 3500 readers.

An honor graduate from The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Melanie honed her photojournalistic skills while working for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Melanie specializes in weddings, family portraits, and special events, and consistently creates artful, elegant photographic memories.

Photo Caption: Melanie Arnold and Iclal hold the award-winning photograph that will grace the cover of the 40th anniversary edition of the MESA (Middle East Studies Association) Bulletin.



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