In his photo, “William Smith Rowing at Sunset,” HWS Chief Photographer Kevin Colton captured eight William Smith rowers, mid-stroke, and the boat’s coxswain during practice, gliding across Seneca Lake at dusk — an image that in turn has captured the Gold Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
The CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program recognizes institutions and professionals in higher education for exceptional work across specialties ranging from fundraising and alumni relations to photography and websites. In their report, the 2017 judges stated that Colton’s photograph is “absolutely gorgeous,” noting the “exquisite” color palate that “showed off not only the beauty of the campus through one of its sports, but also the lovely surroundings. It was the perfect time of day to get this shot.”
In 2016, HWS earned two national honors from the CASE Circle of Excellence Program. In the targeted fundraising category, the Colleges’ Wheeler Society 25th Anniversary campaign won CASE Gold and Colton was named as one of only seven finalists in the country across all of higher education in the “Excellence in Photography” platinum category.
“William Smith Rowing at Sunset,” which first appeared in This Week in Photos in the fall of 2016, was also featured in the January edition of Coxing magazine, alongside a profile of William Smith Rowing Head Coach Sandra Chu, focused on how she builds community among the team.
Other honors for Colton include his photo of the Willowdale-Grace Episcopal Church in Seneca County that was recently featured in a collection of best winter landscape photos by the international online magazine, “Landscape Photography.” In 2014, Colton was ranked ninth in the nation among university photographers by the prestigious University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA). A professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience, Colton has been Chief Photographer at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 2006.