The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announced that it has awarded a 2016 Circle of Excellence Platinum Award to BYU University Photography Manager Jaren Wilkey for his portfolio of photographs. Wilkey's images competed against the top entries from each of CASE’s eight districts to capture the top award for photography in education.

In the award announcement, the CASE judges wrote: "Jaren Wilkey's portfolio showed great diversity, from action/event documentation to staged portraiture. His images were beautifully crafted, with excellent lighting, compositions and interesting perspectives. The portfolio was seemingly timeless, without reliance on heavy editing or post-processing. The presentation was very professionally done, which made reviewing the images and understanding their context easy. The clear explanations included on the pages added depth and context to the images. Wilkey's overall presentation showed attention to detail and pride in his art."

Click through the slideshow or check out the gallery with more details on Wilkey's winning portfolio


  • Junior running back Adam Hine celebrates after he scores on a 99-Yard kickoff return to seal BYU’s win over Virginia.

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "This image was captured before the sunlight reached the Joseph F. Smith Building, but the clouds were lit up so that it created a beautiful reflection on the face of the building." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "I find that one of the best ways to draw attention to your images is to show people a perspective that they have never seen." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "I decided to use stage light to backlight the dancer in order to highlight the amazing shape she creates in this on point pose." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "I used back and side lighting to highlight shapes and to draw attention to the contrast of the straight mechanical lines of the microscope attached to the outline of the student researcher." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "I followed this boy around on my knees so that I could see it from his viewpoint. I was lucky enough to capture his priceless expression when he pointed out the sculpture of a turtle to his mom." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "For this shot I was kneeling in the freezing river with my camera hovering just above the water to capture this frog’s view of a student studying on lower campus." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "This is Christopher Lloyd posing as his character Professor Stanley Hargraves in BYUtv’s "Granite Flats." Because we are unsure if his character is good or evil, I used my lighting to give him two faces." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "I wanted to show the juxtaposition of the beauty and grace of a dancer against the harsh background of the coal towers at our University’s power plant." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

  • "The highlight of our Homecoming week is the True Blue Foam event hosted by our student association. It is a long standing tradition in which we create giant waterslides of blue foam." - Jaren Wilkey

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo

In recognizing this high honor, Concordia University Irvine's Mike Bergler, who directs the awards competition for the western states division of CASE, said BYU was very deserving of these honors. 

"The CASE Circle of Excellence Awards and the CASE Platinum categories both recognize outstanding work from member institutions across the globe," Bergler said. "Recognition at any level in this peer-reviewed awards program is a powerful statement of professional achievement. Jaren Wilkey's Platinum-winning photography portfolio was lauded by the judges with high praise. BYU's Silver Award for General Information Video stood out in a field of 49 entries. 

The Silver Award went to Julie Walker and Brian Wilcox, of the University Communications Broadcast team for their video How Origami is Inspiring Scientific Creativity

In the award announcement, the CASE judges wrote: "The attention to detail in this film was superb, which added another element to the overall story. We loved how they showed the fusion of art and science, old and new in a way to advance discovery and innovation. We love the time-lapse videos of the origami being created. The history of origami was succinct and useful, the voiceover being of someone from Asian decent was beneficial, and it was fascinating to see how current researchers are using this art form to design NASA/space innovations... This video was educational and beautiful and interesting to watch."

Brad Slade, a photographer for BYU Publications and Graphics and the BYU Alumni Magazine, was named as a finalist in the Platinum photography category. 

 

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