To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk whose journals, photos and more are housed at Bellarmine’s Thomas Merton Center, the categories in this year’s photo contest reflected our university’s community values: Hospitality, Illumination, Inspiration and the Inclusive Spirit of Thomas Merton.
More abstract than those of years past, these categories gave photographers a lot of room for interpretation, as you’ll see in the winning images. Many entrants also wrote movingly about how their photos illustrated the chosen theme, and we’ve included some of their words here. Congratulations to the winners, and our thanks to everyone who entered.
Carla Carlton | firstname.lastname@example.org