Columbia’s Brake wins ‘Shoot Chicago’

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Brock Brake, Columbia College / Construction continues on St. Clair Street and Grand Street between restaurants Volare and Mary's Cafe.

Columbia College’s Brock Brake won the Shoot Chicago photography competition during the Illinois College Press Association’s annual conference held Feb. 18-19. Brake was among 18 student-journalists searching for photos connected to the theme ‘work.’

Brake’s photo, above, shows a construction worker working between St. Clair and Grand streets, where restaurants Volare and Mary’s Cafe remain open.

Knox College’s John Williams took second for his photo of an employee tossing out large cardboard boxes, which can be seen below, along with the work of the other award winners – Columbia’s Brent Lewis, who took third, and both Colten Bradford of UI-Springfield, Aaron Nielsen of Robert Morris University, and Columbia College’s Tiela Halpin, who each earned honorable mention.

The Chicago Tribune’s Chuck Berman and free-lance photographer Steve Kagan judged the competition, offering critiques of every participant’s work during a Saturday morning session with students.

John Williams, Knox College/ Joe Brow, an employee at Mr. David's Flooring International Ltd., works on throwing out empty boxes Friday, Feb. 18, in the alleyway behind the Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown on 600 N. State St. Brow works on carpentry, but still has to take out the trash at the end of the day.

Brent Lewis, Columbia College/ Ricardo R., a k a Frankie F., is a walking billboard for Astrology Reading by Natalie. Ricardo works 6-7 hour days on the cross sections of Michigan and Erie. Ricardo says he is "sure happy about the winter warming up."

Colten Bradford, UI-Springfield/ Iron worker Michael Loftus works at a construction site on the corner of Erie and Michigan.

Tiela Halpin, Columbia College/ Jovon Toremorro, first mate on the "Spirit of Chicago," tosses a line to fellow first mate Gavin Emig. The crew is preparing to take the cruise ship to dry dock before busy season at Navy Pier begins.

Aaron Nielsen, Robert Morris University/ Chicago businessman Larry Doody (center) is approached by a panhandler.

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