John McDonald, Photography Student at The Art Institute of Atlanta, Wins Photography Society of America Scholarship

Atlanta (GA) — Photographic Imaging student John McDonald is one of four recipients from across the country to be awarded the 2010-2011 Photography Society of America (PSA) Scholarship through The Education Foundation. To enter, John submitted a portfolio of 10 photographs, as well as an essay and other materials. . He was presented with the $4,000 tuition scholarship at the Honors Reception on Wednesday, October 27, by Pat Gordy, PSA Region 13 Director for Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

John’s work was selected from a pool of 30 applications from Art Institutes schools all over the U.S. Judging criteria included academic standing, community involvement, financial need, a personal essay showing a demonstrated passion for the art, recommendations, and quality or potential of photographic work.

Upon earning his bachelor’s degree, John plans to specialize in photographing people – on location. He has already done a great deal of work in documentary photography and photojournalism, most recently documenting local farmers in Athens (GA). Like all AiAtlanta Photographic Imaging students, John is also experienced in studio photography, including product shots, and architectural photography. He is a resident of Sandy Springs.

The Photographic Society of America was founded in 1934 to “promote the arts and sciences of photography and to further public education therein.” There are members in all 50 states and 60 countries around the world. You can find them on the web at

The Art Institute of Atlanta (Atlanta campus) is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Institute of Atlanta, including its branch campuses — The Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, The Art Institute of Washington, and The Art Institute of Washington– Northern Virginia —  is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The Art Institute of Atlanta ( is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 educational institutions throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

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