Mount Ida Graphic Design Students Selected as Finalists for Photographer’s Forum Magazine Contest

February 11, 2014-


Mount Ida graphic design students Julie Smith ‘14 and Alicia Heaney ‘15 were named college finalists for their photography work in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 34th Annual College & High School Photography Contest. Smith and Heaney were selected by Photographer’s Forum Magazine, an award-winning publication for emerging professionals, from a pool of over 16,000 submissions from the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Smith, a Richmond, RI resident, who has been previously honored for her artwork on both local and national levels, has always had a passion for photography and its ability to creatively express ideas and feelings. She was recognized by Photographer’s Forum this year for her work entitled “Aviphile” and “Determination.”

“My photograph entitled Determination was inspired by Pixar’s short La Luna,” noted Smith whose photograph depicts a character holding an old wooden ladder to the moon.

Fellow Mount Ida finalist, graphic design junior Alicia Heaney, travelled back to her roots to capture her nominated photograph.

Heaney’s photo depicts the abandoned remains of the Rocky Point Amusement Park in her hometown of Warwick, RI.

“I used to go to the park when it was open as a child and I remember it being so bright and vibrant,” said Heaney. “Now all that remains are the shells of some of the buildings and a few rides.”


Alicia Heaney ’15 – Rocky Point Amusement Park

Heaney noted that her inspiration was born out of her desire “to capture the remaining structure of the dock in a moody way, juxtaposing something that it was once in all its glory, now shadowed by the fact that it has been abandoned for almost twenty years.”

For both Heaney and Smith, photography is an opportunity to view the world in different ways and to share that unique vision with others.

For more information on Mount Ida’s Graphic Design program, please visit our website or contact  Mount Ida’s Department Chair of Graphic Design Alison Poor-Donahue at

Information on Photography Forum Magazine is available at