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Senior has prize photo at Kansas State Fair

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Though Bethel College senior Audra Miller has been “taking photos” since 4th grade and the days of disposable cameras, she began doing serious photography in high school when a friend wanted senior pictures but couldn’t afford to pay a professional.

Now the art major from Hesston – known on campus for her T-shirt designs, Bubbert Award-winning short films and killer after dinner speeches, as well as her photography – is earning wider recognition for her work.

Miller’s photos of Jordan Ortman, senior from Marion, S.D., were in the running to be part of a national ad campaign for American Eagle Outfitters earlier this summer. Most recently, her photo “Parisian Outlook” won a first prize and was runner up for Best in Show in the Professional Arts/Photography category at the Kansas State Fair.

This wasn’t Miller’s first statewide photography award. In 2010, she earned a Best of Show and in 2011 a first prize (Men Portrait category), both in the Kansas Professional Photographers Winter Print Competition.

She admits, however, that ever since a cousin began winning prizes for photography at a county fair, she’s lusted after a fair ribbon of her own.

Miller took her prizewinning photo from the top of the Eiffel Tower following a Bethel College interterm in Italy in 2011, when she and several friends traveled to France on their way home.