Media from around the world will have the opportunity to photograph the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible at this week’s New York International Auto Show, but one lucky group of students got to shoot the drop-top Big Nasty before anyone else. Three New York-based college students, none of whom had ever photographed a car before, had one day to create the four best images of the Z06 they could. Starting today, the public can vote for the student who best captured the car on the Corvette Facebook page, with the winner receiving $5,000.
“The students had a challenging assignment because the work I see being done on a daily basis by our Design team is so good,” said Ed Welburn, vice president for GM Global Design. “So for the students to go into this area was obviously going to be tough by comparison, but they came through. Even more, in some cases the students came up with lighting techniques and angles we have not seen before.”
The three students were Mike Finkelstein from the Pratt Institute, Nico Sforza from the School of Visual Arts and Dan Wang of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Finkelstein’s images were shot on film, which the GM design team says gives his images a sense of history, just like the Corvette itself. Sforza looked to portray the birth of a new car in his images, picturing the Z06 driving out of a ray of light. Wang’s goal was to portray how the vehicle would look on the road by creating lifelike images.
Voting is open now through to Tuesday, April 23, 2014, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 24. All of the student galleries will be on display at the New York Auto Show from April 18 to 27. To place your vote and view each photographer’s gallery, pop on over to the Corvette Facebook page.