BYU-Idaho student wins Guru Award from Adobe

September 26, 2012

Writer: Spencer Allen

Rebecca Johnston, a junior at Brigham Young University-Idaho, has won a Guru Award at Adobe's annual Photoshop World in Las Vegas, Nev. Johnston's photograph, awarded in the photo retouching category, was selected among 800 other entries. 

Johnston is new to photography. She began professional training just nine months ago after enrolling in a digital imaging class offered at BYU-Idaho. In the class she learned different features and functions on her camera, understanding composition and lighting, and editing with different software programs.

"To me this award shows the caliber of education we receive at BYU-Idaho. This is the second year in a row that we have gone to this event and have had a student from our university win the award," Johnston said. Recent graduate Andrea Hernandez won the award last year, also in the photo retouching category.

Every year thousands of hopeful candidates submit a photograph to be critiqued by Adobe. Each picture is assigned to one of seven groups including photo restoration, basic photography, illustration, commercial, photo montage, photo retouching and artistic.

Johnston's winning photo can be viewed here.