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Congrats to the 2016 National Sunset Print Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 National Sunset Print Awards:

1st  place: Old Faithful by Christie Newell

2nd place: The Boxer by Ben Tanzer

3rd place: Homestead by Kari Douma

Our illustrious judges included jury chairman Carmen Schettino, Canon Explorer of Light Jane Conner Ziser, head of photograhy and digital imaging at Ringling College of Art and Design Thomas Carabasi and Master of Photography Scott Hime.

LexJet's Michael Clementi displays a print for the judges.
LexJet’s Michael Clementi displays a print for the judges.

The competition included 26 images that won local and regional Sunset Print Awards from around the country. The judges had the difficult task of whittling those down to the three finalists.

They were transfixed by Newell’s image thanks to the positioning of the dog, Tilly, and the regal reds and golds in the image, pictured above. “It’s technically flawless,” the judges commented. Newell also captured the Aussie Doodle’s stoic attitude just right.

The image was captured during a client session, Newell says. The family has been photographed at Newell’s studio every year since 1991, when Newell’s mother ran Sonshine Portrait Studio. “For me, it’s more than winning the award — it has to do with our connection to our clients,” Newell says. “And entering print competitions … it makes me a better photographer every year.”

The Boxer by Ben Tanzer
The Boxer by Ben Tanzer

Newell won a regional Sunset Print Award in 2014 for her print, Soul Salvation. “I’m blown away, really,” Newell says of this year’s honor.

Second place went to Ben Tanzer, who talked to us about his local win with The Boxer back in May. It was one of three images in a gritty self-portrait project called the Identity Series.

Homestead by Kari Douma
Homestead by Kari Douma

Kari Douma, who won last year’s National Sunset Print Award, takes third place with the watercolor-effect in her image, Homestead.

The three winners are awarded the following prizes:

Prizes are awarded to the top three prints in the National Sunset Print Awards:

  • First Place winner will receive airfare for two to Sarasota, Fla., and lodging for two at the Lido Beach Resort on beautiful Lido Key, for three days and two nights; a $500 Visa gift card; and a tour of the LexJet headquarters and get a sneak peek at the latest imaging technology
  • Second place winner receives a $500 Visa gift card
  • Third place winner receives a $300 Visa gift card

Congrats to all of this year’s winners!

Shellie has more than 20 years of experience in the print publication industry as a content strategist, editor and writer. She has partnered with printing, photography and graphics professionals on a wide variety of publications and printing projects. At LexJet, she writes about customer experiences, industry trends, new products and the latest inkjet printing innovations.


  1. Dan Brook

    Is it possible to order prints of the Boxer photo?

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