Sara Crochet, a Louisiana native and UL Lafayette alumna, won the Gold Prize in the 2018-2019 Nikon Photo Contest.
Crochet won the gold in the Short Film category with her entry entitled "Exulansis." Crochet's photo entry, entitled "Courir," was used on the contest website to help promote the Participant's Choice Award.
Crochet beat out over 97,000 entries from over 170 countries to win the grand prize. She will travel to Tokyo at the end of August to attend Nikon's International Photo Contest Award Ceremony on the 23rd.
The contest has several categories, including the Short Film Award and the Open Award Single Photo.
The Grand Prize is chosen from the Gold Prize winners and will be announced at the ceremony.
Crochet's film, "Exulansis," is named after a noun from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. It means the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.
"I made this film to display a haunting memory of trauma...I chose to see my experience as an opportunity to share, to bring light to women and men around me - bringing us all together with understanding and love," said Crochet.
Crochet received her B.A. In Moving Image Arts from UL in 2017. She currently is the store manager and visitor services coordinator at the Hilliard Art Museum on UL's campus. She is the owner of “S.C. Portfolio”, her photography business and The Cro's Nest, her perfume company. Crochet previously worked at Red Arrow Workshop and Parish Ink. She defines herself as a "Jill of all trades, master of some."
"I am so incredibly honored to be chosen as a winner from a company I have admired since I was young. This experience will shape my future, opening so many doors as a filmmaker and photographer. The Nikon Photo Contest has given me the chance and confidence to pursue my passion," Crochet said about winning the award.
For more information on the winners of the contest, click here.