Senior Wins 1st Place in Photography Awards


Glen Cove High School senior Nicole DiGiovanni recently won first place in the open category at the Huntington Camera Club’s (HCC) 21st Annual High School Competition, which is sponsored by Nikon.

The HCC received over 700 entries for their three-category photo competition.  The judges described Nicole’s photograph as a “classic,” noted her excellent use of tonality, and said they “fell in love” with the piece. Nicole has been a student of Melissa Manzione’s digital photography classes for three years and this is the second first-place award she has won in the last two years. The HCC awarded Nicole a new Nikon D3100 and a cash prize. Nicole is seen with Ms. Manzione displaying her award-winning photo and her new camera.

Last year, Nicole won first place in the Professional Women Photographers Student Competition in New York City. Nicole’s work is on display at Glen Cove Library this June.

Ms. Manzione’s photography students have been recognized with multiple honors from recent exhibitions. Students teamed together to win third place in an exhibit sponsored by the Professional Women Photographers group, a highly recognized NYC-based women’s photography group whose annual student showcase is open to the entire metropolitan area. Ms. Manzione’s students also received Honorable Mention in Senator Carl Marcellino’s Environmental Photo Contest, and their work will be included in a calendar to be printed in the future.

The class received Honorable Mention from the HCC as well for an exhibition that included as many as 900 entries. Additionally, judges at the Long Island Media Arts Show continually include the class’s work among the organization’s Best in Show. Their work is often displayed locally at the Glen Cove eatery, Sweet Tomato.

To see more of what Ms. Manzione’s digital photography classes are doing, visit the high school fine arts page on the district website at To read more about the Huntington Camera Club, visit