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Leah Schretenthaler, United States

2019 Sony World Photography Awards - 2nd Place, Creative, Professional Competition


Leah Schretenthaler was born and raised in Hawaii. After relocating to the mainland, Hawaii continues to be a point of reference for her research and studio practice. Her work uses traditional photography, laser etching, and metal casting to create images. Through her art practice, her research presents a connection between land and material.

Schretenthaler holds an M.A. in art education as well as an M.F.A. Recently, she was awarded the prestigious Mary Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists as well as the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts. She was named one of LensCulture’s Emerging Talents of 2018 and was awarded 2nd place in the Sony World Photography Awards. In 2019, she was awarded the Rhonda Wilson Award through FRESH2019 at the Klompching Gallery. In the Fall of 2019 she received the Film Photo Award.


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