Local High School Student Also a Budding Photographer—See His Work Here

Sled dogs run at the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
‘Taking a good picture is like a puzzle.’

After viewing Collin Nawrocki’s entries to our annual photo contest, we knew we had to learn more about this young photographer, who is a junior at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.

He is the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Photo Contest’s People’s Choice, Director’s Choice and Teen Division People’s Choice winner. Other accomplishments include superior ratings at the Minnesota State High School League Arts Competition and placing third (10th grade division) at the Minnesota State Fair.

Eden Prairie and Holy Family Catholic High School compete in a hockey game.

Who are your favorite photographers?
I credit most of my success in photography [to] Andy Witchger (@andywitchger)... In any situation/environment that he shoots in, he creates an image that is unique and different from everyone. Second is my favorite sports photographer, Tom Morris, (@temophoto) … This is where I have learned the best positioning for each sport, as I have shot just about every sport that Holy Family has with him. [Next] is my favorite photojournalist, Aaron Lavinsky (@adlavinsky) … He has this ability to tell a story in every picture that he takes. His images make you feel like you are present in whatever event he was covering. Whether it is a canoe trip on the Boundary Waters or Saintly City’s Cat Show, there is something really special about them

Do you take photos for your school?
I am fortunate enough to be a photographer for my school’s newspaper, The Phoenix … I also have the pleasure of being a marketing and tourism intern for the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau ... I am very thankful for the opportunity and do not take it for granted.

A dirt bike race.

What equipment do you use?
I use a Canon 7D with a variety of Tamron lenses, along with a Nikon D750 that Holy Family lends to me every once and awhile.

Do you think camera phones are positively or negatively impacting the art of photography?
This is a great question. I think that phones are having a negative impact on the art of photography. Nowadays, it is super easy for people to think that they need to use their phones to take a picture of what they are witnessing, and while this can be a good thing, it can also prevent you from being present with what is really happening.

Collin Nawrocki
Instagram: @collinsnawrocki