Four members of Southwestern Seminary’s Public Relations Group were recognized for outstanding work in photography, design and feature writing during the Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition at the Baptist Communicators Association’s annual conference held in Rockville, Va., April 22.

The seminary’s Associate Director for Photography Matthew Miller was the recipient of three awards in the BCA Photography Division.

Miller won first place in the category “Other Media-Electronic,” for a compact disc titled “Seeing the Asian Tsunami’s Devastating After-Effects.” The CD contained a presentation of photographs he took as one of the first photojournalists to record the tragic effects of the tsunami on the people of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, last year.

Miller won two awards in the photography category “Magazine-Series.” He won second place for his work in Israel for the feature articles in the winter 2006 issue of the seminary’s quarterly magazine Southwestern News titled “Bound for the Promised Land.” He was a finalist for “Aceh Weeps,” a feature article in the spring 2005 issue of Southwestern News magazine.

Jonathan Blair, photography assistant and full-time student at Southwestern Seminary, was recognized as a finalist in the BCA Photography Division’s “Newspaper/Newsletter-Single Photograph” category. His photograph titled “Phoenix Paradox” was taken in Arizona for the fall 2005 issue of Southwestern News magazine; the picture showed a cactus illuminated by light from a parking lot light pole.

Miller’s and Blair’s winning entries can be viewed on-line on the Public Relations Group’s Web site,

Kristin Campbell, the seminary’s associate director for graphic arts, was recognized as a finalist in the BCA Design Division in the category “Specialty Items-Printed.” The award was for her design of a 2005-2006 academic wall-hanging calendar which was distributed at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting last year.

Finally, the seminary’s Associate Director for News and Information Brent Thompson was awarded two prizes in the Feature Writing Division, both of them in the category “Single Article-Online Publication.”

Thompson won first place for an article he wrote for Baptist Press titled “A Man of Prayer,” in which he profiled 83-year-old Don Miller of Fort Worth, Texas. Thompson was the finalist for an article about the student ministry at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., titled “Church Commissions Students to Live Their Faith Daily.”

“We are extremely proud of the work of our Public Relations Group,” said Mike C. Hughes, Southwestern Seminary’s vice president of institutional advancement. “We congratulate them for the hard work they do to tell the stories of Southwestern Seminary’s alumni, students and on-campus events in the local, national and international arenas.”