At the Student Health Center, we believe in the importance of promoting health and
well-being as part of our students’ lifestyles. Emotions through the lens is a contest that takes place every year as part of the #CuestaCampusWell strategy that seeks to promote an environment of well-being in our community. Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, this contest aims to discover emotions through the lens by promoting mental health as an important component of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Also, reduce the social stigma related to mental illness by shifting peoples’ attitudes towards mental wellness, and by increasing their willingness to talk about mental health as an integral part of a healthy and balanced life. In closing, we want to recognize creativity and unique ideas which promote a positive lifestyle.

This 4th version of the contest is designed and promoted by the Student Health Center and awards sponsored by the Cuesta College Foundation & Student Health Center. 

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  • How do you stay grounded?
  •  A safe zone is ...

The Jury Team:

  • Annie Jankovitz, College Wellness Coordinator. County of SLO Behavioral Health.
  • Laurie Buchholz, Librarian. Cuesta College.
  • Michaela McLaughlin, Program Coordinator- Guided Pathways. Cuesta College.
  • Lalia Gerges Barnes, Physician Assistant. Cuesta College.
  • Jesus Cendejas, Community Member. 

The 2022 Winners: 

Category A:  Students 

  • 1st place $100 gift card: Coastal Dreams by Crystal Wild
  • 2nd place $50 gift card: Through Sickness and in Health by Claire Hughes
  • 3rd place $25 gift card: Mystic Falls by Carli Spagnolo
  • 4th place Special Recognition: Two friends at 3AM by Kevin Untalan

Category B: Employees

  • 1st place $100 gift card: A girl and the sea by Natalie Torres
  • 2nd place $50 gift card: I Will Always Be Your Safe Space by Brittany Bauer
  • 3rd place $25 gift card: Safe place is ... family by Michelle Wright
  • 4th place Special Recognition: Solar Temple by Matthew Fleming

Click to see all participating photographs


Photo Contest 2019- Category Students

Photo Contest 2019- Category Employees

Photo Contest 2020- Students and Employees

Photo Contest 2021- Students and Employees