The Ponds Lowcountry Photography Competition now is underway, through June 14. The professionally judged competition is open to residents of The Ponds and to photographers from Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties. Both professional and amateur photographers are invited to enter.

Entries will be photos taken at The Ponds during the term of the contest. Guidelines, submission procedures and registration are available on The Lowcountry Photography Club website,

During the term of the competition, registered photographers are invited to capture images of their friends or family enjoying more than 1,000 acres of preserved lands. Photographs may be entered in two categories: Lifestyle and Nature.

A total of $3,500 in prize money will be awarded, including a grand prize of $1,000. The registration fee of $25 helps cover judging and administration costs.

The African American Studies program at the College of Charleston will host its fifth annual Emerging Scholar lecture 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Addlestone Library, room 227, 125 Calhoun St.

Jelani M. Favors of Clayton State University will discuss student activism during the civil rights movement, specifically at historically black colleges and universities. This lecture continues a dialogue started in September when Ibram Kendi lectured on “Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966-1970.” It also relates to the 2015-16 College Reads! selection, “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy” by Bruce Watson. The event is free and open to the public.

Favors earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University in 2006, where his research interests included the civil rights movement, student activism and the history of African-American education. He was a 2013-14 academic fellow at Duke University and instructor at the University of Baltimore, and has published “Shelter in a Time of Storm: Black Colleges and the Long History of Student Activism.”

St. Philip’s Church hosts the Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the sanctuary, 142 Church St. The renowned choir currently is touring North America.

Director of Music David Flood, Master of the Cathedral choristers and the Cathedral organist since 1988, leads the choir consisting of 12 lay clerks (professional singers) and 25 choristers, boys age 8-13.

The Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral sing at services six days a week, continuing a 1,400-year-old tradition. Canterbury Cathedral remains one of the most visited places in the United Kingdom.

The group celebrates the great corpus of music written for the English choral tradition, as well as choral works from other parts of the world.

Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $25 general admission and $10 for students. Visit or call (843) 722-7734.

Adam Parker