Photo Contest
2020 High School Photo Contest
December 01, 2019 - February 29, 2020

Grand Prize Winner

Kelly Saylor

Category Winners

Nature

Sara Musco

Helbert Ruiz
Judged By
Helbert Ruiz
Why did you choose this image?

tasteful minimal composition and great use of symmetry and space to create an image with visual impact. The contrast of the warm and cool tones creates a balanced and calming effect. I love this image, I could look at it all day.

People

Kelly Saylor

Inti St. Clair
Judged By
Inti St. Clair
Why did you choose this image?

I chose this image because of the unique point of view it presents from the artist. It's breaking many standard photography "rules", but it works. I love the use of the tennis racket as a "gobo" to create the shadows on her face. The placement of woman and the tennis racket are unexpected, and keep me thinking about the image long after I've moved on. The catchlight in her eye keeps bringing me back there, which makes it a perfect point of focus, despite the much brighter and bigger highlight in the tennis racket. I also appreciate the muted color tones. Everything in this photo appears to be intentional; representing the true voice of the artist.

Miscellaneous

Hayden Brooks

Forest Woodward
Judged By
Forest Woodward
Why did you choose this image?

Amidst a beautiful array of diverse and dynamic imagery, this photo stopped me in my tracks. Unsure at first of what it was. Whereas so many other photos I feel I have seen before - on social media or in the news - this image was new to me, it pulled me and made me think. We are currently situated in a global pandemic where the population most at risk (the elderly) is also very much a forgotten population in most Western societies. Imagery like this that stops us in our scrolling and makes us think beyond ourselves, beyond our immediate social(media) circles are more important now than ever I think. Thank you to the photographer for pulling back the curtain and inviting us with such unique perspective to consider a very different aspect and demographic of life from what we are typically inundated with. May we all take time to consider and support the elders in our communities in the coming year.

Smartphone

Amy Lynn

Pei Ketron
Judged By
Pei Ketron
Why did you choose this image?

This image immediately caught my eye because of the stunning and unusual icy landscape. The edit perfectly matches the cold scene with cool blue tones and deep blacks. I appreciate that the photographer placed the horizon on the top third and filled most of the frame with the most interesting element: the shards of broken ice. To round it all out, the top of the image is filled with dark storm clouds, giving the viewer something to appreciate in the sky and balancing out the image from top to bottom. An image like this is only captured by a photographer who is willing to get out there and make photographs even when it's not comfortable or easy.