Hello, Reflections judge! Thank you for agreeing to judge the Photography category. Below are the Photography entries in the High School division, which includes students in grades 9-12.
Please read the Artist’s Statement for each entry (above the photo) before evaluating each photo. Artist’s Statements retain the original spelling and grammar.
Remember the judging criteria: Creativity, Technique, and Interpretation of the Theme (“Within Reach”). For more details, see the Photography Judging Introduction page and the Judge’s Instructions & Rubric. You can designate a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place entry. Ties are allowed, but not at 1st Place. If you think the work warrants it, you can also choose one or more Honorable Mentions.
Please email me your choices (and numerical scores, if assigned) and any comments you might want to provide at AlexandriaPTACreflections@gmail.com.
HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12) – 5 ENTRIES
⇓ Departure. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My photograph ‘Departure’ reflects the rush to make it to one’s destination before an opportunity passes by. I was inspired by my own experiences of either exhilaration or disappointment when I have arrived at my Metro train’s platform and either boarded the car with moments to spare or just barely missed it. The urgency of accomplishing a goal when it is within reach is unparalleled. This piece is composed of six photographs taken in rapid succession at a Metro station layered on top of each other with altered transparencies.”
⇓ Forever Home. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I took this photo at a local pet store where they were having cat adoptions. I snapped a photo because this cat was reaching out to a potential owner. This shows that adoption is within reach.”
⇓ Happiness In Our Hands. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I met these kids in front of a temple in Nepal and asked if I could take pictures. They were shy at first, but warmed up to the camera when they saw their own pictures. For half an hour, they smiled, laughed, and fought for the camera’s attention. Living on the streets could not have been easy but their friendship and youth shined despite their hardships. to me, they embodied that happiness is already in one’s hands, or at the least, within reach.”
⇓ Learning To Walk In Heels. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “This photo is a visual representation of the transition from childhood to adulthood. The distance to the floor from one’s chair is just within reach as children. Once we grow up, we reach for bigger things. We can comfortably rest our feet on the floor and stride forward in our lives. We learn to walk in a new way. As we reach for the transition to adulthood, we must bridge the gap and learn how to walk in heels.”
⇓ Let It Shine. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “The title of my piece, ‘Let It Shine’, pertains to the theme ‘Within Reach’ because in order to reach something valuable in life, you need to let your own elements sparkle in the midst of all this darkness. The sparkles on the subject’s hands and around her body illustrate the possible aspirations or dreams she can grab if she learns to embrace her natural beauty and talent.”