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 (“Heroes Around Me”). 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
⇓ Feets of Strength. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “The Photograph ‘Feets of Strength’ shows several friends of mine as we were travelling on the Boston T train together over the summer. Though taking public transportation together in an unfamiliar city was a daunting task, it was ultimately an empowering experience. The heroes around us are not always saviors who swoop in to save the day. Heroes can be our companions, our close friends, who push us out of our comfort zones. They are with us during exciting moments of triumph, but also during quiet moments of anticipation, such as the train ride which I photographed.”
⇓ The Gardeners of the Flower of Knowledge. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Teachers are my heroes. They are the gardeners of the knowledge flowers. They make sure in every way that each petal of these flowers grows at its best. They know that when the petals will separate from the stem (teachers) and their roots (family), the future will be in their hands. We often forget about their work. We often underestimate their superpowers, but in the end we are, or we were, all a petal from a knowledge flower which was raised by a hero teacher!”
⇓ Heroes of History. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “In this photograph, I used editing techniques to layer the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial. Being minutes away from monuments honoring American heroes is very inspirational. I wanted to use this opportunity to honor influential figures through my photograph.”
⇓ This Is America. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “This photo was taken in the parking lot behind TJ. This photo relates to the theme because the students of today are the future of tomorrow, and they will be the ones to close the divide and save us from Climate Change, bigotry, and other challenges the world is facing. The subject of the photo is also wearing a flag as a cape, making her appear as a stereotypical superhero.”
⇓ Unconditional Love. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “This is a picture of my mom. She is my hero and my bestfriend. She’s influenced me in many ways & never gives up on me. I know thatl she’ll always be there for me no matter what., a mothers love is unconditional.”