Hello, Reflections judge! Thank you for agreeing to judge the Photography category. Below are the Photography entries in the Intermediate division, which includes students in grades 3-5.
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. Remember that these entrants are children and we want to encourage them to keep taking photos! If you’d like to leave comments, please keep them constructive and upbeat.
Please email me your choices (and numerical scores, if assigned) and any comments you might want to provide at AlexandriaPTACreflections@gmail.com.
INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3-5) – 5 ENTRIES
⇓ Bee, My Hero. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My photo is of a bee pollinating a flower. I took a picture of a bee because I wanted to show that bees are heroes, too. Bees pollinate flowers, fruits and vegetables all over the world. Without bees, our diets would consist of corn, rice, and wheat. Even though bees are small, they do something very big. Help feed the world.”
⇓ Every Body Can Be a Hero. (Cloudgate) ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I took this photograph in Chicago in front of a reflective art piece called Cloudgate. When I took it I was in the middle and I was surrounded by many different strangers that I thought could be heros big or small, young or old.”
⇓ Everyone Can Be a Hero. (Packing Food) ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “This photo shows everyday people being heroes. They are different genders, ages, religions, and cultures, who are spending their weekend together packing food for starving children across the world instead of doing something for themselves. You cannot see their faces, they are wearing hairnets, and they are not getting paid for their work. They are not famous, but they are heroes. Ordinary people like you and me, who are coming together to save other people’s lives. On this day, we packed 3,672 packages of food in 2 hours, which will feed 60 starving children for a full year.”
⇓ My Hero at Home. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “This is a picture of my mom and me. I took this picture because my mom is a hero to me. She helps me, She thinks about me, and she buys things that I need. My mom is also like a hero to me because she gave birth to me.”
⇓ The Scar Is beautiful. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My grandma is my hero. I focused on my grandma’s open-heart surgery scar. It represents why she is my hero. She has a very rare heart condition and survived very complicated open-heart surgery recently. The scar is beautiful. It shows her courage, determination and strength. It represents her fight to live and all she overcame. She should have had surgery as a child but couldn’t as a non-white person in Apartheid South Africa. The black and white photo and the afternoon light and shadows show her struggles, but also her strength, courage, beauty and life.”