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 (“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. 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
⇓ Becoming Indivisible. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Equality is within reach. This flag represents freedom, but freedom is not necessarily the same as equality. In my mind, the shadowy bars on the flag represent people that are blocked from some opportunities. Yet, the sunlight shining through the thick layers of the flag shows there is hope of equality for all Americans to live united.”
⇓ Forest Fires Within Reach. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I was at Glacier National Park in Montana when I saw the smoke from this forest fire. Over the Next few days the fire grew. It was scary to think how the fire was within reach.”
⇓ Into Freedom. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My picture is of an Indian elephant chained in an Indian national park (its natural habitat). It is sad to see it with no freedom because freedom is literally within reach. I made this by opening the photo into the photo editing program called Luna. I used a gradient blend to blend colored and black and white pictures together.”
⇓ Power Shoes. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I joined girls on the run this year. it is a club that trains you to run a 5K. I feel strong and fast in these shoes. I hope these shoes will help me reach my goal of a 5K (3.1 miles) The finish line is within reach.”
⇓ Stronger. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “So in this picture it is about Me looking at my fucher (future) and hopeing that it is without cancer and strugels (struggles). So ‘yes’ this is me, strong, caring. Brave and artistic. This will help me make my fucher biger and beter. I will try different things that make me even stronger.”