Hello, Reflections judge! Thank you for agreeing to judge the Photography category. Below are the Photography entries in the Middle School division, which includes students in grades 6-8.
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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) – 5 ENTRIES
⇓ Animal Rescue. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “The kittens were saved by the Animal Shelter. Millions of lost pets are adopted each day from shelters all over the world, making the Animal Shelter staff hero’s. They have given these animals a second chance.”
⇓ The Butterflies Around Me. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “They quietly Flutter, Pollinating our environment and promoting a healthy universe. Like most heros, we don’t think about them until we see them. If we don’t treat our environment correctly, we will lose these trusted heros forever.”
⇓ Grateful Memories. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “During Memorial Day, I went to the Arlington Cemetery. I saw the graves of the heroes fallen fighting for our freedom. It touched my heart and made me realize that there were many heroes me. I took many pictures and this one I chose to present.”
⇓ Unknown Soldier. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My photo is about a military guard that’s protecting the tomb of the unknown soldier and shows how soldiers died to protect our lives.”
⇓ You Are Not Alone. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Our war heroes fought for freedom. When we visit our nations memorials we are honoring them. Heroes are everywhere, but war heroes stand out. They have risked their lives so that we could thrive. My photo captures the honor we pay to heroes around us.”