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 (“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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) – 5 ENTRIES
⇓ Breaking Through the Clouds. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Sometimes, you fear that you don’t know enough to accomplish a goal or reach for a dream that seems beyond your abilities. They say ‘the sky’s the limit,’ but when you look up, you see a solid wall of grey clouds. Your goals seem unattainable, but with effort anything can be done. The clouds are not the limit. If you are truly motivated and work towards your goal, with dedication, you will be able to push through the Clouds. You can achieve whatever you wish to do and shine in the sun.”
⇓ Family. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Imagine you are a bubble. You are blown off the stick. You are free, free at last then you start plumiting down to earth. You have seen friends die and you have seen them sirvive. You pass by a friend. You here a splat. You look around it’s just you. You look up and it’s your family, one by one they land. You and your family live happily ever after.”
⇓ Focus. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “While I was in NYC, this fence caught my eye. It partially blocked people’s view from The Empire State Building to the shops, cars, roads, and buildings down below. I realized that sometimes a person may focus on the challenges they face and not what they are being challenged for. For me, it made me elaborate more on the challenges I face. Even something as gorgeous and robust as NYC can be blurred, if you focus on the obstacle. It’s important to kepp the things you want most at the front of your mind.”
⇓ Into the Light. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I took this picture of a plant growing through my deck with my mom’s digital camera. I got on the ground to get the right perspective. In the afternoon light the beautiful green of the plant came through. The vibrant color of life contrasts with the dull, wooden deck and the brown, dead leaves in the background. This plant should have died beneath my deck, but it found a way to rise up to the light and live. Even the top of the plant shows its victorias ‘pose.’ Despite hard circumstances finding the light is possible and within reach.”
⇓ Out of the Shadows. ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Amidst the darkness of an ancient Roman temple, there shines a single beam of sunlight. A small child steps out of the shadows into the light. Can she see the world beyond the present and into the future, a world full of fairness and hope? Is it within reach?”