Hello, Reflections judge! Thank you for agreeing to judge the Photography category. Below are the Photography entries in the Primary division, which includes students in preK through Grade 2.
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, with “translations” provided as necessary.
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 small 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.
PRIMARY (PreK-Grade 2) – 5 ENTRIES
⇓ Apple Picker. ARTIST STATEMENT: “We went apple picking. Last year my little sister was too short to pick the best apples. This year they were within reach!”
⇓ Help To Reach. ARTIST STATEMENT: “I really like monkey bars. I am good at them. When I was learning to do monkey bars, my dad helped me reach. My little sister is learning monkey bars now and my dad helps her. I took this picture of my dad helping my sister reach monkey bars because sometimes I think we need help getting ‘within reach’ from people who care about us.”
⇓ Looking Through Twins. ARTIST STATEMENT: “I called it ‘Looking Through Twins’ because my sister is looking through her and her brother’s pictures. I made the picture with a special editing called double exposure using photoshop. I made it like that because I wanted there to be multiple people but it wouldn’t fit in one place so I made them see through. The reason I took the picture is because it looked like they were reaching for our mom.”
⇓ Reach the Sky. ARTIST STATEMENT: “I like the helicopter in this picture looking very close to the moon even though it’s far away. Long ago people dreamed about flying and how to Reach the sky. Now people are able to travel to the moon. People are happy because their dreams came true. dream big and it may be within reach.”
⇓ There Is Always Beauty. ARTIST STATEMENT: “I took this photo with my mom’s digital camera on a cloudy, gloomy day just after it rained. Flowers in my mom’s flower box were getting brown and dying. But I noticed that the two leaves with the rain collected on them were beautiful. The green was bright and the rain drops glisend like magic on them. I love how you can even see the tiny bumps on the leaves. Even on this dull, gloomy day with the dying flowers beauty was within reach. I think if we look hard enough at anything we will find beauty.”