Kids and teens from across the country turned their everyday lives into extraordinary images by stepping behind the camera for Boys and Girls Clubs’ ImageMakers National photography contest.
Today, nearly half of all public schools don’t offer visual arts programs, and children from low-income families are 50 percent less likely to participate in arts programs outside of school than kids from affluent families.
The contest, which is sponsored by Sony Electronics, is set up to educate and engage kids who might not have an opportunity for arts exposure. Its initiative is to build their skills in photography, digital arts and self-expression.
Kids aged six to 18 from Boys and Girls Clubs around the country and on military installations abroad, submitted photographs in four categories: culture and tradition, portraits, surroundings and photo with essay or poem.
The winners were selected by a panel of award-winning photojournalists. The 16 nationally ranked and 112 regionally ranked winning photos can be seen at the Atlanta Youth Art Connection, a local gallery and workspace for young artists, until June 19. The images will then go up at the Boys and Girls Clubs’ national headquarters in Atlanta until the end of the year.
One of the contest’s participants, 18-year-old Kayla Osborne, credits the ImageMakers program with fostering her creativity since middle school.
“You can catch a lot about a person from a single image,” she said.