Luke Craig, a junior at Narrows High School in Giles County, won first place in the high school category, with a photo of a fenceline in the fall.
It's certainly a time of year when a lot of photos are taken: prom, graduation, any other event that might help to capture moments that are so full of hope and promise for our community's young people.
Not to be overlooked is this set of photos that reflect another perspective: how our young people see the world through the lens of a camera. These 10 photos are the finalists in the "I Love Southwest Virginia" Youth Photo Contest, which had entries from all over the 19-county, four-city region of Southwest Virginia.
The contest is sponsored by Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway, and it celebrates young photographers who capture great images of Southwest Virginia. Winners were just announced, with cash prizes for the students and their schools.
"We love having the opportunity to celebrate Southwest Virginia's unique culture and the talented young people who call our region home," said Heartwood Operations Manager Lu Ellsworth, who presented the awards along with Todd Christensen, executive director of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation.
Luke Craig, a junior at Narrows High School in Giles County, won first place in the high school category, with a photo of a fenceline in the fall. Hayley Aker, a senior at Chilhowie High School in Smyth County, won second place with her photo looking up at a tall tree. Third place went to Nick Spencer, a junior at Patrick County High School, for a photo of Rock Castle Creek.
Four honorable mentions were also awarded in the high school category to: Shalissa Breeding, a senior at Lebanon High School in Russell County; Alison Saari, a freshman at Blacksburg High School in Montgomery County; Graysen Barrs, a junior at Abingdon High School in Washington County; and Kaitlyn Hafley, a junior at Chilhowie High School.
In the middle school category, first place went to Matthew Fritz, an eighth-grader at Damascus Middle School in Washington County, for a photo of a barn. Second place went to Kierra Gertz, an eighth-grader at Northwood Middle School in Smyth County. Third place went to Luisa Martinez, a fifth-grader at Rye Cove Intermediate School in Scott County.
All 10 winners were invited to attend a BBQ dinner and awards program at Heartwood, a showplace for Southwest Virginia culture at Exit 14 in Abingdon.comments powered by Disqus