Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers’ Market Announce Fourth Annual Young Shoots Student Photography Competition
The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the third annual student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.
The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market.
Jurors for the competition include Lillie Fortino, Director of Education for the Westport Arts Center; Stephanie Webster, Editor in Chief for CTbites.com; and Eileen Sawyer, local photographer and member of the Westport Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.
The jurors will select winners in three age groups (8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15-18 years old) and all photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market.
All selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives restaurant. First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and will also have the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe, local chef extraordinaire. Second place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize.
The community will also have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions beginning August 20, with “Fan Favorite” winners in each age category receiving a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.
Lillie Fortino stated, “We love working with the Westport Farmers’ Market and are always so impressed with the quality of work we receive from our young photographers. We look forward to seeing this year’s submissions.”
Submissions are due by August 25, 2018, and selected photographers will be notified August 31, 2018.
HOW TO SUBMIT
To submit work, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students may submit up to 2 photographs.
- Images should be 1MB – 4 MB, saved as .jpg, and labled lastname_firstname_title.jpg.
- Please include your age in the email.
All photographers ages 8 – 18 may submit.
Students will be juried in 3 separate age groups:ages 8 – 10, 11 – 14, and 15 – 18.
All photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, at 50 Imperial Ave in Westport.
Edits and stylistic enhancements are permissible.
Selected artists must print and frame their work.
The Photography Competition is free.
About the Westport Farmers’ Market
In June 2006, Paul Newman and Michel Nischan planted a seed and we opened our doors in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. We were so proud of our 14 vendors, and so grateful for the 500 shoppers who showed up to support us.
In 2009, we moved to our current home at 50 Imperial Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Saugatuck River. With a little more space and a little more air, we began to put down roots. We started expanding our programming, and our role within the community.
Today, boasting the accolade of the strictest guidelines in the state, to assure the most delicious and healthy food possible, the market is blooming with 45 vendors! Food trucks, GMO free vendors, organic farmers, pizza, yoga, chef demos, tamales, and an eager, hungry lunch crowd. We now welcome thousands of eager shoppers each month.