Artists in the making: South Walton Boys and Girls Club hosts ImageMaker Photography Contest

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Cheyenne Crapps, eighth grader at ECMS, snapped her photo on a field trip at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. There was no digital altering on the hot pink flower, "just natural sunlight," she said.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 06:00 PM.

The world looks different through the eyes — and camera lens — of children. Yet, when the South Walton Boys and Girls Club hosted the national ImageMaker Photography Contest Club Director Stephanie Rhoden wasn't sure what to expect in terms of participation.

"A lot of [Boys and Girls] clubs have photography groups," she said. "We thought the contest would be a way to see who has the interest."

Much to her delight, Rhoden saw dozens of entries, from age groups ranging from 6 to 18 and in all four categories — culture and tradition, surroundings, portrait and what moves me, which requires a short essay or poem to accompany it.

Submissions from all of the Boys and Girls Clubs on the Emerald Coast were displayed at the BBVA Compass Bank lobby in Fort Walton Beach, where the community was invited to judge between February 18 and 20. There were several first place winners in the South Walton Club.

Participating club members took pictures all over Walton County — at home, at the club, outside and inside. Considering that most of the members live in the same community, go to the same school and even the same after-school club, it was interesting to see how diverse winning entries were. Pets, accidental portraits, still life, nature — everything was covered.

Lillian Bruce, an eighth grader at Emerald Coast Middle School, submitted her photo of candy to the ImageMaker contest simply because she likes to stay involved with the Boys and Girls Club. Winning first place was a happy surprise and now she says she'd like to look into a photography class.

Cheyenne Crapps, also an eight grader at ECMS, snapped her photo of a pink daisy while on a field trip at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. It was one of the first photos she'd taken and it's a first place winner.

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