A thought-provoking photo capturing the impact of today’s actions on future generations was the grande prize winner this year's 2011 Mayor’s Environment Expo High School Photography Contest.
Nihal Yildiz, a grade 12 student from Lord Beaverbrook High School submitted her photo in the R3 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle category.
“I believe it's important to teach children the three R's,” she said. “That's why I submitted this photo. I also wanted to show that recycling is so easy, even a baby can do it.”
Taking second and third grand prizes were Cynthia Quan of John G. Diefenbaker High School, in the Green Go-power category and Lord Beaverbrook's Arden Shibley in the Nature in Action category.
First and second grand prize winners were awarded a Flip camera and other prizes. Third grand prize was awarded a digital picture frame and other prizes. The presentations were made by Deputy Mayor Shane Keating at the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts on May 24, where all submissions were on display. The 12 finalists and four honorable mentions received an enlarged copy of their photograph on canvas and a certificate signed by the Mayor.
Fifty photos were submitted by Calgary students in the four categories of nature in action, green go-power, building green and R3- reduce, reuse, recycle. They were narrowed down to the finalists in each category by a panel of nine judges on April 28, following specific criteria. The panel of judges included City of Calgary employees and 2011 Mayor’s Environment Expo sponsors and partners. From the finalists, a panel of photography experts selected the grand prize winners.
“The quality of the submissions was incredible,” said Lorraine McElwain, contest judge and Talisman Energy representative on the Expo organizing committee. “Clearly a lot of thought and creativity went into the choice of subject matter and there was a really high calibre of photographic skill.”
As part of the Mayor’s Environment Expo, the photography contest encourages high school students to consider the environmental community that surrounds them and to take action to protect it. The resulting photographs give insight into how our future leaders look at our environment.
City of Calgary – Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 7 –9
The Mayor's Environment Expo educates youth in environmental stewardship and celebrates environmental action in our community through interactive exhibits, displays and workshops.
Entering its 22nd year, the Mayor’s Environment Expo to date has educated 45,000 youth and will add to this number during the 2011 three day event.
For more information please visit calgary.ca/mee
Nature in Action:
1st Place: Elizabeth Tait, Lord Beaverbrook
2nd Place: Arden Shibley, Lord Beaverbrook
3rd Place: Nicole Nash, Crescent Heights
Honourable Mention: Ryan Kenny, Crescent Heights
1st Place: Anna Murynka Bishop Carroll
2nd Place: Sahar Rafiqzai Crescent Heights
3rd Place: Cynthia Quan John G. Diefenbaker
Honourable Mention: Suzanne Alexander Bishop Carroll
R3 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
1st Place: Nihal Yildiz Lord Beaverbrook
2nd Place: Makayla Pickard Lord Beaverbrook
3rd Place: Amani Boyer Crescent Heights
Honourable Mention: Michelle Ku Sir Winston Churchill
1st Place: Arden Shibley Lord Beaverbrook
2nd Place: Anna Murynka Bishop Carroll
3rd Place: Michelle Ku Sir Winston Churchill
Honourable Mention: Stephen Aston Lord Beaverbrook
***Photo: Nihal Yildiz, Grand Prize Winner.