Friday, May 24, 2013

Congrats to the winners of the Mayor’s Environment Expo Youth Photography Contest

We are pleased to announce that the overall winner of this year’s Youth Photography Contest is Amair Javaid of Crescent Heights High School.  Amair received first place with a black and white photo of a hand holding a five dollar bill in The Story of Stuff category.

“Photography allows us to capture a brief moment that may otherwise have been forgotten.  The image that is created will always be there to remind us of the significance of that very moment,” explains Amair Javaid.  “This photo illustrates the deteriorating state of society under the pressure of consumerism and materialism.”

Taking second and third place is:
  • Nicole Leismeister of Lester B. Pearson High School, Photo DJ Mix it up!) category 
  • Carley Pledge of Crescent  Heights High School, Cradle to Cradle category
Approximately eighty photos were submitted by Calgary students in the four categories of cradle to cradle, photo DJ (mix it up!), the story of stuff, and you are what you eat.

The presentations were made by Mayor Nenshi at the Museum of Contemporary Art on May 23, where all the final submissions were on display.

As part of the Mayor’s Environment Expo, the photography contest encourages youth to consider the environment that surrounds them and to take action to protect it.  Their resulting photographs tell a story of inspiration.

“Each of you has the power to make change,” said Mayor Nenshi.  “That’s the philosophy behind the 3 Things for Calgary—encouraging every Calgarian to do three things to improve their community this year–each of us not only has the power but the responsibility to take action to make Calgary a better place to live.”

Be sure to check out all the winning photographs here.  Join us at the 2013 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 4-6 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

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