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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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

We are pleased to announce that the grand prize winner of this year’s Youth Photography Contest is Lauren Ng of Lord Beaverbrook High School. Lauren received first place with a breath-taking image of butterflies emerging from the chrysalis in the Before or After category.

“My photography allows me to express what I feel about the issues that matter to me," explains Lauren. “I think it's crucial that people look after the environment before it's too late because the Earth is our home. It holds the past, the present, and the future. If people decide to neglect the environment, the Earth will only be a thing of the past.”

The presentations were made by Deputy Mayor Shane Keating at the Museum of Contemporary Art on May 22, 2012, where all the final submissions were on display.

Taking second and third grand prizes are:
  • Emily Cugnet-Huber of Crescent Heights High School, Before or After category 
  • Bianca Velasco of St. Mary’s High School, Trash to Treasure category
Approximately fifty photos were submitted by Calgary students in four categories: breathe, trash to treasure, before or after, and patterns.

“The images captured by these young photographers make strong environmental statements about how they perceive the world,” explains Natalie Young, contest judge.  “The artistic quality and creativity this year was truly remarkable.”

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 a beauty and inspiration.

“Photography can mean many things to people, but to me it means preserving memories from the past and sharing my perception with the world,” says Lauren.

Be sure to check out all the winning photographs here.

Join us at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 5 - 7, 2012, at the Municipal Building (800 Macleod Trail S.E.) and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

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