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Wednesday, April 25 News

Event to celebrate young photographers

The After School Arts Program, which serves northwestern Connecticut, will hold its fifth annual Celebration of Young Photographers Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Litchfield HIstorica Society.

Students from grades three through 12, including public, private, and home-schooled students, were invited to submit a photograph reflecting on their interpretation of this year’s theme, “My Best Photo,” within the categories of portrait, landscape, abstract, and black and white.

Sixty photographs were chosen from a pool of over 200 images received from 39 different schools across the region.

Submissions were split up in to three groups by grade: grades three to five, grades six to eight and grades nine to 12.

A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the Top Select from each group and to the teacher with the most submissions from their school.

The top select winners are Hannah Travelstead for her photo “Jump for Joy” for grades three to five, Sean Desjardins for his photo “Hockey is Home” for grades six to eight and Rachel Piontkewicz for her photo “Loneliness” for grades nine to 12.

The winning teacher is Leeza Desjardins of Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, with over 40 submissions.

Joan Morosani, Mitch Feinberg, Victoria Frazier, Barbara Bouyea, Cathy Oneglia, Jessica Rose, Leslie Murray and Bill O’Shaughnessy were part of the panel of judges and helped to curate the celebration.

Photos and ASAP merchandise will be for sale at the event.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 860-868-0740 or by visiting www.afterschoolartsprogram.org.