L.A. Teen Receives 'Judge's Choice' Award in National Photography Contest

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L.A. Teenager Wins National Recognition for Photography

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with Sony Electronics, announced the national winners of Boys & Girls Clubs of America ImageMakers National Photography competition during a celebration event at Sony's headquarters in San Diego.

Tanya A. of the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor won the Judge's Choice Award for her photograph titled: "Reflection of My Sister" (pictured above).

The ImageMakers National Photography Program and Contest enables Club youth to engage in visual storytelling and develop skills to take impactful photographs.

With a rich, 50-year history, the Photography Contest is one of the member competitions from Boys & Girls Clubs of America's arts initiative, which invites youth ages 6 to 18 to capture photographs and express their creativity in five categories: culture & tradition, portraits, fashion, surroundings and photo with essay or poem.

"Sony's longstanding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides an opportunity to connect youth with the tools, digital imaging technology and the creative outlet to express themselves through photography," said Michael Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics.  "We're invested in cultivating the next generation of creators, and providing youth with the necessary skills to help achieve a successful future."

Studies have shown that participation in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates.  Thanks to program sponsors like Sony Electronics, Boys & Girls Clubs are offering quality, affordable arts programming during out-of-school time.

All ImageMakers winners will receive a Sony Camera package that includes a Sony camera and case. To learn more about the ImageMakers National Photography program, and to view artwork from this year's winners, visit bgca.org/imagemakers.

Anabel Marquez