2019 International Travel
Photographer of the Year Awards
14 and Under Commended Award (3rd place)
This portfolio of photographs shows the glass-making process. First, the glassblower has to carefully mold a hot piece of glass before moving on to the next step. It is amazing how the human hand can craft each piece of glassware. This series of photographs shows how each glass is uniquely handcrafted and not mass-produced. These photographs highlight how delicate the piece of glass is. The glass is placed in the furnace so that the craftsmen can mold the piece in the final stages. It is amazing how an intense flame makes the glass better rather than destroying it. In the final image of this series, an apprentice is learning how to create a glass piece from a master craftsman. When I captured this photograph, I liked how the two craftsmen were looking at the glass with two different perspectives because it shows how precise the glass needs to be.
14 and Under Youth Finalist Award
This portfolio of photographs captures the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, which is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Outside of the Monastery, there are Tibetan Prayer Flags, which are colorful pieces of cloth used to show compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom. Inside the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, there is a space for meditation and praying. The room is very ornate from floor to ceiling and I wanted to capture all of that detail. There is an altar inside the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery where candles are lit. On each candle, there is a prayer from somebody. These candles are placed in front of Buddhist shrines or statues as a mark of respect. The light of the burning candle flame represents the light of the Buddha's teachings and the enlightenment of Buddha.
2019 Scholastic Art Awards
GOLD KEY HONORABLE MENTION
In the subject area, I captured the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, which is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. I framed the Monastery with the Tibetan Prayer Flags, which are colorful pieces of cloth used to show compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom. I liked this photo because the colors were very vibrant, and I also liked the depth of field I was able to capture.
This photograph was captured at Billings Farm, which is one of the oldest fully-operating jersey dairy farms. This calf is in the nursery. While the calves are well cared for at this dairy farm, I wanted to capture the element of sadness of a calf being separated from its mother. I purposely framed the cow between the bars of its nursery stall in order to evoke emotion.
2020 Audubon Community Nature Center Photography Contest
I photographed this Monarch Butterfly in a field at Billings Farm. The orange butterfly on the orange flower captured my attention.
2020 Art Guild World Photography Exhibition
I took this photograph in Massachusetts to capture the brilliant sun and the beautiful colors of the sunset. As we know, 2020 has been a challenging year, and it may feel like we will never see the end of COVID-19, but I wanted to use this sunset to show that there is also something bright ahead.
2020 International Travel Photographer of the Year Awards
15-18 Youth Finalist Portfolio 1
This portfolio of photographs was taken at Billings Farm, which is one of the oldest fully-operating jersey dairy farms. These dairy cows are taken to a milking barn where the workers take care of them. These photographs show the often unseen part of our food process where dairy cows are lined up for milking. At Billings Farm, you can see the bond between the cows and the caregivers. The cows are so bonded to their caregivers that they follow the workers around on their own accord.
15-18 Youth Finalist Portfolio 2
This portfolio of photographs was taken in Rockport, which is a small fishing village home to many fishermen, especially lobster fishermen. These photographs capture the fishing village lifestyle with the lobster traps, buoys, and a fishing shack. Rockport's red fishing shack was initially built in 1884 but was destroyed and rebuilt after the Blizzard of 1978. The boats in this town are filled with the fishermen’s equipment. Stacks of lobster traps create patterns and repetition. Every aspect of this town reflects that it is a fishing village. Even outside someone’s doorstep, there are items related to fishing life.
15-18 Youth Finalist Portfolio 3
This portfolio of photographs was taken at a railroad station in White River Junction. This town has been a railroad community since the 1840s. In the first photograph, the focal point is the mechanical detail of the train, and I wanted to capture the train's depth. The photograph shows the grittiness and wear and tear of the train. This series of photographs shows the fast-paced and casual lifestyle while traveling by train. These travelers are walking towards their train and grabbing a quick bite to eat.
15-18 Youth Finalist Portfolio 4
I photographed this series of Atlantic puffins on Machias Seal Island, which is claimed by both the United States and Canada. This island is a migratory bird sanctuary off Maine's coast and is the largest puffin colony in the United States. A limited number of visitors are allowed on the island each day. I captured these photographs from inside an enclosed viewing box through a small opening so as not to disturb the nesting birds. These Atlantic Puffins’ have distinct black and white bodies with brightly colored beaks. For most of the year, Atlantic Puffins live on the open ocean. However, they breed on rocky islands during the spring and summer. The Atlantic Puffin breeds in burrows and among rocks on sea islands. The island also has a manned light station, which is maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard. This island has a great variety of migratory seabirds that nest on the island.
2021 Scholastic Art Awards
SILVER KEY AWARD
In this photograph, I wanted to capture the reflection of the trees on the still water. While 2020 has been an unpredictable year, it has given me a lot of time to reflect on myself. This photograph captures the idea of reflection in 2020.
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS
I titled this photograph Solitude because it evokes a perception of stillness.
I love fall in New England and I wanted to capture the beauty of fall colors.