Neil, age 14 and a Freshman in High School, has been volunteering as photographer and running our Instagram page for the last year. He has helped double our followers on that site and has been using his photos for school and art projects.
We are thrilled to announce that Neil has won the Silver Key Award for one of his photographs, “Into the Barn” which is featured below! The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards award winners were selected from more 15,000 art entries submitted to the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where just over 50 judges had to make hard choices based on the 3 criteria of originality, technical skill, and personal vision.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have existed since 1923 and the contest affords students across the country the opportunity to be recognized for their talents. Notable winners of these prestigious awards include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Redford. Judges look for originality, technical skill, and development of a personal voice and/or vision. At the regional level, students are selected to receive the Gold Key, the Silver Key, or Honorable Mention.
Everyone at Strongwater is so encouraging, and this has helped me try new techniques to photograph from different perspectives. In the process, I have grown to appreciate horses and the therapeutic role they play in the lives of us humans. This has been, and continues to be, a great experience – one that I will hold near and dear to my heart.