Elementary Division

Evie Holladay  |  1st Place & People's Choice
4th Grade, Pendleton Elementary
“Girl in the forest”

 

The reason why I chose this picture in the forest is because it captures the beauty of autumn. It is a good example of my type of artistic view of nature and finding beauty in everyday activities. The autumn leaves brighten up the picture and draw you into the picture, almost like a tunnel. The trees and the autumn leaves come together to make a dreamy tunnel to adventure, almost like its inviting you in. The girl riding her bike in the tunnel of fall leaves draws in the eye of the viewer. The forest is a rural landscape where any viewer can imagine themselves as the girl, having a carefree bike ride and enjoying the quieter world that the 2020 pandemic has brought.

Jacob Crago |  2nd Place
5th Grade, Pendleton Elementary
A "squirrels" eye view

My name is Jacob Crago and I made this photo because I thought it looks neat and the more I thought of it I thought "Well this is what I think a squirrel sees when its climbing." so I decided to enter it into this challenge. I think it fits into this challenge because I do think it looks different from any other tree photo because well it feels like a squirrel would have taken it. I like this photo because you can just imagine yourself as a squirrel climbing a tree.

Audrey Zepik  |  3rd Place
Kindergarten, East Elementary
"Roasted Marshmallows"

I like this picture because they look like roasted marshmallows. Others wrapped up in white covers look like regular marshmallows, but these look like they have been roasted.

Middle School Division

Isabella Ritchey |  1st Place & People's Choice
8th Grade, Pendleton Heights Middle School
"Cheetah In A Field"

 

I use my camera to take pictures of many animal figurines in our countryside area. I use the backgrounds of my normal house and backyard but use my imagination when I think of how kids play with the figurines. I like to show people what I see when I'm playing with them. I was nine years old when I first started using my camera, I still take these pictures whenever I see a good image in my mind.

Adrienne Anderson |  2nd Place
7th Grade, Indiana Connections Academy
"Neon Bored"

 

Kids in rural towns don't have much to do, so we have to figure out ways to amuse ourselves. This can be anything from climbing a tree to counting birds as they pass by. This photo shows a kid trying to entertain themselves by skateboarding.

Graycen DeVault | 3rd Place 
7th Grade, Pendleton Heights Middle School
"Backyard Beauty"

 

Imagine how many people have called this fence their safety, how many animals have peered through the cracks, and winters the boards have weathered. This photo is inspiring to me as I could ponder the old fence’s story for forever. There’s no better tale than the “what-ifs” and the “maybes”.

High School Division

Cortney Pittenger |  1st Place 
12th Grade, Pendleton Heights High School
"Crashing Waves"

 

The sound of crashing waves against the shore. The soft swaying of the ocean gliding you back and forth with every push and pull. Watching the sun slowly descend over the horizon. A moment of peace and serenity in this busy world.

Megan Dailey |  2nd Place
12th Grade, Pendleton Heights High School
"The Path Less Taken"

It’s funny how nature will reclaim and make ways through destruction. After a forest fire, in just a few years there will be new growth. After floods, animals come back ,trees regrow, nature always returns. When you think of an abandoned building, you think of vines growing over the walls, tall overgrown grass, wildflowers. Nature has incredible strength when It comes to reclaiming, but it always leaves a hint of what was once there.

On trails in the forest you can tell where people walk, the path is beaten down to smooth dirt, it’s clear that is where people walk. You can also tell on trails where some have been just a bit more adventurous, and the trail is a little less beaten down, has more tree roots, but it's obvious some have taken that path. Other times it appears that nature itself has created a path just for us. Roots in the shape of stairs, bushes that separate and grow around an area, rocks that seem almost artificially placed, perfect for climbing. Nature is inviting, and we often take from her inspiration.

Celia Crago |  3rd Place 
9th Grade, Pendleton Heights High School
"After the Storm"

 

After living in an urban setting for such a long time, the thought of going rural scared me. The isolation, the lack of people, there were just so many negatives. It was like a storm in my head, and I couldn't find an escape. I went into hiding and closed off from everyone else, much like a flower does in its hard times. But once I changed my perspective, I realized that the problem was just in my head. Suddenly rural had a new meaning, it was the feeling of being free and content. I began to open up me petals again and find the beauty after the storm. Rural was no longer a bad thing to me, it was the feeling of being free and content. It helped me spend less time worrying and more time focusing on the small things that made me happy, like water rolling off the flowers.

Emma Scott |  People's Choice
11th Grade, Pendleton Heights High School
"Chasing the Sun"

 

I was driving home with my dad and I saw how pretty the sky was. Before I left the house I had a feeling to bring some of my photography supplies and i’m so glad I did! I had just gotten a glass ball for photography and I grabbed that as well. My dad drove around trying to find the perfect shot of the sky but the best view had faded and we were about to give up. We’re going around a roundabout and he suddenly pulls over and tells me to get my stuff and I finally find the perfect view of the sky and get all my stuff set up.

On trails in the forest you can tell where people walk, the path is beaten down to smooth dirt, it’s clear that is where people walk. You can also tell on trails where some have been just a bit more adventurous, and the trail is a little less beaten down, has more tree roots, but it's obvious some have taken that path. Other times it appears that nature itself has created a path just for us. Roots in the shape of stairs, bushes that separate and grow around an area, rocks that seem almost artificially placed, perfect for climbing. Nature is inviting, and we often take from her inspiration.

Entry Details

Thank you for your interest in entering Fall Creek Arts & Culture Collective’s 2020 Youth Photography Competition.

 

This year’s theme is Rural Imagination.

 

We are excited to see the incredible talent our community has to offer! Please read the following carefully before submitting your entry. 

 

  • This competition is FREE to enter. 
  • The 2020 Youth Photography Competition will feature 3 categories for entry: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. K-5 entries will be considered in our elementary division, 6th-8th grade entries will be considered in our Middle School division, and 9th-12th grade entries will be considered in our High School division. 
  • All entrants must reside within Fall Creek Township or attend South Madison Community Schools
  • Each participant may enter up to 2 entries. 
  • All photos must reflect the given competition theme. 
  • All entries must be accompanied by a short essay or artist statement up to 500 words reflecting the given competition theme. 
  • All entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2020 (originally Dec 9th- deadline has been extended due to COVID19)
  • Any photos taken during current year (2020) will be accepted for entry. 
  • Images should be no smaller than 1mb and no larger than 5MB. Images should be JPEG files. All images must be saved in the sRGB color model.

FCACC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any entry that does not comply with the following requirements, even after the entry is submitted on the Website. You warrant and represent, in respect of each entry submitted by You (“Entry”), as follows:

 

  • You are the sole owner and author of each Entry
  • You have the right to make Your entry available to the Competition
  • Each Entry does not contain personally identifiable information about You or any other person(s)
  • Each Entry does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content
  • Each Entry does not contain any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law
  • Each Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy or publicity, and Your Entry does not include:
  • Trademarks owned by third parties
  • Copyrighted materials owned by third parties (including movie dialogue or musical compositions)
  • Names, likenesses, voices or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures, living or dead
  • No animals were harmed or manipulated in the making of the image
  • You agree to fully indemnify the FCAC in respect of all royalties, fees and any other monies owing to any person by reason of  Your breaching any of the foregoing.
  • You confirm that each person depicted in the Entry has granted permission to be portrayed as shown. Any costumes, props or other materials used must be rented or borrowed with the permission of the owner, and all other relevant permissions must have been obtained.

If you are under 16, you have Your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the Competition. The FCAC requires a valid signed parental or legal guardian consent form for any winner under the age of 16 within 7 clear days of the Entrant being declared a winner.

Top 10 photos from each division will be announced on Tuesday, January 19th. The following week a “people’s choice” voting will be enabled on social media. Competition Winners will be announced Monday, January 25th. Winners will be notified by email and will be announced online. The following prizes will be awarded for each division: 

 
$100 for Elementary Division
$50 for Runner Up
$25 for 3rd place
 
$150 for Middle School Division
$50 for Runner Up
$25 for 3rd place
 
$250 for High School Division
$50 for Runner up
$25 for 3rd place
 
All entries will be judges using an independent panel of 3 judges. 
All Entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by the FCAC, and its Event Partners, for promotional purposes.

Thank you and good luck to all of our young photographers!