Photo Contest: We Have our Winners!
Panel of youth selects the final winners in the fourth annual event.
Attention fans of youth, health, and photography: Winners have been selected for the Oregon Youth Public Health Photo Contest 2012. The contest is a partnership between Northwest Health Foundation and the Oregon Public Health Division.
From 119 entries, three winners, and one “honorable mention.” were selected.
Once again, the committee members and judges were impressed, humbled, and challenged by the caliber of submitted photos and their associated captions.
This year, captions seemed to play a larger role in the judges decisions. Many judges cited the insight and eloquence of the narrative that went with the photo.
Two rounds of judging took place. A collection of more than a dozen public health professionals and advocates cut the field to the Top 20 and a second-round, all-youth panel, ages 13-18, selected the top three. The youth panel also recommended that we add an honorable mention winner.
Despite the fact that entries came in from all over Oregon, and that entrants names and high schools were completely anonymous, students from Westview High School in Beaverton swept all four of the awards:
First Place ($300 and $300 donated to your school)
“Reflect” Charlene Yuan, 16, Westview High School, Beaverton
Don’t be afraid to take the time to look back towards the road you’ve traveled, because it is that road that has defined you into the person you are today. Along the way, mistakes were made, successes were achieved, and memories were formed. Health is about your perception of who you are and wholly accepting where you came from. Only when you recognize your past can you truly reach for the future. Enjoy the ride and never forget that the background is always much closer than it appears.
Second Place ($200 and $200 to your school):
“A Different Angle” Cari Guerre, 17, Westview High School, Beaverton
It doesn’t matter how you look at fruit. Whether it is upside-down or right-side up it is delicious, healthy and will help you live a lot longer than foods oozing with grease will. So the next time you are in Portland, maybe choose an apple instead of a doughnut.
Third Place: ($100 and $100 to your school):
“A Healthier Smile” Da-En Lee, 16, Representing Westview High School, Beaverton
One study shows that daily flossing may increase up to 6.4 years of your life expectancy, simply because it helps get rid of bacteria that causes further problems such as certain heart diseases. It is simple routines like this that we often disregard which leads us to a happier, healthier lifestyle
Honorable Mention ($25 gift certificate to Powell’s Books)
“It’s the People” Rachel Louise Burnett, 17 Westview High School, Beaverton
No matter how fit you are, or how healthy you eat, or how positive you act, what makes a person truly feel the complete bliss of health is relationships. We all need people around us that love us and care for us, that share our life with us.