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High School Senior Places in Photography Contest

                          High School senior Andrew Karman's winning photograph

Some teens use their cell phones to stay in touch with their friends and families. For Hampton senior Andrew Karman, his iPhone has a more important purpose – capturing unique moments in life that convey a thought, theme or greater purpose than the average selfie.

Andrew has been using his phone for the last seven months to photograph portraits and scenes about town that catch his eye. While he has a camera, Andrew said he actually prefers to use his iPhone to shoot photos. Downtown Pittsburgh is one of his favorite areas to scour in search of unique images to record. “Every time I go down there, it’s a new experience,” he said. “There are new places to explore every day.”

One of those places – and the photograph that resulted – earned Andrew an award in August. The photo (pictured above) was named the second-place winner in the 2016 Carnegie Library Teen Media Awards in the Photography category. Winners in the Photography category were selected by a judge from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.          

Andrew’s winning photo was shot using his iPhone and features a scene from Market Square. It was taken in February, several months before the contest was even announced. “It fit the criteria for submission when I heard about the contest, so I decided to enter it,” he said.

According to the Carnegie Library, more than 300 Allegheny County middle and high school teens entered the awards contest, which were presented on August 10th at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. The awards are divided into two parts: the Ralph Munn Creative Writing Awards and the Labsy Awards. The two parts combined recognize a variety of creative work. First place winners in each category received $250 and second place winners received $100.

Andrew takes photos for the High School yearbook and said he would love to find a way to combine his love of photography with his love of traveling into a future career. 

Andrew Karman at the awards ceremony


Posted by berg in High School, art education, STEAM on Thursday October, 20, 2016

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