What happens when training, great tools and talented students come together? Brilliance! And the winning photos from this year’s Sony® / iD Tech Camps® photography contest prove it. That’s right, the images you see on this blog post were taken by teens and tweens, not pros, using the Sony® α (alpha) camera.
Over a thousand photos were produced and submitted to the photography contest which happens after kids 7-17 take part in a weeklong summer digital photography course at iD Tech Camp. The young photographers get a chance to learn the fundamentals of photography, like light, shadow, exposure and composition and they had a chance to use DSLR cameras like the Sony® α100.
First place winner, Najwa Kaawach, turned what most people would see as a piece of trash on a lawn into of vivid and beautifully composed picture. “With Sony, you can find unexpected beauty anywhere,” said Najwa whose winning image captured a plastic cup covered with dew drops resting on a backdrop of vivid green blades of grass. As part of his prize Najwa received a brand new SLT-A33 camera, which features Sony’s newly-released Translucent Mirror Technology.
Second and third place winners were Jesse Englander and Evan Palmer.
Jesse’s photo showed an artistic view of MIT buildings. “The cartoon-like shapes of the buildings made me want to add a lot of color and contrast. The camera captured the textures well, so I didn’t mess with that.”
Evan photographed a vibrant leaf covered with small water drops. “I enjoyed using the Sony Cameras. They had a clean, fast, and easy to use interface that allowed me to take better quality pictures faster. I had a great time shooting this winning photo and I’m looking forward to buying one of my own soon!”
“Choosing three ‘top’ photos was extremely difficult,” said Karen Thurm Safran, VP of Marketing at iD Tech Camps and iD Visual Arts Academy, “The combination of the Sony α DSLR camera technology with students’ skills and creativity made for some really outstanding projects that showed great depth.”
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