Calling All Young Shoots

The Westport Farmers’ Market celebrates creativity.

Every Thursday, the Imperial Avenue parking lot teems with vendors offering creative ways to prepare fresh food (and not just produce — there’s meat, baked goods and more). Musicians perform. It’s fun, funky and alive.

There’s a lot to do, and see. It’s a photographer’s paradise too.

Which is why I’m happy to promote one of the the Farmers’ Market’s more creative opportunities.

An annual contest highlights images taken all summer long. And it’s got an especially creative name: The Young Shoots Digital Photography Competition.

Get it?

“Towhead Tomatoes” — 2016 Fan Favorite winner, and 2nd place in 15-18 age group. (Photo/Margaret Kraus)

There are 3 age groups: 8-10 years old, 11-14 and 15-18. All photos must be taken somewhere on the Farmers’ Market premises. Submissions are due by August 25.

This is no rinky-dink affair. Jurors include Lillie Fortino, Westport Arts Center director of education; Stephanie Webster, editor-in-chief of CTBites; Eileen Sawyer, a photographer and member of the WFM board of directors, and Liz Rueven, founding editor

First-place winners in each category receive a $100 cash prize, and the chance to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe (chef/owner of The Whelk, Ka Wa Ni and Jesup Hall). Second-place winners get $50.

Winners will also have their work shown in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives (a favorite Farmers’ Market vendor).

Anastasia Davis won 1st place in 2016 in the 11-14 age group for this shot.

The public can also vote online for their favorite images. “Fan favorites” get a 1-year membership to the Westport Arts Center, and a Farmers’ Market t-shirt.

Click here for photo guidelines and submission info. Click here to see past submissions.

Then fire away!

“Starstem” by Calista Finkelstein placed 1st in 2016 in the 8-10 category.

One response to “Calling All Young Shoots

  1. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    What a wonderful idea. The pictures above are wonderful and demonstrate that there is a group of budding future photographers waiting to be recognized. Perhaps they will graduate from this to sending in “Pics of the Day” and then on to national prominence.