Photo: Lindsay Oren’s “What’s Found Underneath,” First Place winner for the 15-18 Year Old Category, Young Shoots, 2015.

The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the second annual student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.

The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market.

Jurors for the competition include Amanda Innes; acting Executive Director of the Westport Arts Center, Stephanie Webster; Editor in Chief for, and Eileen Sawyer; local photographer and member of the Westport Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.

The jurors will select winners in three age groups (8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15-18 years old) and all photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

All selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives restaurant. First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and will also have the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe, local chef extraordinaire. Second place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize.

The community will also have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions beginning August 20, with “Fan Favorite” winners in each age category receiving a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.

Amanda Innes stated, “Our Community Collaboration program efforts are designed to provide opportunities to learn, engage and be inspired through the arts. Young Shoots is a celebration of the artistic talent of kids and teens.”

Lori Cochran-Dougall, Executive Director of the Westport Farmers’ Market, stated, “Young Shoots captures the essence of a community growing together. The partnership between the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market is in our humble opinion, spectacular. The combination of youth, arts, farmers and community are the perfect recipe.”

Submissions are due by August 14, and selected photographers will be notified August 25.  Full submission deadlines are available on

Please visit or for more information on the Young Shoots digital photography competition.

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

In June 2006, Paul Newman and Michel Nischan planted a seed and we opened our doors in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse.  We were so proud of our 14 vendors, and so grateful for the 500 shoppers who showed up to support us.

In 2009, we moved to our current home at 50 Imperial Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Saugatuck River. With a little more space and a little more air, we began to put down roots.  We started expanding our programming, and our role within the community.

Today, boasting the accolade of the strictest guidelines in the state, to assure the most delicious and healthy food possible, the market is blooming with 45 vendors! Food trucks, GMO free vendors, organic farmers, pizza, yoga, chef demos, tamales, and an eager, hungry lunch crowd.  We now welcome thousands of eager shoppers each month.  

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; EC Infosystems, Inc.; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLC; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Sweets; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sheffer Family Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now;  William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


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