The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the third 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 Lillie Fortino, Director of Education for 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.

Lillie Fortino stated, “We love working with the Westport Farmers’ Market and are always so impressed with the quality of work we receive from our young photographers.  We look forward to seeing this year’s submissions.”

Lori Cochran-Dougall, Executive Director of the Westport Farmers’ Market, stated, “This continues to be a perfect combination of community organizations partnering in creative impactful ways. So excited to see what is captured in our third annual Young Shoots.

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 music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management;; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; 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. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


Feature photo: Anastasia Davis

Registration for our Fall Course Catalog is ongoing. Check out the classes for babies, kids, teens and adults.