Young Shoots

The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the winners of the second annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition.

The competition, jointly created by the two Westport non-profit organizations, was 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.

Over 50 photographs of the Westport Farmers’ Market were submitted by kids and teens ages 8-18 from across Fairfield County.  The subject matter ranged from flowers to onions to photographer’s siblings.

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

First place winners in each age group won the opportunity to co-lead a photo shoot at The Whelk restaurant with renowned chef Bill Taibe and a $100 cash prize.  Second place winners received a $50 cash prize.  Fan Favorite winners for each age group, selected by the public, received a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.

Following are the selected winners and photographs:

Ages 8 – 10

  • First Place: Calista Finkelstein, “Starstem”
  • Second Place: Benji Porosoff, “Composition”
  • Fan Favorite: Alex Lieber, “Radishes”

Ages 11-14

  • First Place: Anastasia Davis, “Untitled”
  • Second Place: Chloe Murray, “Untitled”
  • Fan Favorite: Emma Langdon, “Untitled”

Ages 15-18

  • First Place: Claire Langdon, “Fungal Forrest”
  • Second Place and Fan Favorite: Margaret Kraus, “Towhead Tomatoes”

The students were honored Tuesday night in a gallery-like reception at Sugar & Olives restaurant in Norwalk.  The winning photographs will remain on display at Sugar & Olives through Tuesday, October 4. All framed photos are available for sale for $50 each.

Calista Finkelstein, the first place winner in the ages 8-10 year old category, explained, “I like that fact that it [the tomato] looks like a star in my photo and you can see all the detail.”

Benji Porosoff, the second place winner in the ages 8-10 year old category said, “I was just wandering around the Farmers’ Market, and I liked how the beans were mixed – it looked really cool.”

For more information on Young Shoots and other youth and teen programs at the Westport Arts Center, please call 203/222-7070 or visit

About 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 Katherine and Howard 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; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler 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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