Talented Trio of Top Finishers from Grenada, BVI Virgin Gorda and BVI Tortola
Showcase Unique Perspectives on Beauty and Spirit of Their Island Homes
NEW YORK (March 30, 2007)–National Geographic Traveler magazine and the Caribbean Tourism Organization have again proven one of the most time-honored truths — the world always looks brighter when seen through a child’s eyes.
The second annual Caribbean Youth Photography Contest, “In My View,” has crowned a trio of talented shutterbugs. They are grand-prize winner Joshua Tuson, 12, from Grenada; second-prize winner Dylan Hunter, 13, from BVI Virgin Gorda; and third-prize winner Matthew Osman, 17, from BVI Tortola.
Tuson earned top honors for his submission “Chad, On Paradise Beach.” According to Tuson, the photograph is all about keeping it real. “Chad is our neighbor,” Tuson said, “and he is seven years old. I took him and my sisters to the beach for a swim and took some photos there. I took this picture how it really is, because in most pictures the subject is smiling all over his face and it looks completely set up.” Instead, Tuson catches Chad on the left side of his frame, looking straight-faced into his lens while letting the white sand and deep-blue expanse make their beauty known. Tuson, an avowed nature lover and accomplished open water diver, definitely sees pictures in his future and credits his ever-present camera with opening his eyes to the world around him. “Carrying my camera makes me more observant,” he said.
“We were trying to choose photographs that showed the color and vitality of the Caribbean Islands,” said National Geographic Traveler Photo Editor Dan Westergren. “In addition to the normal things we look for — good light, photograph in focus, nice composition — we wanted to choose pictures that would give the viewer a look into the personality of the place. For the winning photo, we were struck by the way the boy is placed off to one side and close in to the photographer. That allows the picture to be a portrait, but one that includes the beach scenery as a secondary element. So, the clever composition with its strong, not washed-out, colors really made this photo a winner.”
Tuson and his parents will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a four-day, three-night trip courtesy of National Geographic Traveler. The prize also includes a 35 mm Pentax digital camera, a private tour of the National Geographic Society and a tour of the city with one of the magazine’s leading photographers.
Hunter’s submission, “The Granite Passage,” earned him an “Ultimate Photography Package,” including a digital camera and carrying case plus three National Geographic Society photography books.
Hunter knew he would have to find a special model to help him capture one of his most cherished places on a day that he remembers as “boiling hot.” He found her in his friend Mollee, who patiently posed at a hidden-treasure Virgin Gorda beach known to the locals as Spring Bay. “I took the picture at my secret spot nicknamed by my family as ‘Spitting Pond’ because of the way the rocks wedge. As the waves hit, it appears to spit, creating a large pool completely surrounded by gigantic granite boulders.” The title, he added, comes from the fact that the only way to enter the area is through a single passage in the rocks.
Osman combined his interest in photography with another of his passions, skim boarding, to create his winning entry. “Heading into the Sunset” was shot at Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay, a favorite gathering spot for Osman and his friends, who often stretch their skimming fun into the early evening hours and beyond. The north-facing beach is a favorite location for summer sunset snappers. On this particular evening, Osman and his brother Chris, also a photography enthusiast, were experimenting with different angles and light meter readings to capture yet another in an endless Caribbean series of spectacular natural light shows.
Osman will receive 10 National Geographic Society photography books for his efforts (which one would hope he will be sharing with his brother!). His work, along with the work of the other two winners, will be on display in a special photo exhibit at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington.
The award ceremony will take place at the National Geographic Society’s Washington, D.C., headquarters on Thursday, April 19, 2007.
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