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3 juniors earn awards in 2020 Weston Competition
3 juniors earn awards in 2020 Weston Competition

Three Santa Catalina School photography students won awards in the 2020 Weston Scholarship competition.

Maddy Brown '21 earned third place in the Julian P. Graham Category, and Grace Atkins '21 and Sarah Scheetz '21 earned honorable mentions. In total, Catalina submitted 16 portfolios to the contest.

The annual competition is designed to celebrate black-and-white film photography. Every year, Catalina students work in the school's darkroom to prepare their photos for entry. Students were about halfway through working on their portfolios when the school shifted to distance learning. Despite losing access to the darkroom, most students continued with their original work, while some created new portfolios. One student created her own darkroom at home, while another found she could duplicate her darkroom work by using a scanner.

Because of the changed circumstances, the Weston Collective, which puts on the contest, decided to move the competition online and accept digital images as well. The contest was open to high school and college students in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

The winning entries are below. View more Catalina portfolios on SmugMug.


Maddy Brown, An Untold Story

Maddy photographed an abandoned barn near her home on the Monterey Peninsula. "These buildings are relics of a now finished story, one that I've always wanted to discover and capture photographically."


Grace Atkins, A Message to the World

Grace photographed sea anemones in local tidepools. "The creatures need to be seen so people can connect with the ocean and realize that if we continue to damage and hurt the environment, its beauty may soon be lost forever."


Sarah Scheetz, Story of Motion

Sarah set out to paint with light. "It amazes me that the camera can capture the motion of the light with its shutter in such a way that the human eye cannot."


Top: Maddy's photo used in the official 2020 Weston Competition winners announcement.

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