Shay by Shelby Dent, Flagstaff High School

Shay by Shelby Dent, Flagstaff High School

Our partners at Freeman Law and Nature Exposed Photography have worked with the Arts Council again this year on the development of the Youth Lens High School Photography Contest and Exhibition. Over 200 students from local high schools submitted photographs for the program, and 32 were accepted in the highly competitive exhibition.

The exhibition opens for the first time during First Friday ArtWalk on May 6 at Freeman Law’s offices in downtown Flagstaff at 19 W. Birch Avenue. The public is invited to view the exhibition at this reception, from 6-9pm. Refreshments will be served.

Photographs were selected by a local jury that included Tony Freeman of Nature Exposed Photography, Tom Alexander of Tom Alexander Photography and Stephen Saunders of The Framing Department at Hidden Light. The top three prize winners in the exhibition will be announced at the reception during First Friday on June 3.

Students selected to have photographs in this year’s exhibition are: Amy Palmer, Alexander Manygoats Jr., Hannah Harvey, Kristi Jordan, Dadric Riggs, John Stilley, Kye Davis, Joacquin Soto, Ben Shanahan, Hannah Doskicz, Morgan Hodges, Connor McFerson, Connor Veschio, Nathan Pond, Elsa Jacobson, Veleska Fleuchaus, Corey Blubaum, Josiah Hall, Erin Burdiss, Aryn Begay, Bryce Patten, Colton Kelly, Aaron Delgado, Wyatt Wilson, Nick Cowan, Bryan LeFebvre, Brienna Wells, Sabrina Priem, Brittany Eekhoff, Shelby Dent, and Tevin Todacheenie.

This is the third year that the Youth Lens program has been produced by Nature Exposed Photography, which was founded by Tony Freeman. His incredible encounters with wildlife and the beautiful scenery in Western Canada and Alaska has resulted in a passion for capturing unique glimpses of nature all over the globe. From the beaches in Mexico, to the wildflowers in the desert, the geography of southern Utah, the bears in Alaska and the lions in Tanzania, nature is exposed.