Local VA/MD students named finalists in Nature Visions Photo Expo photo contest

Gabriel Arias of Potomac. Md. and Winston-Churchill High School with his two finalist photos, (L to R) ‘Bloom’ and ‘Harmony.’

Winner to be Announced at NVPE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NOV. 14, NOV. 15

Ten students from local high schools have placed as finalists in the Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) Student Photography contest and will receive a $50 gift card fromDistrict Camera, of Burke, Va. The 10 finalists were chosen out of more than 60 submissions, representing schools from Northern Virginia and Maryland. The winner will receive a $100 District Camera gift card and will be announced at NVPE at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va., held on Sat., Nov. 14 and Sun., Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. All finalists’ photography will be on display at NVPE. General admission is free to view the photo exhibits and visit more than 20 local and national photography vendors. Class fees range from free to $85. Merchant Hall three-day passes are also available at $160 per person and allow access to 11 presentations. Purchase passes at www.naturevisions.org.

Gabriel Arias of Potomac. Md. and Winston-Churchill High School with his two finalist photos, (L to R) ‘Bloom’ and ‘Harmony.’

Gabriel Arias of Potomac. Md. – Winston-Churchill High School with his two finalist photos, ‘Bloom’ and ‘Harmony.’

NVPE finalists include: two-time finalist, Gabriel Arias, 17 of Potomac, Md., attending Winston-Churchill High School for his photos, Harmony and Bloom; Sai Charan Gurrapu, 15, of Chantilly, Va., attending Chantilly High School, for Blossom; two-time finalist, Kevin Hackler, 18, of Herndon, Va., graduate of Chantilly High School, for Glory and Connections; Alicia Kay, 17 of Vienna, Va., attending Oakton High School , for Monet; Abby Keller, 18 of Springfield, Va., graduate of West Springfield High School, for Frozen in Time; Alyssa Prouty, 18, of Haymarket, Va., graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School, for Freedom; Andrew Savino, 17 of Fairfax Station, Va., attending The Howard Garner School, for Eastern Screech Owl; and Jess Taylor, 17, of Vienna, Va., graduate of Winston Churchill High School, for Stranded.

The Expo presents nature photography exhibits from eight of the DC-area’s best camera clubs, as well as free classes for beginners, two free Lightroom seminars and 23 more instructional sessions on topics from the iPhone to landscape photography. More advanced lectures by notable professional and freelance nature photographers, including keynote speaker Joe McNally, veteran photojournalist of the book, Faces of Ground Zero and renowned, freelance photographer for National Geographic and LIFE magazines, do charge a fee.

In addition to the seminars and lectures, photographers will have the chance to focus their lenses on hawks and owls in a natural setting, just outside the Hylton Performing Arts Center. All proceeds go to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia to support their animal rehabilitation programs.

“Like painting, music and the performing arts—photography is an art-form to be enjoyed and practiced,” said Tom Shevock, president of Nature Visions Photo Expo. “We all look to capture a moment with our camera, whether it’s a professional shot or just a quick click of the cell phone–our Expo offers something for everyone,” said Shevock.

Since 2002, the annual Nature Visions Photo Expo has been the premiere nature photography symposium in the greater Washington, D.C. area, featuring photos and exhibits from its member camera clubs, as well as hosting world-famous speakers and a growing number of lectures and seminars. NVPE is committed to advancing the appreciation of photography in the mid-Atlantic region; encouraging individuals with all levels of experience and all areas of interest to participate in photography; and increasing the appreciation of photographic art within the community. For more information, go to www.naturevisions.org.

Asha Sedalia Bruot, MPA | President
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