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Education

Woodridge Library announces Teen Photo Contest winners

WESTMONT – The Woodridge Public Library announced the winners – four local students – for its second annual Teen Photo Contest.

Photography submissions came in at the end of December and were then displayed at the library, 3 Plaza Drive, throughout January, according to Young Adult Coordinator Beth Van Opdorp.

The photo contest had 14 teens enter 19 pieces. Submitted photos could be in any or all of the three categories: Nature, Bundled Up and The Meaning of Holiday.

Two local photographers and two librarian photographers judged the photos but when it ended in a tie, three additional librarians ranked the photos as well, according to Opdorp.

Judging the separate pieces was tough, according to Kate Lehman, a first-time photography judge at the library.

“For some of them, the beauty was in the image they captured and for some it was in the skill they used to process it,” Lehman said. “It was kind of difficult [to choose].”

Lehman said she hopes to see more teens submit their work to their library.

“It gives [the teens] a wonderful platform for displaying their work,” Lehman said. “And it’s encouraging them to continue.”

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