Event sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc. celebrates self-expression and creativity.
Photo Blue Flower, Makaley G.
SAN DIEGO, CA, August 20, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with Sony Electronics, announced today the national winners of Boys & Girls Clubs of America ImageMakers National Photography competition during a celebration event at Sony’s headquarters in San Diego. Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle earned the top honor of Best in Show with a portrait titled “Zamira”.
The ImageMakers National Photography Program and Contest enables Club youth to engage in visual storytelling and develop skills to take impactful photographs. This year-round program encourages Club members to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. With a rich, 50-year history, the Photography Contest is one of the member competitions from Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s arts initiative, which invites youth ages 6 to 18 to capture photographs and express their creativity in five categories: culture & tradition, portraits, fashion, surroundings and photo with essay or poem.
“Sony’s longstanding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides an opportunity to connect youth with the tools, digital imaging technology and the creative outlet to express themselves through photography,” said Michael Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics. “We’re invested in cultivating the next generation of creators, and providing youth with the necessary skills to help achieve a successful future.”
Studies have shown that participation in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates. Thanks to program sponsors like Sony Electronics, Boys & Girls Clubs are offering quality, affordable arts programming during out-of-school time.
ImageMakers provides innovative and high-quality arts programming that stimulates learning and academic success; inspires creativity; explores future careers; and encourages self-expression, critical thinking and problem solving. As a global leader in image sensors, the heart of photographic technology used in cameras and mobile phones around the world, Sony’s national support of ImageMakers enables Club youth to learn the art and science of photography and provides access to the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Arts programming helps build design thinking and in turn supports youth’s STEM interest, which supports Sony and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s commitment to expanding youth exposure to future technology and possible career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
All ImageMakers winners will receive a Sony Camera package that includes a Sony camera and case. To learn more about the ImageMakers National Photography program, and to view artwork from this year’s winners, visit bgca.org/imagemakers.
2018 ImageMakers Winners
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Cheryl K. Goodman