With four months until the 2016 submission deadline (December 3rd) we’re going to start shining the spotlight on some of our past photographers. These youth are enthusiastic artists who have been fantastic role models exploring, sharing and loving photography.


Our first photographer is 18 year old Mariana C. who is talented, extremely enthusiastic & may be volunteering at some upcoming workshops…

When did you first start taking photos?

I started taking photos when I turned 14. That summer was the first time I actually became interested in taking photos. It was for a trip up to Collingwood, and I’m so glad I did!

Why do you enjoy taking photos?

I enjoy taking photos because it’s a visual representation of what I see and feel at that moment. It’s like my personal signature. I really believe no two people take the same photo and I find it so amazing that our personalities and experiences influence how we capture a moment.

My first still art photograph

What do you enjoy taking photos of?

People. I love people. From how they look to how they act, photos can capture a still of a human life. I love posed photoshoots since I can see my vision come to life, but I also love candid shots of people, since it can capture so much emotion and life. I think people can be the hardest and the easiest thing to photograph, and I enjoy that challenge.

What camera(s) do you use?

I started out with a camera on my phone, moved on to a Nikon S1, and now I’m on my first DSLR, the Nikon D3300. I really think if you have the passion, equipment isn’t the most important thing. The love and energy behind the photo is what counts. And eventually you can keep moving up!

My first proud moment as a photographer as it was included in the IAS2014 gallery

How did you first learn about Imagine A Show?

I learned about Imagine A Show thanks to my curiosity! I was looking for anything involving youth and photography, and eventually found the Imagine A Show website. I was hooked instantly!

How long have you been involved?

Ever since the 2014 IAS where I was featured by a local business! It gave me so much inspiration to see everyone else and their beautiful work, so I’ve participated every year since, and this will be my last year, sadly! (I’m getting too old!!!)

What have you enjoyed about the project so far?

Everything. The opportunities it’s given me, the talented people I’ve made contact with, the sheer fun and challenge, and the inclusion of so many talented youth. 

Why should youth participate in Imagine A Show?

I think every youth who enjoys photography should participate in Imagine A Show. It’s such an amazing project that showcases passion and talent, and it’s so incredibly fun! If you’re questioning whether or not you should do it, just do it! You won’t regret it!

Do you have any tips for other young and aspiring photographers?

Do it because you love it. Just do it. The further along I’ve gotten in photography the more I’ve realized the only thing that will keep you going and make you different is your passion. Fancy equipment, models, and props can’t replace passion and drive. So just do it because you love to do it. 

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Don’t ever be embarrassed to share your work with other photographers or people. As I said before, do it because you love photography. Don’t do it for money, don’t do it to impress people, do it to capture moments for yourself. Don’t give up and don’t be discouraged by people with more experience and fancy equipment. 

My first photograph that I would consider beautiful