With our 2016 submission deadline (December 3rd) quickly approaching, we’re interviewing enthusiastic young artists who have been fantastic role models exploring, sharing and loving photography.

Meet Amanda (Age 13), a young photographer who has been exploring with Imagine A Show for a number of years….

When did you first start taking photos?

I first started taking photos when I was about 6 or 7. It was more for silly stuff and when my parents let me use the camera. Now I’m starting to see photography very differently. I have so much to learn!

Why do you enjoy taking photos?

I like taking photos because it can show a person’s personality. Sometimes it can capture a memory of where I have been or what I have seen. Other times it is fun to take a picture of something to see if it can look a different way or create a mood.

What do you enjoy taking photos of?

I like take photos of things that inspire me. Lately I enjoy taking photos of nature and flowers because I like how each flower is a different shape and unique -just like people.

What camera(s) do you use?

My parents’ camera (but I need to make sure I use the neck strap!) It’s a Canon. I also use an iphone sometimes but the quality isn’t as good.

My first photo that I was really proud of.

How did you first learn about Imagine A Show?

I learned about Imagine A Show from my Mom. The first year I was nervous but now I look forward to the chance to participate.

How long have you been involved?

I’m happy to say I’ve been involved since the first year and hope to keep being involved.

What have you enjoyed about the project so far?

I have enjoyed that throughout the years my photography has gotten better with the way I position the camera or how I zoom. It’s also really exciting to attend the ‘openings’ and a great /nervous feeling when the art is put up and seen by the public. Once when I was looking at the art and I heard some people talking about a photo I had taken. They didn’t know I was the photographer and I was standing behind them. It made me feel proud! I also like seeing all of the other pictures that other kids take too. They are all so different and good that it makes me feel inspired to be participating too. I have learned that kids of all ages can take great pictures. When we see the displays we have fun guessing what age the photographer might be because you never know!

Why should youth participate in Imagine A Show?

It is a great opportunity in so many ways. It challenges you to learn and take time to be a better photographer. It’s really fun to participate in and feels really good to see your art hung up like a professional. It is a special experience because it is positive and makes you feel like a real artist and you know people will be encouraging and help you.

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

Even if you think your pictures don’t turn out, don’t give up because I guarantee there will be some that will be exceptionally good. Just have fun with it! It’s ok to take lots of pictures and only have some turn out. Sometimes the best photos are unexpected! And you never know what people will like. Cropping can really change a picture. Making decisions of which photo to pick can be hard.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks for the chance to inspire kids. Thanks to the organizers!