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 Aaron, the fantastic young photographer whose amazing photo graced the cover of our 2015 book!

A camping trip in Killarney Provincial Park just after a thunderstorm.

When did you first start taking photos?

I have had a passion for photography ever since I was about seven years old. I got my first camera, a little Panasonic point and shoot, when I was about nine and took that camera with me everywhere I went.

Why do you enjoy taking photos?

I’m not actually completely sure why I love photography as much as I do. It definitely has something to do with the fact that I love travelling and being out in nature, and of course the artistic element plays a large role. I think mostly though it is the challenge of finding the perfect angle and lighting for the scene, even if nature doesn’t cooperate. For me, capturing a great photo is one of the most rewarding feelings and is often the highlight of a trip.

What do you enjoy taking photos of?

My foremost passion is taking photos of landscapes, I try to capture scenes in ways that I haven’t really seen done before. Besides photography, one of my pastimes is dirt biking, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty incredible places on my motorcycle, therefore dirt bikes are common subjects in my photos. My family is also very involved in the equine community, so much of my photography features horses as well.

What camera(s) do you use?

My primary camera is a Nikon D3000, but I will often shoot with a D7000. For dirt biking I have a waterproof/shockproof Olympus point and shoot with manual controls which gives me great image quality in a convenient package. If all else fails, the camera on my iPhone can give great results as well. I do most of my editing in Adobe Lightroom.
Maya Bay in Thailand just after sunrise.

How did you first learn about Imagine A Show?

I learned about Imagine A Show when my mom saw it promoted somewhere.

How long have you been involved?

I first entered the show last year. I submitted three photos, one of which was featured on the cover of the 2015 edition of the Imagine A Show photo book.

What have you enjoyed about the project so far?

The thing I have enjoyed most about being involved with Imagine A Show is the process of going through my pictures and trying to decide which photos I should enter. It was a slightly intimidating experience submitting my photos to be judged by experienced photographers, but the fact that people could see the work that I was so proud of was more than worth it. I have to admit that seeing my kayaking picture on the cover of a very professional photo book felt amazing as well.

Why should youth participate in Imagine A Show?

There are so many reasons why young photographers should submit their photos. Seeing your work being published is such a cool feeling, everyone involved is extremely supportive and shares a passion for photography, and above all else it is fun and exciting to show off your work to the public and fellow photographers.

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

The most important piece of advice that I can give other aspiring photographers is to not become too caught up in getting the perfect shot. It is so common for photographers to be in a mind blowing location, a remote lake in the Rockies, or a busy street in South East Asia for example, and they become so fixated on their photography that they completely forget to enjoy their surroundings. I know that I am guilty of this, and when you have a passion for photos it can be difficult to avoid, but it is important to sometimes put the camera down and just live in the moment.

The dirt bike photo was taken in Nevada during a dirt bike trip.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I would like to thank everyone at Imagine a Show for putting on an amazing event and doing so much for youth like myself who have a passion for taking photos.