Winners of the 2022 KDL Teen Photo Challenge

There were 115 amazing photos submitted to this year's Teen Photo Challenge. We were so impressed by the talent displayed by the teens in our county! Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to our guest judge, Ashlee McGreevy, Visiting Professor of Photography at Grand Valley State University.

Black and White Category

Judge's Choice - Black and White Mist by Helena Jolliffe
Judge's comments: I really enjoyed the crisp detail in this image as well as how the rich contrast brought out the texture in the grass. The subtle mist created a great narrative quality in the image.

Judge's Choice - Wired by Estelle Metz
Judge's comments: This image has a great use of the worm’s eye view, giving the viewer a different angle and ability to see details they may not normally notice. Also, a great use of contrast to bring out details.

Nature in Your Neighborhood

Judge's Choice - Sunset Moss by Evelyn Vernon
Judge's comments: The angle of this image gives the audience a unique view of the world. The sun coming from the background cascades over the middle and foreground giving the image contrast that pops out the tiny details in the moss.

Judge's Choice - The Veins of Nature by Avery Siemens
Judge's comments: The use of shallow depth of field in this image draws the viewer into the highly detailed veins of the leaf. The pop of green color also helps draw the viewer into the image.

Repetition of Objects

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Judge's Choice - Recurrent Shine by Sophia Feldpausch
Judge's comments: The use of light to capture the detail in this image is spot on, creating an abstract pattern that is unique and interesting. The close, bird’s eye angle adds to the abstract nature of this image. The beauty of this image is in its simplicity.

People's Choice Winners

The Creator's Cloud by Cailynn Blunk

Quite the Pair by Hailey Wellman

Thank you to all our teen photographers for sharing your incredible talent with us! We can’t wait to see what you all come up with next year.

And thanks again to Ashlee McGreevy, our guest judge! She has been an arts educator for over 11 years working at both Grand Valley State University and Kendall College of Art & Design. She recently took a position on the marketing team at John Ball Zoo where she combines her knowledge of design, marketing experience and passion for visual storytelling. Ashlee is also active in the visual and performing arts community and enjoys exploring off-the-beaten path with her wife and new baby by her side. You can learn more about her work and career by visiting, opens a new window.