Eleven NELA Student Photographers Win the CD-1 Hi Res Photo Contest – BoulevardSentinel.com


Carolyn Cole and Yovanny Martinez at the awards ceremony today at Academia Avance in Highland Park | Photo by Alexandra Epstein for Boulevard Sentinel)




By Alexandra Epstein

The winners of Council Member Gil Cedillo’s second annual photo contest were announced yesterday.

“What is your new normal? asked the board member of photographers enrolled in high schools located in District One of the board. More than 100 students from 11 secondary schools submitted their works.

The first winner of this year’s contest was Yovanny Martinez, a junior at Academia Avance. The winning photo, shown in black and white, depicts a lone figure standing at the edge of a cliff, overlooking a stormy ocean below.

Yovanny Martinez took the top spot with this photo capturing the loneliness he and many others have endured during the pandemic.

The Sentinel interviewed Martinez after the awards show. Here’s what he told us about his winning photo and how it fit his “new normal” when he took it:

Daniela Perez, a student at Lincoln High School, took second place with her photo of an empty street next to the school. The piece makes striking use of vertical composition. Loyola High School’s Andrew Lawrence took third place with a capture of ocean water rushing over the rocks at Topanga Beach.

A panel of eight veteran judges, including NELA’s Al Strange, identified 11 “local” winners. Of those 11 students, Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole selected the top three district winners.

All of the winning photos from this year’s contest can be viewed here.

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