The Charleston Center for Photography and CCPL Teen Photo Contest Winners would like to say...
"Thank you Nikon for my great camera," exclaims Lauren Hawes. "Before I got this, all I had was my camera phone which wasn't good at all. This camera is so amazing. Now I can shoot whenever I want and even use flash too."
"My camera has a touch screen that's pretty neat," says Claire Dickman. "There are so many settings to learn."
"With the younger generation being inundated with technology, I'm not surprised that Ms. Claire took to her camera to quickly," said Stacy Pearsall, owner of the Charleston Center for Photography (CCforP). "I showed her a few ways to set her ISO and how to take control of her camera and she mastered it in short order!"
"I watched Ava photograph her surroundings during the CCforP Youth Camp and she's such an artist," said Stacy. "Her perspective is unique and I believe with her new camera, she'll have the tools to express her vision."
Photo Contest 1st Place Winner, Lauren Hawes:
"I'm so glad I won first place. Before the summer, I didn't have a camera and I used my dad's to make the picture for the contest," said Lauren. "I got the Nikon Coolpix S8100 and I have so many options that my dad is even jealous of me."
"I guess I see things in a different way from others, but I hear that's a good thing," explains Lauren.
"I put the camera in my bag, so I have it everywhere I go," Lauren says. "Sometimes I catch my little brother with it. He seems to like photography too."
"I had no idea I could draw with light," Lauren says smiling. "During my private lesson with Ms. Stacy, we turned the lights out and used flash lights to draw in the dark. We made swirls, pumpkins and even self portraits."
"Again, thank you Nikon for donating these prizes. I'm so glad I won one!" says Lauren.
"In the turbulent economic climate, I'm humbled to see companies such as Nikon give to our community in such a generous way!" explains Stacy Pearsall. "I'm thankful and proud to associate my name with Nikon, not just for their generosity, but also for their wonderful products. As many of you know, America's art programs are being slashed in K-12 classrooms. Therefore, I volunteer my time to teach youth outreach programs and camps, so joining forces with Nikon and CCPL was a no-brainer. All of the youth involved were so open, creative and energetic - they invigorated and inspired me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Nikon for continuing the artistic dreams of America's future. Also, thank you CCPL for seeing the contest through fruition."