Lili Dowell of Stratford, CT won first prize in the 15-18 category in the third annual Young Shoots student digital photography competition this year.
The competition is co-sponsored by the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market. It aims to allow students “to demonstrate their creativity and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market”. Lili’s entry, “Happy Rhubarb” certainly meets those criteria.
According to the Fairfield and Westport Minuteman, first place winners of each age group won a $100 cash prize and “the opportunity to co-lead a photo shoot” at a local restaurant.
But for Lili, a 15-year old sophomore at Bunnell High School, being in the limelight is nothing new. She won first prize with her photo “Tomatoes” in the same contest in 2015, in the 11-14 category, and the same photo won her another prize at the Fairfield Images competition last year.
Lili’s “winning ways” began when she won a prize in the Architecture category with her photo “Escalating”, taken in Copenhagen on a European trip.
Actually, the old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree applies here as well: Lili’s mother Anikó (a former teacher at the Fairfield Hungarian School) is an experienced photographer herself, having won in the Architecture category at the Fairfield Museum and History Center’s exhibit this past spring with her “Chain Bridge” photo. That photo had been taken on the same trip as Lili’s “Escalating”.
We wish both Lili and Anikó further photographic success!