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Lily Stafford Takes Winning Shot in the Snap It! Junior Photo Contest

She Shoots, She Scores! Rookie Photographer Takes the Winning Shot in the Snap It! Junior Photo Contest

Union Academy student Lily Stafford took the winning shot in the Union County Community Arts Council’s (UCCAC) Snap It! Junior Photo Contest held in March.

The contest was held on the UCCAC’s Facebook page, and 59 different students entered a total of 160 unique, shoe-themed compositions. Stafford’s photograph, titled “Nature’s Dance,” won the contest with 502 votes.

The inspiration for her composition came from her mother’s old pointe ballet shoes and the growth of the spring flowers on Union Academy’s campus.

“I got my mom’s shoes and went outside here and got some Bradford Pear blossoms and evergreen leaves, and then I set it all up in the media room on the black backdrop they used for senior portraits,” Stafford said.

The high school sophomore is a brand new photographer, but she is no stranger to the arts. Stafford said her artistic experience includes both hands-on and digital mediums.

“My dad was an artist, so I’ve been interested in art since I was very little,” she said.

Stafford is currently taking Art III- Honors with Susan Helms, the Union Academy high school art teacher who encouraged Stafford and the other UA art students to submit a photo for the competition.

“Lily’s award-winning photo captures her artistic skill and creative eye,” Helms said. “She is a pleasure to teach because she challenges herself daily. She excels beyond the classroom as she tries different techniques and processes with a variety of media. Lily is an outstanding student and I am so proud of her!”

Stafford received a $250 Amazon gift card for winning the contest. She said she is saving the money for a trip she plans to take in a few years to Tokyo, Japan, where she will watch the 2020 Summer Olympics.