Tucson student wins annual statewide photography contest

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson student Damian Galasso won the 6th annual "Adventures in Nature" photo contest.

1,140 students ages 13 through 18 submitted entries into the statewide photography competition. 

Galasso received $5,000 in prize money, plus gift certificates and passes to Nature Conservancy preserves in Arizona. 

Galasso created his winning photograph, entitled "Dragonfly," by using a microscope to zoom his camera in on the subject, giving viewers a close-up look at the head of a dragonfly with morning dew water droplets on it. 

"My goal in photography is to make viewers experience what I saw and felt the moment I took the photo," said Tucson freshman Galasso. 

Sean Stubben of Gilbert won second place with his entry, "Harris's Antelope Squirrel," and $2,500 in prize money. 

Justin Martinez of Gilbert won third place with his entry, "Arizona Beauty," and $1,000 in prize money.

Honorable mentions received $250. Those winners are: 

  • Jacqueline Maldonado, Tucson, for “Hummingbird”
  • Jonathan Auh, Scottsdale, for “Superstition Glow”
  • Zach Schlamowitz, Tucson, for “Color Rained Out”
  • Abelardo Garcia, Phoenix, for “Focused”
  • Julian Pimienta, Tucson, for “Tanque Verde Canyon”
  • Marissa Lasso, Sedona, for “Red Rock Air”
  • Mary Kayser, Prescott, for “Sunset in Grass”

Winners will have their photos published by the sponsors: Arizona Highways, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona, and Cox Communications. Plus, winners will receive a photography workshop from Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

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