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Tucson student wins annual statewide photography contest

Posted: 12:41 PM, May 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-15 19:24:35Z
Tucson student wins photography contest
Tucson student wins photography contest

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.