Six Bronx Junior Photo League students who submitted work to the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards received regional recognition for 39 pieces of photography, film, writing and art portfolios.
Photo League students Anastasia Cardona, Fanta Diop, Lucki Islam, Bryan Monge-Serrano, Reynaldo Olivera and Chloe Rodriguez, all 12th-grade students, received Gold Key recognition for a total of 16 Gold Key awards, according to the Bronx Documentary Center.
The Bronx Junior Photo League is a documentary photography and college success program serving middle high school students run by the Bronx Documentary Center.
A photo by Diop was also named an American Visions Nominee, one of five works, from across all categories and grades, selected as the “Best-of-Show” for each local program. Islam’s Gold Key-winning photography portfolio will allow her to be considered for a scholarship award.
Gold Key awards are given to the very best works submitted to local programs. These submissions will advance in the national competition, to be judged by a panel of creative industry experts. Gold Key winners will have their work exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 19 to May 21.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their work to the world. They received close to 10,000 submissions this year from teens across New York City.
The Gold Key winners, Silver winners and honorable mentions can be viewed here.