Emily Woodward-Shaw, a seventh-grader from Chandler's Athlos Traditional Academy, was awarded a gold medal for photography in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing competition. The name of her work was “Standing By."
She created her project while standing backstage during a performance at Mesa Arts Center and her teacher, Levi Mason, encouraged her to enter the contest.
“My true passion is the performing arts. Whether it is dance, music, art, drama, I love it all. In my project I’m hoping to capture the unpredictable by going behind the scenes of a theatrical production at the Mesa Arts Center called 'Thoroughly Modern Millie.' I was kindly invited by the director of this musical to come and take some shots at her production. From experience, I know how much people work for a show, but I also know that the audience only sees the outside creativity and not the real drama; behind the stage. This is going to be a great experience for me because each performance is different from the next which means this is a one-off opportunity to capture the emotions; delight, frustration, nerves, anticipation and excitement," Emily stated in a press release.
Winners are invited to New York in May for an awards ceremony. Only 1 percent of more than 230,000 submissions are recognized nationally.