The Westport Arts Center and Westport Farmers Market are sponsoring a student digital photography competition, “Young Shoots,” for those 8 to 18 years old.

The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate creativity through digital photography, and to showcase the fare at the weekly farmers, according to a press release.

“Partnering with the Westport Arts Center on the Young Shoots competition is the perfect way to mix food, youth and art while having a good time,” Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of the farmers’ market, said in the contest announcement. “We are thrilled to celebrate our local youth photographers this season.”

“Both food lovers and art lovers enjoy a strong presentation of aesthetics,” added Helen Klisser During, the arts center’s artistic director. “There is a deep-rooted passion that runs across food growers, to those who attend the Westport Farmers’ Market, to artists.”

Entries must be submitted by Aug. 1, and can be sent to

In addition to the jurors' selections, the public can vote for their favorite photographs. "Fan Favorites" votes can be cast on the Westport Arts Center website: beginning Aug. 5.

Selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at a Sept. 15 reception at the local restaurant Sugar & Olives.

In addition, first- and second-place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize, and "Fan Favorite" winners in each age category will win a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers Market tee-shirt.

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