St. Louis Public Radio Announces Teen Photo Contest Winners
St. Louis Public Radio has selected eight winners for the 2022 St. Louis Public Radio Teen Photojournalist Award, including Kirkwood High School senior Lainey Hoggwhich won Best in Show (winning photo above), Best Sports Feature photography and Best Pandemic Life photographer.
Other category winners include:
- Best Scenery: Ava Carson of the Nerinx room
- Best Feature: Kate Viglione from Lafayette high school
- Best Sporting Action: Kyle Button from Francis Howell North High School
- Best portrait (tie): Luke Sewell from Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Lily Kleinhenz from Clayton High School
The competition received 202 applications from students from 48 schools in the Saint-Louis and Rolla regions. The submissions represent a range of perspectives from up-and-coming young photographers and journalists who have visually documented the world through their lenses.
See the category winners below.
Best Sports Action
Better sports functionality
Best Portrait (Tie)
Better Pandemic Life
No prizes were awarded for the general information category.
- Countryside: Sid SuratieMarquette High School
- Countryside: Zaire Rose HarrellMary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
- Countryside: Cinthia TalbottRitenour High School
- Countryside: Maxwell GrellnerSaint Louis University High School
- Feature: Andrew Paul PoertnerFrancis Howell North High School
- Feature: Nick SanderSaint Louis University High School
- Sports activity: Maya CulianFrancis Howell Central Secondary School
- Sports feature: MacHuffmannLadue Horton Watkins High School
- Sports feature: Ava CarsonNerinx Hall High School
- Pandemic life: Catherine UyJohn Burroughs High School
- Portrait: Mekhi BrownPattonville High School
- Portrait: Somo DedkhadPattonville High School
- Portrait: Miles SchulteSaint Louis University High School
- Portrait: Sruthi RameshWentzville-Liberty High School
View all winning photographs including honorable mentions on the contest page.
Winners will be honored at a public reception on May 12 at the St. Louis Public Radio headquarters in Grand Center at 3651 Olive St.
Photos will be framed and displayed on the gallery walls in the St. Louis Public Radio lobby from May 12 through mid-June, on the big screen in the Public Media Commons outside the STLPR offices and in line on the contest page and the STLPR Instagram page. To view the framed exhibit, come to the opening reception or make an appointment for another time by emailing [email protected]
The Best in Show winner will receive $800 in gift certificates, and each category winner will receive $200 in gift certificates. Category winners and honorable mention recipients are invited to a masterclass with STLPR photojournalist Brian Munoz.
Judges for the competition included St. Louis Post-Dispatch photojournalist Laurie Skrivan, freelance photographer Michael B. Thomas, STLPR digital and special projects editor Brian Heffernan, and STLPR photojournalist Brian Munoz. The contest was generously supported by Sony Electronics Inc. and the Trudy B. Valentine Foundation of the St. Louis Community Foundation.
The St. Louis Public Radio Photojournalism Award is an annual award, with nominations accepted again next spring. Watch stlpublicradio.org and follow us on Instagram for updates and details.
Brian Munoz is a photojournalist and multimedia reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. You can reach him by email at [email protected] and follow his work on instagram and Twitter at @brianmmunoz.