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Yanlin-Li - Hockaday.jpg 3rd Place High School Winner

More than 90 students submitted nature-inspired photos as part of the Dallas Arboretum’s “Nature Thru the Lens” photo contest, and the results were announced on September 14. This program concludes a year of educational programs for children celebrating The Year of the Children's Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, chaired by community leader Kaki Hopkins.


About 30 students had attended an early morning photo stroll at the garden this summer to learn from Marc Barta, enthusiastic photographer and chair of Nature Thru the Lens. Barta also announced the finalists and winners.All the finalists’ and winners’ photos are on display at Rosine Hall through the end of the month.


As a special prize to the winners, internationally celebrated nature photographer David Gibson, whose work is exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States and is a favorite of collectors, has invited them for a conversation about photography in his studio. The winners also received a large print of their photo.


The middle school winners:

1st place: Kemper Lowry, The Hockaday School

2nd place: Katelyn McCormick, Pilot Point Middle School

3rd place: Lauren Stallings, The Hockaday School


The finalists included:

Lily Westover, Trinity Christian Academy

Maya Reghunathan, The Hockaday School

Molly Waring, The Hockaday School

Nina La Barba, The Hockaday School

Ella Byrne, North Hills Preparatory


The high school winners:

1st place: Kiana Fithian, Flower Mound High School

2nd place: Grace Voorheis, The Hockaday School

3rd place: Yanlin Li, The Hockaday School


The finalists included:

Will Schweizer, Woodrow Wilson High School 

Marymegan Wright, The Hockaday School

Hannah Rosser, Forney High School

Cassie Liu, The Hockaday School

Lauren Kuehmeier, Booker T. Washington

Dominique Sung, The Hockaday School

McKenna Coulter, Ursuline Academy


A “Curator’s Award” chosen by the judges went to Kaitlyn Saunders ofGarland High School.


A special thanks to the judges, Suzanne O’Brien, Professor Art and Photography at Cedar Valley College, and John Mead, a master photographer and Eugene McDermott Master Teaching Chair in Science at St. Mark’s School of Texas.



About the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.   

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