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The theme of this year's theme photography contest is "investigation". When I was pondering the theme, I was inspired to go out to look for a photo to take. I was drawn to this area in my yard because of the vibrant colors that made me want to investigate the scene.

I am thankful to the judges for taking the time to consider my work for the contest. Winning this award would truly encourage my photography skills and goals
Honorable Mention
The photo that I took was at one of the lakes in South Carolina when we visited for Christmas. Usually my family stays home for the holidays but this time we went to South Carolina for a specific reason. My cousin joined the Air Force after he graduated from high school,l and he was located in South Carolina. When my mom and her siblings lived in Bolivia, they always spent Christmas with my grandparents. When they moved here and moved far from each other, this became more and more difficult. Christmas is not only important to my family because it’s the holidays, but it’s also my grandfather’s birthday. My mom and her siblings swore that they would always get together for Christmas because our family needs to be able to spend time with everyone, since my grandparents live in Bolivia and fly down for the holidays. When we found out that my cousin couldn’t come back to California for the holidays, we didn’t really know what to do. We knew there was only one option and so we flew over to South Carolina. We got to eat Christmas dinner together as a family.
That solved the temporary problem, but what about next year? My cousin is going to be sent out to another base and we don't know if we can fly over again. So all of my family and I pushed that to the back of our minds and just explored South Carolina together. We were touring the area when we came across this lake where I took the picture. For me this is what best represents investigations because there’s the literal sense that we were exploring South Carolina but there’s the other reason. My family had to explore all of the options to get us together for the holidays. My mom, my uncle, and my aunt had to book tickets, rent a house, and find out how to get my cousin there. They had to investigate and explore every option to get us to see our cousin and they succeeded. That’s why I’m not worried about next year because if there’s a way to see my cousin for the holiday, my family will find it.
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I chose this picture for the theme of Investigation because the models are not directly in the front of the frame, and they are almost hidden behind the cactus, and I think it makes it look mysterious and appealing to the eye. The picture was taken at a park across the street from my school.
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California is filled with children who wonder about the diversity of cultures this state has for them. We search all around to experience the culture without even leaving the city. We take for granted what we have to see, hear, and taste around the world without leaving the state. While the adventures begin and continue, we find more about our ancestors and each other's history and background. Because of this, we have the respect of diversity of one another.
Honorable Mention
This photo was taken at a candy shop during the magical holiday season. I was shopping for gifts for my loving family but I was having trouble trying to find the perfect gift for my little brother who always makes me smile, even after a bad day. After some thorough investigations of many toy stores I walked into this candy shop on a whim. All of the bright colors instantly reminded me of his intricate personality. My investigation for the perfect gift turned out successful as I found the gift especially for him.
Honorable Mention
This photograph was taken on a family trip to the Phoenix Zoo. I enjoyed spending quality time with my family, but I did not enjoy where we spent it. I took this photo at the leopard exhibit on an extremely hot day. This scene stood out to me because something was wrong with what I was seeing. This animal was not meant to be in such an environment due to the fact that it just lie there for an extended period of time. Now, this might not have been the case, it still sparked a thought in my mind that, how can it be healthy that hundreds of species from all over the world inhabited this one environment. Each species lives in a different ecosystem due to there varying survival qualities, so how could it be possible that all these species lived a healthy life at this zoo?

This led me to grow an understanding that zoos are not as happy as society have made them to be. I believe deeply in my morals, which are maintaining equality amongst all living things and to be a humanitarian for those who need it. Therefore it breaks my heart that still to this day animals are being used for selfish purposes. The only reason zoos were created was to make money off of guests observe animals in a safe way. The truth is, God did not create animals on his earth to be caged, he created them to be free and get the chance to live a happy life like humans. Equality needs be shown toward these animals because they are given one chance to live a life on this Earth just like the the rest of the living specimens that inhabit it. This animal behind the cage in my photo deserves an investigation of a fair life. A true investigation needs to occur in these zoos to determine whether they are necessary to have. Is there enough evidence to determine why zoos are essential to the survival and overall happiness of human life? An investigation is all that is needed to uncover the disturbing facts about how zoos treat their animals. These animals deserve a voice so its up to us to make it heard. I took this photo so that at least this one animal can be heard, whether it be good or bad. This may not be the typical approach to this theme, but it is one that I believe is necessary to spread awareness to better our world.
Honorable Mention
This photo was taken while I was babysitting my grandson. When I saw him looking through the glare with his innocent and inquisitive eyes, it donned on me the theme of this year photography contest "Investigation". Using my cellphone, I quickly captured his innocent eyes with full of inquisitiveness looking through the glare from the inside of the house. As I reflect, there is always a drive to investigate a phenomenon regardless whether a person be young or old. In other words, investigation has no age boundary in search of observable facts.
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The theme of this year's photography contest is "investigation". When I was pondering the theme I was inspired by this photograph because the motion of the person.

I am thankful to the judges for taking the time to consider my work for this contest. Winning the award would truly encourage my future in photgraphy.
Honorable Mention
The photograph was taken in a photography studio. My photo relates to this year's contest theme, "investigation" because the person is a suspect of a crime that we do not know. The rope was a symbol to indicate the arrest. The manly hands of the person was to show that any hands look similar but you don't really know what they are capable of. In this case the man was accused of murder.
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Our positive input on society is admirable. But what good is that if we can’t keep ourselves from our own inner destruction?
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One day I was craving chocolate, but I was afraid what flavor it might be. What I was really craving was a milk chocolate with caramel filling. I did not want mint or any dark chocolate. Without a description in the box it was hard. It was harder to determine the certain flavor I wanted to get because the size, color, and shape were very similar. I chose the first one not knowing the flavor, milk chocolate with caramel. I was lucky, but the white box of delicious, mouthwatering chocolates was calling my name. Giving into temptation I chose another, but as the bitter and weird taste hit my tounge I knew it was dark chocolate. They say third time’s a charm. I chose another feeling lucky, but I wasn’t. It was mint - Eww! Taste like toothpaste! After feeling the sense of fortune leave my body I stepped away from the box of chocolates and went on with my day.
Honorable Mention
Whenever anyone sees my car they associate it with something sketchy and think i am up to no good. Cops have been pulling me over and asking me about my car. I have probably been pulled over 4 times in the past 3 weeks of having my car. Everytime I ask what the problem is they never answer me, They just feel the need to investigate. I have never even gotten a ticket since I haven't done anything wrong. My car has a mysterious and questionable vibe to it. The Chrysler 300 has this stereotype of being a suspicious type of car. I took the mean, blacked out car and put it in front of a very natural friendly background to show that it's just another natural normal car. Yet keeping that suspicion and have pedestrians wondering what is behind the windows.
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