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Local student wins KET photo contest

A local student has been announced as one of the first place winners in the KET “Portraits and Dreams” photography contest.

Sylvia Coogle of Winchester placed first in the sixth- to eighth-grade category for a portrait of her brother titled “Silas,” and was also the People’s Choice winner for the same age category.

Sylvia, 11, is a student at Baker Intermediate School. Her parents are Kent and Minda Coogle.

The contest invited students in K-12 to submit their best photographs that capture a portrait or show their dreams.

The contest was inspired by the recent film “POV: Portraits and Dreams,” in which photographer Wendy Ewald revisits her Letcher County students four decades after their collaboration produced a critically-acclaimed photography book. She had asked her students to photograph the things closest to them, including their dreams and fantasies. The assignment, she said, “opened a whole new way of making pictures for them.”

To view all the winners, visit KET.org/portraits-and-dreams-photo-contest.