11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Youth Award
By Russell Sims
About Russell Sims
Russell Sims says that a fork in the road isn't always a bad
"I was deciding which way to go, and I decided it would
make a great photo," Russell said of his award-winning photograph,
The 16-year-old Crystal Springs Uplands School student frequents
Huddart Park, where the photo was taken, often taking hiking excursions
with his family. He has been known to take his Sony DCS-85 digital
camera along in case a unique photo opportunity presents itself.
"I was actually going to take pictures of other things that
day, when I realized it would be a nice shot," Russell said.
He first started taking pictures at the age of 10, but decided
to get serious about it last August. Since then, he has explored
a plethora of photography opportunities, which sometimes include
playing cameraman for family gatherings, he said. He generally
prefers a more natural setting though.
"I really like to take pictures of the beach, flowers, sunsets
-- usually nature," he said.
He also plays tennis and does rock-climbing, when he isn't snapping
photos. His favorite photograph hangs on his bedroom wall and
features building silhouettes at sunset in Hawaii, he said. He
may pursue photography after high school.
"I'd definitely leave the option open."
-- Tyler Hanley
Short story writers wanted!
The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.