13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Youth 16 and Under


"Summertime Memories at the Rockies"
By Albert Hong

About Albert Hong

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When Albert Hong first visited Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, he was 4 years old - too young to imitate his father's passion for photography. But by the time the family returned to the Rocky Mountain retreat last summer, Hong's father had given him a camera, taught him how to use it, and explained how different techniques might work in different situations. The instruction served Hong well when he saw his 9-year-old sister running through a meadow, and he captured her moment of excitement, the surrounding natural beauty, and the Prince of Whales Hotel off in the distance in "Summertime Memories at the Rockies."

Hong, 15, attends Pinewood High in Los Altos Hills. He would like to take photography class, but Pinewood no longer offers it, so for now he'll have to keep learning from his dad. Hong's father is proud of the way his son has developed his own style of shooting nature, but his little sister, the subject of the photo, has another thought. "She thinks it won because she's so cute," Hong's mother said.

--Cross Missakian

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