Two Students Featured in Celebration of Young Photographers

Closed for Business by Teper Mackenzie '21

Mackenzie Teper ’21 and Vivian Boucher ’23 have been selected to participate in ASAP’s 10th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers. More than 200 submissions from students representing 38 schools across the state were received this year. Teper and Boucher were among 60 finalists selected by a panel of professional photographers through a blind judging process. Their photographs will be featured in a unique, large scale professional art exhibition based on the 2020 theme, “Quarantined.”

For the first time, the event will be presented via live stream on the ASAP! YouTube Channel on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 4 p.m. In addition to recognizing the finalists, the top four photographers will be announced. The top two photographers at the middle and high school levels will receive the 2020 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award presented by Ian Hockley, Executive Director of Dylan’s Wings for Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

“As you might imagine, our Quarantined theme was selected to inspire students to focus on images that represent their unique perspective on this unprecedented time in our world, and frame how they feel about the changes that have been forced upon them to experience. We hope students will use the summer to capture images of family, identity, politics, community, environment, landscape, friendship, or anything else that is relevant to them,” event organizers said.

This year’s event will include a special message from Thomas Rose, professional artist and educator, with commentary from the panel of judges. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for a photograph that will be revealed as the Viewers’ Choice during the live event. 

Founded in 1999, ASAP! is a social profit organization serving nearly 10,000 students throughout Connecticut each year. For more information, visit

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 %22Quiet Corner%22 by Viv Boucher '23

Top: "Closed for Business" by Mackenzie Teper '21; above, "Quiet Corner" by Viv Boucher '23. Both students are finalists in the 10th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers sponsored by ASAP.