Westport Farmers’ Market Announces Young Shoots Photo Contest Winners

Westport, Conn.— A late summer evening on the lawn at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center, with refreshments provided by Sugar and Olives, was the perfect backdrop to showcase this year’s winners of the Westport Farmers’ Market's 8th annual Young Shoots photography contest. Young Shoots is a friendly competition sponsored by Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM), in partnership with The Artists Collective of Westport and Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, where budding young photographers, ages 8 to 18, take pictures at the market throughout the summer.

“Young Shoots invites three age groups of photographers to demonstrate their love for local food through the digital lens,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of WFM. “Each year the kids get better and more creative with their vision of food and farmers and this year was no exception.” 

Photos submitted by photographers 8- to 10-years-old; 11- to 14-years-old; and 15- to 18-years-old were judged by a panel of local artists and the public. First place winners receive a cash prize and the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with prominent local chef, Bill Taibe. Second place winners win a $50 cash prize.

“This wonderful community photo exhibit for kids 8- to 18-years old once again shined a light on the boundless creativity and potential of Westport’s youth,” said Miggs Burroughs of The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center. “It was my great pleasure to join the Westport Farmers Market and the Artists Collective of Westport in presenting the winners and entries of Young Shoots. 

This year’s winners are:

First place 8- to 10-year-old

Kayla Stanley

Berries & Beyond

Second place 8- to 10-year-old

Juliette Newshel


First place 11- to 14-year-old

Camille Mergenthaler

The uniqueness of a vegetable 

Second place 11- to 14-year-old

Sara Stanley

A farmer’s roots

First place 15- to 18-year-old (only entrant in this age group)

Dylan Kirsch

Scenes around the market

If this first-time entrant’s excitement was any indication, this year’s competition left a lasting impression. "Mom, I want to be an artist when I grow up!" said Jane. 

To view all of the 2021 entries and this year’s winners, visit https://youngshoots2021.artcall.org/pages/web-gallery

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

The award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy, and seasonal food. It aspires to create a fun, safe, and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Its mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.

WFM receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Company; Aitoro; Alma Mexican Foods; Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Dharma Massage; Don Memo; Drew Friedman Community Arts Center; Doc’s Maple; Gault; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; Greenwich Wine + Food; Hightower RDM Financial Group; Lovas Architects; Pure Barre; Sugar & Olives; Westport Sunrise Rotary; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, and find WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too.