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Photo Gallery: Tips for Getting the Winning Shot

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Photo Gallery: Tips for Getting the Winning Shot

Congratulations to Jenny Stillo of Crested Butte, Colorado, winner of the 2014-2015 School Outreach Contest!

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English-Spanish translator and interpreter Rosario Welle took the prize in the 2006 School Outreach Contest with this knockout photograph of her school outreach presentation to first-graders at Florence Black Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas.
 
 

Photo Tip

A great prop makes a great shot. The firetruck is a colorful backdrop for children participating in a 911-call interpreting exercise, while the flip chart clearly links the photo to School Outreach.

     
On March 14, 2006, Barbara Altman (far right) spoke to small groups of high school students during a career and electives fair at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC.
 

Photo Tip

Be sure to include something in your photograph that links the image to translation, interpreting, ATA or school outreach. The signs used here are a good example.

   
Barbara Altman (back row, center) spoke to a class of fifteen 12th-grade students at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC on January 20, 2006.
   
 

Photo Tip

Creative use of "Thank you, ATA!" in various languages on the blackboard clearly links the photograph to school outreach.

   
On April 20, 2005, School Outreach organizer Amanda Ennis spoke to two classes of French and Spanish students at the Waterloo High School Career Fair in Randolph, Ohio.
   

Photo Tip

A good prop can liven up your presentation and your photograph. Amanda used the Starbucks cup to illustrate the late nights translators often put in to meet tight deadlines.

   
School Outreach organizer Lillian Clementi made Career Day presentations to four classes of fifth and sixth graders at Shrevewood Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia on June 10, 2005.
   
 

Photo Tip

If possible, include both yourself and one or more students in the photo. Wearing a bright color will add interest to your photograph.

   
Korean-English translator and interpreter Ji Eun Lee won the 2005 School Outreach Contest with this photograph of her presentation to a first-grade class at Friends Academy of Westampton in Westampton, New Jersey on June 7, 2005.
   

Photo Tip

This shot covers all three of the criteria in our Photo Contest Guidelines. The vivid areas of blue, yellow and coral also contribute to the interest of the photograph.

   
Italian-English translator and interpreter Linda Pollack-Johnson (holding the ATA sign) won the Honorable Mention in ATA's 2005 School Outreach Contest with this photograph. She spoke to high school students at the American International School in Genoa, Italy on June 16, 2005. Her son is holding the USA sign.
   
 

Photo Tip

Linda grouped the students in a visually appealing way and used hand-lettered signs to tie the photograph to ATA and multilingualism.

   
School Outreach Organizer Lillian Clementi made Career Day presentations to four classes of fifth and sixth graders at Shrevewood Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia on June 10, 2005.
   

Photo Tip

If possible, include both yourself and one or more students in the photo. If the school's confidentiality policy prohibits showing children's faces in the photo, try a shot that shows them from the back. The raised hand captures interest and involvement even without showing the child's face.