Two Yosemite High School students, sophomore Gregory Royse and junior Pedro Villa, have been honored by the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest sponsored by Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery. The event is a way for Yosemite and the gallery to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities.
Selected student artwork and poetry were featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery and students were acknowledged at a special awards ceremony.
For the second consecutive year, Royse won the Ansel Adams Award in addition to his first place in the high school photography contest. Royse, a resident of Fish Camp, is known for his stunning seasonal photos of Yosemite. His first place photo, "Unchallenged Freedom," was of a fog draped waterfall in Yosemite.
Villa won the Yosemite Legacy Award for his photo "Wild Life in Yosemite," a drawing of a grizzly bear and mountain lion.This is the second year the park has hosted the contest. The park received 140 pieces of unique artwork from around the Yosemite region.
Students were encouraged to submit original artwork or poetry that communicated a connection to Yosemite's natural or cultural history. Students submitted a wide range of art and poetry including collages showing Giant Sequoias, pencil sketches of Tunnel View and Glacier Point, and poetry about experiencing the sights and sounds of Yosemite.
Additionally, paintings portraying Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall, as well as crayon art depicting wildlife in Yosemite was also received for the contest.
Funding was received from the Yosemite Conservancy to help with the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest.