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‘Summer Memories Photo Contest’ Winners and Honorable Mentions

Scenic summer vacations, fun family poses, and high resolution cameras were all a part of Learning Liftoff’s Summer Memories Photo Contest this year. We received more than 100 entries, from fun footprints in the sand to kids looking skyward at the eclipse and everything in between! Our readers made the most of summer and captured many Instagram-worthy images!

See below for the two winning entries and keep scrolling for some impressive, funny, cute, and touching honorable mentions that we loved!

First Prize Winner of the GoPro HERO5 Black® Camera Bundle

little girl with butterfly on her finger

Abby spent the summer raising monarch butterflies—an educational and inspiring experience!

Second Prize Winner of a
$50 Gift Card

footprints in the sand

Angela took this photo on Alabama’s Orange Beach, where her family spent some of their “happiest times.”


Honorable Mentions

Best Educational Photo

An educational visit to South Florida Science Center and Aquarium!


Best Beach Photo
boy in a breaking wave

Joshua is staying ahead of this Cape May wave!


Best Pet Photo
German Shepherd

Waiting for his best friend to return from school.


Best Sense of Summer
girl by the pool with a smoothie

A smoothie by the pool on a summer vacation. So refreshing!


Best Nature Photo
purple flowers growing by a lake

Vanessa says she took this photo on a camping trip by a lake. Such vibrant colors!


Best Expressions
three kids eating ice cream

This ice cream must be really tasty!


So joyful!

little girl on chair

Excited to visit family.


Best Location Image
child on sand

“It felt like we were on another planet,” Rebecca says of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert.


Coolest Animal Photo
little girl feeding a giraffe green leaf

Feeding a giraffe at the Blank Park Zoo.


Best Eclipse Viewing Images

two kids wearing eclipse glasses

Experiencing the 2017 eclipse safely!

child wearing eclipse glasses looking surprised

Witnessing the eclipse in Idaho.


Most Heartwarming


Although six-year-old Joshua enjoyed a number of summer activities, including riding his bike, visiting the zoo, and splashing down the hill on his Slip’N Slide, it was this special day in June that he says was his “most favorite memory of all.” This photo captures the moment that Joshua’s mom and dad officially adopted him and he changed his last name to theirs. “I’ve never had a family before,” he tells us, “but now I have a mommy and daddy [who] love me very much.”


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Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street is a writer for Learning Liftoff. For the past 20 years, she has written newsletter and website content for nonprofit and corporate organizations on such topics as the plight of children of prisoners worldwide, the lack of prenatal care for mothers in developing countries, and child mentoring programs. She has a particular interest in the importance of providing all children with a quality education regardless of their family’s financial status or background. A native of Virginia, Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University and loves animals, with particular fondness for her two cats, Oscar and Emmy.

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