Frederick teen takes top prize in recycling photo contest -- Gazette.Net


Her artistry and creativity in depicting how anyone of any age can recycle turned out to be the winning combination for 16-year-old Sophia Smith of Frederick.

Sophia, a student at Frederick High School, was the grand-prize winner in Frederick County’s “Put It In The Blue” recycling photo contest. Sophia won a portrait photography package worth $600 and a $200 Marriott gift card.

Her winning photo depicts her nephew, a toddler, reaching up while putting trash into the county’s blue recycling cart.

“We liked how it showed that anyone can recycle,” said Annmarie Creamer, the county’s recycling outreach program coordinator. “We loved the baby. It was very artistic and conveyed the message of recycling.”

The Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management received 27 entries, which can be viewed on

The contest, which asked county residents to submit a photograph of their big, blue recycling cart, was part of “America Recycles Day,” a national event held annually on Nov. 15 to promote recycling.

Anna Peterson of Frederick won the People’s Choice award for her entry, “It’s Never Too Late To Start Recycling.”

The picture shows Peterson wearing a Colonial-era costume standing next to her blue recycling cart. She won a $300 Marriott gift card.

Best under-the-age-of-13 photo went to Jaziah Thompson of Frederick for wearing his “Put It In The Blue” T-shirt. He was awarded an all-day pass and $100 gift card to Adventure Park USA.

All photographs were posted online for several weeks to allow residents to vote on their favorites.