Three Boys & Girls Club members receive national awards

National Photography Contest winners Makaley (left) and Janiyah (right) with Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club Director Nate Brown.

Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club member Makaley G.’s national award-winning photo titled “Blue Flower”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is proud to recognize three outstanding young artists who recently received national awards for their submissions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Arts Contest. Each recipient has participated in innovative and high-quality arts programming at one of our six Boys & Girls Club locations that stimulates learning and academic success; inspires creativity; explores future careers; and encourages self-expression, critical thinking and problem solving. Artwork submitted in the National Arts Contest is judged by professional artists, with selected artwork recognized at local, regional and national levels.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with Sony Electronics, announced the national winners of Boys & Girls Clubs of America ImageMakers National Photography competition during a celebration event at Sony’s headquarters in San Diego on August 20. Two Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club members earned national recognition including Makaley G., 12, for her submission titled “Blue Flower,” and Janiyah V., 9, for her entry titled “Casual.” Both will receive a Sony Camera package that includes a Sony camera and case. In addition, their artwork will be professionally reproduced and displayed in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Art Gallery at the Atlanta headquarters and will tour regional and national conferences over the next year.

Janiyah V.’s entry titled “Casual” received national recognition.

The ImageMakers National Photography Program and Contest enables Club youth to engage in visual storytelling and develop skills to take impactful photographs. This year-round program encourages Club members to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. With a rich, 50-year history, the Photography Contest is one of the member competitions from Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s arts initiative, which invites youth ages 6 to 18 to capture photographs and express their creativity in five categories: culture & tradition, portraits, fashion, surroundings and photo with essay or poem.

“Sony’s longstanding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides an opportunity to connect youth with the tools, digital imaging technology and the creative outlet to express themselves through photography,” said Michael Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics.  “We’re invested in cultivating the next generation of creators, and providing youth with the necessary skills to help achieve a successful future.”

In addition, Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club member Aidan N., 10, received national recognition in the National Fine Arts Contest for his collage called “Radioactive.” The National Fine Arts Exhibit encourages artistic recognition of Club members ages 6 to 18 by displaying drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed the ensuing year at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s events, including the annual National Conference.

Congratulations to our National Arts Contest winners!

Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club member Aidan received national recognition for his artwork.

Aidan N.’s collage titled “Radioactive”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

About Sony Electronics Inc. 

Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit for more information.