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A Unique Photo Contest That Helps Parents See Their Kids More Clearly


One of the great joys of my life has been to travel with my children, especially as they’ve grown older and more curious about the world.  Visiting places I’ve already been - only to see them through fresh sets of eyes - is exhilarating, to say the least.  It’s also informative.


I can’t even begin to explain just how much I’ve learned from my children on these trips. I can, however, share the immense gratitude I have towards them for expanding my horizons in places the sun had, almost wholly, set.  “Youth” definitely has its virtues, especially when navigating today’s globe.


Unfortunately, for me and so many other parents, opportunities to see the world through our children’s lenses arise much too few -- most squelched by both reasonable and unreasonable circumstances and excuses. So when one crops up that stands-out and commands an audience, increasing the awareness around it is simply an "absolute."  We parents have to stick together, especially when it comes to promoting enlightenment within families and beyond.


“My World Through My Lens” is a wonderfully enriching children’s photo contest and collaboration between KetchupMoms, Active For Life, and Kids Photography Academy.  Broken out into four categories - My Playground, My Family, My Culture, My Planet - My World Through My Lens invites children to submit photos to the contest between the dates of October 27th and November 15, 2015, representing their worlds.  


Children ages 7 thru 14 are allowed to participate with parental guidance and permission. Winners will be announced on November 19, 2015.  Prizes include two annual memberships to Kids Photography Academy online photography lessons run by Calgary-based photographer, Janet Pliszka. Further details on entry, voting, requirements, and judging can be found at  


It looks like it’s my children’s turn to take me on a trip through the many photos they will be submitting to My World Through My Lens.  Undoubtedly, this is one of the cheapest travel experiences my family has ever had.  It’s also one of the most poignant and nostalgic, knowing full-well that “what my kids will be sharing through this contest is, surely, a byproduct of all that I have been able to give to them since the day each was born.”


I guarantee you, my eyes will remain wide-open in anticipation of their choices.  I pray that what I see from them declares me not nearly as blind as I feel sometimes. understand!  "Parenting" is a tough gig, sometimes. 


Inspire your kids to participate and see what you learn about them in the doing.  


Good Luck, Everyone!






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