If I Was Young Enough . . .

by | Jul 16, 2021 | Perspective, Updates & Opportunities | 2 comments

Have you heard about HSLDA’s 2021 Photo Contest?! The deadline of August 1 leaves you with only 16 days to submit!

majestic sunrise over the mountains

I’m too old to submit my photos. But if you are between the ages of 7 and 19, now’s the time to start clicking!

The themes to be shooing for are:

Category 1 (ages 7–10): Small
Category 2 (ages 11–14): Natural
Category 3 (ages 15–19): Dazzling

If I could enter, these are the photos I would probably submit!


120928_James Staddon_8272 Canon EOS 40D, 38 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

The Three Hikers
Larch Valley from Sentinel Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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They’re so small, you almost can’t see them at first. But they’re there. So perfectly spaced apart. The three, tiny hikers put the whole of Larch Valley, Alberta, Canada, into perspective. Though mankind is so small in this vast universe that God has made, He still takes note of us and special care of us more than we will ever know this side of Eternity.


130919_James Staddon_5625 Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 291.0 sec at f - 11, ISO 200

Hidden By Civilization

This naturally occurring gem is easy to miss. San Diego, California, has built right up to the edge of the ocean for mile after mile of rugged coastline. And yet, if you know where to look, the natural beauty of the area can still be found. It’s natural that you’d find something natural if you’re looking for it, though, right? After all, it is a natural arch.


110210_James Staddon_1202 Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-3200 sec at f - 2.8, ISO 100

A Day for Sunglasses

It’s hard to find something more bright than direct sunlight on an unending plane of pure white snow like you’ll find on a fine February day in the countryside of Quebec, Canada. But what I find to be more dazzling than this, is the fact that through the perfect work and righteousness of Jesus Christ, though our sins be as scarlet, they can be as white as snow.

Are you in the one of the three age brackets? What photos are you going to submit?! Get all the details for HSLDA’s annual Photo Contest here, and then get shootin’!

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  1. Christian H.

    Love those pictures, especially the last one! I don’t know which I’d pick if I was the contest judges. 🙂 Your photos are always an inspiration to me!!!

  2. James Staddon

    Yeah, I always thought it would be fun to be a judge for a photo contest. 🙂


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