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First place, $75. Isadora Kosofsky, 15, The Venture School (Culver City).

“While Los Angeles is world-renowned for its movie stars, much of Los Angeles is home to people who live outside mainstream society. This man wearing an LA cap stands daily on the side of a freeway off-ramp in Echo Park. He tames pigeons, feeling that he should entertain and show the people who donate money to him that he has a skill. The pigeons keep him occupied and ease his lonely existence. I enjoy photographing those on the fringe of society to show others who may overlook them that they, too, have dignity and do contribute to humanity.”