Future Firefighter: Ania Nadybska’s Award-winning Photo
“I love to go out and capture life, and its precious moments,” says Ania Nadybska, of Eden Prairie. It can’t be denied that she’s pretty good at doing just that. Nadybska has loved photography for as long as she could remember. These days, it’s something that she does as much as she possibly can.
While spending a warm summer’s night at Eden Prairie’s Night to Unite event, she was inspired when she saw a little girl trying on a firefighter’s helmet. “When this little girl put the helmet on, it was the most wonderful scene,” she says. “She seemed so serious, yet brave at the same time. I just needed to capture this moment.”
One would assume that such a stunning portrait may have been taken by someone who knew their subject pretty well, but Nadybska didn’t even know the ‘Future Firefighter’ when she took the snapshot. However, in watching the scene that played out before her, she knew that this moment couldn’t go undocumented: “[The] firefighter kneeled down by this little girl and offered her the helmet. She was very shy and did not want to wear it at first. Then her dad picked her up, and after just a little while she warmed up to the idea, and decided to give it a try.”
Nadybska especially loves to photograph children and animals with her Canon 7D (she also took home first place in the pets category of the photo contest). When it came to submitting this incredible photo, it was the “innocence and simplicity” of the image that won her over. “I love how her eyes pop and the wonderful colors,” she says.
Ania Nadybska’s “Future Firefighter” photo won the readers’ choice award and 1st place in the people category in our annual photo contest. Watch for details about this year’s contest coming soon.
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