FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Twelve youth from Fort Rucker participated in the Child, Youth and School Services photography contest March 25.

La'Mia Hernandez, 14; Beatriz Reyes, 11; and Dominic York, 9, now move on to the regional competition after their photos were chosen by a group of five judges.

"I am quite proud of myself and hope to continue photography throughout high school," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said her winning photo of a building reminded her of studying architecture and sculpture in art history class. When she saw it in person, it inspired her.

In preparation for the contest, all participants attended two months of classes taught by LaShia Brooks, Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Rucker Youth Technology Lab program associate.

"The children went through a series of lessons learning photography basics and skills," Brooks said. "The class allowed them to develop and practice a skill set that can be used in life."

"Through the classes, I have learned different things you can do behind a camera and how you can see the beauty in everything," Adelis Cruz, 13, added.

The contest is part of a comprehensive initiative encouraging artistic skills, cultural enrichment and creativity in the medium of photography, according to CYSS officials.

"By participating, my daughter's imagination and creativity has increased," said Madeline Cruz. "There are a bunch of kids sharing and learning different ideas."

If Hernandez and the other two Fort Rucker winners win at the regional level, they will then be judged nationally. Twenty national winners will be named and their photographs will be displayed at the Boys and Girls Club of America's Image Makers National Photography Contest traveling exhibition and at special BGCA events.