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12-year-old gets photography award from Biden

Posted at 12:33 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 12:43:19-04

12-year-old Abby Smally of East Amherst will have a photograph she took, on display at the Vice President's residence in Washington D.C. after winning a photography contest for National Geographic Kids.

Only ten kids are selected to have their snapshot on display for the month of July at Joe Biden's residence. Abby's photo, which shows the view from a cruise ship window, was one of the chosen ones. She thinks it's all about the memory behind the photograph.

"There's so many great memories on the Disney Cruise and with my family having fun," said Abby. "Now having it displayed at the Vice President's office is a huge honor."

Her mother, Amy Smally, is very proud of her daughter's accomplishment.

"It's kind of funny because it isn't something Abby really strives to do it's just something she naturally does," said Amy. "So we're very proud that other people can appreciate her as much as we do everyday."

Jill Biden offered her congratulations on a press release.

"Joe and I are proud to bring the creativity of so many young photographers from across the country into our home and to see the world through their lens," said Dr. Biden. "I am so impressed by the incredible talent and professionalism of these kid photographers, and I look forward to sharing their work with our family, friends, and all those who visit the Vice President's residence."