Photo Courtesy Dave Bernal

This award is in honor of Shirley Pefley, an esteemed photographer whose talents and kindness left an imprint on the photography community.

Shirley was well liked and respected among her peers not only for her superb photography but for how much her subjects, fellow photographers and everyone she interacted with on a shoot enjoyed being around Shirley and her camera as she worked. Shirley was always friendly, eager to "talk shop" about the newest cameras or photography trends and involved in the photography community. Specializing in high school senior portraits and youth, high school and college sports action, Shirley's work revealed her love for photography and people.

Shirley's family generously funds the Shoot Like Shirley award to support emerging young women photographers.

Statement from Shirley's Family:

Shirley had a passion for photography, so in her memory this award is set up to help bring a promising young female photographer to the next level. 

Shirley took many classes and worked hard to learn as much as she could from coursework at various institutions, seminars, and at Stanford where she would later find a home photographing collegiate sports as part of the team responsible for sports photography for the university, and on occasion Cal sports as well. She was also a long time photographer for the Los Altos Town Crier covering high school sports and managing the Youth Athletics page for over 6 years. In addition she attended Sports Shooter Academy, won a photography contest shooting race cars at Sonoma Raceway, and served as TA in Stanford photography classes.It would be our joy to help a talented, promising young female photographer to develop their talent and share their skills in photography areas such as Shirley enjoyed.


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