Great photos and interesting subjects marked the second annual Print those Pics Cell Phone Photography competition showcased at the Socorro Independent School District Service Center.
Team SISD employees and students submitted prints of their favorite photographs taken on their cell phones. About 300 entries were submitted for the second annual event. It was almost twice the amount that participated last year, said Macka L. Jones, visual arts specialist for Team SISD.
“This has been so successful,” Jones said at the opening reception. “We have a nice variety of photographs from Anime and landscapes to animals and artistically-manipulated photos. It’s a pretty eclectic mix. As our cell phones continue to get better, the quality of the photograph improves. We have some pretty outstanding examples here.”
Those that entered the contest were excited to see their photographs on display. Most had never attempted or created something to be exhibited.
“I love taking pictures,” said Caleb Keith, a freshman at Eastlake High School, at the opening reception. “I have never done anything like this, but I took a lot of pictures when my mom and I went to El Salvador this summer. I entered two, one of the hotel we stayed at and at a restaurant overlooking the ocean.”
Kim Dunlop-Flores, administrative specialist for the Guidance Counselor Department, also entered two photographs from her vacation on the Disney Cruise to Alaska. One of her photos, showcasing the cruise ship she was on, earned her first place in the employee division.
“It’s humbling because there are a lot of gorgeous pictures,” Dunlop-Flores said. “I really enjoy taking photographs, but I have never entered a contest. When I take a picture, I want people to see what I saw through my eyes. It was such a gorgeous place with the glaciers and everything. I loved it.”
Guests at the opening reception were entertained by the Pebble Hills High School orchestra and choir. The exhibit will stay up through October.
Here are the winners of the Print those Pics Cell Phone Photography contest:
1st Place: Karyme Vasquez from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School
2nd Place: Eceinue Turk-Francis from SSG Manuel R. Puentes Middle School
3rd Place: PJ Hernandez from Eastlake High School
Honorable mention: Rubi Luna from Chester E. Jordan Elementary
1st Place: Kim Dunlop-Flores from the Guidance Counseling Department
2nd Place: Ben Vincent from John Drugan School
3rd Place: Veronica Andrea Chaparro from Eastlake High School
Seven people were named winners of the contest at the opening reception for the exhibit on Aug. 22. Four were in the student division and three were in the employee category. El Paso Community College art professor, Sarelah Aguilar, and Socorro ISD’s Public Relations photographer, Acavius Largo, were the judges.