Numerous Socorro Independent School District students and employees participated in the third annual Print Those Pics cell phone photography contest, which was celebrated with an awards reception at SISD’s District Service Center.
Unique, creative and commemorative images showcased the skills of students and employees from all over the district who submitted their favorite photographs taken on their cell phones. This year, 320 submissions were entered in the contest.
SISD Visual Arts Specialist Macka Jones coordinated the event which he created a few years ago.
“I just wanted to get people involved with art and I figured the easiest way to do it was to use something they all have, which is a cell phone,” Jones said.
Twelve winners were selected at this year’s ceremony. Nine were in the student division and three in the employee division.
Participants were eager to see their photographs showcased. Many had never considered entering or displaying their work before and were excited to see it being admired by students, employees and members of the community.
Jasmine Casas, a junior at Pebble Hills High School, was pleased to hear her photo had earned an award, especially since she’d never entered a contest and she’d never even displayed it on social media before.
“It’s a picture I took a couple months ago when I went to New York,” said Casas, who won third place in the high school division for her photo “Haze Above the City.” “That day was our last day there and it really captures New York City, because it captures the skyline and the negative space at the top, and it has the fog right about the skyline.”
Jones said he was very happy to see smiles, knowing that photography is an outlet for people to express their feelings and views through a medium that most everyone has access to.
“It’s bittersweet because some of the photographs were taken of the tragedy that happened a few weeks ago at the Walmart, but it just shows that it impacted our students. It shows how they went and turned that into a positive thing for people to see and they wanted to exhibit their artwork,” Jones said. “So, we’re seeing it through their vision.”
Examples of those photos include “El Paso Strong” by Rene Mendoza from El Dorado High School, whose photo featured a local El Paso Strong mural for which he won second place, and another also titled “El Paso Strong” by Sebastian Rangel from Socorro Middle School, which displays the Walmart memorial and won third place.
The Print Those Pics exhibit will be on display now until the end of September at the District Service Center.
The winners of this year’s contest are:
Student Division – Elementary
1st Place: Brent Poiteyint from Cactus Trails
2nd Place: Adel Andrea Malanche from John Drugan
3rd Place: Ava Marquez from Sgt. Roberto Ituarte
Student Division – Middle School
1st: Karely Torres from Bill Sybert
2nd: Heather Hernandez from Socorro
3rd: Sebastian Rangel from Socorro
Student Division – High School
1st: Helena Rubio El Dorado
2nd: Rene Mendoza from El Dorado
3rd: Jasmine Casas from Pebble Hills
1st Place: Maria E. Sosa from Escontrias
2nd Place: Rosa Contreras from Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco
3rd Place: Alicia Torres from Sgt. Roberto Ituarte