Socorro ISD invited students, parents, faculty and staff to enter the fourth annual Print Those Pics Cell Phone Photography Contest and honored the winners at an open house and awards ceremony at the District Service Center.
The contest gave students of all grade levels and employees in the district the opportunity to show off their photography talent using their cell phones to capture diverse and creative images.
“I love having the chance to see what the world looks like through a child’s eyes and from someone else’s point of view,” said Macka Jones, Socorro ISD Fine Arts facilitator.
Over 200 entries were submitted into the contest featuring various subjects, including loved ones, pets, landscapes, landmarks, nature, abstract shots, and many other subjects.
Each participant was allowed to submit up to two photos in the contest and entry requirements included submitting 11”x14” prints, either in color or in black and white, and manipulated or edited entries using only a cell phone application.
Bianca Sanchez, an art teacher at William D. Slider Middle School and the third-place winner in the employee division, said she participated in the contest this year because of her love for photography, but primarily because she wants to make sure that she is the best example for her students. She encourages them to participate in any contest that comes their way.
“I was very excited that this contest is open to employees,” Sanchez said. “I told everyone and encouraged them to enter. This was a great way to bring in everyone who works for the district into the Team SISD community.”
Pebble Hills High School junior and first place winner in the high school division Lisa Avila said the district photo contest encourages people to get out of their comfort zone and participate.
“I love being able to take a photo and capture a moment within it,” Avila said.
The contest winners received a goodie bag and gift card.
Aria Munoz, a Chester Jordan Elementary School student and first-place winner in the elementary division, said she wasn’t sure what to spend the gift card on. She was glad to have participated in the event.
“I feel happy because I like taking pictures,” Munoz said.
More than 160 contest entries were displayed in the photo gallery at the Socorro ISD District Service Center.
Some 100 people attended the open house and award ceremony, where they enjoyed snacks, strolled through the DSC to see the photos and listened to a live musical performance by the Pebble Hills High School Orchestra.
The photos will be on display for public viewing until November. The awards assembly was held on August 25th.