Student Photographers Exposed to Glory



Rowan Winslow holding their work, “The Wright Building.”

Lola Martin’s work; “Red Love”
Leah Carter’s work; “Deep Blue”
Gianna DeSimone’s photo; “A Day On the Beach”
Rowan Winslow’s photo; “Heavy is the Crown”

After three months of preparation, over 4700 photos, and 100 competing schools, four SVHS students took home glory from the rigorous photo contest, Association of Texas Photography Instructors.
Mr. Mitchell’s photography class worked for months, leaving behind nothing but anticipation for the winners to be announced. The long-awaited list of winners of the photo contest was announced, leaving several SVHS students even more proud of their work than they already were.
The long-term photography teacher, Mr. Mitchell, expresses his admiration for his winning students saying, “This is one of the biggest photo contests in the country and it’s a really competitive contest when [students] place is amazing. Honorable mentions are fantastic. To be recognized as somebody who stood out from 4000 other photos it’s very impressive.”
Rowan Winslow, senior, won first place in the Open category in the beginning division with the photo “The Wright Building.” Rowan recounted the story behind their prize-winning work saying, “I had been on a hike with my friends for Halloween and it just looked really spooky and I was like ‘Oh this will be cool’ and when I took the photo I couldn’t see it all ‘cause the screen was so dark. It wasn’t till I got back and was able to edit it that I was able to lighten it up and see what was happening.” In addition, Rowan was given an honorable mention for their work in the Still Life category for his photo, “Heavy is the Crown.”
Gianna DeSimone, senior, spent her vacation taking her photo “A Day On the Beach” receiving an Honorable Mention in the Nature category. The hardest part for Gianna was “getting the right shot,” but her time spent jumping that difficult hurdle obviously paid off.
Another Honorable Mention was shot by a senior, Leah Carter, whose photo “Deep Blue” starred in the Advanced Animals category. “I was surprised ‘cause I didn’t think it was like that good of a photo… compared to all the other ones submitted,” remarked Carter.
Third place in Advanced Fashion was secured by Lola Martin, senior, for her photo “Red Love.”