Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Commercial Photography students took top honors or Honorable Mentions in nine of the 13 photo contests during the Association of Texas Photography Instructors Winter Conference on February 23-24 in Austin, TX. During the conference, students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on classes related to all types of photography and video and to compete in on-site contests.

Taking top individual awards were:

Racheal Sizemore – Best of Show;

Alyssa Higgins – Superior Self Portrait, First Place Beginning Portfolio;

Auryeal Parker – First Place Advanced Art Portfolio; Honorable Mention Social Media Contest;

Alyssa Kift – First Place Picture Package;

Kaitlyn Gordon – Honorable Mention Advanced Art Portfolio, Second Place Cropped Photo;

Dawson Kelley – Second Place Digital Editing;

Holland Rainwater – Honorable Mention Self Portrait;

Alexis Runnels – Honorable Mention Self Portrait.


Team Awards include:

First Place for School Portfolio – Team of Breanan Cranford, Dawson Kelley, Alyssa Kift, Racheal Sizemore;


Honorable Mention School Portfolio – Team of Rivers Edwards, Alyssa Higgins, Alexis Runnels, Angela Valle.

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Texas High School Commercial Photography Students at ATPI 


Front Row (left to right):  Alyssa Higgins, Alexis Runnels, Angela Valle, Auryeal Parker, Racheal Sizemore

Back Row (left to right):  Dawson Kelley, Rivers Edwards, Alyssa Kift, Kaitlyn Gordon, Holland Rainwater, Anna Kate Jordan, Breanan Crawford, Clint Smith (Teacher)

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