Navasota High School Photography Program has earned the coveted 2019- 2020 Rising Star School Award through the The Association of Texas Photography Instructors.
Three portfolios were submitted to be judged by top photographers in the United States. Competing in a class with schools much larger, Navasota earned first place overall. “I have been dreaming of this award since I started teaching in Navasota and I am over the moon excited about it,” explained NHS Photography Instructor Erica Garcia.
The portfolios included images submitted by Erik Peralta, Mya Rodriguez, Daphney Hernandez, Kayla Serota, Ashley Rodriguez, Milagros Navarette, Martin Sierra, Bre’Anna Stewart, Crystal Nunez, Sarah Wisner, Daniel Almanza, Celeste Anguiano, Makayla Mendez, Elena Ortiz, Tamia Dailey and Christina Ornelas.
The results were released over a ZOOM webinar and the remarks were outstanding. Some of the comments included, “This is college level, second semester commercial photography we are seeing right here;” “This is a cohesive body of work. I just love the shadows; the symmetry and it’s all really well done. From an aesthetic point, the depth of field with cellphones are really well taught;” “These collective images are much more sophisticated. It’s just a different style of teaching with a better recognition of light. I can’t reiterate this enough, this is clearly a college style portfolio being taught in a high school setting. This group has some of my favorites of the day. One particular photo is just a stunning image and can easily be used as a stock photo. Wow!” Great feedback didn’t
Great feedback didn’t end with the comments of those involved in the ZOOM webinar, they continued with the judges. The first judge said, “If we are talking about photography in general, there is just no competition. Their (Navasota) portfolio is truly dynamic and just outstanding.” Rave remarks continued with the second judge, “If this school (Navasota) is not a top program, I’d love to see a top program be cause they should be right there with them. Navasota is a winner for me.”
Even with their recent success, greater things are in store for the Navasota Photography Program. A new classroom is being constructed at the high school and a new photography program is being implemented at Navasota Junior High for the 2020-2021 school year.