Mac photographers win 9 awards in ATPI photo contest

Hagood earns first place in photo story, third in student life; 3 Macj photographers to appear in juried exhibit in St. Louis

Beginner Environmental Portrait Ellie Collard McCallum Fine Arts Academy Austin, Texas Andrew Cooke, instructor

Commercial photography, digital media and MacJournalism staff members combined to win nine awards in the 2021 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Photo Contest, one of the most competitive and widely entered student photography competitions in the nation.

Digital media junior Emma Hagood earned a first place award in beginner photo story and a third place award in beginner student life.

Commercial photography senior Risa Darlington-Horta also earned two awards, a first honorable mention (fourth place) in advanced portfolio and honorable mention in advanced landscape photography.

Sophi Beardslee (beginner sports reaction), Ellie Collard (beginner informal environmental portrait), Mia Gomez (beginner sports reaction), Meredith Grotevant (beginner student life) and Silvio Guzman (advanced informal environmental portrait) all earned honorable mention awards.

The contest elicited more than 4,800 entries from 101 schools. Entries came from Texas, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Guam.

In addition to the McCallum ATPI winners, three MacJournalism photographs were chosen to appear  in Beginnings, a juried high-school photography exhibit, that will appear at the May Gallery at Webster University in St. Louis. The curators selected 60 images to appear in the exhibition from more than 450 submissions. The exhibition opened on Sunday and will run through Jan. 14. There will be a reception for the photographs from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on the final day of the exhibition.

We are pleased to present our winning images as this week’s Tuesday Top 10 photo essay.

Sophi Beardslee, “Game, Set and Match,” beginning sports reaction, honorable mention.

Ellie Collard, “Imani,” beginning environmental portrait, honorable mention.

Risa Darlington-Horta, “Extraterrestrial,” advanced landscape, honorable mention.

Risa Darlington-Horta, “Life in the City,” advanced portfolio, first honorable mention (fourth place).

Mia Gomez, “Reveling in a playoff victory,” beginning sports reaction, honorable mention.

Meredith Grotevant, “A hair-raising solo,” beginning student life, honorable mention.

Silvio Guzman, “Body shop,” advanced environmental portrait, honorable mention.

Emma Hagood, “Our halls should be safe,” beginning student life, third place. This image was also selected to appear in “Beginnings,” an exhibition at Webster University’s May Gallery, Dec. 12-Jan. 14.

Emma Hagood, “Standing up, walking out,” beginning photo story, first place.

Charlie Partheymuller, “Ball game,” selected to appear in “Beginnings,” an exhibition at Webster University’s May Gallery, Dec. 12-Jan. 14.

Kennedy Weatherby, “The Class of 2022 is on fire (literally),” selected to appear in “Beginnings,” an exhibition at Webster University’s May Gallery, Dec. 12-Jan. 14.