The Sam Houston Memorial Museum hosted its 4th Annual Amateur Photography Contest last week, attracting approximately 200 visitors to the Walker Educator Center. The record number of guests were able to peruse a record number of submissions—more than 300 in all—while also enjoying the opportunity to win prizes offered by Museum staff.
The event was the brainchild of Museum Curator of Exhibits Casey Roon, who initiated the contest in 2010. The goal was to showcase community talent, while bringing the community together.
Among the many individuals brought together included students from the Center for Law, Engagement, And Politics (LEAP), who volunteered to help at this wonderful community-building project. “The Museum hosts various exhibits throughout the year, but my favorite is the Amateur Photo Contest,” observed Ariel Traub, “and the photographs were stunning!”
As with previous years, the photographs were grouped into multiple categories but, as Marketing Coordinator Megan Buro notes, “Casey has done a great job of keeping the contest fresh and different. This year included new categories and the photographs were fantastic.” In all, there were eight categories: (1) Faces, (2) B&W, (3) Old, (4) Action, (5) Flora & Fauna, (6) Travel, (7) New, and (8) Food. There were also the “Curator’s Choice” selections and, of course, the big prize: “Best in Show.”
The winners included:
- Denise Camp Kya
- Cari McGown Whatcha Sayin?
- Sarah Lane Jane
- Ashley Dobos American Poverty
- Scott McCarley School Dance
Cari McGown I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me
- Steven Mateo V8 Soft
- Sam Beard In Eliza’s Kitchen
- Ramses Leon Cuban Butterfly
- Erin Rogers Nature’s Grace
- Keenan Jones Untitled
- Sam Beard Going for the Steer
Flora & Fauna
- Anne King Green
- (tie) Cari Mc Gown Good Morning Lady
- (tie) Sarah Lane Lone
- (tie) Elisabeth Williams Frog’s New Home
- (tie) David Knuth Low Tide
- Beth Gray Tickets Please
- Lori Sanders Stone Soldiers
- Scott McCarley Train to Bandra
- Anne King Charlotte
- Mike Whatley New Day
- Sam Beard Spring Flowers
- Denise Camp Yellow Peppers
- Lori Sanders Sweet Tea
- Jacqueline Davis For the Love of Caffeine
Selected for the top two photographs in the exhibit were:
Reserve: Beth Gray Tickets Please
Best in Show: Denise Camp Kya
Among the many submissions—and winners!—was the Chair of the Friends of the SHMM, Scott McCarley. His “Train to Bandra” and “School Dance” both placed in the top three in the “Travel” and “B&W” categories.
“It’s great to be able to participate in one of the Museum’s many fine exhibits and programs that are open to the public,” noted McCarley. “We hope that the Museum gets this level of support for all of its exhibits.”
For more information about the Museum, its collections, upcoming exhibits, or to become a “Friend of the Museum,” visit www.samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com.