Ten Years of Local Photography at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Although the SHMM’s 10th annual Photography Contest conflicted with our meeting time, we made some arrangements so we could once again see what the community had to offer, photographically speaking.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambasaddaors, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Casey Roon, Amateur Photography Contest

The photo contest, created by Curator of Exhibits Casey Roon, gives non-professional photographers an opening to showcase their work. Each photo submitted was placed accordingly in five different categories—Abstract, Pets, Architecture, Face/Figures, and Nature. Winners were also given the opportunity to receive cash for their amazing work!

In front of an audience of about 75, Roon discussed the contest and announced the winners.  The Best in Show winner was Victoria Pieczynski in the ‘Nature’ category, while the Reserve winner was John Rogers in the ‘Architecture’ category.  A list of all winners is below:

Faces/Figures: (1) Sarah Wolsky, (2) Jerome Hunter, and (3) Kyra Aftosmes
Pets: (1) Lynette Dobbins, (2) Lynette Dobbins, and (3) Seth McAdow
Abstract: (1) Gary Readore, (2) Beth Gray, (3) Wanda Smith
Nature: (1) Victoria Pieczynski, (2) Sam Beard, (3) Gary Readore

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambasaddaors, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Casey Roon, Amateur Photography Contest

Architecture: (1) John Rogers, (2) Kya Aftosmes, (3) Robert Mendoza
Best in Show: (1) VIctoria Pieczynski and (2) John Rogers
Curator’s Choice Winners: (1) Casey Mathis, (2) John Seitz, (3) Tonya Seitz, (4) Darelene Lee, (5) Sami Soukup, (6) Kyra Aftosmes, (7) Wanda Smith, (8) Veronica Lorine, (9) Lynette Dobbins, (10) Katherine Hubbard, (11) Jessie Smith, (12) Rhonda Jensen, (13) Barbara Lutzmann, (14) Sam Beard, (15) Judy Volper, (16) Morgen Clements, (17) Bianca Catungal, (18) Veronica Lovine, and (19) Sam Beard.

We enjoyed looking over the photos and comparing them to photos we take.  By reviewing the winning photos (and other, interesting photos that didn’t win), we were able to get some tips on how to improve our own work.

We spent some time with our favorite photos…

..and more importantly spent time talking to our friends, Mac and Leanne Woodward, Derek Birdsall, Megan Buro, and Casey Roon, before heading to our meeting.


Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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