Budding photographers from high schools around Dallas got a valuable nod for their work in the Retail as Art photography contest hosted by United Commercial Realty (UCR).
This annual competition showcasing photographic talent in Dallas-area high schools awarded 12 students more than $10,000 in scholarships in a ceremony and one-night exhibition on April 9 in the Dallas Design District. Dozens more students saw their entries hung for sale on a gallery wall; many were purchased by the end of the night.
Attendees such as Laura Schieber, Cynthia Smoot, Lea Ann Moshier Stundins, Elysa Ellis, Courtney Edwards, Allison Edwards, Lindsey Miller and Silver Hogue, as well as judges Evans Caglage, Sam Sano and Bernard Underwood, snacked on sandwiches from Bolsa Mercado and gelato from Paciugo.
Founded by UCR president and CEO Mickey Ashmore, the contest has seen increased participation culminating in this year's peak of 165 submissions.
First prize went to Abigail Chang of the Einstein School, whose photo depicted shellfish plopped in a scale, to be weighed and sold. Thomas Molash of Cistercian Preparatory School won second prize for his photo of men's dress shirts. Ashley Andrews of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Photography won third prize for her photo of vintage spoons.