Dickinson High School sophomore wins COM's

Posted on: March 05, 2012

April Welsch didn’t know what to expect when she submitted photos to College of the Mainland’s inaugural Oh Snap! Cell Phone contest earlier this year.

The 15-year-old Dickinson High School sophomore never competed in any type of photography contest.

But her “Morning Fog” photo of berries dripping water in Livingston, Texas, defeated 1,331 other entries for the $100 Best in Show prize that she accepted during a reception on Thursday, March 1, at COM’s Art Gallery. “I’m still in shock,” Walsch said. “I knew (my photos were) in the gallery but nothing else.”

“I don’t actually have a good camera. This (prize) is going to go toward (buying) a good camera,” said Walsch, who took the winning photos with her iPhone 4.

Walsch found out about the contest through one of her teachers at DHS. “My ex-boyfriend’s mom is the art teacher at Dickinson High School. She sent me a link and said ‘please do this’,” said Walsch, who hopes to attend COM’s Collegiate High School next year.

Walsch doesn’t consider herself a great photographer, but she’s encouraged by the the contest’s outcome. “A lot of people have been telling me I have to major in photography,” Walsch said. “I’m considering it now.” Her key to success is “looking for something most people wouldn’t recognize, something the eye wouldn’t normally see.”

Charlotte Boman and Nancy Moore were named second and third prize winners, respectively. Rachel Mims earned honorable mention.

“It took a lot of time to go through all of the photographs and it was very hard to get down to 128,” said Kristy Peet, a COM photo instructor who judged the contest. “It was hard to choose between the top three.”

One hundred and twenty-eight of the top photos will be on display in the gallery and Enrollment Center through March 29.


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