Photography Students Earn Honors at State Competition

Jennifer Klanika's "Calling the Shot" won Best Portrait at the TPPA contest.

Students from ACC’s Photographic Technology Program competed in the Texas Professional Photographers Association’s (TPPA) summer contest during the group’s recent convention in Kerrville. The competition was part of the curriculum for the program’s capstone class, Portfolio Development.

Several students received first place at the contest:

  • Manny Jimenez – Best Overall Image By a Student
  • Jennifer Klanika – Best Portrait
  • Rosalee Kershaw – Best Illustrative/Unclassified
  • Kat Van Oosten – Best Electronic Imaging

Students who received distinguished print ribbons are:

  • Natalie Webb
  • Michele Hutchinson
  • Kelly MacNiven
  • Kelsey Perkins
  • Jacqueline Froustro
    Rosalee Kershaw won Best Illustrative for her illustration “Spice Up Your Life.”

“Our students’ average competition scores were within one point of the averages of competing working photographers. The judges weren’t aware that some of the photographers are students,” says Lynn Jones, professor in the photography department. “Since we train professional photographers, we believe that it is important that our students are equal to the best working photographers in Texas.”

ACC has a longstanding relationship with TPPA. As part of the program, ACC photography students join the association, attend the TPPA summer seminar, and enter the TPPA’s print competition.

Read more about the relationship between ACC and the TPPA in the April/May issue of Texas Professional Photographer magazine. For more information on ACC’s Photographic Technology Program, visit

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