St. Mark's School of Texas. (Photo from Facebook)

St. Mark’s School of Texas. (Photo from Facebook)

The Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) named St. Mark’s Photography the “Top Program” for the 15th time in 16 years.

Both private and public schools submitted three, ten-image portfolios in various categories and were awarded points by a panel of six judges. St. Mark’s beat out three other schools that tied for first place after a “head-to-head” evaluation was conducted based on conceptual motivation, visual sophistication and technical proficiency to determine who was best of the four.

“My job is to set the bar high, show them that it is achievable, give them the tools necessary for success, provide guidance when asked, and then simply get out of the way,” said Scott Hunt, Arnold E. Holtberg Master Teaching Chair and St. Mark’s photography instructor. “My philosophy remains unchanged: teach the boys how to see and develop an ingenuity mindset. Both skills – looking at challenges from differing perspectives and thinking ‘outside the box’ – are attributes that can be utilized in any career path.”
There were 18 students whose work was included in this year’s submission, including seniors Drake Elliott, Evan Lai, Anashay Manga, Nicholas Koch, Owen Simon, Henry Piccagli, Ekansh Tambe and Paul Valois; juniors Sam Adams, Aidan Peck, Hayward Metcalf and Akash Munshi; sophomores Daniel Weinstein, Christian Neisler, Zachary Bashour, Hudson Brown and Warner Hartnett; and freshman Tiger Yang.
Out of 30 portfolios entered, St. Mark’s charted in three categories with first place in Commercial/Advertising, second in Portrait, and third in the Thematic category.

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