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YUHSD honors memory of Yuma Sun reporter at CTE Photography Expo

Yuma Union High School District and industry professionals around Yuma honored the memory of former Yuma Sun reporter Amy Crawford at the third annual Career & Technical Education Photography Expo on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 at Arizona Western College. 

“This year we honor Amy Crawford's memory by creating The Amy Crawford Skills Award to keep her legacy alive to the love of photography,” said Andrea C. Hauck, who is a local photographer and presented at the event. “Amy served in the YUHSD CTE Photography Advisory Board Committee as a member and she participated in the YUHSD Photography Expo.”

The 2019 applicants of the Amy Crawford Skills Expo Award submitted an original digital image of their own making they felt embodies the work of Amy Crawford Fine Photography. The panel of judges were Amy's daughter, and parents that are photographers. This “reward” speaks to Amy’s passion for education and supporting aspirations of Yuma’s future photographers.

The first place winner was from Kaylyn Charles from Gila Ridge High School with second place going to Angelica Ovante from San Luis High School and third place going to Tzitlaly Martinez from San Luis. Each student earned a one-on-one mentoring session of their choice with one of the six participating advisory board members.

According to San Luis Digital Photo Teacher Nereida Lansman, “The YUHSD Photography Expo was created due to the needs of certain specialty fields in photography that are hard to teach in the classroom, but with the help of the YUHSD CTE Photography Advisory Board members, our district students are learning new skills that will enhance their learning in the classroom and at the same time opportunity to learn from industry professionals and network.” Eric Castanos at the event

Six industry professionals were on-hand for different workshops and sessions. Luigi O and Andrea C. Hauck conducted a business question and answer forum; Kim Garcia focused on studio lighting; Geoff Montgomery held a session on natural light photography; and Eric Castaños and Carlos Yeomans informed students about how to best photograph products.

Eric Patten
ericpatten@live.com