Introducing the Aldine ISD 2018 Staff Photo Contest

Introducing the Aldine ISD 2018 Staff Photo Contest
Posted on 02/11/2018

Calling all photographers!


Do you have training or experience in photography? Do you have a wish to try your hand at photography or showcase your best photo? Well here is an opportunity for you! The 2018 Staff Photo Contest seeks entries from professionals and weekenders who are passionate about photography.

This is open to all Aldine ISD employees. If you don’t think of yourself as a photographer, don’t worry! People take many great photos with cell phones and small action cameras every day, everywhere.

Grab your camera or cell phone!

All entries must be created during the 2017-2018 school year and can be either black and white or color photographs. Entries can be taken with a cell phone, digital or DSLR camera.

Give it your best shot!

The contest allows only one (1) entry per employee. The deadline to submit all entries is April 9, 2018.

Entries must be appropriate and reflect the community standards. Ideas for photo entries include travel, people, animals, scenery, and much more. The list of all the possibilities is huge. Aldine-Staff-Photo-Contest-Rules-2018-240x300.jpg

What about images about your campus, events and/or program? Absolutely! There are no categories for the staff photography contest. Pictures could capture the spirit of camaraderie, collaboration, scholarship, critical thinking and FUN that is AISD! Possibilities include:

  • Program highlights (iconic locations, meaningful moments, etc.)
  • Academic, business and/or professional development (site visits, student internships, networking, team projects, etc.)
  • Cultural interactions and insigts (students, staff, cultural events, campus traditions, etc.)

Minimal manipulation of digital images will be accepted. Photographs can have adjustments to the brightness, color, color balance, sharpness and contrast. Also acceptable: red eye removal and cropping.

The original photographer must submit his or her entry. By entering a submission, the participant is suggesting that the picture is original and has been taken solely by the contestant, and it does not infringe on another’s rights. Click on the Contest Rules document for detailed information.

We have many talented staff members. Everyone on the Photo Contest Committee wanted to offer an opportunity to showcase employees’ skill to tell a story through the lens. This is an opportunity that I hope they don’t miss. — Dr. Michaelann Kelley, Director of Visual Arts

Mat Your Entry

All entries must be matted with a 2-inch black or white mat board and prints should be 8×10. Employee-Entry-Form-Updated-April-9-2018-300x232.jpg

How to Enter

Fill out the Entry Form. Submit your matted photograph and Entry Form to the Office of the Director of Visual Arts by 4:30 p.m. April 9, 2018. Do not forget to include the artist statement, which is a general introduction to your work, a body of work, or a specific project. It should be no longer than 70 words.

The office is located at the Dr. Bamberg Resource and Staff Development Center (9999 Veterans Memorial Dr. • Houston, TX 77038)


The judges will choose the top three photographs. Criteria include a clear and interesting purpose and/or theme for the photograph; an exemplary model; unexpected elements. Judges will also look at craftsmanship such as a clear, focused photograph. They will look to see if the photo has a wide range of whites, grays and blacks or if colors are bright and vibrant. Other elements include composition, subject matter and elements of a story.

The winners will be announced at the Aldine ISD Film and Photography Festival on May 4 in the arena at M.O. Campbell (MOC) Educational Center, located at 1865 Aldine Bender Rd. The festival will start at 6 p.m.


The top three winners will receive trophies.

On Exhibit

All the entries will be on exhibit at the MOC on May 4 during the festival. This will be on view to showcase the talent and diverse work and interests of the AISD community.


If you have any questions or would like to verify that your entry was received, please contact Dr. Michaelann Kelley at (281) 985-6421 or by email at

We look forward to seeing your amazing images, good luck!