About ATPI

The Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) provides information and resources to teachers and students that work with photography, whether in Art, Journalism, Career and Technology or Vocational curriculum areas.

ATPI publishes a newsletter two to three times a year that is sent to all members and to others interested in news about photography or the association. This glossy publication annually showcases some of the best student and teacher work in Texas and is currently sent to 500 individuals and companies.

In addition, ATPI annually sponsors a fall photography submitted print competition for students and teachers that includes a variety of categories including video and computer imaging. The 2017 ATPI Contest had more than 6,500 entries from around the state, California, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York and Utah.

ATPI annually recognizes the top photography programs in the state. In the 2017-18 school year, St. Mark’s School of Texas captured the Top Program title for the twelfth time in a row. Scott Hunt leads the group at St. Mark’s. The top program award is based on a portfolio competition of student work. The Rising Star school was Bryan High School in Bryan. John Burrows is the instructor at Bryan.

The Star of Texas is ATPI’s highest award, presented to individuals and companies that have contributed to photo education in Texas. The award has been presented to eleven individuals and one company since the inception of this honor.

In May 1999, ATPI also began recognizing the top high school shooters in the state. This top “team” of ten student photographers was selected based on the awards they have received in state and national photography contests during the school year.

Since 1994 ATPI has held the Summer Workshop for Instructors Only. The workshop has provided teachers from around Texas and other states (including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin) with classes designed to help teachers become better teachers in such diverse areas as traditional black and white photography, alternative processes, studio lighting, and beginning and advanced digital imaging. In 2018, 34 teachers joined ATPI for three-and-a-half days in June in Fort Worth, TX. Corporate sponsors have included Adobe, Apple Computers, Arlington Camera, B&H Photo and Video, Canon, Epson, Fort Worth Camera, Ilford, Macromedia, Nikon, Olympus America,, Precision Camera, Red River Paper, and The MAC Group.

In short, ATPI, a Texas non-profit organization, works to help the photography instructors of all disciplines work to achieve a higher quality of knowledge and teaching of photography.

2017-2019 ATPI Officers

  • Clint Smith


    Clint Smith is a co-adviser of Texas HS Student Media in Texarkana, TX and teaches journalism, web technology, and photography.

  • Kyle Juntunen

    Vice President

    Kyle Juntunen teaches audio/video production, broadcast and filmmaking at Allen High School. He also directs the student run video board at Eagle Stadium. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film.

  • Shannon Oden

    Vice President

    Shannon Oden is a photography instructor at Ben Barber Innovative Academy in Mansfield teaching CTE Commercial and Advanced Photography. Her program has been the Texas State Champion in Photography, SkillsUSA four times.

  • John Skees

    Vice President

    John Skees is a photography and journalism teacher at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been teaching at Nolan for 8 years and also serves as their Technology Coordinator.

  • Andrea Negri

    Secretary - Newsletter Editor

    Andrea Negri is in her ninth year at Alief Hastings High School in Houston. She teaches journalism, photojournalism, and commercial photography, and advises the newspaper and yearbook.

  • Deanne Brown

    Past President

    Deanne Brown advises The Featherduster at Westlake High School in Austin. Brown received the Edith Fox King Award in 2002, a TAJE Trailblazer Award in 2005, and the ATPI Star of Texas in 2016.

  • Bradley Wilson

    Senior Consultant

    Bradley Wilson is the Journalism Education Association publications editor. He has received the JEA Carl Towley Award, the NSPA Pioneer Award and the ATPI Star of Texas.

  • Mark Murray

    Executive Director

    Mark Murray has been the Executive Director of ATPI for 25+ years. He is Director of Technical Services and Systems Integration for Arlington ISD, and studied photography at Texas A&M—Commerce.