Sanger students take shot at national photography competition

Two students from Sanger High School capture chance to compete against the best young photographers in the nation

Madilyn Staley is joining Castro on the trip to Tucson, Arizona for her photo “Fantasy Flight Plan,” which beat out 31 other digital images.
Derek Fleming
Published May 29, 2024  • 
11:30 am

SANGER – Sanger High School student Eduardo Castro has already amassed accolades for his photography work and can now add one more after being one of two students selected to compete at the 2024 Photographic Society of America Youth Showcase.

Eduardo Castro’s photo “Family,” which beat out 49 other entries won him the opportunity to advance to the National Photography Competition.

Castro’s image, titled “Family,” beat out 49 other entrants to advance him to the Showcase event in Tucson, Arizona later this summer. Castro has also placed first at the Fresno County Fair and taken the gold medal at the USA Photography Competition. He currently operates his own photography business, providing headshots while attending high school. 

Madilyn Staley will join Castro on the trip to Tucson after her composite image, titled “Fantasy Flight Plan,” was selected in the projection category. Her image was selected over 31 competing digital images. 

Several students were also honored with the Lee Cates Memorial Award including Samantha Martinez for her image “Rail to Adventure;” Eduardo Castro for “The Light Between Us;” Rubi Yepez “Bird on a Wire;” Leslie Hernandez-Navarrete for “The Laundromat,” “Dusk,” and “Little Creatures;” Emmanuel Landa for “Takamine;” and Isabella Villarreal for “Cyber Code.” Lee Cates was a longtime advocate for encouraging youth education in photography. She joined the Fresno Camera Club in 1984 and was active until her death in 2017. 

The Fresno Camera Club was founded in 1891 and has remained active. The club focuses on natural settings and has monthly competitions that involve scenes that include views and vistas, animals and digital photos that add drama to an image. A major function of the club is to help photographers gain skills and the club is available to any age or skill level. It currently has around 40 members. 

The 2024 Photographic Society of America Youth Showcase will take place Sept. 17-22. According to the website, the PSA Youth Showcase is a photographic competition hosted by PSA chapters, clubs, councils or federations to promote and provide photographic education among young people. The Youth Showcase is open to all students, ages 14-18, who are attending high school or its equivalent worldwide. The Showcase is an excellent opportunity for eligible students to share their work and receive recognition for their efforts.

Derek Fleming