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February 25-28, 2016 - Winter Conference - ATPI

ATPI Winter Conference

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 6am to Saturday, Feb. 27th, 8am

11928 Stonehollow Drive

Austin, TX

The 2016 ATPI Winter Conference for students and teachers will be hosted by Austin Community College and Texas State Capitol February 25-27, 2016 in Austin, TX. The conference provides on-site contests for students and teachers, along with hands-on classes related to all types of photography and video.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Hotel Info- Home2 Suites By Hilton Austin North/Near the Domain

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 3pm to Saturday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

2800 Esperanza Crossing

Austin, TX

Hotel website

Our comfortable and modern studio and one-bedroom suites feature a unique “Working Wall” that incorporates movable furniture, a work/media area, ample storage and a full kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, cutlery and utensils. Feel at home with free WiFi, an alarm clock with iPod dock, a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and a spacious desk.

Join us each morning for tasty, healthy breakfast options at our free Inspired Table™. The convenient Home2 MKT® is open 24/7, and stocks snacks, drinks and sundries.

Flight Info- Southwest Airlines

Thursday, Feb 25

Airport: KCI

Flight #20 (connection in St Louis)

Depart MCI at 6:20 a.m.

Arrive in Houston at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Feb 28

Airport: KCI

Flight #2879 (non-stop)

Depart Houston 8:45 a.m.

Arrive in KC Mo at 10:40 a.m.

Travel Agenda


6-9 p.m.- Reception, Quick Lessons and Vendor Show


9 a.m.- Registration Opens

9:30 a.m.- Pre-Convention Architectural Photo class

11:30 a.m.- On-site Contest Info mtg, On-Site Contests

1 p.m.- On-Site Contests: Cropped, Digital Editing

1:30 p.m.- Digital Image, Scavenger Hunt contests due

1:45 – 2:35 p.m.- Sessions

2:45 – 3:35 p.m.- Sessions, Portfolio Reviews

3:45 – 4:35 p.m.- Sessions, Portfolio Reviews

4:35 – 6:30 p.m.- Dinner on your own

6:45 – 9 p.m.- Awards, Keynote Speaker


9 – 9:50 a.m.- Sessions, Portfolio Reviews

10 a.m.- Faculty and Video Contests due

10 – 11:45 a.m.- Hands-On Classes

noon – 1 p.m.- Lunch (provided), ATPI Business Meeting

1:15 – 3 p.m.- Hands-On Classes

3:15 – 4:05 p.m.- Sessions

7 p.m.- depart for Houston


8:45 a.m.- depart Houston Airport

10:40 a.m.- arrive at KCI

Sat Night Hotel- Ramada Inn Houston Hobby Airport

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9pm-6am

15350 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX 77032

Payment Information

$250 Airfare & Ground Transport

$25 Conference Registration

$105 Hotel (2 nights @ Fairfield Inn Austin)

$380 Total

There are 13 spots for students to attend this trip. The first 13 students to turn in their payment to the Finance Office reserves their spot on the trip.


Turn in a check for $380 payable to Free State High School in the Finance Office by Nov 23. This payment will take care of your airfare to the Winter Conference, hotel, registration, and ground transportation.

Note: this payment may be non-refundable depending on airline policies.


Contact Laurie Folsom ( or Marsha Poholsky ( or Michelle Salmans (

Complete by Feb 15

Print and Return Permission Forms

District Permission Form

Official ATPI Release Form

What is ATPI?

The Association of Texas Photo Instructors is an organization that supports photography teachers and students with events that build skills, opportunities to compete, scholarships, etc.

The organization is open to teachers and students outside of Texas, so Mrs. Poholsky, Mrs. Salmans and Mrs. Folsom are joining together to offer 13 students an opportunity to travel for the second time to the ATPI Winter Conference.

Student photographers from Free State competed in ATPI's Fall Photo Contest the past three years and more than a dozen students won honors for their work.