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United Commercial Realty Announces Annual Photography Scholarship Contest

United Commercial Realty (UCR), a national leader in retail real estate services, is currently accepting applications for their fourth annual Retail As Art photography scholarship contest. The contest is open to all Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and local area private high school students.

Dallas-area high school students are asked to present their best photographic interpretations of “Retail as Art”. Local photographers, tastemakers and industry professionals will judge the submitted artwork.

The top three winning entrants will receive a scholarship and each participating school will receive a gift appropriate to its art department from UCR. The annual invitational’s mission is to showcase the best local photographic talent, celebrate and capture the true essence of Dallas retail and reward students and their schools for their talent and efforts.

The first UCR “Retail as Art” invitational was held in 2008. Participants included students from the Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The results were outstanding, both in terms of the photographs produced and the benefits received by all involved. In 2009, UCR expanded the program to include two DISD schools. In 2011, the contest grew to include students from six DISD high schools. Twenty-three high school students sent in photo submissions of signage, store design, merchandise, shoppers, retail employees and more. This year the contest has expanded to include high school students from DISD and local area private schools.

The contest deadline is April 2 and entry forms are available online at After the judging process concludes, the winners will be announced during an event on April 18 at Three Three Three First Avenue where the winning photos and other notable submissions will be displayed.

“UCR is committed to education and giving back to our local communities. We value personal expression through visual elements and the ’Retail as Art’ program is the perfect opportunity to merge the two. UCR’s experience in retail real estate and my background as a teacher gives students an opportunity to celebrate and recognize their talents in the arts,” said Mickey Ashmore, president and CEO of UCR.

To make a donation or for sponsorship or underwriting opportunities contact Morgan Staton at or 214.252.1134.

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