EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) -- When she snaps a photo, it's never to capture a smiling face or buzzing human interaction. When Victoria Cruz pulls out her camera, it's to capture the beauty of nature.
"Sometimes you get so stressed with school and homework. And just being out here, outside of the city, is just, my sanctuary," Cruz says.
Out on the Laguna Seca Ranch, north of Edinburg, Texas Cruz has completed her best work, pictures that are getting her national recognition.
"I received the NANPA scholarship, the North American Nature Photography Association," she explains.
"It is rare for someone that young to win one of these scholarships. The kids who are nominated for these scholarships come from all over the world," adds Ruth Hoyt.
Hoyt has been mentoring Cruz for almost two years and is helping develop Cruz's raw talent.