2019 April Contest Results (Candid + Street)

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

2019 March Contest Results (Portraiture)

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

2019 February Contest Results (Open Theme)

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

2018 October Contest Results

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

References

Grading sheet

All participating photos

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2018 August Contest Results

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge by Nock Wong

Honorable Mentions

References

Judge Dennis Hirning’s Intro

My name is Dennis Hirning, APSA, MPSA from Billings, MT.

Here is a little information about me. You notice the letters after my name.

These are recognition awards from PSA. The APSA is given because of past service to PSA. Some of this includes being the past Chair of the Projected Image Division, Exhibition Standards Director for the Electronic Image Division before it merged with CPID to form PID, and Region Director for Montana and Wyoming. I was drafted for the Implementation team that set up the Projected Image Division when EID and CPID were combined. I have judged for competitions from club level to International Exhibitions and also for the EID Image of the Year. I am currently the Director of the 365 Gallery, which involves taking a different subject every day of the year. I am also the administrator of a Digital Dialog Study Group.

The MPSA comes from throwing a lot of money at various international exhibitions in order to get at least 1500 acceptances. I need to get my bookwork done to see if I can qualify for my GMPSA. I know that I am about in spitting distance of the 3000 acceptances required for it.

I either have, or should have if I would get my paperwork done, my 7th Galaxy in PID Color, 4 Stars in PID Monochrome, 3 Galaxies in Nature, and probably 3 Galaxies in Photo Journalism. I have 5 Stars in Photo Travel, 5 Stars in Small Color Prints, and 4 Stars in Small Monochrome Prints.

What does all this mean? Not much. Just that I have been around the block too many times.

I would like to remind you that my comments on your images for this competition are just one person’s opinion. Each of you might have your own opinion but, unfortunately, for this competition, my opinion is the only one that counts.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be your judge. You have great images and I enjoyed seeing each one even though it was not easy to select your award winners.

Judge’s Recommended Edits

Grading sheet

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2018 September Contest Results

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

Best of Show

References

Judge James T. Stover’s Bio

I am a retired software engineer. I received my first camera in college. I started shooting slide film and continued with slides over the years. I upgraded cameras and eventually abandoned slides for digital. Most of my early photography simply documented my travels and family events. So many record shots.

I joined the Plano Photography Club over 25 years ago, and I credit joining the club with greatly improving my photography. The activities, classes, and competitions sharpened my skills and my eye, and I am currently in the Masters Class. My photography evolved from snap shots to art. I highly recommend being involved with your photography club; your skills will improve immeasurably.

I have served on the board of PPC in many positions; I was president three times and have been editor of the newsletter, The Flash, since 2010.

Judge’s general comments on the images

In most contests, the images may not have any name or identification on the image. I noted this for many images but did not count off for it.

Some of the images could use a little cropping. Several has either distracting elements at the edge or included too much dead space.

Some of the images were too centered. It is too easy to put the subject in the center, but the Rule-of-Thirds really does improve the image.

Several of the images had foreground elements that were either too small, too centered or just not as dramatic as could be.

Finally, I liked the images. Nighttime is not easy, especially with long exposures, light painting and wide dynamic range, but does make for some very dramatic images. I could have given out a few more HMs, but I had to limit myself to the ones that called out to me.

Grading sheet

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2018 July Contest Results

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

Best of Show

References

Judge Heide Stover’s Bio

I am an active member in PSA. Currently I am the Nature Division Secretary and I am also the PID Digital Study groups Director. (I would encourage any of you that are members of PSA to join a study group). I also judge camera clubs in our area. During the spring and summer months I photograph graduations as well as horse shows. I also photograph events for one of the local medical centers and shoot a few portraits here and there. My main love is nature and I spend many early mornings out on back-roads or in nature reserves getting my shots. I love what I do and I keep working on improving.

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Special announcement for August monthly meeting

Dear All,

The upcoming monthly meeting is next Tues, Aug 14th. Due to the growing number of meeting attendees, we decided to expand the space. From now on, our monthly meeting location is changed to:

DFW Innovation Center
1201 International Pkwy, Suite 200, Richardson, TX 75081

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/rWqyf1ofznt

We will try to place signs at the entrance of the building to make it easier to find the room.

The new address has been updated on NTAPA.com.

This month, I am very pleased to have our former member, Michael Zheng, as our key note speaker. Many of our members who are familiar with Michael Zheng know how persistent he is on photographing. He is now one of the hosts on MITBBS photography, one of the judges in NAPA. Some of his photography works are on 1x.com, the world’s biggest curated online photo gallery. You are encouraged to browse his photos ahead of time and bring your questions to the meeting:

https://1x.com/member/gomustang

Agenda of the Aug. 14th meeting:

6:45 – 7pm social, get to know each other
7pm – 8pm Night Sky Photography by Michael Zheng
8pm – 8:30pm Share of Photography Journey by Nock Wong
8:30pm – 9pm July monthly contest results and comments sharing

If you know anyone who is interested in photographing, bring them in. We always welcome new friends to join us.

Thank you! See you all on Tuesday!

Shirley

2018 June Contest Results

Thank you all for participating this month’s contest and congratulations to the following winners.

Results

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mentions

References

Judge’s Bio

Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC has been involved with photography almost his entire life. His passion for teaching photography has been fostered by being chairman of the Photo Guild of Detroit’s Annual Photographic Seminar. Bill has presented many instructional programs in the Detroit area as well as at NECCC (New England Camera Club Council), SWMCC and PSA conferences. He has been a major supporter of the electronic capture photography both in his own club and the PSA. Bill served as the Chairman of the Electronic Imaging division. In 2012 at the San Francisco PSA International Conference he was awarded the Stanley B. Ashbrook, Jr. Memorial Award and the PSA Service Award for his contributions to digital photography and PSA. He has also served as guest accessor for the new PSA Portfolios Distinction program. Bill received one of PSA’s highest honors, Honorary Member, (HonPSA) in September of 2016.

Grading sheet

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