Category Archives: Competition Results

Below are the monthly photo competition results. NAPfS hosts a monthly live critique photo competition. Each month club member submits one or two images. Photographers compete in one of two classes, class 1 – novice or class 2 – advanced. The images are presented anonymously to the judge during the club meeting. Our guest speaker or another qualified judge critiques each image and then picks winners. Twenty-five percent of images entered win awards.

Photographers also earn points toward the year long photographer of the year competition. The photographer who received the most total point over the course of the year is awarded the title of Photographer of the Year.

Any photo receiving an award is eligible for the People Choice Awards. At the photo club’s end of year meeting in December, members vote on their favorite images from monthly club competition.

To enter the monthly competition, join NAPfS and then visit the competition submission page to submit.

Results – November 2016

November’s competition was open (no theme). Our guest judges were Greg Burger & Robert Backman from Precision Camera.

Class 1

We had 17 Class 1 entries with 4 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, honorable mention).

1st – Ginger on Track by Brian Nixon

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2nd – The Barber by Brian Nixon

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3rd – Knock Out by Russ Morris

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Honorable Mention – Rae by Malinda Baum

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Class 2

We had 8 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Moon Light Canyon by Andrew Fritz

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2nd – Shirley by Joshua Guenther

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Results- October 2016

October’s competition was open (no theme). Our guest judge was Keith Mitchell.

Class 1

We had 20 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2x honorable mention).

1st – Wedding Singer by Kimberly Fore

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I gave this photo 1st place because it had emotional impact and caused me to imagine a powerful story. Technically, the close cropping and effective use of shallow depth of field added to the impact of the image.

2nd – See the Ring by Ashley Piel

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3rd – Secret by Kimberly Fore

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 12 entries in class 2 with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The winning images are below.

1st – Red on Red by Andrew Fritz

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I gave this photo 1st place recognition because it showed dramatic use of directional lighting as well as composition. The almost solid red tone throughout was both creative and impactful.

2nd – The Mystery of Space by Sirrah Lore

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3rd – Davis Sunrise by Steve Coyle

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Results – September 2016

September’s competition was open (no theme). Our guest judge was the amazing Randy Kerr.

Class 1

We had 20 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2x honorable mention).

1st – Water Rings by Kimberly Fore

 

2nd – Bridal Beauty by Ashley Piel

 

3rd – Morning Light by Malinda Baum

 

Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 11 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Northern New Mexico by Sirrah Lore

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2nd – Held Grapes by Josh Baker

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Results – August 2016

August’s competition was themed “After Dark”. Club founder Andrew Fritz was our judge.

Class 1

We had 13 class 1 entries with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd).

1st – Dip by Warren Creech

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2nd – Martian Photo Bomb by Shawn Hutcherson

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3rd – Windchime by Russ Morris

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Class 2

We had 10 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Enchanted by Emily Crowel Stevens

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2nd – Sparkle by Josh Baker

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Results – July 2016

July’s competition was open (no theme). Tani James, Director of Education at Precision Camera & Video was our judge for the meeting. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 24 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions).

1st – John Deer by Kimberly Fore

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2nd – Snail Soup by Janet White

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3rd – A wee Hummingbird by Carol McAllen

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 8 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Open Road by Andrew Fritz

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2nd – I Hear the Train A Coming by Chris Cina

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Results – June 2016

June’s competition was open (no theme). Sports Photojournalist Jamie Harms was our judge for the meeting. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 21 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions).

1st – Openly Yellow by Chloe Hunter

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

The exposure of the sunflower and the sky are perfect, bright and colorful. The focus on the sunflower and bee are tack sharp with the right depth of field to make the image nice to look at. 

2nd – Red Poppies by Russ Morris

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3rd – Refueling by Chloe Hunter

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 10 entries in class 2 with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The winning images are below.

1st – Purple & Yellow by Josh Baker

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

This is a fun and original image with perfect focus and depth of field. The purple and yellow of the jaw breakers juxtaposed with the reversed background is simple but brilliant. The post processing of the skin is natural and not over done. Just a great all around shot.

2nd – Good Morning Tetons by Bill Bunton

 

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3rd – Get Away from My Wife by Andrew Fritz

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Results – May 2016

May’s competition was open (no theme). Alex Suarez was our judge for the meeting. Alex is a formal trained photographer and founder of APS. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 24 class 1 entries with 6 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and three honorable mentions).

1st – Jungle Cruise by Shawn Hutcherson

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

This image reveal many layers in its composition (water, elephants, more water, vegetation, rocks, etc.), the criss-crossing elements, the depth of field, the action all contributed to create a superb image.

2nd – Tasty Treat by Ashley Piel

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3rd – Flow by Stacy Wells

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 12 entries in class 2 with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The winning images are below.

1st – A Sprinkle by Josh Baker

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

This image display great texture, well placed focus selection and a strong composition. The flying particles of powdered sugar take it one step further! Technically well lit, exposed, processed.

2nd – Blue & Silver by Josh Baker

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3rd – Embrasse-Moi by Emily Crowell Stevens

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