NAPƒS 2017 Pƒotographer of the Year

The North Austin Pƒotograhic Society 2017 ‘Pƒotographer of the Year’ is Patti Mitchell!

As evidenced below, Patti’s dominance throughout the year put her way ahead of all other Class 1 and Class 2 photographers when competition points were tallied in early November.

Patti joined the club and attended her first meeting in January 2017, immediately establishing her presence with a 1st place in Class 1 with her gorgeous picture, “Ecuadorian Jewel – Long-Tailed Sylph.”

Great photography is easily recognizable and Patti’s strong sense of composition, her love of nature, bold subject matter, and wonderful sense of humor all consistently helped sway judges in her favor.

As part of her Pfotographer of the Year Award, Patti received a $50 gift card from Precision Camera, a free framed fine art print, and a free 1 year Zenfolio membership.

Congratulations, Patti!

Empty Nesters

Honorable Mention
November 2, 2017

Empty Nesters by Patti Mitchell

Full Steam Ahead

2nd Place
September 7, 2017

Full Steam Ahead by Patti Mitchell

Turn About

3rd Place
September 7, 2017

Turn About by Patti Mitchell


Honorable Mention
August 3, 2017

Flap by Patti Mitchell


Honorable Mention
August 3, 2017

Overlook by Patti Mitchell

Heron Diving For Dinner

Honorable Mention
July 6, 2017

Heron Diving For Dinner by Patti Mitchell

Are You Listening

3rd Place
June 1, 2017

Are You Listening by Patti Mitchell

The Collector

1st Place
May 4, 2017

The Collector by Patti Mitchell

Ecuadorian Jewel – Long-Tailed Sylph

1st Place
March 2, 2017

Ecuadorian Jewel - Long-Tailed Sylph by Patti Mitchell

NAPƒS 2017 People’s Choice Award Winners

The 2017 NAPƒS People’s Choice Awards were chosen by members attending the December 7th Award Ceremony and Potluck.

Members voted for their 5 favorite pictures via paper ballot.

The monthly competition winners were arranged and numbered on a printed poster and displayed on a big-screen TV in a numbered slide show. The top 3 vote getters were awarded.

Congratulations Patti and Shawn!

1st place – Full Steam Ahead by Patti Mitchell

Full Steam Ahead by Patti Mitchell

Full Steam Ahead, Patti Mitchell

Honorable Mention – Curves in Dunes by Shawn Hutcherson

Curves in Dunes by Shawn Hutcherson

Curves in Dunes, Shawn Hutcherson

Honorable Mention – Where We Once Stood by Shawn Hutcherson

Where we once stood by Shawn Hutcherson

Where We Once Stood, Shawn Hutcherson

NAPƒS 2017 Critic’s Choice Award Winners

Our Critic’s Choice judge for 2017 was Randy Kerr, legendary Texas photographer and past NAPƒS speaker.

Randy’s comments…

This was really tough! So many many really nice images. I was left to go beyond what makes a great photograph because there were so many great ones. With that said, I made my choices based on three elements: storytelling, emotional transformation, and cultural purpose.

As I age, as time moves on and artists grow, those of us who influence others are responsible to educate the cultural necessity to be better storytellers of the human experience in culture and our fragile eco-systems. The selected images do this needed work on behalf of our world’s future.

1st place – Gary by Russ Morris

Gary by Russ Morris

Gary, Russ Morris

2nd Place – Galveston Tern by Ken Brennan

Galveston Tern by Ken Brennan

Galveston Tern, Ken Brennan

3rd Place – Where We Once Stood by Shawn Hutcherson

Where we once stood by Shawn Hutcherson

Where We Once Stood, Shawn Hutcherson

A guided visit at the Blanton

Ed Ruscha Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1962

Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1p.m. Join in an exclusive guided visit for NAPƒS members to see and learn about the Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip exhibit, currently on display at the Blanton Museum of Art. The Open Road explores the photographic road trip as a genre and America as an imaginative resource, presenting the stories … Continue reading A guided visit at the Blanton »

The 2nd Annual NAPƒS Awards Ceremony & Year-end Potluck

NAPƒS’s tweflth and last meeting of 2017 willl be held on December 7, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Commons at Rowe Lane Amenity Center in Pflugerville. 2017 Awards ~ Pfotographer of the Year Peoples Choice Award Critics Choice Award We are at the end of our second year of NAPƒS and to celebrate, our December meeting will be all about member achievements with an … Continue reading The 2nd Annual NAPƒS Awards Ceremony & Year-end Potluck »

Pflugerville Library/NAPƒS 2017 Photography Show

Pflugerville Library

The Pflugerville library has asked the club to organize a photography show to be displayed at the main Pflugerville Library from Saturday, December 30, 2017 until Friday, February 2, 2018. Photos will hang in the main entry way and adjoining conference room. Entry is free, but limited to NAPƒS members. Join the club! Rules All photos must be suitable for all ages in a public … Continue reading Pflugerville Library/NAPƒS 2017 Photography Show »

2017 Competition Award Winners Show

The North Austin Pƒotographic Society 2017 Competition Winners Show will run from Monday, January 29, 2018 until Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Precision Camera.

The reception will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  


The image must have been an a monthly NAPfS competition award winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention, in either class) during 2017  – check here to see if you were a winner!


  • Photos must hang for the entire show period (Monday, January 29, 2018 until Sunday, March 25, 201).
    Accommodations for late hanging of images also in the Pflugerville Library show will be made provided you get per-approval for the image.
  • Images must be framed and matted.
    Prints should be between 12″ and 18″ on the long side.
    Mats should be 2″ to 4″.
    Frame size will be between 16″ and 26″ on the long edge.
  • Frames must have wire hangers. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.
  • Space is limited.
    To allow the maximum number of people to hang their images, and depending on participation, there may be a limit on the number of prints each club member can hang. If you have multiple winning images, plan on selecting 2 or 3 of your favorites.
  • Submit only winning images.
    Images hung during this show must have won an award during monthly competition in 2017.
  • Photographers submitting their work are solely responsible for it. Precision Camera & Video and NAPfS take no responsibility for damage that may occur to the prints or mounting. Remember, this is a show in a very public space.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, January 5th, 2017.
  • Photographers will be notified of the maximum number of pieces they may hang no later than Sunday, January 7, 2017.


Drop Off

1/26/2018 – 1/27/2018
Friday, January 26 from 10AM to 7PM
Saturday, January 27 from 10AM to 6PM

Precision Camera
2438 W Anderson Ln B-4
Austin, TX 78757


Sunday, January 28 – time TBD, and we’ll need 3 or 4 volunteers

Take Down

Monday, March 26 – time TBD, and we’ll need 2 volunteers.

Pick up

3/26/2018 – 3/28/2018
Monday, March 26 through Wednesday March 28, 10AM to 7PM.