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Results – March 2017

The March 2017 Member Competition was judged by Geoff Hammond.

Our theme was “Colorful: Images that show your use of color in the most imaginative ways.”

Class 1

We had 20 Class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus 2 honorable mentions).

1st – Ecuadorian Jewel Long-Tailed Sylph by Patti Mitchell

Ecuadorian Jewel - Long-Tailed Sylph by Patti Mitchell

2nd – Pop by Chloe Hunter

Pop! by Chloe Hunter

3rd – Pie Town by Shawn Hutcherson

Pie Town by Shawn Hutcherson
Honorable Mention – A Long Walk Home by Cynthia Stein

A Long Walk Home by Cynthia Stein
Honorable Mention – Three Irises by Anthony Charles

Three Irises by Anthony Charles

Class 2

We had 11 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Vette by Andrew Fritz

Vette by Andrew Fritz

2nd – Pow! by Josh Baker

Pow by Josh Baker

Meeting – Thursday April 6, 2017

Rogelio and Jeannie by George Brainard

The fourth NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, April 6 starting at 7PM.

The meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727 – MAP


7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:15-7:30PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:30-9:00PM Presentation, Competition

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Cynthia Stein will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Cynthia will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer any questions.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, April 1, 2017

April’s competition is open themed and will be judged by George Brainard, our April speaker.

Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2017 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

Speaker – George Brainard

George BrainardGeorge Brainard will give a presentation about his history, how he got his start in photography, and he’ll talk about the process of publishing a book.

About George Brainard

George Brainard is a sixth generation Texan whose photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Times of London and numerous other magazines, business publications and advertisements. A former working musician, Brainard has shot more than 50 CD covers. He specializes in portraits of ordinary people who, at ease and in their element, display surprising uniqueness.

George’s first book of photography, “All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits” was published by The University of Texas Press.

George will have copies of his book available for sale at the meeting.

Results – February 2017

Class 1

We had 28 Class 1 entries with 7 awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus 4 honorable mentions).

1st – Mountain Wild Flowers by Carol McAllen

Mountain Wild Flowers by Carol McAllen

2nd – Rainy Day in Reykjavik by Cynthia Stein

Rainy Day in Reykjavik by Cynthia Stein

3rd – Firey Words by Chloe Hunter

Firey Words by Chloe Hunter

Honorable Mention – House on the Plains by Cynthia Stein

House on the Plains by Cynthia Stein

Honorable Mention – Family by Jasper Yuen

Family by Jasper Yuen

Honorable Mention – Light Rain by Joshua Guenther

Light Rain by Joshua Guenther

Honorable Mention – TEX by Katie Lewis

TEX by Katie Lewis

Class 2

We had 18 Class 2 entries with 4 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, plus 1 honorable mention).

1st – Golf on the Edge, 2011 by Josh Baker

Golf on the Edge, 2011 by Josh Baker

2nd – Ste Rural by Kimberly Fore

Ste Rural by Kimberly Fore

3rd – A Quiet Moment by Stephanie Sharif

A Quiet Moment by Stephanie Sharif

Honorable Mention – Smooch by Russ Morris

Smooch by Russ Morris

Results – January 2017

Class 1

We had 20 Class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, plus 2 honorable mentions).

1st – Forsaken by Joshua Guenther

Forsaken, Joshua Guenther

2nd – Skimmers take flight! by Dennis Eisenberg

Skimmers take flight!, Dennis Eisenberg

3rd – Leaf by Russ Morris

Leaf, Russ Morris

Honorable Mention – Hey, There by Vickie Flaugher

Hey, There, Vickie Flaugher

Honorable Mention – Super Moon by Shawn Hutcherson

Super Moon, Shawn Hutcherson

Class 2

We had 10 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Screw by Bill Bunton

Screw, Bill Bunton

2nd – Turning In by Bill Bunton

Turning In, Bill Bunton

2017 – A Year of Growth and New Things

We just finished our first full year of club and it went great. And we are working to make 2017 bigger, better and more PHOTOCLUBY! Below are the new leadership team, as well as our plan. Don't see something you want or think we should do? Tell us! This is a club for the members, of the members and run by the members.


2017 is NAPfS' second year and our first with a more robust leaderhsip team. Everyone please welcome your *fully volunteer* leadership team for 2017:

Tani James


Photo by Danny Matson

Andrew Fritz

Vice President & Competition Coordinator

Charlotte Wright

Program Coordinator

Russ Morris

Marketing & PR


Print Competitions

2017 will be an exciting year for competitions at NAPfS. We will continue having monthly digital competitions with live critiques from rotating and visiting judges. There will continue to be two classes, Class 1 - Novice and Class 2 - Advanced. The club will add a print competition starting in July where club members bring physical prints on paper and the prints themselves are judged. Like the live critiqued digital competition, the print competition will provide everyone present with valuable feedback. It will also provide an oppritunity for club members to begin to learn and practice the craft of printing, taking what are mostly digital creations in their computers and turning them into works of real physical art.

People Choice Award and Photographer of the Year

In 2017 the club will repeat the "People Choice Award" allowing the club membership to select their favorite images from all the competition winners. In addition, the club will run a year long points based competition. Each image that places in a competition will earn the photographer points based on the award it receives. At the end of the year, the club will award the photographer with the most overall points, regardless of digital class or print the "Photographer of the Year" award. This competition will work in a similar way to drivers championships in automotive racing. Stay tuned for details on how the points competition will be scored.

2017 Themes

2017 competitions will include more themes. The themes will be dovetailed with our educational speakers and field trips. Months not listed are "Open" and do not have a theme.

  • February - Oldies Night. There is no theme per-se, but the "taken in the last 2 years" restriction is lifted. Dig into your archive if you want and find those favorite oldies you made way back in 2014.
  • March - Colorful
  • May - Spring Explosion
  • July - Moment of Impact
  • September - Petal 2 the Metal
  • November - Faces of Man
  • December - No Normal Competition. Annual Party and Yearly Awards - People's Choice and Photographer of the Year.

To give everyone plenty of time to go out and make images for the 2018 themes, we've designated those as well, but not assigned them to months yet. The 2018 themes in no particular order are:

  • Blur
  • Night Time Photography
  • Sunset/Sunrise
  • Famous Destinations
  • Faces of Man

Member Print Exhibition

We will have one member per meeting present a selection of prints of their choosing during the 7:00 to 7:30 meet and greet portion. Members will use this time to browse the images. At the start of the meeting, the exhibiting member will give a short (~5 minute or so) explanation of the exhibit prior to the meeting's other activities.

Field Trips

2017 will see more field trips. The club will host at least 4 official field trips. Our plans are to have the following:

  • Spring - Lysts on the Lake. Knightly combat including full contact jousting, sword fighting and other western martial arts.
  • Early Summer - Wildseed Farms. Visit a wild flower farm in the heart of the Texas hill country.
  • Late Summer - Cars and Coffee. Tag along to Austin's biggest car meet with everything from modern hyper cars to classic rods.
  • Fall - Viva la Vida. Photograph the Day of the Dead Parade in Austin.

Other members may suggest and run field trips. It's easy. Just let one of the leadership team know what you want to do. We'll collect some information and publicize it to the club members.

Good Financial Foundation

Thus far the club has existed mostly on favors from various club members and our connections. However, going forward the club will require some minimum cash flow to do things like rent venues and pay speakers small stipends for speaking and judging. By paying for a location, we can remove the ongoing labor of finding a location and have access to venues we otherwise wouldn't. This will free the leadership team up to concentrate on providing better educational and inspirational opportunities.

Starting in January of 2017, the club will collect dues of $24/year (that is ONLY $2/month). Competitions, field trips and other club sponsored activities (we have other stuff in he works!) will be "members only". The meeting will still be free to attend, but we will encourage those attending regularly to join. After all, it is only $2/month and it will help the club grow and flourish.

The Small Print: Memberships are not prorated. It's $24 whenever you join during 2017. For logistics reasons anyone may enter January and February's competitions under the assumption that they still need to pay since we will still be gathering dues from everyone. However, after February, non-member images will be rejected. New members may enter their first competition once their dues are received.

Stay tuned for information on how to official join the club and pay your 2017 dues.

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


2nd – The Barber by Brian Nixon


3rd – Knock Out by Russ Morris


Honorable Mention – Rae by Malinda Baum

(did not grant permission to display on site)

Class 2

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

1st – Moon Light Canyon by Andrew Fritz


2nd – Shirley by Joshua Guenther


Meeting: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

NAPfS’s November 2016 meeting will be held on Nov 3rd, 2016 starting at 7PM.

LOCATION: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Greg Burger from Precision Camera
8:00PM – Monthly Competition

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday Oct 30th.

November is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for November’s competition will be Greg Burger and Rodger Backman of Precision Camera & Video.

Mirrorless Cameras and the new DJI Mavic Drone

With Speaker Greg Burger &  Robert Backman, Precision Camera & Video

Gregg Burger is the General Manager of Precision Camera.  He has been in the photo industry for over 35 years. He has owned Olympus, Minolta, Canon and Nikon.  His current cameras are the Nikon D750 and the Sony A7RII.  Both full frame and both are great cameras.  Which one does he use more now?

Robert Backman is the top sales person at Precision Camera and has been a Nikon shooter for many years, he shoots weddings and portraits, but is best known for sports.  He shoots for a national online sports site.  At the games he still brings his Nikon but lately his Olympus and Fuji have been used more and more.  Why?  Ask him at the meeting.


Mirrorless cameras are not taking a backseat to normal size DSLR’s any more.  Mirrorless cameras have many advantages over their larger Nikon and Canon brethren.  Smaller and lighter, they are ideal or travel, but don’t stop there. Recent mirrorless have closed the quality gap too and are making spectacular images. Greg and Rodger will bring a selection of current mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fuji and Sony for a little up close and personal Q&A.

Mavic Drone

And, as a bonus, Greg and Robert plan to bring along the new (and tiny) DJI Mavic drone. The Mavic is the newest and most compact professional level drone on the market. The best part? It is affordable and easy enough for anyone to use. Come see one up close and personal.