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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