The meeting started off with David Wilkins introducing or judge, JoAnne Stolte, for this evenings “Pictorial” Competition. Since 1998, Joanne has been deeply involved in regional photo clubs, currently serving as president of S4C, the coalition of southern California camera clubs. She lives in Glendora, where she formerly served as Vice President of the Glendora Color Slide Group. She is also a member of the Pomona Valley Camera Club, and is General Chair of the S4C International Exhibition. JoAnne is very active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA).
Since there so many entries in this competition, JoAnne was our first judge to use our new “friendly reminder” system that Paul Craft provided. This allowed an easier way to speed up the critique for each image so we could get them judged in a timely manner.
Competition was tough this evening, as we had a total of 39 entrants, and 111 entries for this competition in all 9 categories . There were 6 Slides, 17 Novice Digital, 22 Amateur Digital, 21 Advanced Amateur Digital, 30 Master Digital, 0 Novice Prints , 7 Amateur Prints, 5 Advanced Amateur Prints, and 3 Master prints.
Many members valued her brief critique for each image, as she emphasized the importance of trying to achieve drama in the pictorial image with either a great sky, foreground, reflection, coloration, or something of great interest to create a better landscape that can “wow” you. There was a no host dinner prior to the competition. The judge was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation, an honorary membership, and $75 for travel expenses.
Many thanks to everyone for entering such amazing images and making it yet another great competition night !