Randy Kobetanz and his wife Carol have been selected as artist of the month by the Altoona Area Public Library. More info is available here: Award Notice
This is our annual planning meeting. Bring your ideas for upcoming programs and outings. Help shape the club activities for 2014. Meeting starts at 7:15 PM at the Hollidaysburg YMCA.
Here is a link to our winning images: For the best experience be sure to view the photos in slideshow mode and then go to full screen. Winning Photo
John Valjen Jr. took second place honors in the Projected Image Competition. He was a former Print Competition winner and is known for his stunning landscape photos. Congratulations to John!
Eric is our current club president and 2009 Projected Image Competition winner. He also has won Rookie of the Year honors. In this photo Eric gives us his impression of the Thinker. Whatever he is thinking about, it appears he's stumped. He continues the tradition by taking third place honors in this years Projected Image Competition. Congratulations to Eric!
Brandon Hirt and Jerry Carey tied for the fourth place honors in the 2013 Projected Image Competition. Brandon has previously tied for second place honors in the 2012 Print Competition. Congratulations to Brandon and Jerry!
Ken Becker and Cindy Schaner shared Best of Show honors for the 2013 Projected Image Competition. Ken has done very well with his unique photos of water droplets on glass with an underlying refracted image. This photo is of Ken and his wife Sally on a recent trip to the Outer Banks. Congratulations to Ken and Cindy!
Didn't we just see Brenda win the Photographer of the Year award for 2012? Well, she has done it again by winning the 2013 Print Competition. Brenda has outscored her nearest competitors (Eric Gaston and Brandon Hirt) by the narrow margin of one point. Can anyone stop her from winning the Photographer of the Year competition again this year? Watch out Brenda, Eric and Brandon are right behind you.
Brandon Hirt and Eric Gaston were tied for second place in the Print Competition. Brenda Sanner beat them out by only one point. It will be interesting to see who takes the upcoming projected image competition. It could be one of these three members or someone else might come forward and amaze us all. The Photographer of the Year honor is still within reach for several members of our club.
Jerry Carey took third place in the Projected Image Competition and was very pleased with the honor.
Randy Klobetanz a multiple time Photographer of the Year winner took 4th place honors for the 2013 Print Competition.
Randy Klobetanz presents Brenda Sanner with her Photographer of the Year award
Brenda is a one of our newer members having joined about two years ago. Since then she has won our Print Competition for 2011, the Projected Image Competition for 2012 and now in her second year of competition has captured the Photographer of the Year award. There is no stopping this lady and the bar has certainly been set higher for all of us. Congratulations to Brenda!!
Special thanks to Ken Becker for all of his great banquet photographs
Randy Klobetanz presents Eric Gaston with his second place award
Eric Gaston is our club President and has done very well in all of the club competitions over the last several years. Eric was the Projected Image Competition winner in 2009. He was also last years Rookie of the Year award winner and there was only a one point difference between his score and the Photographer of the Year winner, Brenda Sanner. Eric also had a Best of Show photograph in this years Projected Image Competition. Congratulations to Eric!!
Randy Klobetanz presents John Varljen with his Print Competition award
John is best known for his stunning landscape images. He is one of the newer members of our club and has participated in many "Intrepid Adventures" with other club members, leaving home early in the morning to travel to high mountain tops in neighboring states to catch spectacular vistas and sunrises. Congratulations to John!!
Randy Klobetanz presents Loretta Storm with her Second Runner Up award
Loretta has to be our most improved photographer for this year and she was very good to begin with. She has participated in workshops with former club president Dave Hammaker and has honed her skills to a whole new level. We see great things in her future with our club. Congratulations Loretta!!
Cindy is another newer member of our club and she has done very well in our club competitions so far. She has a great eye and has shown us some stunning images with her photography. We predict a great future for this lady with our club. Congratulations Cindy!!
Randy Klobetanz presents Nancy Smith with her Rookie of the Year award
The Rookie Photographer of the Year award is presented to the photographer that has accumulated the most points in their first three years of competition. Nancy has shown us some stunning images over the last several years and has certainly earned this award. One of her photos earned a favorable review from Pat Little on one of his visits to our club. That was a great accomplishment on it's own because Pat as a professional doesn't pull any punches with his photo evaluations. Congratulations Nancy!!
September 23rd is the turn in date for the projected image competition. The results will be shown at our November 18th meeting. The special category is "Old" or "Vintage".
|Brenda is the winning photographer of the 2012 Projected Image Competition. Her unique compositional skills won over the judges once again. She was also the Print Competition winner in 2011. Brenda has been continually amazing us with her ability to capture stunning images of people and places. She will often recruit members of her beautiful family as photographic subjects and pose them for amazing pictures. The family album must be awesome! We can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Congratulations Brenda!|
John has been a member of our club for a little less than two years and has brought with him many years of photographic experience. He has led our club on several "intrepid adventures" including a 4:30 AM trip to Ohiopyle State Park and a planned 2:30 AM trip to West Virgina. He will follow the sunrise wherever it may lead. We are pleased to announce that he has won our 2012 Print Competition and is well on his way to a possible Photographer of the Year Award. Congratulations John!!
2012 Print Competition
John J. Varljen, Jr.
Is the winner of the 2012 Print Competition
20 members entered 100 prints
Judged by: Gary Baranec, Photographer
Deb Bunnell, Artist
Four images tied with the highest score
therefore, there is no “Best of Show”
John J. Varljen, Jr. 204 Jack Hartsock 178
Eric Gaston 203 Rob Lynn 174
Loretta Storm 202 Connie Daugherty 174
Brenda Sanner 201 Nancy Smith 171
Cindy Schaner 200 Ron Stellabotte 170
Cindy Cresswell 188 Sally Becker 168
Marge Seymour 188 Michael Gelbke 163
Randy Klobetanz 185 Brandon Hirt 161
John Eicher 181 Ken Becker 159
Jerry Carey 180 Jenni Shoemaker 154
Congratulation to All
Randy Klobetanz has won our club's "Photographer of the Year" award and was recognized at our Spring banquet for his accomplishments. Randy is fast becoming an icon with our club having won this honor multiple times. Congratulations Randy!!
Brenda has had a very successful first year with our club. Not only was she the 2011 Print Competition winner, she was also the second leading scorer for last years competitions. Sally Becker had the honor of presenting her award. We look forward to seeing more of her unique photographic style in future competitions. Congratulations Brenda!!
Brandon has done very well this year in the Print and Projected Image Competitions. He received the fourth highest combined total for both of these contests. Sally Becker presented him with his award. Congratulations Brandon!!
From left to right, Randy Klobetanz, photographer of the year and first place for 2011 competitions. Brenda Sanner, second runner up for 2011 competitions and Print Competition winner, Eric Gaston 2011 Rookie Photographer of the Year and third runner up for 2011 competitions, and Brandon Hirt, fourth runner up for 2011 competitions. Many thanks to Ken Becker for taking the great banquet photos. Congratulations to all!!
Yes, the results are in and Eric Gaston has again won a Merit Award, this time for his landscape photo "Smooth". Here is a link to the Merrimack Photo Club website with the results and club standings.
We were just notified today that our website has won an honorable mention from the PSA in the category of 75 or fewer members. Congratulations to Eric Gaston for setting up this site and maintaining it until recently. Here is a link to the PSA notification we received today.
Congratulations to Brenda for winning the 2011Print Competition. This was Brenda's first competition with our club and it wasn't even close. She is a welcome addition to our club and we will be looking forward to seeing more of her work.
Congratulations to Randy Klobetanz for winning a merit award for his HDR landscape image titled "Sunset On Mount Rundle" Click on this link to view the Glennie Nature slide show which includes his photo.
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