News and Notes – 1/25/15

It’s been a little while since I’ve written one of these.  I guess the fall and the holidays were a little too busy. Here’s a few notes to get me back on track:

2015 Audubon Photography Awards Contest

The Audubon Society is accepting entries until February 23rd for the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards. For details visit

February Meeting

Our next club meeting will be on Thursday, February 19th. Please remember to bring your display photo submissions. Photo subjects needed are:

Sky – i.e. clouds, sunset, sunrise, etc…

Winter – snow, frozen lakes, etc…

The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Please include your name, location and subject on the back of the photo.

Also, a presentation on portrait and stock photography and using social media for marketing will be provided by Jake Olson.

Educational Video of the Week

In this YouTube video photographer Henry Hudson discusses his Olympic Peninsula Star photography shoot, including scouting, set up, shooting and editing.

Please feel free to contact me via with any questions.

Peter Carbonell


2015 Photo Contest Info & Rules

The Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Annual Photo Contest is coming up in a few months. Here’s the information you’ll need to prepare your entries for this year’s contest.

Hello to All FNA Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 AM

Critique and People’s Choice Award – Thursday, June 18 -7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 27 – 10:00 AM

Questions – Contact: Doug French –  or Call 402-578-9950

 Guidelines for the 2015 Annual Fontenelle Forest Nature Association

Photography Club Show

Bellevue University Gallery – Humanities Building


Who:  Any member in good standing of the Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club.  Prints can be color or black and white.  Prints that have been previously designated as award winners – including honorable mention at previous FFNA club shows are not eligible for entry.

We ask that folks remember that we are sponsored by a nature association and as such the photographs we show represents that organization to our members and the general public.  The show contest coordinator and current President of the club reserve the right to remove an entry not following the rules set forth in the category descriptions below.

“Novice Class:”  This is open to club members who have NOT won a first place or Overall Show Award in the prior year photography club show. (Green entry cards)

“Advanced Class” Contestants who in the last year have won either/or a first place or any Overall Show Awards in either class.  No exceptions for class designation.  If any member new or old feels they belong in the advanced class they are welcome to enter their photos into this class.  (Yellow entry cards)


v  Scenic/Landscape:  Continental US, outside continental US, any nature themed image where the focus or subject IS NOT manmade objects, including urban, city, pets, and Humans.  Must be nature based photo taken by the club member.

v  Animals:, Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. Not humans

v  Flora: A photo where the following are the main subject of the photo.  Any flower, plant or tree.

v  Anything Goes: (Combined category – Novice & Advanced) (Red entry cards)

Any photograph not meeting the requirements of the 3 categories listed above. Also, any photo that is obviously over enhanced or un-naturally manipulated will be entered into this category, as determined by the Contest coordinator and club president.

How to Present Your Prints

  • Prints are to be framed (wood, metal or plastic frames) with or without a single layer mat.  A wire hanger must be attached to the back. (Please no colored mats)
  • Size of frame: Minimum outside dimension of the shortest side of frame no shorter than 5 inches, maximum outside dimension of the longest side of frame no longer than 25 inches.
  • Entries that are framed with no glass or Plexiglas are accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage by print handlers/displayers.
  • Each entry is required to have Photographer’s  name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo.
  • Contestants may enter up to 4 framed prints into the show.  The contestant is responsible for deciding which category to place entry(s).   (one in each category or all in one category or any combination you desire)  Contest coordinator and club president have final say of excepting entry or on category classification at time of set-up.
  • Entry Cards (Green) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced will be available starting at the April Club meeting.  Contestants will need to complete entry cards prior to arriving at the show set-up.


In each Class and category:   First, Second, and Third Place  (18 Ribbons)

Anything Goes Category:       First, Second, and Third Place  (Combined Classes) (3 Ribbons)

Overall Show Awards:         Best of Show – all classes, all categories

Public  Choice – all classes, all categories

Club Members Choice – – all classes, all categories

Best Black and White – all classes, all categories

Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest (Must designate on entry card)

Total of 26 Ribbons to be awarded at this Years Show!

All first and second place winners and overall show winners will be displayed at the Bellevue public library over the summer months and returned at our first club meeting in September.

All winning photos will be displayed on the Fontenelle Forest Photography Club’s Website.

January 2015 Meeting Minutes

32 members were in attendance.

We are currently accepting photo prints for our displays. Photo subjects needed are:

Sky – i.e. clouds, sunset, sunrise, etc…

Winter – snow, frozen lakes, etc…

The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please. Please include your name, location and subject on the back of the photo. All photos can be turned in at the February meeting.

The annual club photo contest is coming up in May so members should start looking at photos that they may want to enter. The 2015 contest rules will be posted soon.

There are still a few photos from last year’s photo contest that Judy Dye would love to return to their owners. If you know you have yet to pick up your photo, please make every effort to either attend the next meeting or contact Judy to arrange a time and place to pick up your photos.

The presenter for the meeting was Brett Helling from Sonburst Communications. Brett spoke on the capabilities of, and various uses for GoPro video cameras.

Our next meeting will be as normally scheduled on Thursday, February 19th at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

Northwoods Falconry Needs Raptor Photos

Looking for an opportunity to have your photos published? Northwoods Falconry, an online falconry outfitter, is looking for raptor photos for their 2015 raptor calendar. Here’s the details:




It’s really easy to become world famous at Northwoods Falconry!   All it takes is a good photo. We are working now on a 2015 raptor calendar for promotions worldwide and we are soliciting 12 or more good photos. We welcome photos showing your raptors, falconry, rehab, education or zoo activities. Submissions will be open now through Janaury 19. Photos must be landscape oriented, they MUST be your own photos and they must be high resolution and well lit.  If your photo is chosen you will get a free copy of the calendar at printing.

Send your photo(s) now and you just might become famous!

Email your photos to


December Meeting Minutes

Our annual Holiday Potluck meeting took place on 12/18. After dinner we enjoyed a slideshow of favorite member pictures taken over the last year.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 15th. Our guest speaker will be Bret Helling who will provide a presentation on GoPro cameras.