May Meeting Minutes

Raptor Recovery brought some of their hawks so the club could photograph them.  We had the pleasure of photographing a Swainson’s Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon, a Broad-winged Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk.  After the photography session, Raptor Recovery spoke about each of the birds.  The photography club also made a donation to Raptor Recovery.

Remember to bring your framed contest entries to the Humanities Building at Bellevue University on May 30th at 10:00AM.

Our June meeting will be the contest critique.

Please also bring your night and landscape photos to the June meeting for our next display.

Thank you

Reminder – Photo Contest is This Month!

The club photo contest begins with the show set up next week. I’ve re-posted the information and rules below. Please read them so that you can have your entries ready for the show set-up next week. If you are not able to make it to Bellevue University for the set-up, please bring your entries to today’s club meeting.

The contest will be judged and critiqued by Tim White. Here’s some information about Tim:

The photography of Tim White has won many awards. His photography has been published in many venues, and he has had commercial print exhibits in Maine. He has presented many work shops and multi-media programs throughout the Northeast, in Nebraska, and in Canada.  He has wide experience in wedding, portrait,  sports and stock photography.  His special interest has been Nature Photography.  For over 12 years, through the Poconos Environmental Education Center in Pennsylvania, he led weekend photography workshops and Photo Safaris to Maine.  His multi-media programs have been seen in National Parks, nature centers, nature groups, conventions, and camera clubs.  
His love of wildlife photography has taken him all across the U.S.A., Canada, and to England, Scotland, and Wales. His program “The Puffins of Machias Seal Island” raised thousands of dollars for the National Audubon Society’s program to restore puffin colonies off the coast of Maine. Tim is a native of Nebraska and has returned to live in Omaha.  He hopes his experiences and efforts will help others appreciate the natural world around us.  It’s important to know that we can still have some of the same wildlife experiences as our ancestors.  Photography gives us the opportunity to preserve these experiences for future generations. He is currently selling nature prints at the Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, and The Crane Trust in Wood River.  “From Maine to the Plains, a Photographer’s Journey” is his latest photography program. He has been represented by Shostal Associates and Superstock Agencies.  He has judged over 150 photo competitions, including locally, the Douglas County Fair Photo 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.

Photo Club Meeting Thursday, May 21st

Our upcoming photo club meeting will feature Raptor Recovery of Fontenelle Forest.  We will be able to photograph their birds with a natural background on the patio of the forest building. After the photo session the handlers will give us some background information on each of the birds.

The following birds are expected:

Red-tailed Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

American Kestrel

See you Thursday!