Guidelines for the 2016 Fontenelle Forest Nature Assoc Photography Club Show

Hello to All FNA Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 AM

Critique and People’s Choice Award – Thursday, June 16 – 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 25 – 10:00 AM

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

Guidelines for the 2016 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 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)


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 a nature based photo taken by the club member.

Animals:  Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. No humans.

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

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.

* Photos may be moved to another class up to the point of judging for awards if the Contest Judge, Photo Contest coordinator or club president feel a entry was categorized incorrectly at check-in.  These contest rules are their guide, and any corrections to classification are final.

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.

·        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 accepting the entry or on category classification at time of set-up.

·        Entry Cards (Green) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced, (Red) for Anything Goes 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.


Last revised on 02/15/2016

February Meeting Minutes

37 members were in attendance

Judy reminded everyone about the photos needed for the upcoming forest and library displays:

Due April – Neon Signs and Canines

Due September – City Sky Lines and Rows of Things (ex. rows of corn)

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

Doug spoke about the upcoming photo contest. The drop off at the library at Bellevue University will be May 28th at 10:00 AM. Please try to drop off your photos as close to 10:00 AM as possible. As a reminder the categories are flora, fauna, landscape and anything goes. In addition to dropping off your photos on the designated date, we ask that you also email your images to webmaster so they can be viewed in the auditorium during the June critique meeting. The photo contest rules will be posted on the website soon. The date to remove your photos is June 25th.

Scott Papek will be the judge for the 2016 photo contest. Some of you may remember him since he gave a presentation at a photo club meeting in 2014. He also has a photography gallery in Westroads Mall.

During the remainder of the meeting, Pete gave a very informative presentation on Lightroom.

Our next meeting will be March 17th. We will be sharing the meeting with the Fontenelle Forest Bird Club and the Omaha Audubon Society. There will be several people in attendance so arrive early to get a great seat. Denver Holt, a well-known snowy owl researcher will be speaking at the meeting.

News & Notes – 2/15/16

Is that the light at the end of a long winter tunnel I’m seeing? After enduring a long stretch of cold wintery weather, Julianne and I were able to enjoy a beautiful Presidents Day and a long desired winter thaw. The forecast is suggesting that this warmer weather may be with us for a while so we might want to start thinking about some fun photography outings so that we can get out and shake off that winter rust.

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, 2/18 at 7 pm at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Doug French and I will be providing a presentation on the basics of Lightroom, the computer program created by the Adobe software company that is the leading photo organization and editing application on the market. Our hope is that we will take a little of the mystery out of this application for those who have never used it while providing a few new tricks for the more experienced Lightroom users in the group. So if you have Lightroom loaded on a laptop, bring it along so that you can try out some of the instruction. Or just bring your questions. Hopefully it will be informative for all.

Also during the meeting we will be collecting photos for our displays.

Due February meeting – Church windows and/or anything white
Due April meeting – Neon Signs and/or Canines
Please remember to add your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit. The photos can be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. No mattes or frames please.

Photo Contests

The club photo contest is coming soon! Though we don’t expect any major changes, we are in the process of reviewing the rules and details for the contest and should have the information published shortly.

Call to Photographers “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich Our Future” – The Hildegard Center for the Arts in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society is putting out a call for photographs that highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 Nebraska counties. Submission deadline for this contest has been extended to March 21st. Photos from the submissions will be featured in a state wide traveling exhibition that will coincide with Nebraska’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. Images may also be used in travel guides, posters, calendars and other material to promote Nebraska tourism. For more information, visit

March Meeting – Audubon Society of Omaha presents Denver Holt

As we discussed recently, due to a scheduling conflict the Fontenelle Forest Bird Club will be using the Nature Center Forest Room for a presentation by Denver Holt, a world renowned authority on owls. But the good news is that we have been invited to enjoy this very interesting presentation. So you can still plan to attend on our normal day and time, but you might want to get in a little earlier than normal as I expect there will be a pretty good sized crowd. Here’s a link to more information about the speaker, Denver Holt:  Denver Holt Bio

Educational Video of the Day

Here’s a short video on Lightroom basics in case you’re the type that would read ahead in your textbooks at school.

We’ll see you all on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club



Meeting Thursday, February 18th

The next meeting will be Thursday February 18th at 7pm at the Fonentelle Forest Nature Center. Pete and Doug will be giving a presentation on Lightroom. If you have Lightroom loaded on your laptop, feel free to bring it to the meeting and follow along.

Photos needed for Forest and Library displays:

Due February – Church Windows and/or Anything White

Due April – Neon Signs and/or Canines

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

See you Thursday!