2019 Annual Photo Club Contest Guidelines

The culmination of our club year is fast approaching. The annual club photo contest set up at the Bellevue University Gallery is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th at 10 am. Here are the guidelines for this year’s contest.

Guidelines for the 2019 Annual Fontenelle Forest Nature Association 

Photography Club Show

Bellevue University Gallery – Humanities Building

Hello to All Fontenelle Forest Nature Association Photo Club Members:

Set – Up – Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM

Critique and Awards Presentation – Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Take Down – Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:00 AM 

Questions – Contact: Donna Gray – Email: djg618@cox.net

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 members 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, second or third place in any individual category, or Overall Show award in prior years’ photography club shows.

“Advanced Class”:  This is open to club members who have won a first, second or third place in any individual category, or an overall show award in the prior years’ photography club shows.

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.


  • 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 a club member.
  • Animals: Any living creature, wild or domesticated, including pets. Not 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) 

Any photograph not meeting the requirements of the 3 categories listed above.  Also, any photo that is 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 an 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 

  • Printed presentations are to be either framed (wood, metal or plastic frames) with or without a mat or printed on a metal or matboard surface. A wire hanger must be attached to the back.   
  • Size of frame: Minimum outside dimension of the shortest side of the presentation will be shorter than 5 inches, maximum outside dimension of the longest side of the presentation will be no longer than 25 inches. 
  • Entries that are presented with no glass or Plexiglas are accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage by print handlers/displayers.
  • Each entry is required to have the Photographer’s name, address, and phone number on the back of each photo.
  • Contestants may enter up to 4 print presentations 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.  The Judge may also move a photo to another category at the time of judging.
  • Entry Cards (White) for Novice, (Yellow) for Advanced, (Blue) 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 Year’s 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 03/05/2018

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, March 21, 2019

About 34 people met at 7:00 P.M at Fontenelle Forest.

In the absence of President Jay Davis, Webmaster Pete Carbonell presided.

Four new people were introduced.


Treasurer’s report – Kathleen Rose:

Kathleen reported that the club has $1,725 in the treasury.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye:

Photos subjects needed for our displays at the Forest and the Bellevue Library:

April: Forms in nature and glass.

June: Bugs

Sept.: People walking dogs; Toads and frogs

Nov.: Snow and ice

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

Judy also mentioned that Ron Petak of the Bellevue Leader will be writing an article about the club and will be writing about our upcoming photo exhibit.

It was mentioned for the April meeting members are invited to bring in a photo to be critiqued. This photo could be one to be entered in the annual photo contest or one to be shown in the clubs display at Font. Forest.

It was brought up that it would be good to have some of the meetings devoted to photography education. It was mentioned that tutorials were available at Lauritzen Gardens, Rockbrook Camera and Joslyn Museum. Also the site Lynda.com had good tutorials available.


The rest of the meeting was a tutorial on photo resizing by Pete Carbonell. Pete explained how image resolution can affect prints. He also demonstrated how to resize images using Lightroom.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

Our speaker for next week is Terry Koopman from Photographics Imaging. Terry is a fine art and custom photo printer as well as an accomplished photographer. He will be talking about proper preparation of files for print as well as best ways to display them. He can also help with image review.

The images for review should be printed on 4×6 minimum and no larger than 8 x12. That will show the depth and colors of the images better than projecting them.

Thanks to Allen Kurtz and Bill McDonald for bringing treats tonight.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary