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, February 21, 2019

About 29 people met at 7:00 PM at Fontenelle Forest.

President Jay Davis presided.


Treasurer’s report – Kathleen Rose:

Kathleen mentioned that the club has $1,700 in the treasury.

Photo Displays – Judy Dye

February: Anything old and trees.

April: Forms in nature and glass.

June: Bugs

Sept.: People walking dogs and toads/frogs.

Nov.: Snow and ice


The rest of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of the request from the director of Fontenelle Forest for the club to put on a display in the Barwright gallery. The show or display will run from the end of August 2019 to Jan 22, 2020. Fontenelle Forest will provide the club with $1500-2000 to put on this display. They will also provide media and marketing for the display.

The title of the display will be “Natural Exposure”.

The following topics will be discussed concerning the display:

  • Image display
  • Number of images
  • The selection process

Image display: Topics will be of objects in the natural world (trees, landscapes, birds, animals, etc…).

All images will displayed on a single cut white mat from the same supplier. All frames will be from the same supplier.

Images will be of three sizes:

  • 12 X 18 image in a 16 X 20 frame.
  • 8 X 10 image in an 11 X 14 frame.
  • 5 X 7 image in an 8 X 10 frame.

All images be will be printed by the same printer.

Number of images: Will depend on the size submitted but roughly around 60.

Selection Process: Every member will have at least one image submitted and displayed. The first, second, third place and honorable mention photos of the upcoming photo contest will be displayed at 16 X 20 size. The remaining photos will be from the various members. Members can decide on what size they want displayed.

Our next meeting in April will be set aside for those who want to bring in an image to be critiqued. Terry Koopman a colleague of Jay’s will be here to participate in the critique.

Thanks to Judy and Frank Dye and Wayne Brill for bringing treats tonight.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, June 21, 2018

About 30 people met at 7:00 P.M at Bellevue University Humanities Center

Vice President Phil Mininni presided.



For September: clouds and anything blue

Nov.: Autumn and churches

Pete mentioned that the club’s website was temporarily down but as of this post the site is back up and running.

Election of Officers: The following officers were nominated and elected:

President: Jay Davis

Vice President: Phil Mininni

Secretary: Eric Scholar

Treasurer: Kathleen Rose

A big thanks to both the new officers as well as Alex Wiles who served as the club president over the last year. Our club would not be as successful and enjoyable without the time that these folks, as well as Judy Dye/Photo Display Coordinator, Donna Gray/Contest Coordinator & Peter Carbonell/Webmaster, dedicate to our programs.

The board will be meeting soon to set the meeting agenda for the upcoming club year. We have received some ideas for meetings, but if you have any ideas please send them to the club email at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.


The program for the evening was the judge’s critique and results of our annual club photo contest. Joe Burns served as the contest judge and presented the results of the photo contest. The winners of this year’s contest are:

Best Fontenelle Photo Allen Kurth Early Morning Swim
Best of Show Allen Kurth Early Morning Swim
People’s Choice Jim Trojanowski Hungry Chick
Member’s Choice Allen Kurth Prairie Chicken Fight
Advanced Flora 1st – Sue Mininni Petunia
  2nd – Donna Gray Tulips
  3rd – Howard Carson Rivers
HM – Diane Kinney Fun Guys
HM – Jay Davis Climbing Roses
Advanced Scenic 1st – Jim Trojanowski Deadvlei
  2nd – Donna Trojanowski Morning Fog
  3rd – Howard Carson Finish
HM – Steve Carson Sunflowers on the Plains
HM – Steve Carson Backpacker’s Milky Way
Advanced Animals 1st – Allen Kurth Prairie Chicken Fight
  2nd – Jim Trojanowski Hungry Chick
  3rd – Donna Trojanowski Royalty
HM – Donna Trojanowski Dapper Snapper
HM – Howard Carson Evening Walk
HM – Sue Mininni Pelicans Entertwined
HM – Diane Kinney Resting Reflections
Anything Goes 1st –  Linnea Baney Street Mural
2nd –  Donna Turner Autumn Red
3rd –  Diane Kinney Wild Ones
Novice Flora 1st  – Donna Turner Fall Fungus
  2nd – Andrea Kuhn Summer’s End
  3rd – Andrea Kuhn Orchid Shadows
HM – Andrea Kuhn Simplicity
HM – Lorraine Feldhausen Full Moon Rising: Silver Moon Clemantis Bud
Novice Scenic 1st – Eric Scholar Icelandic Black Sand Beach w/Gulls
  2nd – Margaret West Grandstand
  3rd – Margaret West Eueka
HM – Margaret West Aldeyjarfoss
HM – Donna Turner Ride the Wave
HM – Wayne Brill Red Rock Canyon
 Novice Animals 1st – Donna Turner Yellowstone Coyote
  2nd – Phil Mininni Bald Eagle
  3rd – Tom Boggs Oriole
Honorable Mention HM – Emmett Erg Great Egret

Winning photos will be posted on the main page of the website shortly. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Thanks to Lorraine Feldhausen for bringing treats tonight.


Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary and Peter Carbonell, Webmaster.

April 2018 Meeting Reminder & Notes

Despite what the thermometer says, spring is here and our club year is nearing its end. But before the year is over, we have some fun events coming up. Here are a few notes of what to look forward to.

Next Meeting

The April meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. With the club photo contest on the horizon we’ve taken a suggestion from one of our members and decided to use this meeting to discuss how photographers can critique their own images. The ideas that will be shared may help us all better prepare our entries for the contest. This will be a group discussion so come with your ideas and questions and we’ll all enjoy this educational exercise!

Photo Contest

The annual club photo contest is fast approaching. As noted in the guidelines that were recently published, the contest setup will be Saturday, May 26th at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Gallery. Joe Burns will be our judge this year and the awards and critique session will take place during our meeting on Thursday, June 21st at 7 pm in the auditorium at the Bellevue University Humanities Gallery.

We will use a video slideshow for the critique so members will need to send their entries in to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. The email should contain the member’s name as well as the name and category for each image submitted. Photos should be sized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 pixels per inch (ppi). This will make the files easier to send via email. If you are unsure on how to resize the image, then please send the full size images.

Photo Displays

Judy Dye, our Photo Display Coordinator, is collecting photos for the displays in the Forest Nature Center and the Bellevue Library. The subject for photos will be Red, White and Blue. Nature based photos will be displayed at the Forest and all other photos will be displayed at the Bellevue Public Library.

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.

Loessfest 2018 Featuring Alex Wiles!

Our esteemed club president, Alex Wiles is about to put another feather in his photographic cap! We are all aware of Alex’s Floodplain project that has been on display in the Baright Gallery in the Nature Center for the last few months. Now Alex’s project will be on display at the River’s Edge Pavilion in Council Bluffs during this year’s Loessfest celebration May 25th to the 28th. Alex will be onsite in the pavilion during the weekend so add this event to your calendar and stop by to support Alex and this awesome honor! For more information on this event, click on this link. Congrats Alex!

Please send all questions/comments to webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org. See you all at the meeting on Thursday!

Peter Carbonell


Fontenelle Forest Photo Club



Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, March 15,2018

About 34 people met at 7:00 P.M.  3 new people were present.

President Alex Wiles presided.


Photo Displays – Judy Dye

Photos will be displayed at both the Forest and at the Bellevue Library.

March subjects: Doorknobs for the Library and Sky for the Forest.

Next spring: Red, white and blue

Fall: Autumn and churches

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.

Treasurer’s Report – Kathleen Rose

There is now $ 1,617 in the club’s treasury.

Photo Contest –  Donna Gray

Setup is Saturday, May 26th at 10 am.  Joe Burns will be the judge. Rules are available online.


Donna and Jim Trojanowski presented the program on their several trips to Africa.

Donna mentioned that the program was a compilation of their 6 trips to southern Africa. She showed slides of several animals and birds seen.

Jim then talked about the various photo equipment he brought on the safaris.

He mentioned the importance of limiting equipment and clothing to keep the weight down. He also mentioned the importance of getting medical and trip insurance and bringing adapters for electrical equipment. They talked about the type of vehicles used for the safaris.

Thanks to the Kuhns and Trojanowskis for bringing treats tonight.

The meeting was adjourned at about 8:20 P.M.

Our next meeting will be on on Thursday, April 19th at 7 P.M. in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The tentative topic for the meeting will be how photographers can critique their own photos.

Submitted by Eric Scholar, Secretary

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, June 15, 2017

The meeting held at the Bellevue University Humanities Building began at 7 pm. There were approximately 35 people in attendance.


Solar Eclipse Presentation

Fontenelle Forest is still looking for someone to provide a presentation to Forest members on how to photograph the solar eclipse that is taking place on August 21st. No experience in photographing eclipses is necessary. Just a willingness to read up on the techniques. Anyone that is interested should send an email to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Photo Displays

The subjects for our September club photo displays are:

Hoofstock – Deer, horses, antelope, etc…

Faces in Nature – Inanimate natural objects that look like faces.

In the future photos with a patriotic theme will also be needed.

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.

End of the Photo Club Calendar Year

The June meeting marked the last meeting of club calendar year. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 21st at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. The newly elected club Executive Board under the direction of Alex Wiles will be meeting sometime this summer to set the calendar of events for the upcoming year.

 If anyone has ideas for future meetings or would like to present on a topic, please send an email to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address as soon as possible so we can ensure that your contributions are considered.

We would also like to thank all of the members of the board, our event coordinators and all of our presenters that helped make this year so successful! Thank you for all you do!


Our judge, Pat Mingarelli, provided a very informative critique session of all 92 photo entries. The results of our contest are as follows:

Novice Flora

1st Place – Eric Patdu – Bleeding Heart

2nd Place – Diane Kinney – Sunbreaker

3rd Place – Phil Mininni – Tulip Festival

Honorable Mention – Lorraine Feldhausen – Spring Serenity

Novice Scenic

1st Place – Terry Turner – Cades Cove, Smokies

2nd Place – Jim Trojanowski – Namib Desert Dunes

3rd Place – Diane Kinney – Reaching for the Sky

Honorable Mention – Terry Turner – Grand Teton Sunrise, Donna Turner – Lake Superior Sunset

Novice Animals

1st Place – Jim Trojanowski – Tandem Hippos

2nd Place – Eric Patdu – Incoming

3rd Place – Eric Patdu – Fluffed Up

Honorable Mention – Terry Turner – Hummingbird, Donna Turner – Rufus Hummingbird

Advanced Flora

1st Place – Jay Davis – Corn Candy Daisy Study 1

2nd Place – Jay Davis – Calla Study 1

3rd Place – Donna Gray – Iris

Honorable Mention – Donna Trojanowski – Summer Beauty, Donna Gray – The Sentinel

Advanced Scenic

1st Place – Peter Carbonell – Rogue River

2nd Place – Peter Carbonell – Crater Lake National Park

3rd Place – Jay Davis – Tomahawk Rock

Honorable Mention – Tory Ewing – Lauritzen Gardens

Advanced Animals

1st Place – Allen Kurth – Rainy Day Afternoon

2nd Place – Allen Kurth – What’s For Lunch

3rd Place (tie) – Donna Trojanowski – African Pink Backed Pelican

3rd Place (tie) – Heather Ingraham – Snow Monkey

Honorable Mention – Heather Ingraham – Snow Monkey Family, Jay Davis – Three On a Tree

Anything Goes

1st Place – Diane Kinney – Brilliance Above

2nd Place – Peter Carbonell – Rustic Cabin View

Best Black & White – Terry Turner – Cades Cove, Smokies

Best Fontenelle Forest Photo – Allen Kurth – What’s for Lunch

People’s Choice – Eric Patdu – All Fluffed Up

Members’ Choice – Allen Kurth – Rainy Day Afternoon

Best of Show – Jim Trojanowski – Tandem Hippos

All winning photos will be available for viewing on the club website’s main page within the next few weeks.

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants! Also, a big thanks to Contest Coordinator Donna Gray for all of her work in making this such a special event for our club!

The show take down will take place on Saturday, June 24th at 10 am at the Bellevue University Humanities Building. Photos that placed 1st or 2nd in any of the categories will be retained over the summer for display at Fontenelle Forest and the Bellevue Library. All others should be taken home after the take-down. So we ask members to pick up their eligible photos at the take-down on the 24th. If you are not able to attend the take-down, please email webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org to make arrangements to pick up your photo as soon as possible after the take-down.

Feel free to send any questions or comments to the club email box. Have a fun, happy and healthy summer and we’ll see you all in September!

Peter Carbonell


Fontenelle Forest Photography Club


June 2017 Meeting Reminder

The club photo contest critique and awards meeting is here! Tomorrow is our final meeting of the year where we get to enjoy each other’s contest entries, learn from the judge’s critiques of our photos, and celebrate the various category winners.

The meeting is tomorrow, June 15th at 7 pm in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. We urge everyone to arrive early so that you have a chance to see all of the entries and place your vote for the Members’ Choice award before the meeting begins. We received 92 entries for this year’s contest so you’ll have plenty of images to review!

At 7 pm we will briefly cover some business and then we’ll take a short break to give us time to tabulate the results of the Members’ Choice votes. This will be followed by the judge’s critique of all of the entries and awards presentations.

Feel free to invite your friends and family to this event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our fellow members and to let people know about the excellent club we have here at Fontenelle Forest.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you all tomorrow at the Bellevue University Humanities Building!

Peter Carbonell

President (for one more day) & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club


Photo Club Contest Setup Is Tomorrow, 5/27/17!!!

Just a quick reminder that our annual Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Contest gallery setup is tomorrow, Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Bellevue University Humanities Building Gallery. For more information on the location click here to see the map on our calendar page.

Please do your best to be there promptly at 10 am. All entries have to be turned in before they can be hung so late deliveries can cause some challenges. If you have time, any help hanging photos would be greatly appreciated!

Also, please remember to send digital copies of your photos to me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org so that we can have them available for the critique and awards meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 7 pm in the Humanities Building auditorium. Photos should be sized at 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi if possible. Please include your name and the category for which each photo is being submitted, i.e. Advanced Animals taken at Fontenelle Forest, Novice Scenic & Black and White, etc…  It would be greatly appreciated if the photos can sent to me by 5/31.

As discussed previously, photos must be set up to be hung by a wire across the back. Cards will be available at the setup that members will need to fill out with information regarding their entries.

If there are any questions, please take a look at the contest guidelines by clicking here or contact me at webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org.

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club


May 2017 Meeting Reminder & News

Lots of stuff to cover. Let’s get started.

April Meeting

We were blessed with great weather for our meeting/outing. About a dozen members came out to enjoy the scenery and photo opportunities at Neale Woods last month. We had a great time shooting and sharing tips. It was excellent evening.

Next Meeting – Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm

Our next meeting is coming up quickly. There will be lots going this month. Here’s what’s on the docket:

Club Elections

We will be conducting the elections for our Executive Committee members. Newly elected officers will take over the responsibilities of their office beginning with the summer planning meeting. The candidates for office are:

President – Alex Wiles

Vice President – Phil Minnini

Secretary – Eric Scholar

Treasurer – Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Club Photo Contest

Setup for the club photo contest is Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in Bellevue University’s Humanities Building gallery. We’d love to have 100% participation so if you haven’t done so already, you should make your selections and get your prints ready. Remember, if you’re looking for a good place to print your photos, we know that Tim Wright, who gave us a presentation on printing, does a great job.

Donna should have cards available at the meeting that you will need to complete for each entry. Each member is allowed four entries. The entries can be spread among the 4 categories  (scenic/landscape, flora, animals, and anything goes), all in one category, or any combo in between. There are also sub-categories like Best Black & White and Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest. All details can be found in the contest guidelines. Click here to see the guidelines.

If you know that you will not be able to make it to the show setup, you can bring your entries in to this meeting.

The critique will be held at our June meeting in the auditorium of the Humanities Building. We will use the auditorium projector to display the images for the critique and awards presentation.  I will need electronic copies of all entries sent to me via the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email. Please send these files to me no later than May 31st to give us time to organize the slideshow. Photos should be sized to 2000 pixels on the long edge and 72 ppi.

May Photo Display

Judy will be collecting photos for our club photo display. The subjects for this display are flowers and graffiti. As always, prints should be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14. Write your name, the subject and location on the back of each photo you submit.

She may also still need photos for the historical display celebrating Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood. Prints should follow the same guidelines for our photo displays.

Raptor Photo Shoot

Hopefully we will get through all of the discussion early so we can get to the fun part of the meeting, the raptor shoot! The plan will be for the club members to have access to photograph several birds that Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery will have available for us. In addition, we will also have access to the Raptor Refuge area to photograph those birds in their mews!

So come prepared with your photography gear and enjoy one our most appreciated presentations of the year.

Celebration of the Life of Ken Huber

On May 23rd at 5:30 pm a celebration of the life of Ken Huber will be held at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. A long-time club member, Ken passed away of 4/13 after a battle with cancer. Besides being a great photographer, Ken was very accomplished at a multitude of endeavors so feel free to attend this event and celebrate the great marks left behind by our friend Ken.

Please let me know if there are any questions. See you next Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club


April 2017 – Meeting Reminder & Notes

The April meeting is around the corner and this month we’re going outside!

Next Meeting – Neale Woods Shoot 4/20/17 at 6 pm

As we discussed during last month’s meeting, for April we will go on the road for shoot. We will meet at Neale Woods instead of Fontenelle Forest and the meeting will begin at 6 pm in front of the old main building. Members of course are welcome to get there as early as they wish but we will gather at 6 pm for a brief meeting.

There are plenty of interesting subjects to photograph at Neale Woods. Birds are plentiful. Lovely landscapes are available with the mix of prairie and forest. And if you decide to stay late enough, you can also shoot the sunset or stars (depending on the cloud cover).

I really encourage everyone to come out. This can be a great opportunity for knowledge share. Those of us who are less experienced might want to pair up with some of the more experienced people in the club and pick their brains for tips on things like camera settings, composition, etc…

Suggested Items to Bring:

  • Camera – (of course!)
  • Lenses – wide angle, normal, telephoto, etc… You can bring all or just one, depending on if you want to concentrate on a certain type of photography or try all different kinds of things.
  • Charged batteries and a memory card – I know it sounds obvious but sometimes we forget these things.
  • Tripod – especially if you want to shoot any long exposures or low light landscapes, like the sunset.
  • Rain jacket – depending on the weather.
  • Bug spray – tick season is starting. Might need it if you will be walking through longer grass.
  • Water
  • Enthusiasm!!!

Who knows? Maybe the club photo contest winner will be produced during this outing! You should also remember that there is a “Best Photo Taken at Fontenelle Forest” category in the contest as well and Neale Woods counts!

Solar Eclipse Presentation for the Forest

The Forest is still in need of someone from the club to provide a presentation on techniques involved in photographing the upcoming solar eclipse.  Kate Murphy is organizing this presentation and is looking to either have this done in a program setting one evening at the Forest, or as a walk-up table during one of the upcoming weekend events. There are plenty of websites with information on how to shoot the eclipse so no experience is necessary. Just some research and the willingness to spend an hour or so sharing the joys of photography.

Please contact me at the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org email address if you are interested.

Prairie chicken Blind at Burchard Lake

Mike Remund, who is the area manager for Burchard Lake State Special Use Area in Pawnee County, reports that the Greater Prairie-Chicken lek at this area is very active this year with up to 20 males showing up daily.  This is a notable increase from the past few years.  Viewing blinds are available at Burchard on a first come first serve basis.  To find them, take the road all the way around to the west side of the lake to where it ends.  In the parking area, you’ll see a “prairie chicken viewing blind” sign pointing you in the right direction.   Walk up the hill towards the northwest, get in the blind before sunrise, and enjoy.  Repeat if necessary.

Photo Displays

Photos for the Bellevue Library’s 150th Anniversary of Nebraska’s Statehood display need to be provided to Judy Dye at our next meeting at Neale Woods. If you have photos but do not plan to be at Neale Woods, please contact Judy at jbdye@aol.com to work out a way to get the prints to her. The subject of the photos should be of historical places in Nebraska, either man made or natural.

We will also be collecting photos for the May displays. The subjects for May are graffiti and/or flowers. If you want to get a head start on September’s assignment, it will be hoof stock and/or Faces in Nature.

As always, photos for both displays mentioned above should 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.

Annual Club Photography Contest

Our club photo contest is right around the corner. We have our judge. We have our site. We have the ribbons. All that’s left is your submissions!!! As I mentioned many times before, the contest is more about sharing your work, learning and getting ideas on how to improve our craft. So let’s have fun with this and have every member submit entries!

Submissions are due at the photo contest show set up on Saturday, May 27th at 10 am in the Humanities Building Gallery at Bellevue University. Photo critiques will be given and awards will be recognized at the June meeting, which will be held in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. The rules and all details for the contest can be found by clicking here.

Annual Elections

Elections for the 2017-2018 Executive Committee members will be held during our May meeting. I have provided descriptions of the each officer’s responsibilities as well as the current candidates. Please let me know if you are interested in running for any of the offices listed below. No experience is necessary, just a desire to provide a little extra time to keep our great club going!


Description – Presides over the general meetings and serves a the liaison between the club and Fontenelle Forest. The President also holds a meeting each summer to plan programs for the upcoming club year. Anyone can attend the meeting, but the Executive Committee, Webmaster, and Display and Contest Coordinators are expected to attend if at all possible.

Current Candidates – Alex Wiles

Vice President

Presides over the  general meetings in the absence of the President. The VP assists in planning the programs and assists the President as needed.

Current Candidates – None


Keeps the financial records of the club and works with the Fontenelle Forest Program Director to balance the bank account and report to the membership at the general meetings.   The Treasurer collects dues and keeps an accurate record of the members and their contact information.  The Treasurer helps with planning the general meeting programs.

Current Candidates – Kathleen Crawford-Rose (incumbent).


Takes minutes at the general meetings and sends them to the Webmaster.  They also schedule two members to provide treats for each meeting and follows up with an email reminder before the meeting.  Also, the Secretary is responsible for asking another member to take minutes if they cannot attend a meeting. They attend the summer meeting and help plan the programs for the general meetings.

Current Candidates – Eric Scholar (incumbent)

As usual, please let me know if there are any questions or comments. Otherwise, we’ll see you all at Neale Woods at 6 pm on Thursday 4/20!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club