Photo Contest Display Takedown Is Tomorrow, 6/29/19!

Pick up of the contest entries at Bellevue Gallery will be tomorrow, Saturday,  June 29th at 10:00 am. We need to have all entries picked up by 10:30 at the latest.  If you cannot make this time, be sure to have someone else pick up your photos or notify Donna ( so that we know you are not going to be coming.

All 1st, 2nd and “Best Of” winners will not be returned tomorrow, as they will be displayed at the Bellevue Public Library and will be returned to you at the September Club meeting.

June 2019 Meeting Reminder – Photo Contest & Critique

Our final meeting of the club calendar year is upon us! The annual photo contest results and critique will take place tomorrow, June 20th at 7 pm in the Bellevue University Humanities Building Auditorium.

If at all possible, please try to arrive 15-30 minutes early so you can grab a snack, review the photos in the gallery and place your vote for the Members’ Choice award category.

Feel free to invite friends and family to the meeting. This is a great opportunity for the club to show off the great talent we have in our membership!

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the Bellevue University Humanities Building!

Peter Carbonell


Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting on May 16, 2019

President Jay Davis presided over the meeting.  There were about 30 people in attendance.  No new members to report.

Treats were furnished by Carol McKee.  Thank you Carol.

Treasury report given by Frank Dye as Kathleen was absent.  We collected $12 in dues, Expenses were $170.40 and we have a balance of $1567.53.

No secretary report as Eric was absent.

Judy Dye gave the schedule for pictures she would like for the next month and for when we return in the fall:

June: Bugs and Reflections

September: People walking dogs and toads/frogs

November: Snow and Ice

Please have these in 8×10, 8×12 and 11×14 size only and please have your name, what the picture is of and where it was taken on the back.  Do not mat the picture.

Donna spoke about the upcoming photo contest

Please send your photos to the webmaster ( before our June 20th meeting so they can be shown on the projector for critiquing by our judge Kurt Johnson.  Size is 2,000 pixels on the long side. Please include the names of the images, and which category and class each images is being submitted under (Scenic/Flora/Animals/Anything Goes, Advanced/Novice).

All photos must be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Humanities Bldg on Saturday May 25th at 10am.  Make sure you fill out the right slip of paper for the category and skill level you are submitting your photo in.  Emails were sent out twice by her with the rules.  

Members should also try to arrive to the June meeting at the Humanities Building early in order to have time to view the images and submit their vote for the Members’ Choice category.

Contact Donna Gray, or Kathleen Crawford-Rose, if you need to drop off your photos ahead of this date.

Your club dues must be up to date to enter the contest.

On a side note Pete Carbonell has a 6D Canon body for sale (no lens) with a bag, battery, L bracket, and battery grip that holds 2 batteries for $700.  If anyone is interested they can contact Pete at

Upcoming gallery showing at the forest

Jay discussed our upcoming gallery showing at the forest with the reception on August 31st.  Everyone is extremely encouraged to be there as it is your photos on display.  The display will run from Aug 31st thru January.  We will have a group photo taken on June 20th at our meeting at Bellevue Univ for the photo contest critiquing so please make every effort to attend that.  This photo will be displayed at the gallery showing. Terry Coopman will be printing all of the photos for the gallery for us which will be on white mats with black frames. A 12×18 cut mat will go into a 16×20 frame and a 8×12 cut mat will go into a 11×14 frame. All the photos that win in our photo contest (even if multiple wins) will automatically be in the gallery showing.  Non-winners will submit a photo of their choice and depending on space you may have the opportunity to have another photo displayed by putting your name in a pool.  All photos must be sent to Jay by July 15th as a jpeg. He will send an email to everyone on how to submit that photo to him. A bio of the judge, Kurt Johnson, will be posted on the website with these minutes.

Jay had nothing really planned for the meeting as he was hacked so he put together a slide show titled: It’s all about the light.  He seemed to think this warranted him being the worst President ever but we said he’ll just get better with each year he is President. 

See everyone on Saturday May 25th at 10 am for picture drop off and gallery set up.  They will be on display until June 22nd when you will return to pick them up at 10 am.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 20th at 7 pm in the Bellevue University Humanities Building Auditorium for the contest critique and awards presentation. As mentioned above, please try to arrive early so that you have enough time to review the entries and place your vote for the Members’ Choice ribbon.


Sue Mininni (for Eric Scholar)

Contest Judge Bio

Kurt Johnson has over 35 years of professional photography experience.

His affinity for photography began early in life when his father, an architect and avid, amateur photographer, gave Kurt an old, Kodak Brownie camera to use. Since then, his eye hasn’t strayed far from a viewfinder.

What began as a professional career in photojournalism later metamorphosed into architectural photography for Kurt, who is AIAP-certified and has some of the nation’s largest, architectural and engineering firms on his client list. Kurt’s photography of commercial and residential spaces has been published internationally and nationally in periodicals, including Architectural Digest.

Extensive travels throughout the USA and abroad have given Kurt the opportunity to capture natural environments everywhere. Beautiful, healing landscapes and botanical imagery, coupled with his innate understanding of Biophilic design, have ultimately led to various applications of Kurt’s nature photography in healthcare facilities throughout the country, including the prestigious, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has been recognized with numerous, national awards for his work.

Kurt is now represented by  Koroseal Interior Products, a leading provider of contract wall coverings and other, innovative, interior finish products.  His nature photography is available on a wider array of substrates than ever before.

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:

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


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 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 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

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 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 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