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


March 2017 – Meeting Reminder

It’s meeting time again! This month’s meeting will be at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center Forest Room this Thursday, March 16th at 7 pm.

The speaker for our meeting this month will be our judge for this year’s club photo contest, Pat Mingarelli. Pat will be talking to the group about his background and what he will be looking for when he judges our contest in June. For more information on Pat, read his bio on http://www.wildheartphotography.com/About.html.

Here are a few things we will discuss before Pat’s presentation:

Bellevue Library 150th Nebraska Statehood Anniversary Display

The Bellevue Library has asked that we put up a display of photos at the library to help celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday.  We plan to put up 16 photos in late April or early May in place of our normal display.  They would like us to display photos of historical Nebraska.  These can be photos of natural features like Scott’s Bluff or Chimney Rock or man-made features like the Old Bellevue Church or Fort Atkinson, for examples.  Many of you probably already have photos around Nebraska so we ask for your help to come up with a variety of photos in the State.

Photos would be due at the April meeting on April 20.  Photos must be 8×10, 8×12 or 11×14.  As usual they are not to be matted or framed.  On the back of the photo you are to indicate what the photo is of, where it was taken, and your name.

The library has chosen May 13 as their day to celebrate and we are honored that they would like our help. The photos will be left on display for a couple of months.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judy  Dye at 402-734-3627.

Outdoor Photographer Photo Contest

Outdoor Photographer magazine is holding a landscape photography contest with several prizes available. For more information, go to http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/photo-contests/the-american-landscape/.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Otherwise, we’ll see you Thursday!

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club


Minutes of the Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting, Jan 19th, 2017

President Peter Carbonell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. About 18 members were in attendance.


  • The Omaha Audubon Society, with the help of Alex Wiles, is organizing a guided trip in Costa Rica from May 27th to June 3rd. The $2100 cost of the trip covers hotels, ground transportation, all meals, travel insurance and guides. If anyone is interested they can speak to Alex at our next meeting.
  • The annual Photo Club Photography Contest is coming up. Donna Gray is the Contest Coordinator this year. Set up will be on Saturday, May 27th at 10 am at the Bellevue University Humanities Building. Our June meeting will be held in the Bellevue University Humanities Building auditorium. During the meeting the contest winners will be announced and our judge will provide a critique of every photo submitted. The contest will be then be taken down at 10 am on Saturday June 24th. To view the contest guidelines, click here .
  • It was also mentioned during the meeting that if anyone is interested in entering other contests, they should check out the various state fairs. Many state fairs have photography contests and accept entries from individuals that aren’t residents from that state.
  • Photo Display – Judy is currently collecting photos for the February display. Subjects for February are red and frozen. The next photo collection will be in May and the subjects for that month will be graffiti and flowers.

Remember to add your name, the subject and the 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.

  • Dues – If you have not done so already, please pay your club dues at the next meeting. Club dues are $20 for a family or $12 for an individual.
  • Free classes at Rockbrook Camera – The Rockbrook Camera Legacy Store will be holding free mini-classes every Saturday mornings at 9 am to 9:45 am from January 28th to March 18th. For more information, click here.

Presentation – Photography Tips & Tricks by Peter Carbonell

  • A presentation was provided to the group regarding several topics that should be of interest to all photographers. We discussed the effects of lens filters, JPEG vs Raw file formats and how to read a histogram.
  • To see a copy of the Powerpoint presentation used in the discussion, please click here.

Next Meeting

Our next club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 7 pm at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. For our presentation we will have a visit from Tim Wright of Timmy’s Treehouse Print Studio. Tim will talk to the group all about photo printing and the printing business. It should be a very informative & interesting meeting!

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell

President & Webmaster

Fontenelle Forest Photography Club




2016 Club Photo Contest Results

We had another great club photo contest this year. There were lots of excellent entries and our judge, Scott Papek really had his hands full determining the winners.

Here is a list of this year’s winning entries:

Novice Categories


Honorable Mention – ZAC GEORGE – DAISY




Honorable Mention HM – ZAC GEORGE – PARROT

Advanced Categories







Anything Goes (Combined Class)

Honorable Mention – HOWARD CARSON – RAIN

Best Black & White


Best Fontenelle Forest Photo


People Choice


Members Choice


Best of Show


A big thanks to Scott Papek for taking the time to judge our contest. Scott’s critique during our June 16th meeting was very informative and educational. Listening to opinions from a successful professional photographer is one of the best ways for us to improve our photography. Scott did a great job of providing constructive criticism.

Congratulations to all the winners and I hope everyone enjoyed this year’s contest. And an especially big thanks to everyone that helped put the contest together, most of all our contest coordinator, Doug French! Great job once again Doug!

Contest Take Down is This Saturday!

The contest take down is this Saturday, June 25th at 10 am at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building so please take the time to come by and pick up your images promptly at 10 am.

First and second place winners as well as the overall winners images will be returned in September as they will be on display at the Bellevue Library and Fontenelle Forest over the summer.

I will have all of the winning images on display on the website shortly. If we don’t see you at the take down, please have a safe and fun summer and we’ll see you all at our next meeting on Thursday, September 15th!

Peter Carbonell
President & Webmaster
Fontenelle Forest Photography Club

News & Notes – 5/31/16

Last Meeting – Wetlands Photo Shoot

Our May Meeting / Wetlands Photo Shoot went off without a hitch. After a quick discussion we were able to enjoy a beautiful evening in the Wetlands walking and photographing the landscape as well as various flora and fauna. Here are a couple of pictures taken that evening.

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If you would like to share your pictures from the shoot, please send me your best two or three shots and I’ll post them all in a future blog article.

Club Photo Contest

2016 Photo Contest - Gallery

The 2016 Fontenelle Forest Photography Club Photo Contest is now officially under way! We received 90 entries and set up the display on Saturday morning at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building gallery.

Feel free to stop by the gallery to view the entries. We also encourage you to invite friends and family to view the display. People’s Choice voting is open so anyone that stops by can vote for their favorite image. A ballot box is on a table at the gallery where voters can drop their ballots. But be aware that the photography identification cards will be hidden from view until after the judge reviews the photos on 6/8.

As we’ve discussed previously, our next meeting on Thursday, June 16th at 7 pm will be held at the Bellevue University Hitchcock Humanities Building Auditorium. Before the meeting, club members will have the opportunity to place their vote for the Members Choice ribbon . So if you can, please arrive early in order to take the time you need to vote on your favorite photo.

The meeting will consist of the awards presentation along with a critique of every photo submission by our judge, fine art photographer, Scott Papek. You can visit Scott’s website, http://www.papekphotography.com, to learn more about him.

So if you haven’t done so already, please send a copy of the photos you submitted to the webmaster@fontenelleforestphotoclub.org e-mail address. The photos should be sized at no less than 2000 pixels on the long edge. The judge will critique the photos in the auditorium as they are projected on screen.

Photo Displays

As you embark on your summer outings, please keep our next photo displays in mind. In September we will be collecting photos covering the following topics:

Rows – any images depicting row-like patterns.

City skylines

Please remember to add your name, the subject and the 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.

Please let me know if there are any questions.

Peter Carbonell



Reminder – The Club Photo Contest Set-Up is Tomorrow – 5/28!

It’s here! The show set up is tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 am at the Bellevue University Gallery in the Humanities Building. Here is a map to the facility:

Please take a moment to review the contest guidlines below to ensure you have your photos prepared properly for display. Most importantly, please remember that you need to have wire attached to the back of the frame for hanging.

Here are the contest guidelines. We’ll see you all tomorrow morning!

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 – dfrench359@centurylink.net  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.