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JPI Urban Nature Winners

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Club members placed very well in JPI’s Urban Nature Contest recently.

Stacy White – 1st place color, Diane Broda – 2nd place Color, and Sue Karski – 1st place black and white.  Pictures will be displayed in a photography exhibit “Urban Nature” at the Senior Friendship Center from now until November 2nd. If you would like to go, the center is located at 1888 Brother Greenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236

Chair and Fountain by Sue Karski

Chair and Fountain by Sue Karski


Watch Your Step by Diane Broda

Watch Your Step by Diane Broda

Susan Piper Wins 1st Place in Category in Marie Selby Photography Contest

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Peek-A-Hoo by Susan Piper

Peek-A-Hoo by Susan Piper

Club member, Susan Piper won first place in the BIRDS, BUGS & CRITTERS category in the Marie Selby Annual Photography Contest. Susan says:

I was at Selby for a walk-a-round and spotted a bunch of photographers crammed into the little tower in the children area.  They were all watching the owlet and mom.  She had built a nest in the large stag horn fern on one of the banyan trees.  That particular day the owlet was just a few days from fledgling and had left the nest walking/flying up and down the trunk of the tree.  The shot was during one of his “rests” when he wasn’t exercising his little wings.  I returned a few days later but both baby and mom were gone and they haven’t returned in the past two years.
Congratulations Susan. A well deserved win.

Nancy Falco Secures a Second Place Win in the Marie Selby Competition

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments


Selby Gardens-"A Room With A View" by Nancy Falco

“A Room With A View” by Nancy Falco

Congratulations to Nancy Falco who took home a second place win in the “Favorite Scene” category in the 36th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition at Marie Selby Gardens.

CAMERA USA 2016: National Photography Exhibition and Award – Margo Cook

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Margo Cook - For Meya
I would like to thank the Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL and the Exhibition Jurors – Zora Carrier, Executive Director, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts; Britt Salvesen, Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, and the Department Head of Curator of Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Eric Strachan, Freelance Photographer for selecting my photograph to be part of this exhibition.  Also would like to thank each of you for your continued love and support and most of all, God for giving me the talent.
A bit about the exhibition/contest –
All photographers residing in the USA were invited to submit one photograph taken in the USA after January 1, 2012 for Camera USA 2016:  National Photography Exhibition and Award.  Only 50 photographs were chosen to be included.   I am very pleased to announce “For Meya was chosen and will be included in this exhibition.
 “FOR MEYA” was created for my daughter-in-law, Meya, who passed away (2.15.14) after a 15 month battle with esophageal cancer.  My step-son, Mark posted an online memorial in her honor. Decided to do a photo floral arrangement as an everlasting tribute.  Chose three tulips to represent the family of Mark, Meya and their son Ben.  I removed a petal from each exposing the true heart of the flower representing their love for one another. Then I placed the three petals to touch each other representing that even though they’re apart, they will always truly be together.  The color pink was chosen for its meaning of compassion and nurturing love which represented who Meya was.  
An award of $5,000 will be given for one photograph and will be announced at the opening reception/presentation scheduled for June.  My fingers are crossed for this one!  But I’m already feeling like a winner as was juried into this show last year and now this year.   What an honor and a blessing being one of the 50 and having such prestigious jurors view and select my work.
The Von Liebig Art Center 
585 Park Street
Naples, FL  34102
(239) 262-6517
  • Reception and Award Presentation  –  June 17, 2016  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Exhibition runs  June 20 – August 5, 2016 
  • Gallery hours: MondaySaturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Closed Sunday
Because of distance, I don’t expect to see you there but in case you’re up for the adventure, I’ll be thrilled to see you.
Warmest regards,
Note:  Some of you have seen this photo before as it has taken three other awards, one of which was international.

A Focus On Birds – Lou Newman

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Club member Lou Newman opens his 10th Annual Wildlife Photography Exhibit. It runs May 3rd – September 17 at the Plymouth Harbor Mezzanine Art Gallery in Sarasota. Click on the flyer below for more details.

a focus on birds - lou newman


Lakewood Ranch couple shares love for Alaska wildlife – Rich and Lori Rothstein

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Lori & Rich in AK smallClub members and April speakers had a fantastic article written about them and their work in the Herald Tribune this week. Check out the story by clicking on the link below.

Photographer’s FORUM Best of Photography 2015 – Margo Cook

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Member News | 0 comments

Margo Cook shared some great news with us at the January meeting. Her Print of the Month image for “Red”, was not the first time she had won an award for this picture. Margo also won a place in the Photographers FORUM Best of Photography 2015 publication! Well done Margo. DSCN5347



52 Weeks Members Featured in Observer

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Member News | 0 comments

52 week challenge - observer - aug 2015Several members of the 52 Weeks Blog challenge had their work featured in the Observer this week. Interviews, along with pictures taken by members Bill Mills, Gary Wong, Jewel Thompson Liz Cantarine, and Christine Veneruso appearing in the print edition. Additional members where featured in the online edition with pictures featured from Karen Lee, Mindy Towns, Tim Nerenz, Susan Karski, Susan Piper, Carolyn Eliason and Sheryl Viera.

Congratulations everyone!

Susan Moore Observer Featured Photo of the Week

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Member News | 0 comments

Observer-8-15 Susan MooreCongratulations to Susan Moore whose photo was featured in the Observer this week. Susan took this picture in her back yard.

Morag Reid Observer Featured Photo of the Week

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Member News | 0 comments

Observer-7-29-morag reidCongratulations to Morag Reid whose photo was featured in the Observer this week. Morag took this picture while the duck was sunning himself in her backyard.