November 26, 2008

Racine Camera Club names competition winners

Snowy Egret of Alcatraz, by Pam DeGrace

Members of the Racine Camera Club focused intently as three judges scrutinized entries submitted in the club's first photo competition this year. A wide array of subjects were submitted in three categories: digital, slides and prints. Judges Armin Clobes, Eugene Dodd and Norris Richardson determined Award and Honorable Mention recipients by a point system, gradually reducing entries through consecutive reviews.

Lester River Bridge–Duluth, by Pam DeGrace

Results of the competition are as follows:

Digital: The two photos chosen as award winners turned out to be by the same photographer, Pam DeGrace, for "Snowy Egret of Alcatraz" and "Lester River Bridge–Duluth." DeGrace said she spent more than an hour gaining "the Egret's trust in my presence -- long after my friends left me stalking this bird. He was about 10 feet away. I shot the close up with a Canon 40D/70mm-300mm lens. The sun was in the right place, as was the bird. He was worth the wait."

Honorable Mention went to DeGrace for "Snowy Egret on Alcatraz," Mary Barrows for "Sunrise Beach" and "Rainbow #2" and Dianne Surendonk for "Time To Remodel," a photo of a building under construction in Paris.

Time to Remodel, by Dianne Surendonk

Slides: Award winners were Mary Barrows for "Missing Man Formation" and Dianne Surendonk for "Springtime in the Rockies." Honorable Mention went to Taylor Mackey for "Pelican" and Mary Barrows for "Beautiful Balloons."

Prints, Class A: Award winners were Kathy Brand for "Hydrangeas" and Taylor Mackey for "Bloom." Honorable Mention went to Kathy Brand for "Trolley" and Jason Madson for "Top of the Brooklyn Bridge," at right.

Prints, Class B: Award winners were Rigo Alcala for two untitled prints and Tammy Dowhower for "Towering Splendor."

Racine Camera Club meetings are free and open to all interested photographers. The next competition will be held Feb. 12, 2009. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7–9 p.m. at the Racine Arts Council, 316 Sixth St. For more information, call 681-3219.

Bass Lake in Minong, WI, by Rigo Alcala

Rigo Alcala's Windpoint Lighthouse


  1. Beautiful. I'd love to see the others if you have them!

  2. RacineGirl,
    Two more just came in, and were posted.

  3. Thank you!