It’s summertime and that means PhotoGenesis is on Summer Break. The club’s 2015 – 2016 season ended a few weeks ago with its annual dinner and recognition evening. The restaurant originally selected to have the dinner lost its electricity as the club members were arriving. But, that was only an inconvenience for PhotoGenesis members who are very resourceful. They called around the area, found an open restaurant with the capabilities to host our group and reassembled there. The club members rallied together to solve the situation and that cohesiveness made the evening extra rewarding and fun. Among the highlights of the evening were a demonstration of a new scoring system for print competition, the election of officers, and the presenting of certificates for members whose photography excelled in the previous year. A total of 29 certificates were earned by 17 individual photographers. Congratulations to them and all who contributed to the success of the year.
This past year was a year of transition for PhotosGenesis. With the passing of our beloved colleague and mentor Don Plocher, came many challenges for the club. Don was a long time member of the club and a very significant part of it. Most recently, Don was our club Treasurer and Membership Chairman, Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA) Representative, and competition score keeper. As a photographer, Don was top notch. At every competition our club held, Don’s images always scored high. Over the years he led our club in the number of awards he received and the number of times his images were selected as “Image of the Month.” At the Regional level he competed against the best photographers from all CACCA clubs (about 40 clubs in all) and consistently was awarded top honors for his work. And, last year, one of Don’s photographs was selected “CACCA Image of the Year” which is the highest award possible within the photography association. With thousands of images being judged each year, this award truly reflects Don’s extreme excellence in photography. Don will be missed but his legacy carries on. His achievements set a high standard for all photographers to aim for.
PhotoGenesis will launch its 2016-2017 year on September 14, 2016. Details on that event will come later but now is the time to mark your calendar and save the date. Until then, summer is a great time to expand your photography experiences and portfolio. It provides the perfect opportunities to photograph Nature, sports, outdoor activities, parades, family events Wildlife and much more. So go out over the next few months, have some fun, shoot some pictures and enjoy the summer.
Finally, if you are interested in photographing fireworks, check out how to do it successfully. Resources are available to learn how in the blog written on June 26, 2015. Scroll down to find the article or click in the link below:
Happy Summer..Happy Shooting..Stay Safe!