Best of Show “Water Stone Leaves Sky” by Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter
Competition Entries Now on Exhibit
We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the sixth annual “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps” Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.
The 134 photograph exhibit at The Hudgens Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA began Saturday, February 20 and closes Saturday, April 17, 2021. You can view all entries by clicking here. A video featuring judge Charlotte Gibb’s comments and critiques on the winning entries and is available only to GNPA members here. Thanks to Lee Friedman for producing both of these videos.
Congratulations to everyone who entered their work. You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.
BEST of SHOW
Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams
And here are the winning GNPA Members by Division and Category:
First Place – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Three Gossips”
Second Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Cypress Swamp”
Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Chimney Ruins”
Honorable Mention – Edward Schlissel, Roswell Chapter “Horsetail Falls”
Honorable Mention – Donna Thornell, Hamilton Chapter “Yellowstone Rock Monsters”
MACRO / CLOSEUP
First Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Morning Dew”
Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Fern”
Third Place – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Gourd”
Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Water Lilies”
Honorable Mention – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Hibiscus”
Honorable Mention – Jo Hancock, Griffin Chapter “Twenty Four Candles”
First Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Kiva Spirit”
Second Place – Marti Schriver, Coastal Chapter “Through the Window”
Third Place – Neal McEwen, Griffin Chapter “Soda Butte”
Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Sea Weed”
Honorable Mention – Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal Chapter “Reflections”
First Place – Laurie Rising, Roswell Chapter “Winter Wonders”
Second Place – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Introspective Serenity”
Third Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Road to Denali”
Honorable Mention – Sara Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Creeping Slowly Down the Hill”
Honorable Mention – Dale Aspy, Roswell Chapter “Misty Morning”
Honorable Mention – Martin Longstaff, Roswell Chapter “Storm on the Forgotten Coast”
MACRO / CLOSEUP
First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Water Stone Leaves Sky”
Second Place – Traci Dickson, Gwinnett Chapter “Witch Hazel Leaf”
Third Place – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Poppy Pop”
Honorable Mention – Gail Mitchell, Decatur Chapter “Covid Blues”
Honorable Mention – Linda Coatsworth, Decatur Chapter “Butterfly Milkweed”
Honorable Mention – Alicia Pastiran, Griffin Chapter “Waiting to Take Flight”
First Place – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Balcony House”
Second Place – Jeff Milsteen, Gwinnett Chapter “Two Survivors”
Third Place – Stephen Weiss, Decatur Chapter “FLOW”
Honorable Mention – Charles Scheff, Roswell Chapter “Open”
Honorable Mention – Darryl Neal, Gwinnett Chapter “Gladiolus Bulbs”
Honorable Mention – Susan Perry, Griffin Chapter “Veil of Innocence”
Photographers competed in two Divisions: Enthusiast – Someone who has placed in ANY photographic competition and Novice – Someone who has never placed in ANY photographic competition.
The three categories for entries in this year’s competition were: LANDSCAPE (think big and wide vistas, storm clouds, trees or meadows shrouded in fog, moving or even frozen water, rain, or snow), MACRO/CLOSEUP (typically detail, forms, shapes and textures of nature) or the OPEN theme (more creative, still think how Ansel Adams may have executed this final category). Ideas could include, but were not limited to, intimate landscapes (ethereal, eerie, delicate, spiritual or mystical), on the edge of abstract (from nature), shadows (natural, not man-made) or your vision and interpretation of an Ansel Adams image.
Judging criteria included: Overall emotional impact, technical expertise, post-processing skill, originality/creativity, composition, lighting, subject matter, tonal balance and WWAD (What Would Ansel Do?). WWAD was Charlotte’s criteria, which was GREAT!
We sincerely thank Charlotte Gibb for serving as our judge this year, the first year in which judging was completed online. We were incredibly fortunate to have Charlotte work with our photographers. She approached her judging responsibilities with deliberation and integrity to adhering to the overall goals of the competition, “to create the look and feel of an Ansel Adams photograph.” She spent an incredible amount of time on this task and for that, we are indebted to her.
Our sincere thanks to the GNPA members who participated, the staff at The Hudgens and especially, judge Charlotte Gibb.