We are pleased to announce the winning photographers in the 7th Annual ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps’
Competition & Exhibition hosted by the Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Nature Photographers Association.
The exhibit at The Hudgens, Center for Arts & Learning, Duluth GA with 133 photographs
beginning Saturday, February 19th and closes Saturday, April 30, 2021.
BEST of SHOW
Ruth McCully, Advanced Division, Coastal Chapter
“The Sentinel at Sunrise”
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand”
This Ansel Adams quote is the origin of our competition title, “Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps.”
Congratulations to ALL! Photographers competed in three experience or skill levels as Divisions and three Categories. The Categories were: LANDSCAPE, think big and wide vistas, traditional or classic landscape themes. Can be vertical format. MACRO/CLOSEUP, typically detail, forms, shapes & textures of Nature. Intimate Spaces, not a big wide vista, but more overlooked personal and special place in the landscape. Think more delicate even ethereal, eerie, spiritual, or mystical places that touch you emotionally.
The following are the winning GNPA Members by Division & Category:
NOVICE Division A less experienced member, a beginner, who may have competed in but has never placed in any photographic competition. Not just GNPA competitions.
1st Place Paul Xuereb, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Sunrise Reflections’
2nd Place Paul Xuereb, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Rushing Water’
3rd Place Dwain Vaughns II, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Rabia Lynne’
1st Place Cynthia Kurczewski, Smyrna Chapter ‘Rainy Day Tulip’
2nd Place Dwain Vaughns II, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Aryel June’
3rd Place Paul Xuereb, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Pine Cone’
1st Place Paul Xuereb, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Soaring Pampas’
2nd Place Paul Xuereb, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Timeless Creation’
3rd Place Dwain Vaughns II, Gwinnett Chapter ‘Layla’
ENTHUSIAST Division A member with 3+ years as a photographer hobbyist. May have competed in previous photographic competitions but has NOT placed in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in more than 1 or 2 photography competitions. Not just GNPA competitions.
1st Place Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal ‘Cathedral Spires’
2nd Place Donna Thornell, Hamilton ‘Kolob Canyon’
3rd Place John Criminger, Gwinnett ‘Rocky Mountain High’
Honorable Mention Paul Carter, Coastal ‘Zabriskie Point Death Valley’
Honorable Mention Tammy Cash, Griffin ‘Mistique Valley’
Honorable Mention John McClelland, Alpharetta ‘Colorado Sand Dunes’
Honorable Mention Neal McEwen, Griffin ‘Marmolada Glacier Dolomites Italy’
1st Place Mary Stiles, Griffin ‘After the Rain’
2nd Place Jo Hancock, Griffin ‘X Ray Vision’
3rd Place Tracie Joyner, Smyrna ‘Azalea Glory’
Honorable Mention Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal ‘Weeds’
Honorable Mention Jo Hancock, Griffin ‘Rock Water Leaf’
1st Place Mary Stiles, Griffin ‘Birds in the Mist’
2nd Place Lynne Daley, Coastal ‘Ethereal Oak’
3rd Place Tammy Cash, Griffin ‘In The Limelight’
Honorable Mention Russell Adams, Gwinnett ‘Morning Coffee’
Honorable Mention Jacqueline Bedell, Coastal ‘Quaking Aspen’
Honorable Mention Neal McEwen, Griffin ‘Vermont Roots’
ADVANCED Division, NEW this year. A more experienced member who has PLACED in the top 3 or Best of Show awards in at least 3 or more photography competitions anywhere. Not just GNPA competitions.
1st Place Ruth McCully, Coastal ‘The Sentinel at Sunrise’
2nd Place Terry Gilliam, Gwinnett ‘Sea Carvings’
3rd Place Patricia Raffensperger, Alpharetta ‘The Storm’
Honorable Mention Mikki Dillon, Gwinnett ‘Flow’
Honorable Mention Janet Newton, Smyrna ‘Dougan Waterfall, WA’
Honorable Mention Janet Newton, Smyrna ‘New River’
Honorable Mention Ray Silva, Coastal ‘Draped in Snow’
1st Place Ruth McCully, Coastal ‘Water Lily Splendor’
2nd Place Marcia Brandes, Roswell ‘Invitation’
3rd Place Gary Bowlick, Gwinnett ‘Painted Fern’
Honorable Mention Nicolette Dunn, Smyrna ‘Fanfare’
Honorable Mention Morey Gers, Coastal ‘Milkweed Pod’
Honorable Mention Morey Gers, Coastal ‘Yucca Flowers’
Honorable Mention Richard Green, Gwinnett ‘Day Lilly Husks’
1st Place Janet Newton, Smyrna ‘Tree on the Cliff’
2nd Place Stephen Weiss, Decatur ‘Erosion’
3rd Place Richard Green, Gwinnett ‘Reflections’
Honorable Mention Michael Anderson, Alpharetta ‘Tumbleweed’
Honorable Mention Gary Bowlick, Gwinnett ‘Weathered Canadian Coast’
Honorable Mention Nicolette Dunn, Smyrna ‘Reflections Afloat’
Honorable Mention Steve Layman, Roswell ‘Into the Woods’
Congratulations to everyone! You are all winners just for taking the challenge and participating.
The competition was judged by Ron Rosenstock. The video of his critique can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ch4ZRoplYkQ. It can also be accessed on the member’s page by navigating to Webinar and Meeting Videos -> 2022 Meetings and Webinars -> In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams Critique 2022.
Even though he was not present, we sincerely thank Ron Rosenstock our judge. Especially for his time and adherence to the concept, rules and instructions for ‘Stand in Ansel Adams Footsteps.’ And as he said “the competition was very tight and not easy to make final evaluations.”
Our thanks to the GNPA members who participated and the staff at The Hudgens.
Revised: February 23, 2022