Best of the Year Images

During our November Masters Competition, APS members vote for the best images of the year. Huge congratulations go to Janerio Morgan who came away with 1st Place ribbons for both Monochrome and Color!

Janerio Morgan With His Two First Place Ribbons!

1st Place Mono and Color Images

Magnolia in Bloom by Janerio Morgan

Liquid Separations by Janerio Morgan

2nd Place Mono and Color Images

Dune and Cloud by Jim Harrison

Wild Pony at Sunrise by Michael Amos

3rd Place Mono and Color Images

Nasuet Light by Steve Director

Deep in the Bouquet by Jim Harrison

Please be sure to peruse all the rest of the Masters Competition ribbon winners in our 2021 Masters Competition Gallery.

Michelle Simmons Takes Home All the Metal !

Michelle Simmons capped off a great year by winning all three of our major awards for 2021: Creative Photographer of the Year, Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Color Photographer of the Year! Another great big congratulations to her. That iPhone camera really knows what it's doing with Michelle behind it's screen.

All the Metal in Michelle Simmons Arms

Other Major Awards

Vivian Lynch's numerous wonderful images won her the APS Rookie of the Year medal. Also, two of her color images, Into the Night and Firefighter garnered Honorable Mentions in our Masters Competition.

Vivian Lynch - Rookie of the Year for 2021

The brains and design expertise behind our club's website, our Webmaster Chris Handley, won the 2021 Ed Calhoun/Helene Mewborn Service Award. With two 1st Place and two 2nd Place awards for our web site from the Photographic Society of America during the past five years, our Service Award (Chris's 2nd) is certainly well-deserved.

Chris Handley Shows Off the APS Service Award Plaque 

And Janerio Morgan (pictured above) also won our Presentation Medal for 2021 with his awesome talk on papers and printing. A hearty well-done for all three.

Master Photographers

Four of our superb photographers received new Master Photographer distinctions. Michael Amos earned the Craftsman level and Michelle Simmons moved up to the Artist level. Long-time member Ru Britton ascended to the Master distinction. 

And Jim Harrison received the Distinguished Master recognition, our club's highest level of achievement. Jim stated, "Always stay true to your photographic vision, and keep persisting, no matter what the judges say."

Jim Harrison with his Distinguished Master Photographer certificate

Thank You's

Many thanks to our outgoing President, Mike Shaefer, for organizing our 2021 awards celebration! And to our 2021 Competition Chair, Rohit Kamboj, who managed all the entries, points and awards. We all had a great time! And we are all looking forward to the coming year of more great photography and fun, led by our in-coming President, Darryl Neill.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a wonderful Holiday Season to all!