A Good Meal and Good Times

Hearty Greek dinners, world-beater pizza and a good selection of libations supplied by Athens Pizza at our Awards Banquet (12/8/2022) insured that none left hungry. And Don Stephen's talk covering the artistic and photographic contributions of long-time APS member Ruth Gogel (who passed away last year at 95 years young) inspired everyone.

Banquet Attendees Listening to Don Stephen's Talk on Ruth Gogel

Best of the Year Images

Every November, a collection of all ribbon-winning images from monthly competitions throughout the year (January thru October) are entered into our Masters Competition. These images are judged by our members and “Best of the Year” ribbons are awarded at our annual holiday party during December.

As usual, the top award winners are "wow" level images. So, a "wow" level of congratulations go to Mike Shaefer who took 1st Place in both Monochrome and Color!

Monochrome Best of the Year Winners

1st Mono - Potential Energy by Mike Shaefer

2nd Mono - I'll be Home Soon by Mike Shaefer

3rd Mono - Broken Angle by Vivian Lynch

Color Best of the Year Winners

1st Color - Sweet Cascade by Mike Shaefer

2nd Color - Fall in the Coniferous Swamp by Vivian Lynch

3rd Color - Happy to See Mom by Jenn Cardinell

Please take a close look at all the 2022 Masters Competition award winning images in our Gallery.

Annual Awards 2022

Past President Mike Shaefer swept our major awards for 2022: Color Photographer of the Year, Mono Photographer of the Year and Creative Photographer of the Year. Congratulations Mike!

Mike Shaefer with his trophy haul

Other Big Awards

Digital Photographer of the Year was not awarded for 2022; thanks? but NO thanks! COVID!

Our Rookie/New Member of the Year Medal went to Michael Burris. His many, many inventive composite images definitely bring another creative dimension to our club.
And the Helene Mewborn/Ed Calhoun Service Award was bestowed to Michelle Simmons. Thank you Michelle for taking on the difficult job of Competition Chair for 2022, and for doing a great job!


A huge thank you to President Darryl Neill for coordinating the dinner at Athens Pizza, and the awards. And another thanks to Don Stephens who volunteered as a portrait subject using a "glass block" made famous by Ruth Gogel's wonderful abstract images.

Don Through the Glass by Jim Harrison (inspired by Ruth Gogel)