The Bird Competition: Oct. 1, 2020

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
  • Annual Dallas v. Fort Worth Competition
  • Watch and learn via Zoom; Meeting ID: 893 9912 1251
    Passcode: 614723

Fort Worth Camera Club retained the Bird trophy, above, for 2020 after earning 342 points to 325 for the Dallas Camera Club at the 2019 competition.  Learn more about the 2019 winners.

  • Despite the name, the contest is not about bird photography; view History, below.
  • A total of 15 digital entries from each club will be judged. (No print competition in 2020. ) Judges view the images in random order.
  • Judges are not current or recent members of either club nor do they know the identity of  entrants.
  • The club with the highest point total is the winner.
  • The Bird is separate from the club’s usual monthly competition. Be sure to enter your image for October by midnight, Oct. 1. Awards will be announced Oct. 15.

Fort Worth Camera Club has won every year since 2007. The contest is alternately hosted by each club, and has been held since 1964, except 1975 and 2016. The Competition Committee selects Fort Worth entries submitted by club members.


The Bird competition began when Emily Guthrie Smith suggested that an annual contest would be fun for both clubs. Smith was a Fort Worth native and nationally known artist and teacher. Her works are in private collections, museums and the Archives of American Artists in the Smithsonian Institution.


She donated and carved the trophy, a wood sculpture engraved with the winning club’s name, but the reason she chose a bird is not known. The trophy is perched on the podium at our club meetings, but is currently nesting elsewhere to avoid COVID-19.

Bird image courtesy of Dallas Camera Club; history courtesy of Lifetime Members Becky Scott and Robert Chura.


Award Winning Images 2020

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These images are winners in 2020 monthly club member competitions.

Images are identified by title; award (1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention, Best in Show); category (B = Beginner, A = Advanced, M= Master); followed by photographer’s name, date. If image is slow to load, be patient or refresh the page.

Enjoy, but remember: these images are copyrighted by the photographer. Contact us on Facebook or by email if you want more information. Or, do an online search for “stock photos.”

Competition Entries: September 2020

We also publish the monthly winners in our Award Winning Images post. Some print images are included. Find judge’s comments (member log in required.)

In-person meetings are suspended until further notice, but digital competition continues. Stay healthy and safe, follow COVID-19 protection precautions.

Cell Phones plus Lightroom Tips Workshop: Helpful Links

Missed this workshop? Find Susan’s cellphone to Windows 10 tips: PDF Helpful Links Cell Phone Workshop.

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 (Rescheduled from Aug. 18)
  • Online via Zoom; login with one-time Meeting ID: 881 7590 6415  and Passcode: 673309 
  • Download Images from Your Phone for Easy Processing, presented by Susan Taylor, followed by Lightroom Q&A with Robert Chura
  • Above, Little Brown Jug, an award winner by Susan.

Susan, an Apple Store representative, is familiar with both iPhones and Android models. Robert, one of the club’s Master photograpers, uses Lightroom to process his award winning images.

Susan will offer tips for transferring phone images to a computer as quickly and easily as possible so that they can be processed using Lightroom, Photoshop and other programs.

Robert, who regularly provides Lightroom workshops for the club, will answer questions and share tips for using the software.

If you have a question about phone photography or Lightroom, join us on Zoom and bring it to the discussion.  All are invited to ask questions and to share a favorite technique or trick to make Lightroom more productive.

The Lens of Adam Jones Workshop: Oct. 27, 2020

  • 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
  • Register online via Zoom, free, open to Fort Worth Camera Club participants and generously shared by Dallas Camera Club and Canon USA
  • Through the Lens of Adam Jones

Adam Jones 400x500Adam Jones is an internationally recognized nature, travel and wildlife photographer who joined the Canon USA Explorers of Light program in 2006. This group of 60-plus photographers share their vision and support the photography industry at workshops around the world.

Adam’s presentations respond to questions from participants, who usually ask about:

  • HDR that looks real
  • Focus stacking for unlimited depth of field
  • Macro techniques
  • Telephoto techniques for wildlife
  • Full and fill flash
  • Workflow
  • High ISO noise reduction
  • Camera setup
  • Composition and lighting

Adam’s award-winning photography is widely published and featured in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda. He is represented by Getty Images, Photo Researchers and Danita Delimont Stock Photography.