CANCELLED: Club Program: Feb. 2, 2023

The Feb. 2, 2023 meeting has been cancelled due to inclement weather. This program will be presented May 4, 2023. Submit February digital competition entries online as usual. Print entries may be delivered to Jeff Heyer on Sunday, Feb. 5. Members should view their email for print entry instructions. Stay warm, be safe.

  • 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023
  • UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth; view a map
  • You Be The Judge, presented by Jeff Grimm
  • Above, Light at the End of the Tunnel, a 2022 Competition entry by Janice Goetz

Award-winning photography instructor Jeff Grimm will discuss how images are judged.

Jeff’s presentation will be an interactive discussion with club members. He will present groups of images for club members to view and then vote for those they like best. This program is designed to stimulate conversation and thoughts about what is pleasing to the eye. The program also will help us understand how judges view and score images.

Carolyn Bobo will begin the program with a brief overview of the benefits of competition. Carolyn, who manages the club website, enters an image every month and says she always learns something from a judge’s feedback.

Jeff regularly judges camera club and photography contests in Texas and around the country. He taught photography at Trinity High School in Euless, his alma mater, for 35 years. 

His students won the state photography championship five times, despite a zero dollar budget, and almost 7,000 individual and school awards, including several top-10 Best of College awards beating most of the nation’s best college and university photo programs.

Jeff received Star of Texas awards for outstanding contributions to photo education from the Association of Texas Photography Instructors.

Competition Reminders

Feb. 2 is entry deadline for monthly competition. Turn in digital images by midnight (email to and bring prints to the meeting.

Submit Your Favorite Images

Photo Challenge images for February are of the Fort Worth Stock Show Midway and are due Feb. 18. These will be shown after the Feb. 21 workshop along with images from the Jan. 28 outing to Hagerman Wildlife Refuge.

Club Activities Archive: 2022

These Fort Worth Camera Club posts are no longer live on the website. If you need information related to these 2022 programs, outings and workshops, please email the club at Image: Black Hills Wildflower, Roy O’Rear.

Portraits for Millenia Program: Jan. 6, 2022

Jermyn and Fort Richardson Outing: Jan. 8, 2022

Composition Beyond the Basics Workshop: Jan. 18, 2022

Black and White Photography – a Journey: Feb. 3, 2022

Dallas Heritage Village Outing: Feb. 12, 2022

Lightroom Tips Workshop: Feb. 15, 2022

Composite Light Painting Program: March 3, 2022

North Texas Irish Festival Outing: March 5, 2022

Advanced Masking in Lightroom Workshop: March 15, 2022

Wildlife From Yellowstone to Patagonia Program: April 7, 2022

Route 66, Balloons, Rodeo Outings in April and June 2022

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games Outing: May 7, 2022

Macrophotography Techniques Program: May 5, 2022

Introduction to Compositing Workshop: May 17, 2022

Architectural Photography Program: June 2, 2022

Rio Brazos Music Hall and Pickup Trucks Outing: June 11, 2022

Photographing Abandoned Buildings Workshop: June 21, 2022

Portrait Photography Program: July 7, 2022

Still Life, The Art of Photography Workshop: July 19, 2022

Outdoor Lighting Program: Aug. 4, 2022

Rock Bands and Friendly Faces Workshop: Aug. 16, 2022

Documentary and Street Photography Program: Sept. 1, 2022

Japanese Garden Weekday Outing: Sept. 8, 2022

Selling Photography in the Print-On-Demand Marketplace Workshop: Sept. 20, 2022

Photographing Pets and People Program: Oct. 6, 2022

St. Peter’s Church and Muenster Oktoberfest Outing: Oct. 8, 2022

Lightroom Workflow Workshop: Oct. 18, 2022

Fort Worth Incinerator Graffiti Outing: Nov. 12, 2022

Making Memories with Photobooks and Magazines Workshop: Nov. 15, 2022

Learn more about Fort Worth Camera Club activities.

Join the Club Now for 2023

  • To become a member, download the Adobe PDF fillable membership form (below), complete it and mail with a check to the address on the form. Or pay by Zelle with the address Or bring the completed form and payment to a meeting. An ATM is available at our meeting location.
  • Pay dues now for calendar year 2023; paid members are eligible for competition.
  • Dues are $40 for individuals and $20 for students age 18 or younger.

We meet in-person at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie. We ask that attendees follow Covid-19 precautions appropriate for their circumstances.

Learn more about monthly programs, outings, the photo challenge and workshops. Information about all activities is published on this website and/or on Facebook.

Image above, Showing Off, by Nancy Abby

Images from the American Great Plains Program: Jan. 5, 2023

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023
  • In-person meeting, no Zoom
  • UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd; view a map
  • Images of the American Great Plains from Texas to North Dakota, presented by Darren Huski

Explore the wonders of the American Great Plains from Texas to North Dakota through the lens of Darren Huski.

View a land of prairies, big sky, rugged hills, badlands, bison and rivers of legend. The Great Plains will surprise you with lonely roads, big sunsets, subtle secrets and off the beaten path locations.  See what this often overlooked region has to offer the photographer. 

Darren is a past member of the club and served as Outings Chair. All images by Darren.

The Bird Competition Program: Nov. 3, 2022

The Fort Worth Camera Club made history Nov. 3 , 2022 by defeating the Dallas Camera Club in the annual Bird Competition by the largest margin since the competition began in 1964. The score was 313 to 253. View winning Fort Worth entries; Zoom recording has expired.

  • 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022
  • UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.; view a map
  • Annual Print and Digital Image Competition, Fort Worth Camera Club versus Dallas Camera Club

Come on down to watch judges review images and prints from both Dallas and Fort Worth in our annual contest. Judges will review and score 15 digital images and 15 prints from each club. The club that receives the most points wins. In 2021, Fort Worth won by a score of 356 to 323.

The Emily Guthrie Smith Award, affectionately referred to as The Bird Competition, has been held each year since 1964, except 1975 and 2016. The competition is held in October or early November and the location rotated between the clubs each year. Fort Worth Camera Club has won every year since 2007.

The Competition Committee selects Fort Worth entries submitted by club members. Judges are not current club members and have no information about the photographer or his/her club membership.

Images by these members are in the 2022 competition:

Nancy Abby, Robert Chura, Chad Fenner, Brian Fesko, Shawn Gibson, Brenda Greco, Jeffrey Heyer, Pam Kisielewski, Stephen Mayeux, John Nixon, Roy O’Rear, Roy Richardson, Lynn Rogers, Mark Rogers, Tom Savage, Melody Schotte, Ron Shue, Ken Spencer, Stephen Stookey, Sharon Sturgis, Randy Whiddon, K.P. Wilska, Jack Young.



Despite the name, the contest is not about bird photography. The 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, above, a wood sculpture engraved with the winning club’s name, but the reason she chose a bird is not known. The trophy is regularly perched on the podium at our club meetings.

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