Previous Judges

Professional photographers from throughout north Texas serve as judges for the club’s monthly competitions. Learn about current judges; previous judges include:  

January 2019: Ian McVea

Judge-Ian-McVea-Jan2019After more than two decades on staff at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a news photographer and picture editor, Northern Ireland-born photojournalist Ian McVea now teaches commercial photography and Adobe Photoshop  Certification at Martin High School, Arlington

He also teaches an occasional travel photography class at UT Arlington and leads summer workshops for photography instructors.

Ian’s work has appeared in Getty Images, Associated Press, Newsweek, Time, Life, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated and others … along with a National Examiner cover he doesn’t like to talk about.

He is a member of the Texas Photographic Society, the Royal Photographic Society, the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and the National Press Photographers Association.

February 2019: Edgar Miller

Judge-Edgar-Miller-400wEdgar Miller has appeared in photographs since 1968 and has taken and developed photographs since 1979.

Edgar earned a bachelor of fine arts from Lamar University in 1992, and is currently a commercial and fine art photographer and educator.

His work has been shown and awarded in several Texas and national exhibitions.

He has taught photography and art for 19 years and is always looking for new ways to help students learn.  His work is influenced by his late father and photo professor.

March 2019: Gabriel Alonzo

judge-gabrielalonsoapril2019-400wFort Worth photographer Gabriel Alonso is a premier portrait artist who has been a judge, lecturer and leader in photography organizations throughout the United States.

His work has been selected for the Masters Loan Collection of the Professional Photographers of America and has been exhibited at the Eastman Kodak pavilion of Disney’s Epcot Center.

He received Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees presented by the Professional Photographers of America, and he is a Certified Professional Photographer.

His credentials and accomplishments also include:

  • Member, Board of Governors, American Society of Photographers
  • Qualified international image juror, Professional Photographers of America
  • Lecturer, national, regional, state and local conventions
  • Former manager and portrait artist, Gittings Texas and Gittings West Studios
  • Former portrait artist, Wyndham-Leigh Portraiture, Washington, D.C., Fort Worth and Dallas.

View Gabriel’s images.

April 2019: Mike Mezeul II

Competition entries are due April 4, 2019. Comments and awards will be presented April 18, 2019.

judge-mike mezeul ii 400wapril2019According to judge Mike Mezeul II:  “I am addicted to photography and adventure. If you know me, then you know I always have a camera in my hand; if you don’t, just think of my camera as that weird sticky feeling you get on your hands after touching year-old gum underneath a restaurant table. You just can’t shake it – that’s basically my relationship with my camera.”

I’ve photographed in many situations including professional sporting events, live music venues, 5,000 feet in the air while hanging out of a plane, natural disasters, the tops of volcanoes, the bottom of the ocean and more. I’ve even been known to break it down on the dance floor while photographing at weddings.”

He is a native of Rome, NY, and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

May 2019: Dennis Fritsche

Note: All entries in May must have been made in calendar year 2019. Entries are due at the May 2 meeting. Awards and judge’s comments will be May 16, 2019.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADennis Fritsche began his photo career in the 1970s. His interests are varied and include landscapes, the outdoors, compositing, junk cars, abstraction – just about everything. He is equally at home with color and black and white and has been working with infrared landscape photography.

He is a member of the Dallas Camera Club and the Plano Photography Club where he served as president and programs chair, and was Photographer of the Year in 2011-12.  He was the 2013 Grand Prize Winner for the Trinity River Photography Contest.

He has had numerous images recognized/published in the Black and White Magazine and Color Magazine. His Water Dreams portfolio was a winner of prestigious Spotlight Award. Images have appeared in juried shows at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery and the on-line Chasing the Light gallery.

Dennis has judged local public schools and community contests, and for Gulf States Camera Clubs Council and others.

June 2019: Hermilo Escareno

Entries are due at the June 6 meeting; awards will be presented June 20, 2019.

Judge-Hermilo-Escareno-June2019Hermilo Escareno has been in the photo industry for more than 20 years and has received various certifications and awards. He has traveled all over the US and Europe learning his craft.

Hermilo’s specialty is gum bichromate printing, which is a 19th century multi-layered printing process based on light sensitivity to dichromates (salts) in which the finished image may resemble a painting.

Learn about the gum bichromate process.

He also is passionate about educating photographers about lighting techniques and color theory.

July 2019: Rick Dalton

Judge-Rick Dalton400w-July2019Rick Dalton started in photography as a hobby while in the U.S. Air Force, later working as a printer for Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Master Photographer Dale Brant and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UT-Arlington. He also worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

In 1990 he started Dalton Photography. Rick focused on wedding and commercial photography and portraits and earned the PPA title of Certified Professional Photographer.

His clients have included, Associated Press, DFW Airport, Texas Ballet Theatre, Casa Mañana, Bell Helicopter, Brinks and others in 11 states, Canada and Mexico.

August 2019: Tom Maddrey

Competition entries are due Aug. 1. Comments and awards will be presented Aug. 15, 2019.

Judge-Tom Maddrey-Aug2019Tom Maddrey is a passionate and talented photographer, educator and entrepreneur based in Dallas.

In 2000, Tom began a full-time pursuit of his love for nature and imagery. After receiving technical training at the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Calif., he has since lectured and taught all around the country on subjects ranging from digital imaging to business development to integrating photography into schools and businesses.

In association with colleagues Mark and Thisbe McWilliams, Tom founded the Blue Square Art Gallery, a Dallas-based fine art studio specializing in exhibitions of creative professional and commercial work.

Recently, Tom has hosted two month-long excursions to Alaska where he photographed wildlife and wilderness. His commercial clients include Schering-Plough, University of Texas, Tactical Advantage Group.

September 2019: Rob Hull

Competition entries are due Sept. 5. Comments and awards will be presented Sept. 19, 2019.

Judge-Rob Hull-400wRob Hull is owner of GreatPhotography, which he founded more than 20 years ago.

More than 3,000 students have attended his classes and programs at the SMU-in-Plano campus. In addition to classes and seminars, Rob hosts photography workshops throughout the world, including in Banff, Olympic and Grand Teton national parks, the desert southwest, Texas Hill Country.  Greek Islands, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

He holds professional certifications, including Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) from the internationally recognized Professional Photographic Certification Commission. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and in 2008 was recognized as PPA Photographer of the Year – Silver. He is a Fellow with the Texas Professional Photographers Association and was president of the board for the Dallas Professional Photographers Association.

Rob also is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) for Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom product, and he teaches the Canon Advanced Shooter workshop.

October 2019: Jon Holiday

Note: All entries in October must have been made in calendar year 2019. Entries must be submitted at the Oct. 3 meeting. Judge reviews and awards will be presented Oct. 17, 2019.

judge-jonholidayoct2019400wJon Holiday is owner and operator of Fort Worth’s Image One Media, which specializes in photography, video production and audio-visual presentations. He has been making pictures since he fell in love with photography when he received a Kodak Instamatic Model 134 at age 9.

Jon’s TexasScapes images reflect his longtime passion for urban cityscapes and skylines, and award-winning images of bluebonnets and Texas wildflowers. His wildflower images are on display in UT-Southwestern Medical Center, offices and restaurants.

He has received awards from the Epson International Pano Competition, Texas Photo Forum Best of Photography and Worldwide Gala Awards Colour exhibit. He has been juried into several U.S. gallery shows. His images have been produced as wall murals in the U.S. and Italy.

He says: “Photography allows me to depict things as the best that they can be. An old abandoned building becomes a refreshing mecca, the desert turns into a visual oasis, and happen chance elements are magically given purpose and focus.  I love to produce images that make the viewer say, ‘Oooh, I want to see that in real life. Now.’”

November 2019: Jen Bertrand

Competition entries are due Nov. 7. Comments and awards will be presented Nov.. 21, 2019.

Judge Jen Bertrand Nov 2019

Jen Bertrand is a portrait photographer who specializes in editorial, magazine-style imagery that speaks to the individual.  She is known for her modern and edgy approach to photography, as well as adding her personal touch to the entire client experience.

Jen teaches studio lighting and other photography techniques to photographers through conferences, mentorships and workshops, including Enlighten, her studio lighting workshop.

She is the go-to photographer for creative professionals, brands, and teens looking for original and fresh images.

Jen is based in Dallas where she lives with her husband, two daughters and their dog.