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
After 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
Edgar 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
Fort 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.
April 2019: Mike Mezeul II
Competition entries are due April 4, 2019. Comments and awards will be presented April 18, 2019.
According 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.