Competition Judges 2023

Judges are not current club members, nor do judges have access to metadata, names or other information about entrants. Competition is open to members who have paid current year dues.

Judges are selected by the Competition Committee; 2023 members are Shawn Gibson, Ken Spencer, Roy O’Rear, Brian Fesko and Robert Chura.

April 2023: Jodie Utter

Jodie Utter

Entries are due April 6; awards and judge’s comments presented April 20.

Jodie Utter is Senior Conservator of Works on Paper for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. She holds a graduate degree from the Art Conservation Program at Winterthur/University of Delaware.  

Jodie has taught classes and workshops and given lectures on conservation and preservation.  She has conducted extensive research on materials and techniques of Charles M. Russell, including a study published in the book Charles M. Russell, Watercolors 1887-1926.  

She is a fellow of the International Institute for Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation and is a member of Western Association for Art Conservation, Midwest Regional Conservation Guild and the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners.  

May 2023: Ryan Moeller

Entries are due May 4; awards and scores will be presented May 18.

Ryan Moeller is a north Texas photographer who was inspired by his past membership in Fort Worth Camera Club to turn his hobby into a business. 

Says Ryan, a club meeting and workshop, and a friend’s request to photograph her wedding led to a Best in Show award for his first club competition entry. “I took my portrait and wedding photography career to a professional hobby … and loved every minute of it.  I entered many of these images in monthly competitions and sometimes did very well.”

He is an Arlington native and a graduate of Texas A&M. View Ryan’s images.  

July 2023: Jay Miller

Jay Miller

Entries are due July 6; awards will be presented July 20.

Jay photographs flying machines for a living. He has specialized in aviation photography for more than 60 years. His client list includes Airbus, Bell, Boeing, Ezell Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky and a host of others.

He has worked as a photojournalist and has authored some 36 books and well over 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles. For relaxation, he enjoys photographing birds and wildlife. He is a long-time Nikon shooter.  View Jay’s images.

September 2023: Ian McVea

Ian McVea

Entries are due Sept. 7; awards will be presented Sept. 21.

Ian McVea is a British-born, Texas-based photojournalist and photography educator. He was a photographer and photo editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than 20 years and photographed everything from junior high football to the Queen of England’s visit to Texas. His images have been distributed by Associated Press, Getty Images, Reuters and Alamay.

He teaches commercial photography in the Arlington ISD and has been an adjunct professor of photojournalism at TCU and at UT Arlington. Ian is an accredited member of the Royal Photographic Society, the Texas Photographic Society, the National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Magazine Photographers and the Association of Texas Photography Instructors.  View Ian’s images.

December 2023: Year-End Awards

There is no contest in December. We celebrate photography by announcing the awards to members who have accrued points from monthly competitions.

Previous Judges: 2023

January 2023: Malinda Julien

Malinda Julien

Malinda Julien is a Fort Worth photographer who specializes in architectural, food and product photography.

Recent publications include “Essential: The Heroes of the COVID19 Pandemic.”  Images have appeared in Fort Worth Magazine, Fort Worth, Inc., Dream Homes Magazine, The Photographer Magazine and Professional Photographer Magazine PPA.

Malinda holds certifications from the Professional Photographer’s Association: certified Professional Photographer (CPP), PPA Master of Photography, (M. Photog) and Photographic Craftsman (Cr. Photog).

February 2023: Steve Kozak

Steve Kozak

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA.  

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPA EDU program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure and others.

He has taught at the Texas School of Professional Photography, Imaging USA, Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography and Image Explorations.

March 2023: John Bonewitz

John Bonewitz

John Bonewitz studied photography and densitometry at Sam Houston State University in 1976 before changing course and deciding to pursue photography as a hobby rather than a profession.

As a former member of the Fort Worth Camera Club, he co-chaired the Competition committee in 2007 and was president in 2008 and 2009. John competed in the Master Class and won Photographer of the Year for 2006 and 2007.

He is a recently retired American Airlines captain.