Competition Judges

Monthly competition judges are selected by the Competition Committee. Judges are not club members, nor do judges have access to names or other information about entrants. Learn about previous judges.

Competition Committee members for 2019 are co-chairs Shawn Gibson and Ken Spencer, plus Jeff Heyer, Brian Fesko, Julie Delio and Hal Wallar..

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

There is no meeting on Thursday, July 4, Independence Day, but competition entries are due June 20 or July 3 (prints) and July 4 (digital.) Prints should be submitted at the June 20 meeting or delivered to competition committee representatives from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 3 in the UNTHSC parking area. Digital entries must be submitted by email by July 4. Comments and awards will be presented July 18, 2019.

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.

Rick enjoys learning new photo techniques, and helping fellow photographers learn their craft.

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: TBD

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

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: TBD

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

December 2019: Awards Banquet

There is no contest in December; rather, we celebrate photography with a party! The annual year-end event features images on display, food, beverages, fun and awards to members who have accrued points from monthly competitions. Information will be available in October-November 2019.