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.

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.

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.