Competition Judges 2020

Competition Revised

Competition will be limited to Digital entries only until we resume regular meetings. Learn more; stay safe.

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 2020 and 2019 judges.

Competition Committee members for 2020 are co-chairs Shawn Gibson and Ken Spencer, plus Jeff Heyer, Brian Fesko and Hal Wallar.

April 2020: Truitt Rodgers

Competition entries are due Thursday, April 2, with review at the April 16 meeting.

Judge Truitt Rodgers2Truitt Rodgers is a commercial photographer who lives in Fort Worth.

Says Truitt: “I’ve been a commercial and advertising photographer for 30 years and have experience shooting everything from pigs to people, food to fashion, interior design to industrial and architecture.

“I love the variety of what I do, the new digital advances in the photographic field and the talented and creative people I have the privilege to work with.”

May 2020: Noel Kerns

May is a closed topic/date month. Entries may be of any subject, but must have been made in calendar year 2020. Entries are due May 7; review and awards will be at the May 21 meeting.

Judge Noel Kerns

Noel Kerns is a Texas-based night photographer who specializes in capturing the abandoned landscape of the American southwest.  Growing up in the central Texas Hill Country, he developed his photographic skills shooting large format black and white landscapes.

Says Noel: “The slow and deliberate nature of the large format photographic process is a perfect launching pad into the art of digitally photographing the nocturnal world.”

He regularly teaches workshops at the Dallas Cener for Photography.

June 2020: TBD

Entries are due June 4; review and awards will be at the June 18 meeting.

July 2020: Sean Fitzgerald

Entries are due July 2; review and awards will be at the July 16 meeting.

sean_fitzgerald_400wSean is a Deep Ellum-based environmental and fine art photographer whose images have been published in books, magazines, calendars and more. His fine-art prints are found in private and corporate collections across the country.

Sean creates images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. He is drawn to nature and wildlife and the impact of man on both.

Sean has won numerous awards and contests, including the international World in Focus photo contest, the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest, Texas Tech University’s High and Dry competition, the City of Dallas Trinity River Photo Contest.

He is currently working on projects to document and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Dallas’ urban Trinity River ecosystem and the vanishing Blackland Prairie.

August 2020: Mike Brooks

Entries are due Aug. 6; review and awards will be at the Aug. 20 meeting.

Judge August 2020 Mike BrooksMike is a Dallas area photographer. Says Mike:

“I make money from photography but I don’t depend on it for a living, allowing me the freedom to shoot the things I like. Freelance a lot for the Dallas Observer, with the odd music and entertainment assignments in between.  Love long walks on the beach, full frame cameras with wide angle lenses and the tribal energy of a good rock and roll show.”

He was a film student at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State.

September 2020: TBD

Entries are due Sept. 3 review and awards will be at the Sept. 17 meeting.

October 2020: Jeff Grimm

October is a closed topic/date month. Entries may be of any subject, but must have been made in calendar year 2020. Entries are due Oct. 1; review and awards will be at the Oct. 15 meeting.

Judge Jeff Grimm 400wJeff Grimm taught photography at Trinity High School in Euless, his alma mater, for more than 35 years.

His students won almost 7,000 individual and school awards, and captured the state photography championship five times, despite a zero dollar budget. Jeff’s students successfully competed against college and university photo programs, placing in the top 10 in 2006, 2007 and 2009 Best of College competitions.

He is a member of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and received its prestigious Star of Texas award in 2004.

November 2020: Steve Kozak

Entries are due Nov. 5; review and awards will be at the Nov. 19 meeting.

Judge Steve KozakSteve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from PPA, and is PPA Certified.  

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for professional photography education. Topics include fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for certification preparation.

He regularly teaches at the Texas School of Professional Photography, among others, and publishes in Texas Professional Photographer and The Professional Photographer magazine.

December 2020: 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 2020.