Competition Judges 2021

Monthly competition judges are selected by the Competition Committee. Judges are not current club members, nor do judges have access to names or other information about entrants. Learn about previous 2021, 2020 and 2019 judges.

Competition Committee members for 2021 are co-chairs Shawn Gibson and Ken Spencer, plus Jeff Heyer, Roy O’Rear, Brian Fesko and Hal Wallar.

August 2021: Tom Maddrey

Images must be entered by midnight, Thursday, Aug. 5. Awards and comments will be presented  Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. 

Judge-Tom Maddrey-Aug2019Tom Maddrey is a lawyer, photographer and educator based in Dallas.  After receiving technical training at the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Calif., he has lectured and taught around the country on subjects ranging from digital imaging to business development to integrating photography into schools and businesses. He previously founded the Eclipse Photography Institute and was co-founder of Blue Square Art Gallery, both in Dallas.

He is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and in March 2021, joined the American Society of Media Photographers as general counsel and head of National Content and Education.

September 2021: Hermilo Escareno

Images must be entered by midnight, Thursday, Sept. 2. Awards and comments will be presented  Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. 

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 U.S. 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.


October 2021: Dennis Fritsche

Images must be entered by midnight, Thursday, Oct. 7. Awards and comments will be presented  Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. 

Judge 2021 Dennis Fritsche 400wDennis Fritsche is a Fellow of the Dallas Camera Club where he is the Education Director. He is a member of the Plano Photography Club where he served as president and programs chair and is currently Training Chair. He was Plano Photography Club Photographer of the Year for 2011-12.

He has had numerous images published in both Color Magazine and Black and White Magazine since 2006 and has had three portfolios recognized. His “Water Dreams” portfolio was a winner of the prestigious Spotlight Award. Dennis was the 2013 Grand Prize Winner for the Trinity River Photography Contest and has had solo exhibits and images displayed in north Texas and other locations.

He has judged local contests for the public schools and community organizations, the Gulf States Camera Clubs Council.

November 2021: Edgar Miller

Images must be entered by midnight, Thursday, Nov. 4. Awards and comments will be presented  Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. 

Edgar Miller 400wEdgar earned his BFA 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 the last 19 years and is always looking for new ways to help his students learn. With influences from his late father and his photo professor, he continues to find interesting light on interesting subjects.

December 2021: Year-End Awards

There is no contest in December; rather, we celebrate photography with a party! We hope we will be able to safely party in person. The annual year-end event features awards to members who have accrued points from monthly competitions.