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 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.

February 2020: Don Smarto

Competition entries are due Thursday, Feb. 6, with review at the Feb. 20 meeting.  

Judge Don Smarto 400w

Don Smarto is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker.

As owner of Double Systems production company, he produced documentaries and television advertising. He has a collection of more than 1,000 cameras which he uses with classroom lectures.

Don’s work has received more than 40 awards from photography associations, the Hollywood Press Association, National Association of Broadcasters and international photo associations.

He is an ordained Baptist minister and is active in youth ministries, prison ministries and pastoral care.

March 2020: TBD

Competition entries are due Thursday, March 5, with review at the March 19 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.

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.