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..

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.

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: 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: 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.