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.

February 2019: Edgar Miller

Entries must be submitted at the Feb. 7, 2019, meeting. Awards and comments will be presented Feb. 21.

Judge-Edgar-Miller-400wEdgar Miller has appeared in photographs since 1968 and has taken and developed photographs since 1979.

Edgar earned a bachelor of fine arts 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 19 years and is always looking for new ways to help students learn.  His work is influenced by his late father and photo professor.

March 2019: Gabriel Alonso

Images must be submitted March 7, 2019; judge’s comments and awards will be presented March 21, 2019.

judge-gabrielalonsoapril2019-400wFort Worth photographer Gabriel Alonso is a premier portrait artist who has been a judge, lecturer and leader in photography organizations throughout the United States.

His work has been selected for the Masters Loan Collection of the Professional Photographers of America and has been exhibited at the Eastman Kodak pavilion of Disney’s Epcot Center.

He received Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees presented by the Professional Photographers of America, and he is a Certified Professional Photographer.

His credentials and accomplishments also include:

  • Member, Board of Governors, American Society of Photographers
  • Qualified international image juror, Professional Photographers of America
  • Lecturer, national, regional, state and local conventions
  • Former manager and portrait artist, Gittings Texas and Gittings West Studios
  • Former portrait artist, Wyndham-Leigh Portraiture, Washington, D.C., Fort Worth and Dallas.

View Gabriel’s images.

April 2019: Mike Mezeul II

Competition entries are due April 4, 2019. Comments and awards will be presented April 18, 2019.

judge-mike mezeul ii 400wapril2019According to judge Mike Mezeul II:  “I am addicted to photography and adventure. If you know me, then you know I always have a camera in my hand; if you don’t, just think of my camera as that weird sticky feeling you get on your hands after touching year-old gum underneath a restaurant table. You just can’t shake it – that’s basically my relationship with my camera.”

I’ve photographed in many situations including professional sporting events, live music venues, 5,000 feet in the air while hanging out of a plane, natural disasters, the tops of volcanoes, the bottom of the ocean and more. I’ve even been known to break it down on the dance floor while photographing at weddings.”

He is a native of Rome, NY, and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

May 2019: Dennis Fritsche

Entries are due at the May 2 meeting. Awards and judge’s comments will be May 16, 2019.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADennis Fritsche began his photo career in the 1970s. His interests are varied and include landscapes, the outdoors, compositing, junk cars, abstraction – just about everything. He is equally at home with color and black and white and has been working with infrared landscape photography.

He is a member of the Dallas Camera Club and the Plano Photography Club where he served as president and programs chair, and was Photographer of the Year in 2011-12.  He was the 2013 Grand Prize Winner for the Trinity River Photography Contest.

He has had numerous images recognized/published in the Black and White Magazine and Color Magazine. His Water Dreams portfolio was a winner of prestigious Spotlight Award. Images have appeared in juried shows at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery and the on-line Chasing the Light gallery.

Dennis has judged local public schools and community contests, and for Gulf States Camera Clubs Council and others.

October 2019: Jon Holiday

Entries must be submitted at the Oct. 3 meeting. Judge reviews and awards will be presented Oct. 1, 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.’”

December 2019: Awards Banquet

There is no contest in December; rather, we celebrate year’s end 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.