At the annual awards dinner on Saturday evening, January 17, the Nevada County Camera Club unveiled the awards for best photo of the year as well as the best photo in seven categories including: Black and White; Color; Nature-Landscape; Nature-Wildlife; Travel, Technical, Photojournalism; and the Assigned Subject.
This year in a tie, Ed Sylvester for “White Stallions – the Camargue” and Ed Rotberg for
“Daughter of Datoga Tribe” were awarded the best photos of the year out of approximately
700 photos submitted by camera club members.
In describing his photo, Ed Sylvester stated, “I took the photo in the south of France in the
Camargue region which is famous for these white horses. One morning we had the opportunity
to go along the surf where a group of these horses were with the farmers who own them. These
two stallions decided to test each other. I was fortunate enough to capture them. Since they
were in the water in morning light it enhanced the photo.”
Ed Rotberg explained, “My photo was taken in Tanzania when our group visited with a family
that are the blacksmiths in the Datoga tribe. Our group leader had asked the mother of this little
girl to pose for photos for the group, and while everyone else was busy taking photos of the
mother I noticed her young daughter in the beautiful evening light and was fortunate enough to
capture this candid image.”
Other award winners include: Best Assigned Subject by Barbara Summers, “San Francisco
Lights”; Best Black and White by Ingrid Lockhart, “Balboa Park – San Deigo”; Best Color by
Barbara Summers, “Venice in Shadows”; Best Nature – Landscape by Margie Determan, “Yuba
Motion – Hoyts Crossing”; Best Photojournalism by Tony Finnerty, “Working the Lights” and
“Semper Fi Marine” by Wendy Schutt; Best Technical by Robin Heart for “Lunar Eclipse Sequence”;
Best Nature – Wildlife by Ed Sylvester, for “White Stallions – the Camargue”; and Best
Travel by Ed Rotberg, “Daughter of Datoga Tribe”.
The awards are based on votes from camera club members. Each month, members submit photos
to be critiqued by the speaker or club member during the meetings. Then the photos are
placed on the web for a member vote. The top photo in each category is then posted on the home
page of the website. From these top monthly photos, the members then vote for the best photos
of the year. Each month about 70 photos are submitted by members for critique. All of the photos
submitted for the year can be viewed on the web as well as the award winners.
To view all the award winning and all member submitted photos – www.nccameraclub.com