Evaluations and Annual Awards – 2016-2017

Entries to the Annual Awards for the 2016-2017 season were due on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

Open submissions/ No theme
Both Digital and Print category entries were allowed.

All entries for this run were submitted through a new on line EVALUATIONS page and a new plug-in ruled the submissions process. Consult the evaluations regulations for the 2016-2017 for submission instructions. Note that there are several changes and the whole submission process is digitally managed on line.

The entries were judged by 3 judges based on in/out selection - no scores were awarded.

The Annual Awards were announced at the monthly General Meeting on June 6

Results for the run are presented in the files below:

Attached below is a gallery of pictures awarded with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention for digital and prints.

Below is a list of all top pictures awarded.

  • PRINT OF THE YEAR - Factory Dancers - Rolly Astrom
  • Digital Image of the Year - Tallness - NJ Pradzynski
  • Digital Image Second Place - Edisto Island - John Pingree
  • Digital Image Third Place - Azure - John Poulsen
  • Joe Gaudet Award for Top Monochromatic Image - Moody Day with Bronwyn  - Rolly Astrom
  • Member’s Choice Award  - Tallness - NJ Pradzynski
  • Bill Warren Proficiency Award - Dan Cybulskie


  • Edisto Island - John Pingree
  • Sun to Shadow - Chuck Burdick
  • In the Spotlight – Jim Lait
  • Stay out! - Tom Stephens
  • Moody Day…with Bronwyn - Rolly Astrom
  • Upward - Monique Campbell
  • Water Tank - Frank Myers
  • Tallness -   NJ Pradzynski
  • Azure - John Poulsen
  • Twirl - John Pingree
  • Out in the Cold - Dennis Martin
  • The Outhouse - Lise Bennett

GTCCC Judges’ Course, 23 Sep in Richmond Hill

Saturday, September 23rd with the Seminar held at the Bond Arena in Richmond Hill.

Who can attend:

New Judge Candidates from GTCCC member clubs, current experienced GTCCC judges who need to complete the mandatory refresh and interested GTCCC member club members who are curious about how images are judged, which can assist them in making better competition images.


Whether you want to be a Photo Judge or just want the insight in the judging process to improve your photography, this course is for you. This full day seminar will go through all the various genres and categories that are used in the GTCCC clubs, methods for evaluating images, use of scoring models, proper commenting skills and a hands on Judging demonstration. If you are a Judge in Training, this seminar is a requirement on your progress to accreditation. If you are a photographer who just wants to improve your skills and/or optimize your images for competition, this course will detail what the judges look for in scoring those winning images.
This Seminar is also for existing accredited GTCCC Judges who have not had a refresher within the past 5 years. As you know, the GTCCC requires judges to stay current and this seminar will address changes in technology, changes in photography trends, use of scoring models, assessing images, commenting skills and online judging. We will have hands on demonstrations as well a chance to discuss among your fellow peers.
As we've had 3 refresher courses already, this will be the last one until 2020. If you have judges within your club that need to be refreshed, it's imperative that they attend this one to stay on the list.
This is a full day course. Refreshment and snacks for breaks are supplied. Lunch is not included, but you are free to bring your own or visit any of the local eateries nearby. Course handbook and Certificate of Attendance will be supplied.
Light refreshments will be supplied during the breaks. Lunch is not included but you are free to bring your own or step out to the numerous restaurants in the area.


  • For New Judges, Judges in Training (JiTs) or any club member who wants to learn the process: $110.
  • For Existing GTCCC Judges who need to be recertified : $65
Registration is open online at https://www.gtccc.ca/judges/

GTCCC Fall Retreat in Muskoka, 13-15 October

A message from GTCCC:

We'll be at the incredible Taboo Muskoka Resort near Gravenhurst to coincide with the famous Cranberry Festival.
Activities and Events include Keynotes and Shoots on Landscape and Astrophotography, Raptor shoot with Muskoka Birds of Prey on site, Portraiture with Amplis & Henrys, Software Tips & Tricks with Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials plus much, much more.

This is a premium retreat compared to last year's Geneva Park and the GTCCC is partially subsidizing to make it affordable and includes accommodations for 2 nights and all meals for Saturday and Sunday. Basic Costs for the Weekend which include all taxes and gratuities are:

  • Shared Double Queen Room - $515
  • Single King Room - $566.50
  • Saturday Day only - $206

Full itinerary and details are on the GTCCC Retreat page at : https://www.gtccc.ca/retreat/

Richard Martin at Barrie Photo Club in November: early bird discount until 30 July

A message from the Barrie Photo Club:

The Club will be hosting a special one day seminar on November 18th, The Alternative Eye & the Art of Photography featuring Richard Martin, whom many of you know from previous workshops that you or other club members have attended.  If your members are interested in developing creative ways to further their photography, then this seminar given by this Kingston based photographer and teacher will be of great interest.  I had the privilege of hearing him speak in London a couple of years ago and you definitely come away inspired about the world of photography.

All of the information about the seminar can be found at www.barriephotoclub.ca/richardmartin and your members can register there and pay either by e-transfer or by mailing a cheque to our Treasurer.

There is a special early bird rate of $75 for those who register by July 30th and after that the rate increases to $90.

Hoping that many of you and your club members will be able to attend the seminar.

If you have any questions about this seminar, please do not hesitate to contact speakers@barriephotoclub.ca .

Grimsby Beach Outing Sunday June 4, 2017 10 A.M.

Our next outing will be to visit and photograph images of the Grimsby Beach cottages on Sunday June 4, 2017 starting at 10 a.m. This is a location that has been visited before and provides the opportunity for many interesting images, particularly colourful and aesthetic.  Please watch the blog  for further details, including meeting location and suggested parking..  As always, it is helpful if you email me at ronsav@cogeco.ca, to confirm your plans to attend.

Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/Nqtw2reRbXL2

Sample images - Jim Hamilton

Sample images Bob Melnyk














Sample images Ort Baldauf