Special assignments for 2011

HPS Print Competition Vice President Bob Jump announces the special assignments for 2011.

The special assignment for each month’s print competition is voluntary and every paid member can enter this category. The goal is to challenge our members to interpret the theme thematically and receive input as to whether they “pulled it off” by the guest print judge.

Additional points are awarded for first, second and third place in this category, which goes towards member point totals at the end of the year. The point total determines whether the member can advance to the next group the following year.

  • January – The Narrow View
  • February – Small-town USA
  • March – Ant’s Eye View
  • April – Pinhole Photography
  • May – Signs of Spring
  • June – Abandoned, Deserted, or Left Behind
  • July – Strangers (photograph a stranger)
  • August – Emptiness
  • September – Adverse Weather
  • October – Monumental Task (photograph a monument in a new and unique way)
  • November – Textures

In addition, the first three months for 2012 have also been assigned as follows: January – Twilight: Between Night and Day; February – Silhouette; and March – Picture within a Picture.

January 2011 print competition

HPS Print Competition - June 2010 judge, Kathy Adams

HPS members, don’t forget about the first print competition meeting for 2011 is coming up next Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 7—9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center.

This month’s special assignment is “The Narrow View.”

Paid members can submit up to two total matted prints of their most recent works in their respective groups. The prints are divided in color and monochrome (or black/white) categories and by skill level (Bronze, Silver, or Gold). New members start off in the Bronze group.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in the special assignment category. However, the total of two prints still applies.

Reminder: You must be a PAID HPS member to enter the competition! So, if you haven’t paid for 2011, please don’t forget to bring a check made out with the appropriate membership dues amount to the “Houston Photographic Society” and give it to HPS treasurer Bernie Levy or the president, John Kleb.

See you there!

2010 Year-end print competition a success

Slideshow courtesy of HPS member Leslie Stessel.

Houston Photographic Society’s 2010 Annual Year-end Print Competition results were announced during the first program meeting for 2011 on Jan. 11, 2011.

There were more than a hundred prints from the winning photo selections (first, second and third place) from the 2010 season.

The judges stated they had a very difficult time choosing what they felt which works of art were the best and awarded more honorable mentions than ever before as a result.

The following is a listing of 2010 year-end print competition winners. The honorable mentions are listed in alphabetical order according to the title name.

  • Best of ShowMurdoch’s by Tom Foster
  • Color Category:
    • 1st Place — Memento Mori by Laszlo Perlaky
    • 2nd Place — Hawk & Round Bale by Sandra Stevens
    • 3rd Place — Coyote in the Rain by Rachel Burychka
    • Honorable Mention — Coreopsis by Lexi Nemeth
    • Honorable Mention — Hiding Green Treefrog by Laszlo Perlaky
    • Honorable Mention — Plains Chevy by William Burychka
    • Honorable Mention — Sunrise Big Bend by Bob Jump
    • Honorable Mention — The View from Paria Overlook by Bob Jump
  • Black & White/Monochrome Category:
    • 1st Place — Untitled: Man at Window by Nathalie Brouard
    • 2nd Place — Maltese Cougar by William Burychka
    • 3rd Place — Kirby Trail Swamp by Laszlo Perlaky
    • Honorable Mention — Abandoned by Paul Porto
    • Honorable Mention — Anchors by John Kleb
    • Honorable Mention — Bacon Not Saved by John Kleb
    • Honorable Mention — Chained-Up Bicycle by Orlando Morales
    • Honorable Mention — Storm View by Laszlo Perlaky

2010 Year-End Print Competition Judges - Jean Caslin, Diane Barber and Jim Caldwell

The winning photos are listed and can be viewed on the year-end webpage for 2010.

The judges who volunteered their personal time to critique and judge the photos were presented with an annual membership to HPS for their efforts and kindness. The judges include Diane Barber, Jim Caldwell and Jean Caslin.

Diane Barber has been Visual Arts Curator of DiverseWorks Art Space since 1997 and Co-Executive Director since 2006. Prior to that, she served as Exhibitions/Publications Coordinator for FotoFest International. She is past board president of the National Association of Artist’ Organizations and former Chairman of the Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts. Diane is also a founding member of the independent Arts Collaborative, a Houston-based organization working to develop a multi-tenant arts complex in Houston’s urban core.

Jim Caldwell is a working photographer with specialities in editorial, corporate and performing arts. He is published worldwide, works in collections around the U.S., exhibited aruond Texas and here in Houston in almost every FotoFest since its inception, at Houston Center for Photography, Windows on Houston, amongst others.

Jean Caslin is well-known to HPS members, having presented programs and juried competitions for us over the past 20 years. Working under the name of Caslin Gregory & Associates, Jean is a curator, career coach and non-profit consultant. She was formerly executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography. Prior to that, she was assistant director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston.

The new, the old, the challenge

Message from the President
January 2011

2011 HPS President John Kleb

The new year is in full swing for us now. All of the New Year resolutions and projects we’ve thought up for ourselves over the Christmas season now require us to actually work on them. I’m sure some of you, like me, have some photography-related goals in mind for this year. One of mine is to send out a short message or some thoughts about HPS or photography each month.

When Don built the new website, he mentioned that he wanted to have a “message from the president” type of space on it. I guess I took the hint. I’m an even worse writer than I am a photographer, so be kind fair readers. Luckily, for all of you, it’s not a monthly singing telegram.

One thing that struck me at the meeting last night is the realization that we’re starting on the 64th year of HPS. I’ve done a little digging today and I think we may be the second oldest, continuously operating, amateur photography club in Texas; and the oldest in Houston. That’s saying a lot in these days of failed or bought out legacy companies, rapidly changing technology, and the Internet bringing the world into your home (or anywhere else with a smart phone).

It really sunk in how long ago that was when I realized my father was one year old in 1947, and I’ll be a grandfather later this year. It was only two years after WWII and 14 years before we put our astronaut in space. It’s taken some good people through the years to keep HPS going strong. Without members willing to step up and dedicate their time and energy there wouldn’t be an HPS today. Thank you to all of you who helped over the years to make HPS what it is today.

Throughout all the changes over the years — in both the club and the world around it — the simple act of coming together to share in knowledge and camaraderie is the heart of HPS. At the December Party this year, I noticed the lifelong friendships some of our members have made here. Organizations like HPS were the original social network, where friends are made with shared passions, friendly debate, and a laugh or two. You just don’t get that by clicking a button. Those friendships and shared experiences have also served as a catalyst in raising the quality of our work into to something to be proud of. Personally, without the culture of HPS and it’s members, my own photography wouldn’t be where it is today.

We often hear from our visiting judges how impressed they are with the amount of high quality work they see at the print competitions. Those are compliments we should all be proud of, and realize that each of us contribute to that level of quality.

Getting to help with the year end judging brought that home to me. More than 100 prints were laid out for the judges to see, and they asked to give more awards because there were too many good prints to choose from. Quality photographs are a cornerstone of HPS. I challenge y’all to make it even harder for this year’s judges.

So, like Kodachrome, 2010 is behind us. It was a good year, a successful year, and an enjoyable year to be at HPS. But, 2011 looks even brighter.

So, get off the computer and go make some photographs. :)

~ John Kleb, 2011 HPS President

Attend a “photo walk” at Brazos Bend State Park


HPS members Laszlo Perlaky and Mike Sanderson lead a “photo walk” that takes place each first Saturday of the month at Brazos Bend State Park located 28 miles south of Houston near Needville, Texas. They share their knowledge and experience as they teach art and techniques of nature photography.

Participation is free and it’s a wonderful opportunity to use their vast experience and knowledge at this wonderful natural setting, whether you are a rank beginner or seasoned veteran. The only cost is an entry fee into the park. If you plan to go more than once, consider purchasing a Texas State Parks pass for an annual fee of $60.

If you would like to join them, simply meet them at the Brazos Bend State Park Nature Center (975-553-5122) at the specified time and dates in 2011 as listed below.

Date   Time   Description
February 5, 2011 3 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #1
March 5, 2011 5 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #1.
April 2, 2011 5 p.m. Plant photography Photo-walk.
May 7, 2011 5 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #2.
June 4, 2011 5 p.m. Close-up photography Photo-walk #1.
July 2, 2011 5 p.m. Close-up photography Photo-walk #2.
August 2011 n/a Summer break, NO Photo-walk.
September 3, 2011 5 p.m. Amphibian and reptile photography Photo-walk.
October 1, 2011 5 p.m. Bird photography Photo-walk #3.
November 5, 2011 3 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #2.
December 3, 2011 3 p.m. Landscape photography Photo-walk #3.
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