February 2017 Photo Contest Winners – On the ground

1st Place February 2017 “On the ground” by Susanne Smith Elliott – © 2017

2nd Place February 2017 “On the ground” by Warrena J. Barnerd – © 2017

3rd Place February 2017 “On the ground” by Karol Welch – © 2017

3rd Place February 2017 “On the ground” by Tom Glass – © 2017

January 9, 2017 West Kentucky Photography Club Presents Byron Jorjorian

Photo by Byron Jorjorian

The guest speaker for the West Kentucky Photography Club’s meeting next Monday, January 9, 2017 will be Byron Jorjorian, who has been named one of the top 40 Nature Photographers worldwide by The Best of Nature Photography.

He will share the process that he uses to conceive, develop, and refine his imagery while in the field. He will also give 16 principles that he incorporates into his way of interacting with the environment to create his photographs.

The program will start at 7pm on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Hatley Building, Barnes Auditorium, which is part of the Madisonville Community Health Technology Campus, at 750 Laffoon Street, Madisonville, Ky. The program is free and open to the community. Please invite all your photography friends and nature lovers! Let’s have a great turn out for Byron’s program.

Byron Jorjorian has been capturing the natural world on film for over 36 years. With over 425,000 images in his files, his photographs have appeared on nationally published greeting cards, calendars, magazines, posters, murals, fine art prints, books, brochures, and advertising. Byron has had over 12,000 images published and has had over 22,000 fine art prints installed all over the United States.

Byron was featured in the book, The Best of Nature Photography – Images and Techniques from the Pros and was named one of the top 40 Nature Photographers worldwide.

He has also been published in National Geographic and his book, The Skywriting Journal, was featured in “O” Magazine as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

Byron’s coffee table book, Treasures Untold – Uncovering Masterpieces of Nature Across Tennessee, as published the Fall of 2014.

His award-winning photography has appeared in 100’s of publications such as:

* Time Magazine
* National Wildlife Magazine
* National Geographic Society Publications
* National Parks Magazine
* Outdoor Photographer Magazine
* The Nature Conservancy Magazine
* Ducks Unlimited Magazine
* Defenders of Wildlife Magazine
* Smithsonian Books
* Sierra Club Publications
* Audubon Field Guides

Some of his corporate stock photography clients include:

* Ford Motor Company * Apple Barn
* Toyota * Ryman Auditorium
* Minolta Corporation * Opryland Hotel
* United States Postal Service * Chimney Rock
* Sprint * Stone Mountain
* Bellsouth * Universal Studios (CA & FL)
* Disney Cruise Lines * Mall of America
* The Alamo * Titanic Museum
* Kennedy Space Center

Byron’s wife, Susan, manages their full-time professional stock/assignment photography business from their home in Tennessee. He is represented by 4 stock agencies worldwide.

They will have a table setup for book sales.

Members of the club should note that we will also have a table setup for collecting the dues for 2017 and anyone that would like to join the club.

2016 West Kentucky Photography Club Pictures of the Year Winners

The top photos were selected for 2016 from all our first place winning photos from each month during the year.

First Place West Kentucky Photography Club Picture of the Year 2016 by Lara Ramsey

Second Place West Kentucky Photography Club Picture of the Year 2016 by Bill Murphy

Second Place West Kentucky Photography Club Picture of the Year 2016 by Susanne Smith Elliott

Third Place West Kentucky Photography Club Picture of the Year 2016 by Warrena J. Barnerd

2017 Weekly Photography Challenge

Below are the topics (Click on title for list) for our year long weekly photography challenge for 2017. Shoot all week long and then post your favorite photo the following week on the club’s Facebook group. Hope you participate and feel free to jump in at any time! We all love a good challenge and look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

These challenges will begin on Sunday.

Week of January 1st – Transportation

Week of January 8th – Sky

Week of January 15th – Water

Week of January 22th – Lost

Week of January 29th – Found

Week of February 5th – Red

Week of February 12th – Sunset

Week of February 19th – Mysterious

Week of February 26th – Color as B&W

Week of March 5th – Negative Space

Week of March 12th – Hidden

Week of March 19rd – Excited

Week of March 26th – Quiet

Week of April 2nd – Intrigued

Week of April 9th – Restless

Week of April 16th- Comfortable

Week of April 23rd – Confused

Week of April 30th – Tender

Week of May 7th- Broken

Week of May 14th – Passionate

Week of May 21st – Open

Week of May 28th – Free

Week of June 4th – Constricted

Week of June 11th – Stationery

Week of June 18th – Enthusiastic

Week of June 25th – Creative

Week of July 2nd – Relieved

Week of July 9th – Tense

Week of July 16th – Lonely

Week of July 23rd – Absorbed

Week of July 30th – Determined

Week of August 6th – Closed

Week of August 13th – Raw

Week of August 20th – Happy

Week of August 27th – Bleak

Week of September 3rd- Searching

Week of September 10th- Distant

Week of September 17th- Uneven

Week of September 24th – Complex

Week of October 1st – Hopeful

Week of October 8th – Doubtful

Week of October 15th – Steady

Week of October 22nd – Clear

Week of October 29th – Grateful

Week of November 5th – Stretched

Week of November 12th – Exposed

Week of November 18th – Dormant

Week of November 26th – Wishful

Week of December 3rd – Whimsical

Week of December 10th – Christmas

Week of December 17th – Rushed

Week of December 24th – Family

Week of December 31st – New

Two photographic events coming up this weekend for the club!

img_3884Saturday, November 12th from Sunup till Sundown

There will be a “Sugarbush Drafts & Friesians Horse” photo shoot at The Rockin’ K Racnch, 111 Richard Crick Road, White Plains, KY 42464, rockinkranch@att.net, www.sacredwindwalker.com ,270-836-4200.

All Club members are invited to shoot photos from the hours of Sunrise to Sundown or a little later on Nov. 12th and makeup date is Nov. 19th.

Owners of Rockin’ K Ranch will choose the winners for 1st., $40.00, 2nd.$30.00, and 3rd. $20.00 place at our meeting on December 12th, so everyone should bring their best images to the meeting. The owners are searching for photos for possible home decorations, etc.

Please mark your calendars for this Fall colors shoot.

The owners want you to walk the grounds surrounding their home, barns, and fields to make your shots. Warning: Do Not get in the fenced areas with the horses or cattle. These animals to do not know you, so BE CAREFUL. The horses love to be patted and rubbed, but all horses can bite and kick.

January 2012 Third Place - Laura Armstrong

Photo by Laura Armstrong

Sunday, November 13th – 2pm – ?? – Monthly Photowalk

52nd Annual Madisonville Veterans Day Parade – Downtown

Join us as we honor our men and women of the armed forces during the largest Veterans Day Parade in the state of Kentucky! See marching bands, color guards, decorated vehicles, horses and more. – Those that want to walk with a group will meet in front of the old courthouse at 1:30pm. Otherwise, spread out and enjoy the parade and the many photo opportunities it will provide!

We invite all participants to bring their favorite images to our December 12th meeting to share with the club!