Our Club Competitions offer no monetary prizes, ribbons or awards. We find there is more value in the feedback we receive from our colleagues & outside critics. Regardless of our personal photography experience, competitions bring us together to challenge our technique, encourage a different perspective and take-in some extraordinary images.
This first Digital Club Competition of our year offered three Categories. Members were allowed to enter no more than three images per category. The photographer remained anonymous as images were projected on a screen for all to view while judges assigned point values to each image. Judges also shared their reasons on why they scored certain images as they did.
All projected images were judged on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale with “5” being the highest score and “1” being the lowest score. With a total of three judges, the highest score for an image could be 15. The assignment of scores, competition rules and further information pertaining to Club Competitions can be found in the Competition Guidelines within the CCCC.
Click the category image to see the winners.
Our Judges were Fraya Replinger, Fred Zwicky, and Brian K. Johnson.
Fraya Replinger is a local artist, born and raised in Urbana. Her first photography class, taken in high school, sparked her passion to pursue fine art photography. Her award winning images capture landscapes, skyscapes, and the great outdoors explored from fresh perspectives to convey her visions of beauty or emotional impact. She is recognized by the Champaign County Camera Club (Best In Show Competitions), PACA (Preservation and Conservation Association), and the Champaign County Fair. Her fine art photography is exhibited at local markets and art shows throughout Illinois and she has pieces on permanent display on the donor wall at Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL.
Fred Zwicky is a photojournalist who has documented life in central Illinois for more than 25 years. Currently, he is Senior Photographer for the University of Illinois. Prior to that, he was Visual News Editor at the Journal Star in Peoria. Zwicky has won numerous awards; including: two-time National Press Photographers Region Five Photographer of the Year, three-time Illinois Press Photographers Photographer of the Year, three-time winner of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Sweepstakes Award for Best Photograph of the Year and two-time Gatehouse Media Photographer of the Year. Fred has also taught photojournalism and video storytelling at Bradley University for nearly 20 years.
Brian K. Johnson, a former staff photojournalist at The News-Gazette, is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois. He has been teaching for the past 31 years in the areas of journalism and mass communication and has held leadership roles in university administration. His award winning photojournalism, multimedia, and videos have earned national, regional, and state awards and are widely published. His photographic work has appeared in well known publications, such as, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsday. His current work uses photojournalism as a methodology to document the unseen in the seen.