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 Print Competition of our year offered three categories. Members were allowed to enter no more than 5 prints per category. The photographer remained anonymous as images were viewed in a display box for the judges to assign point values. Judges often shared their reasons on why they scored certain images as they did.  

All prints 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 a print could be 15. The assignment of scores, competition rules and further information pertaining to Club Competitions can be found in the Competition Guidelines.

Click the category image to see the winning images!


THANK YOU judges for giving your time and sharing your expertise! 

Darrell Hoemann retired as The News-Gazette’s first photo editor in July 2013, after 25 years. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Darrell came to our community from the post of chief photographer for the Greenville (S.C.) News-Piedmont. A native of St. Louis, he has taught
photography classes at the Greenville County Museum of Art, Furman University, the University of Illinois and through The News-Gazette. Darrell is photo editor for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and is owner of Darrell Hoemann Photography. He is an emeritus board
member of the Associated Press Photo Managers,  recognizing his contributions as a founding member of the organization, and has been a member of the National Press Photographers Association since 1977.

Craig McMonigal has been a photographer for over 37 years. He received a BFA from Ohio University in 1983, and an MFA from the University of Illinois in 1987. Craig taught photography at Parkland College from 1994-2015. Prior to that he was on staff at the U of I, 1985-2002. He has participated in several national exhibitions, such as Figure, Face and Form in West Virginia, Woman in the Broader Sense in St. Louis, and The Nude in Lexington, Kentucky.
His work has been included in the collections of the Mulvane Museum, Krannert Art Museum, and the Museo de la Fotografia in Argentina. He has lectured on his work at Washburn University in Kansas, at Central Michigan University, and for the National Society of Arts and Letters, and curated or juried more than a dozen photography and art exhibitions for institutions such as Krannert Art Museum and Parkland Art Gallery. Craig has judged numerous times for the Camera Club and was last a judge for Best in Show in 2016.

Small Prints

print size is 8x12 or smaller

mounted on 11x14 foam board

Large Prints

Print Size is larger than 8x12

mounted on 16x20 FOAM BOARD


Any medium, size, shape,

mounted or not, matted or not

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 29 years in the areas of multimedia and photojournalism and held leadership roles in the Department of Journalism. His photojournalism, multimedia, and videos have earned regional, state, and national awards while his photographic work has appeared in well-known publications such as New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsday.