“Rosey” wins Merit Award from PSA & Honorable Mention from NJFCC; portrait photography by Tracy Bodeo of Bethlehem, PA

I was very pleased to find out that one of my images {“Rosey”) from a studio session this fall won a Merit Award from the Photographic Society of America (PSA).  The image was also just awarded an Honorable Mention by the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs.  In both competitions the image was entered into the Pictorial category, which is a digital competition that covers a little of everything.  I am always pleasantly surprized when a studio Portrait wins an award mixed in a group with beautiful landscapes, interesting street photography & amazing nature & macro work.  My image received a 14 out of 15 points (in the PSA competition), which means that the judges must have been very happy with both its technical quality and its overall impact/presentation.  Of course, having this beautiful girl as the subject certainly doesn’t hurt!

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New Award-Winners; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo

It is always interesting to hear what a judge thinks about the photography we enter into the digital and print competitions.  I am going to put together a gallery of some of my award-winning images to show the variation in what different judges choose as their favorites.  Last night at the Hillcrest Camera Club competition, I entered an image I liked but I wasn’t necessarily confident about because I didn’t know if the judge would appreciate it.  My entry was of a flower and is titled “Beautiful Clover” (shown below) and it was awarded 2nd place in the nature category.  The second image shown below is called “Red-Wing Take-Off”.  It is of a female red-winged blackbird taking flight from a flower.  Although I don’t think it won in our local Hillcrest Competition, it received an Honorable Mention in the last New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs (NJFCC) Nature Competition.