(updated June 2017)

General Rules

  1. We do not break ties so all images scoring the same will receive the same placements.
  2. Placements will be awarded in each division in each category.
  3. For the five digital competitions, there will be first, second and third place awards and HMs for images with sufficiently high scores to warrant placements.  HMs will be awarded for scores with a minimum score of 23 for the novice & intermediate divisions and 23.5 for the advanced and masters divisions.
  4. For the 3 print competitions, there will be a first, second and third place award plus HMs for images in the combined Novice/Intermediate division (called Other) for 4th and 5th place images with a minimum score of 23 points. There will be a first, second and third place plus HMs for images in the advanced and masters divisions with a minimum score of 23.5 points.
  5. Note: The number of placements is contingent on sufficient entries in each division and category. The competition team has the authority to reduce the number of placements if there are insufficient submissions in a division/category.
  6. For the nature competition, there will be a winner and runner up in each division plus HMs for high scoring images, subject to the number of entries. Awards are based on the aggregate score of 4 images from each maker.

The policies for earning achievement points for advancements to higher skill levels in the club can be found on Skill Levels page.

(Note that the rules have changed slightly from year to year, so all winners listed here did not necessarily conform to the currently stated rules.)

Photographer of the Year – Assigned Topics

The member with the highest total, based on their top 10 scores out of a possible 15 entries, regardless of skill level, will be awarded Photographer of the Year – Assigned Topics. The three members with the highest total in each skill level will be awarded appropriate recognition.

Winners

2013:   B Dass
2014:   Ron Goodlin
2015:   Larry Rezka
2016:   Luba Citrin
2017:   Rhonda Starr

Photographer of the Year – Pictorial Category

The member with the highest total, based on their top 10 scores out of a possible 15 entries, regardless of skill level, will be awarded Photographer of the Year – Pictorial Category. The three members with the highest total in each skill level will be awarded appropriate recognition.

Winners

2013:   Larry Rezka
2014:   Ron Goodlin
2015:   Ron Goodlin
2016:   Rob Kline
2017:   Josie Stauffer

Photographer of the Year – Natural Things

The member with the highest total, based on their top 10 scores out of a possible 15 entries, regardless of skill level, will be awarded  the Ron Goodlin Trophy: Photographer of the Year – Natural Things. The three members with the highest total in each skill level will be awarded appropriate recognition. (new trophy for 2016-2017)

2017:   Bruce Carmody

Printmaker of the Year

The member with the highest total, based on their top eight scoring print entries (out of a possible 12), regardless of skill level, will be awarded Printmaker of the Year. The three members with the highest total in each skill level, based on their top 12 prints, will be awarded appropriate recognition.  

Winners

2013:   Larry Rezka
2014:   Ron Goodlin
2015:   Ron Goodlin
2016:   Kathy Constantinou
2017:   Kala Lakhani

Photographer of the Year – By Skill Level

The trophy for Photographer of the Year for each skill level will be awarded to the  member of that skill level with the highest total, based on their top 24 scores, from images entered in the nine club competitions and the photoessay competition*, regardless of format (digital or print) or category.
* the score for a photoessay is 40% of the total score, based on a scoring model of scores out of 100 by each of 3 judges. The photoessay scores will be considered the equivalent of 4 images for purposes of calculating POTY awards.

The three members with the highest totals, based on their top 24 scores out of a possible 40 entries will be awarded appropriate recognition.  There must be at least one score from at least 4 out of the 6 categories (assigned, pictorial, natural things, prints, nature and photoessay).

Novice Division

Winners

2013:   Margaret Krzepkowski
2014:   Guy St. Louis
2015:   Luz Elena Espinosa
2016:   Rodolfo Luciani
2017:   Isabel Kelly

 Intermediate Division

Winners

2013:   John Kot
2014:   Marina Leyderman
2015:   Margaret Krzepkowski
2016:   Bruce Carmody
2017:   Kala Lakhani

Advanced Division – “Joseph Leduc Trophy”

Winners

2013:   Kathy Constantinou
2014:   John Kot
2015:   Yung Niem
2016:   Luba Citrin & Marie Algieri-Goldgrub
2017:   Bruce Carmody

 Masters Division – “Gitter Family Trophy”

Winners

2013:   Larry Rezka
2014:   Ron Goodlin
2015:   Ron Goodlin
2016:   Ron Goodlin
2017:   Ron Goodlin

Breakthrough Award (Rising Star)

Only members who have never received an RHCC or YRCC award, other than the President’s Award, are eligible.

Each eligible member’s 10 best individual scores, encompassing at least 5 competitions from the current season, are totalled. The member with the highest total receives the award. If the member is the trophy winner in either Pictorial, Assigned, Natural Things, Printmaker of the year, or a Division Photographer of the Year he/she would not be eligible for this award.

Winners

2013:   Rob Kline
2014:   Marie Algieri-Goldgrub
2015:   Luba Citrin
2016:   Rhonda Starr
2017:   Katie Mak

President’s Award

Awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the club in the current season, irrespective of competitions. The recipient or recipients are determined by the President.

Winners

2013:   Joe Leduc, Lance Gitter, Kathy Constantinou, B Dass, Larry Rezka, Mark Girard
2014:   Judi Martin
2015:   Ron Goodlin
2016:   Lil Shneidman
2017:   Mark Girard, Lance Gitter, Judi Martin, Josie Stauffer

Digital Image of the Year Trophy

The trophy for The Digital Image of the Year Trophy will be selected by a panel of accredited judges from all of the digital images from the five competitions ( Assigned, Pictorial or Natural Things )  placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd or scoring at least 24 points if they didn’t place as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Winners

2014:   Arjuna Somaskandan
2015:   Jeff O’Brien
2016:   Josie Stauffer
2017:   Ed Orendorff

Print of the Year Trophy

The trophy for The Print of the Year Trophy will be selected by a panel of accredited judges from all of the prints that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, or scored 24 points or more,  in the three print competitions.  The original eligible prints must be resubmitted to the competition committee by the established deadline in order to be included in the judging session. A winner, runner up and 2 HM’s will be chosen.

Winners

2014:   Ron Goodlin
2015:   Rob Kline
2016:   Luba Citrin
2017:   Isabel Kelly

Phoenix Trophy

The Phoenix Trophy will be selected by a panel of accredited judges from members’ entries submitted by the established deadline. Each member will be entitled to submit up to 3 images of the same format in which they submitted them to any of the five digital assigned/pictorial/natural things competitions and the three print competitions during the current season. Eligible images will be those which are not eligible for either the Print of the Year or the Digital Image of the Year Trophies. This is known as a “second chance” competition. A winner, runner up and 2 HM’s will be chosen.

Winners

2014:   Luz-Elena Espinosa
2015:   Josie Stauffer
2016:   Judi Martin
2017:   Ken Alexander

Nature Trophy Competition

The Nature trophy will be awarded for the best aggregate score of four nature images. The concept is for the entrant to demonstrate proficiency and knowledge as a nature photographer for this trophy competition. An entry requires variety in subject matter, specifically no more than three images may be in any one category of Botany, Zoology or General Nature. Winner and Runner Up placements will be awarded for each skill level. HM’s may be awarded at the committee’s discretion.

Winners

2013:   Kathy Constantinou and Lance Gitter
2014:   Rob Kine
2015:   June D’Souza
2016:   Ron Goodlin
2017:   Nicholas Tian

PhotoEssay Trophy

A Photo Essay is a presentation of a selection of images on a topic, and it may have an audio track.  Photo essays may use any number of still images, and, while the emphasis is on still images, video clips are permitted.  The sound track may include narration, music and sound effects. A single photo essay represents many hours of work, so RHCC has one such competition each year.

Winners

2013:   Lance Gitter
2014:   Sunchie Yang
2015:   Mark Girard
2016:   Ron Goodlin
2017:   Isabel Kelly