2015 photography awards announced by Nevada County Camera Club | TheUnion.com

2015 photography awards announced by Nevada County Camera Club

Peter Mason's photograph, "Ancient Bristlecone Pine."
Peter Mason | Submitted photo

Peter Mason, a newcomer to Nevada County, was announced as the winner of the Best Photo of the Year by the Nevada County Camera Club at its annual awards dinner on Jan. 23. Mason’s photo, “Ancient Bristlecone Pine,” was selected by club members out of approximately 700 photos submitted by members throughout the year. In addition, winners for eight different photo categories were announced.

“This was taken of a prominent bristlecone pine in the White Mountains while I was leading a Sierra Club trip for its Camera Committee last August,” Mason said. “It is always fun trying to coordinate 15 photographers at the same site. We picked the specific date and location for the shot with no moon so that the light of the Milky Way would be more pronounced. The pine was illuminated by an LED flat panel while capturing the Milky Way with a 15-20 second exposure.”

Other award winners announced on Saturday night included: Barbara Summers, for best Assigned Subject, “The Journey”; Mike Shea for best Black and White, “Corn Lilys”; Ed Sylvester for best Color, “Ghostly Window on Main Street”; Peter Mason for Best Nature – Landscape, “Ancient Bristlecone Pine”; Dave Connell for best Nature – Wildlife, “Humpback Whale”; Laura Greenman for best Photojournalism, “Out of Control”; Tony Finnerty for best Technical, “Rosette Nebula 135 minute stack”; and Ed Sylvester for best Travel, “Wedding Photo – China.”

The awards are based on votes from camera club members. Each month, members submit photos to be critiqued during the meetings and for a later vote. From the top monthly winners, members vote for the best photos of the year. All the submitted photos can be viewed on the Nevada County Camera Club website as well as the award winners at http://www.nccameraclub.com.

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