Tacoma Photographic Society 2016 Awards

Mt St. Helens Paintbrush
Mt St. Helens Paintbrush

I’m almost over the writers cramp from signing 80 plus award certificates on Saturday. Between Service Awards, Rank Advancement Awards, and Annual Competition Awards…

Next year its going to be a digital image signature. – putting it into the to do list now –

Some other things that need to go into the to do list:

  • When there are 120 projected images, a slide show would be nice
  • When I build the slide show, I should add the makers name
  • Don’t use bleeding edge technology!

So, no, I am not going to show you all of the images. I don’t have the authorization to do that. I will however share the results here. Some of these images are posted on the Society’s web site in this Gallery.


I did do a few things right.

  • a well affixed image ID on the back of each print
  • a nice label on the corner of each print
  • Displaying the winning projected images in PowerPoint with the title & maker’s name.
  • splitting each division, projection and print, in half to award more ribbons

So, let’s look at the results…


Projection Division

Group 1 Group 2 Total
Photographers 10 8 18
Images 58 62 120

Print Division

Group 1 Group 2 Total
Photographers 8 8 16
Images 46 52 98

To create this distribution, I took the average of each photographer’s judged score for the year and sorted the list on that value. Then, I found where there was a reasonable half way split. Low average was Group 1, high average was Group 2.

Because I took a simple average, those photographers who had great scores, but few entries during the year, tended to average high. This resulted in those photographers falling into the more advanced group. Ah well, better luck next year. Will enter more prints!


The Winners

Projection Division Group 1

Photographer Image Title Place Citation Award
Maria DeKoker Mini Falls First
William Bud Harris Night landing Second Outstanding Use of Color
Richard Price Moon Glow Third
Kenneth Skaught Camilia Honorable Mention
Maria DeKoker Crock Honorable Mention
William Bud Harris Dockside Honorable Mention Outstanding Creative
Heather Mack Floating Prayers Honorable Mention
Douglas Hall Hnausapollur Lake Area #1 Honorable Mention
Maria DeKoker Milky Way Honorable Mention

###Projection Division Group 2

Photographer Image Title Place Citation Award
Tim Clifton Offering First Outstanding Nature
Tim Clifton Flower Talk Second
Dan Suckow Morning Shower Third
Dan Suckow Happy Talk Honorable Mention Outstanding Photojournalism
Tim Clifton More than a Mouthful Honorable Mention
Tim Clifton Taking the Plunge Honorable Mention
Bruce Benson Umptanum Bluebird Honorable Mention Outstanding Portrait
Judi Kubes Wildflower Glory Honorable Mention Outstanding Pictoral
Tim Clifton Wing Drag Honorable Mention

Print Division Group 1

Photographer Image Title Place Citation Award
Dorinda Wills Marty First
Dick Knudson Brunneau Dunes Second
Dorinda Wills Power Match Third
Dorinda Wills 2000 Pounds of Trouble Honorable Mention
William Bud Harris Teamwork Honorable Mention
Kenneth Skaught Waughop Duckling Honorable Mention
William Bud Harris Snowy Day Honorable Mention
William Bud Harris Gray Day Honorable Mention
Dorinda Wills Bass Harbor Head Light Honorable Mention

Print Division Group 2

Photographer Image Title Place Citation Award
Dan Suckow Conflict First Outstanding Nature
Victor Dallons Tacoma Yards Second
Douglas Hall Running Horses Third
Dan Suckow Hangin’ On Honorable Mention Outstanding Photojournalism
Dan Suckow Harmony Honorable Mention Outstanding Contemporary
Dan Suckow Surprise Honorable Mention Outstanding Tonal Contrast
Victor Dallons Lupines Honorable Mention
Douglas Hall Old Growth Forest Honorable Mention
Douglas Hall The Aurora Show Honorable Mention

Our Congratulations to all!

Three Ducks in a Row
Three Ducks in a Row

No, my images were all also ran. Better luck next year.