Camera club presents year-end awards

Submitted Photo Erich Linser, left, Brandy Banken, center, Jason Gemar (judge) hold the winning photo of Tony Meiers.

Monday, May 20, the Minot Camera Club held its annual banquet and award presentations at the Pizza Ranch in Minot. Jason and Amy Gemar of Gemar Photography had the difficult task of judging the “cream of the crop” photos chosen throughout the year.

Jason Gemar commented, “You are an extremely talented group of photographers, and it was a difficult job picking out the top ones.”

In the color division, Tony Meiers of Minot captured top honors with his photo “Stump Lake Sunset.” This photo was taken in North Dakota, near the South Dakota border. Altered Reality division winner was Brandy Banken of Minot with her composition of a Plymouth Deluxe placed on a background near Medora. There was a tie for first in the Monochrome division between Erich Linser’s “Froze but Wet,” taken along the shoreline of Lake Superior, and Brandy Banken’s “Home on the Range,” taken in western North Dakota on Highway 85.

Other camera club members who had photographs placing in the year-end competition were Steve Silseth and Betty Nordstrom of Minot, Tim Zeltinger of Glenburn, and Richard Debertin of Berthold.

Annual awards given out and their recipients were:

Submitted Photo Brandy Banken is shown with her three People’s Choice winning pictures.

Best of Show: Erich Linser, “Froze but Wet”

Outstanding Photographer of the Year: Brandy Banken

Lisa Eriksmoen Memorial Outstanding N4C Member of the Year: Betty Nordstrom

Eileen McEown Outstanding Member of the Year: Cory Hansen

Rosemary Debertin Outstanding First Year Member: Carol Crowdus

Submitted Photo Plaque winners, left to right, are Cory Hansen, Betty Nordstrom, Brandy Banken, Carol Crowdus and Erich Linser.

The Minot Camera Club is a group of shutterbugs – people who enjoy photography. The club meets the first and third Mondays of the month from mid-September through mid-May in the lower meeting room at the Minot Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m

The first meeting of the month is reserved for a program, education, field trip, or whatever the club is interested in. The second meeting is a monthly competition, in which a pre-determined subject is assigned to the members to shoot, and pictures are viewed and winners announced. The winning photos go into the year-end competition in May.

Officers for the 2019-2020 year are: President, Cory Hansen; Vice-president, Richard Debertin; Secretary, Tony Meiers; Treasurer: Nikki Paulsen; N4C Contact, Tim Zeltinger.

The club also had a People’s Choice competition this year, in which people brought and voted on their favorite photos in each division. Banken experienced a first for the club in having all three of the winning photos.

This summer the club will not meet but will stay active, displaying photos June 1 through June 30 at the Minot Public Library, going on a photo walk downtown on June 4 at 6 p.m., and entering photographs in the North Dakota State Fair in July.

Submitted Photo “Stump Lake Sunset” by Tony Meiers is Color Winner for Minot Camera Club.

Anyone interested in more information is encouraged to contact the club through its Facebook site or contact Hansen at 720-5766 or any member.

Submitted Photo “The Final Cruise” by Brandy Banken received first place in Altered Reality.

Submitted Photo “Froze but Wet” is Erich Linser’s Best of Show.