"Giving Thanks to Our Heros" - Roderick Murray
The competition was stiff when Peter Perreira joined the WCCC meeting on April 7 to judge the 50 images submitted by members for the 5th Annual Photojournalism event. As always, Peter offered a wealth of ideas and suggestions in critiquing the submitted images. A gallery of the winning images is displayed on the Home Page.
Congratulations to all of the winners, listed below, for the excellent work:
1st: "Giving Thanks to Our Heros" - Roderick Murray
2nd: "The Big Haul" - Roderick Murray
3rd: "Chinatown"- Nina Mach
HM: "Tree Climber"- Dianne Camacho
1st: "Playing Outside"- Janine Simmons
2nd: "Mt. Washington"- Jeff Jenkins
3rd: "Say Their Names"- Amanda Leeland
HM: "Street Rally"- Janine Simmons
HM: "Palm Pruning"-Norm Buck
HM: "Mayflower Support"- Carole Mahaney
1st: "Keeping Company"- Rich Castenson
2nd: "Watch Your Step"- Rich Castenson
3rd: "A Large House"- Jim Mahaney
HM: "Walking My Cart"- Jim Mahaney
HM: "Moving Day"- Margie Joseph
HM: "A Cultural Celebration"- Paula Xavier
"Reflections"; Robert Kowalczyk
The club's Feb. 17 digital competition was open-themed, and was judged by Lisa Cuchara. Winning images are displayed on the Home page, and are listed below.
1st: Russell Whynacht- "Angel"
2nd: Carole Mahaney- "Galway Rain"
HM: Sarah Pinheiro- "Pilot Boat"
1st: Paula Xavier- "Plymouth Boat Harbor"
2nd: Deborah DeWolfe- "Soft Reflections"
3rd: Joanne Humphrey- "Snowy Day at Westport"
HM: Keri Deptula- "Cottage by the Sea"
HM: Brian Santerre- "Library"
1st: Robert Kowalczyk- "Needlepoint Work"
2nd: James Mahaney- "Uncle Tim's Bridge"
HM: Rich Castenson- "Are We Alone"
1st: Carole Mahaney- "Brigid's Blessing"
2nd: Sarah Pinheiro- "Old Boat"
HM: Debbie Bowers- "Bolt"
1st: Kelly Smith- "Snack Time"
2nd: Paula Xavier- "Fairhaven Marina"
3rd: Deborah DeWolfe- "White Egret Fishing"
HM: Scott Henderson- "A Mother's Touch"
HM: Janine Simmons- "Pelican"
1st: Robert Kowalczyk- "Reflections"
2nd: Jerry Lamothe- "January Day"
HM: Pat Bethel- "Good Ole USA"
"NYC Fabric Handler"; James Mahaney
The club's Jan. 20 digital competition focused on "Street Photography, and was judged by Arthur Vaughan. Winning images are displayed on the Home page, and are listed below.
1st: Debbie Bowers- "Lucky"
2nd: Janine Simmons- "Two Men"
HM: Diane Camacho- "Lost Calf"
1st: Scott Henderson- "Generations at the Market"
2nd: Paula Xavier- "The Big Catch"
3rd: Donna Berthelette- "Prayers for a Safe Toy Run"
HM: Judy Buckley- "Blacksmithing"
HM: Pat Bithell- "Fresh Catch"
1st: Jim Mahaney- "Traffic Split"
2nd: Hugh Fanning- "Wedding Guests"
3rd: Rich Castenson- "Wait for Me"
HM: Chris Rosperich- "Private Call"
1st: Janine Simmons- "Buying Bagels"
2nd: John Souza- "Mr. Clean"
HM: Russell Whynacht- "Colonnade"
1st: Paula Xavier- "Just Doing My Job"
2nd: Brian Santerre- "Road Girl"
3rd: Norm Buck- "Walking in the City"
HM: Donna Berthelette- "Wild Ride"
HM: Joanne Humphrey- "Joy of a Bird in Hand"
1st: Jim Mahaney- "NYC Fabric Handler"
2nd: Chris Rosperich- "City Biking"
3rd: Jerry Lamothe- "Lucky Day, Maybe"
HM: Hugh Fanning- "PTown Celebration"
Christine Rosperich; "Manhattan"
The club held its second digital competition on December 2. The open-themed event included entries in both Color and Black&White categories, and was judged by Scott D'Amato of the Cape Cod Camera Club. Winning entries are displayed on the home page gallery, and are listed below:
Black & White
The club's first digital competition was held on Oct. 21, with a theme of "Nature". Roughly half of the club's members submitted entries in the Wildlife and Landscape categories. The competition was judged by Robert Singer, from the Cape Cod Art Center. Congratulations to all of the winners listed below:
1st Place: Scott Henderson; "Still Life"
2nd Place: Sarah Pinheiro; "Buttercups"
3rd Place: Debbie Bowers; "Forge Pond Frozen in Time"
Honorable Mention: Carole Mahaney; "Cliffs of Moher"
1st Place: Hugh Fanning; "Morning Marsh Grasses"
2nd Place: Jim Mahaney; "Driftwood"
3rd Place: Jerry Lamothe; "Among the Dunes"
Honorable Mention: Christine Rosperich; "Solitude"
Honorable Mention: Margie Joseph; "Jack's Cove"
Honorable Mention: Paula Xavier; "The Gazebo"
1st Place: Scott Henderson; "Grace & Balance"
2nd Place: Janine Simmons; "Racoon Mom"
Honorable Mention: Keri Deptula; "Sunbathing"
1st Place: Pat Bithel; "Cackling Blackbirds"
2nd Place: Jerry Lamothe; "Snack Time"
3rd Place: Christine Rosperich; "Catch of the Day"
Honorable Mention: Hugh Fanning; "Green Heron"
Honorable Mention: Norm Buck; "Snipeshot"
First Zoom Meeting: September 2, 2020
The Whaling City Camera Club kicks off the 2020-21 club year with a Zoom meeting on September 2. A full calendar of activities is planned, including:
The club's third annual photojournalism competition was held on May 20 in our first Zoom competition. Peter Perreira judged the event, offering his critique of each image, along with suggestions on ways to potentially improve results through set-up, composition or post-processing. Making good use of the digital format of the online event, Peter frequently demonstrated alternate ways to crop and edit photos to increase the impact of the story told.
Members could submit up to two images (color or Black and White) in either the Basic or Intermediate categories. A complete list of the winning images is shown below; also see the gallery of winning images on the home page.
Basic Category Winners:
Intermediate Category Winners:
Following the Club's March 6 Zoom meeting with Peter Perreira, a small group of members descended on downtown New Bedford on Friday, May 8 to practice their photojournalism and street photography. Wearing facemasks and maintaining safe social distancing (generally), the group walked around the downtown area in the late morning to capture images that reflected on how the current pandemic is affecting the city.
There weren't many people on the streets, but we captured multiple images of those who came within our range. Expect to see some of these images at the Club's May 20 competition on photojournalism.
The March 4 meeting featured a digital competition for WCCC members. Entries were submitted in the Nature and Pictorial categories, and the event was judged by Scott D'Amato of the Cape Cod Camera Club. A complete list of winners is listed below:
Nature Category: Basic
My dedication to photography began in the late 1970s when I began working as a labor photojournalist at the Distributive Worker, the newspaper of District 65, UAW. I was handed a camera and a 50mm lens by the editor and instructed to write articles and document the struggles of the members of the union, their shops and communities. With the help of some photographer friends I began to learn how to use this new tool. I entered a whole new world!
Photography became a medium to express my dedication to the struggle for social and economic justice. New doors were opened to me. I wrote articles and made photos for Claridad the newspaper of the Puerto Rican Nation. I also worked for the Communication Workers of America newspaper in New Jersey – the State Worker.
No matter where I worked, the camera became my tool to tell the stories I saw and lived whether it was in the peace movement, the anti-apartheid struggle in the US and abroad, the workers fight for better working and living conditions and many other causes.
My vision has always been to promote the struggle for social and economic justice for workers, women, youth and all people of color through my images. I attempt to capture the majestic beauty of the environment to preserve it and combat those who would continue to destroy the future of our youth.
I am not just a documentarian of struggle, of the beauty and the fortitude of working people and people of color, but also a part of that struggle for equality and liberation. I work day to day to get better at my craft so that I can get better at telling this story.