Photography Club overcomes Covid setbacks

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From staff reports

Twice a year, members of the Photography Club of Beaufort submit their best photos in competition among their peers. This year, the club – meeting monthly via Zoom – found the process of judging needed to be more creative.

Normally the club chooses judges who are in the geographic proximity of Beaufort. In October, since the club was meeting virtually, competition chair, Sandy Dimke realized that they could uses judges from anywhere in the country, or in this case, North America.

The club selected the best three judges available on the night of the competition. The 2020 judges were Jeff Amberg, a commercial photographer from Columbia; Donald Brown, a landscape photographer from Charlotte; and Viki Gaul, a nature photographer from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The group of international judges had the opportunity to review the images a few days prior to the judging and came prepared to cast their votes.

Winners this year were:

Novice – 1st place: Dave Gottschall for “Heron Through the Looking Grass”

Intermediate – 1st Place: Karen Norwood for “It’s Cold.” Also receiving awards in this division were: Peter Ferrier for “Doll at Old Car City”, Jim Bright for “Fire on the Lake” and Jack Beaucaire for “Dragonfly.”

Advanced – 1st Place: Bob Norwood for “Monks at Play.” Also receiving awards in this division were: Rich Matheny for “Let Go My Shrimp”, Karen Gottschall for “Painted Bunting” and Gregg Hunt for “Rice Field Trunk.”

Expert – 1st Place: Joan Eckhardt for “Golden Hour.” Also receiving awards in this division were: Lynn Long for “Off to Dinner;” Paul Nurnberg for “Daniella” and Randy Thompson for “Laotian Rice Paddy.”

The club will meet virtually the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. through Spring 2021 when hopefully life will begin to return to normalcy. For more information, visit

Top of page: “It’s Cold” by Karen Norwood