Camera club announces officers, decides topics for annual competition

The Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club has announced its slate of officers for the 2013-14 season, who assume their duties in October.

They are President Steve Whiting, Vice President Debra Snider, Secretary Judy Whiting and Treasurer Karen Tindor. Barb Momyer, assisted by Chris Horvath and Sam Rees, is the competition chair. Diane Bannister is the media representative. Andy Tindor, Don Roberts and Angela McClain are on the board of trustees, and Claudia Norris is an honorary permanent trustee.

A list of topics for the annual competition were voted on and announced at recent meetings. The competition is the most extensive contest of the year for club members with 15 categories for prints and six categories for slide entries. Members can enter three photos in each category. A few of the categories were combined to make room for two new categories in prints of “open” and “night photography.” Professional photographers and an art teacher will judge the contest.

Topics for each month for the upcoming season are: October, color red; November, country life; December, transportation; January, framing; February, vintage; March, reflections; April, fence; May, bokeh, in which the subject is in focus and the background is blurred; June, night cityscape; and July, light painting.

Anissa Wellington reported at the August meeting about a workshop and field trip Aug. 25 at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville that was attended by about 14 club members and guests. Professional nature photographer Michael Haritan presented a 30-minute lecture on nature photography, discussing settings and equipment to use.

Whiting announced plans for the club’s annual exhibit at the Fort Steuben Mall, which will be held Oct. 7-13 during mall hours.

Club members suggested possible future field trips to covered bridges in Ashtabula, an Amish farm, Cuyahoga Falls, Dysart Woods and Hocking Hills.

Snider suggested touring old mills in the area to take pictures before they are all torn down. At the August meeting, Rees mentioned he had attended a photography workshop in Pittsburgh, which he said was excellent. He also passed around a hardbound book of his photographs he had made at

At the September meeting, Momyer explained the procedure for entering photos in the annual competition.

Bannister gave a tribute to club member Gabe Rozsa, who passed away in August at 91 and was one of the founding members of the club in 1974. Rozsa continued being a wedding photographer up until around age 85.

For information about the Upper Ohio Valley Camera Club, there is a Facebook page and also information about the club can be found at

The new competition season will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church hall. The club welcomes people of all ages and all levels of photography experience. For information about joining, contact Whiting at (740) 546-4497.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Two Ridge Presbyterian Church, Wintersville. The next meeting is Tuesday.