This page serves as a blog of sorts . . . featuring news pertaining to the Sparta Camera Club and its members. If you are a club member with some interesting updates about your photography and would like it to be considered for posting, please email administrators with your request.
  • Friday, August 02, 2013 1:06 PM | Deleted user
    Here is this year's poster for Expo! The poster features some great work by club members  – properly credited on the poster! The file is sized at 11x17. If you'd like a high-rez copy to print out and display in and around your local area, just email Paul at and I'll get you the file. 

  • Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:54 AM | Deleted user
    Sparta Camera Club is well represented at the current Sussex County Art and Heritage Council's 26th Annual Skylands Regional Juried Art Exhibit.

    The Skylands exhibit has become a benchmark for quality art shows in the New Jersey highlands. All artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit entries, and all media are accepted. This year 74 works of art were selected from over 200 entries by artists in the tri-state area and beyond and cash prizes totaling $3,000 were awarded. This year Lydia Viscardi, an art educator, gallery curator, and mixed media artist whose award-winning work is frequently on exhibition, was chosen to be the juror.

    Eleven members of the Sparta Camera Club had 18 photographs selected for the exhibit. Three of the twelve awards presented in the exhibit were given to members of SCC. 

    SCC members and photographs that were selected for the exhibit are:
    - Kathy Brennan-Hughes: "Junk" and "Uptown"
    - Poliana DeVane: "Enduring" and The Standoff"
    - Ron Douros: "Lost Burro Mine" and "Bridge View"
    - Don Freeman: "The Clearing Storm at Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon N.P" and "Misty Morn in Cayonlands N.P."
    - Trevor Hodgson: "Day Lily" and "Memories"
    - Marv Kaminsky "Before the Rain" and "Jellyfish"
    - Nicki McManus: "Chair"
    - Mark Miller: "Harbor Storm"
    - Gina Pierson: "Hedden Park in Pink" and "Rain Berries"
    - Jane H Rapp: "Water Feature"
    - Carol Trempor: "Waiting Game with Cat"

    SCC member that won awards are:
    - Mark Miller for "Harbor Storm" - The Anne H. Hanifan Memorial Award
    - Poliana DeVane for "The Standoff" - The Dr. John and Mrs. Katherine Bonner Award
    - Marv Kaminsky for "Jellyfish" - The Mr. & Mrs. Gelard Tedesco Award - for Photography

    The exhibit runs till June 1st at the SCA&HC Gallery, 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ.

    Congratulations to all the participating SCC members.
  • Friday, May 24, 2013 12:09 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to SCC's Zach Miller who earned a Distinction in Visual Arts Award at the May 14th Morris County Teen Arts Festival for his photograph "A Glimpse of Fluorescence".
  • Friday, May 24, 2013 9:34 AM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to SCC's Marv Kaminsky who earned an Honorable Mention at the ASMP-NJ 19th Annual Juried Photo Competition for his photograph "Rodeo Steer".
  • Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:35 PM | Deleted user
    Open "Print of the Year" Competition - May 22, 2013 - Results

    Beginner (36 prints entered)
    1st: "Jaguar" by by Jessica Goble (score 9)
    2nd: "Lemur" by Jessica Goble (score 9)
    3rd: "City Street Ink" by Emily Miller (score 9)
    HM: "Stairway to Nowhere" by Sam Cheung (score 9)
    HM: "Larry" by Urzula Brotherton (score 9)
    HM: "Rooster" by Urzula Brotherton (score 8)
    HM: "Herring Gull" by Jessica Goble (score 8)
    HM: "Alley Cat" by Jessica Goble (score 8)

    Intermediate (45 prints entered)
    1st: "After an Autumn Rain" by Retta Cheung (score 9)
    2nd: "Blue Collar" by Barbara Gellner (score 9)
    3rd: "Almost Home" by Barbara Gellner (score 9)
    HM: "Time Warp" by Eleanor Bortnick (score 9)
    HM: "Nature Reflects" by Eleanor Bortnick (score 9)
    HM: "Chinatown Street Scene" by Retta Cheung (score 9)
    HM: "Ethereal Ice" by Barbara Gellner (score 9)
    HM: "Pic Nik" by Mike Tracy (score 9)
    HM: "Solomon" by Mike Tracy (score 9)

    Advanced (33 prints entered)
    1st: "You're Out" by Mark Miller (score 9)
    2nd: "Kevin at the Altar of Learning" by Jonathan Rush (score 9)
    3rd: "Harbor Storm" by Mark Miller (score 9)
    HM: "Great Horned Owl in B&W) by Diane Brunovsky (score 9)
    HM: "America Strong" by Pam Cordts (score 9)
    HM: "Solitude" by Pam Cordts (score 9)
    HM: "No Running" by Mark Miller (score 9)

    "After an Autumn Rain" by Retta Cheung

    Congratulation to all the winners and congratulations to Retta Cheung for her Print of the Year win.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:40 AM | Deleted user
    In April voting took place for the 2013 SCC Annual book cover photograph. We had 43 votes spread across 69 images. At the April 24th club meeting the winning image was announced. And the winning image is….."After an Autumn Rain" by Retta Cheung. Retta took home 7 total votes to win the cover. 

    The book weighs in at 76 pages, will be perfect bound and have a cover price of $20.00. Book orders were taken by Paul Michael Kane and books will be distributed at the Business Meeting in June.

    Congratulations Retta.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:27 AM | Deleted user
    On May 1, 2013 the popular magazine Weird NJ released issue #40. In the magazine is a 4 page centerfold feature written by Sparta Camera Club's own Paul Michael Kane titled "Hollywood's History in Ogdensburg: Fox Film Vaults". The article includes 10 photographs of the Fox Film Vaults taken by Paul specifically for this article. 

    Weird NJ Magazine is on the news stands now. Please pick up a copy at your local news stand or bookseller.

    To tie into the release of the magazine, Paul also put out a free eBook called 10 Simple Steps to Better Photography. You can download that (for free!) at: 

    Congratulation Paul on your Weird NJ article and eBook release.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:09 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to the Sparta Camera Club Members who earned awards at The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council's 2013 CenturyLink Sussex County Photo Print Contest. 
    - Eleanor Bortnick: Honorable Mention
    - Mark Miller: Honorable Mention
    - Jane Rapp: 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:39 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to the Sparta Camera Club Members who earned ribbons at the St. Catherine of Bologna 14th Annual Photography, Art and Poetry Exhibit.

    - Paul Michael Kane: 1st Place in the Digitally Enhanced Category with his photograph "Byrd Theater".
    - Ron Douros: 2nd Place in the Architecture category with his photograph "Bridge View".
    - Mark Miller: 2nd Place in the Nature category with his photograph "No Running".
    - Poliana DeVane: 3rd Place in the Nature category with her photograph "Tranquility at the Sea".
    - Donna DeVane: Honorable Mention in the Still Life category and Judge's Choice Award with her photograph "Back in Time".
    - Marv Kaminsky: Honorable Mention in the Wildlife/Animals category with his photograph "Langurs".

    Winning photographs from the exhibit can be seen here:
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:45 AM | Deleted user
    The following link will bring you a file of the final results to our Expo Judging. Congrats to all the winners and kudos to all who entered. This was one of our strongest showings with some spectacular images!!

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