November Submissions Night Winners

November’s theme was Portraits. See the winning photos here, as they get posted:

Theme Print
1st place: Italo Pino, Cory Brenner
2nd place: Jay Mann
3rd place: Brent Bromilow

Open Print
1st place: Catherine Page
2nd place: Italo Pino
3rd place: Anastasia Kawulych, HQ Ly

Theme Digital
1st place: Hedy Bach
2nd place: Al Popil
3rd place: Catherine Page

Open Digital
1st place: Al Popil
2nd place: Francoise Noel, HQ Ly, Mary Wagner
3rd place: Anastasia Kawulych

October Submissions Night Winners


October’s theme was Colour! In November, we’ll focus on portraits. See all the winning photos, in glorious colour, here:

Theme Print
1st place: Anastasia Kawulych
2nd place: Italo Pino, Brent Bromilow
3rd place: Barry Ryziuk

Open Print
1st place: Italo Pino
2nd place: Brent Bromilow (for two photos), Barry Ryziuk
3rd place: Al Morrison, Barry Ryziuk

Theme Digital
1st place: HQ Ly
2nd place: Steve Pedersen
3rd place: Brent Bromilow, Brent Beach

Open Digital
1st place: Brent Bromilow
2nd place: Al Popil (for two photos)
3rd place: HQ Ly




This month, our guest speaker is Jens Gaethje.  He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, skill, and talent.  He was born in Germany, but came to Canada when he was 34.  By this time, he had experienced a condition that rendered him visually handicapped.  While this halted his future as a graphic designer, it ultimately led him to explore his creativity in other methods, including music and dance.  Through determination, and later, technological advancements, he was able to find ways around his visual disability and discovered ways to pursue his visual arts and fine art photography.  This week he will speak about “The Creative Spark – seeing the world differently”.

Please join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this talented artist and photographer. For more information, please visit his website:  He can also be found on Facebook and Instagram: JensGaethjePhotography.


September Submissions Night: “My Summer”

Kenn Collett's summer photo (1st place digital)

Ken Collett’s summer photo (1st place digital)

Our September theme of “My Summer” brought out a record number of participants, making it hard to choose amongst all the great photos. Looking forward to finding the perfect shot for these upcoming themes! Our themes for 2018-19 have just been chosen!

   October 2017: Colour!
   November 2017: Portraits
   December 2017: Banquet – no contest submissions but bring photos for a slide show
   January 2018: Night Scenes
   February 2018: Friendship
   March 2018: People at Work
   April 2018: Texture
   May 2018: Wet!

September 2018: Flora
October 2018: Out of Place
   November 2018: Landscape
   December 2018: None (Banquet)
   January 2018: Still Life
   February 2018: Doors
   March 2018: Abstract
   April 2018: Fence Line(s)
   May 2018: Reflections

September 2017 winners:

See the photos here:

Theme Print
1st place: HQ Ly , Dawn Kawahara
2nd place: Barry Ryzuik, Brent Bromilow
3rd place: Barry Ryziuk, Italo Pino

Open Print
1st place: Dawn Kawahara
2nd place: Sylvia Labelle
3rd place: Brent Bromilow

Theme Digital
1st place: Ken Collett
2nd place: Al Popil
3rd place: Gordon Michon (twice!), Hedy Bach

Open Digital
1st place: Al Popil
2nd place: Italo Pino, Wally Kruger
3rd place: Italo Pino, HQ Ly

October Guest Speaker Spotlight

I am pleased to welcome Mr. Bert Crowfoot as our guest speaker this week.

He is highly respected in many areas, and has graciously provided us with a brief biography:

Bert Crowfoot

Bert Crowfoot has two Indian names. His Siksika name is “Kiyo Sta’ ah” or Bear Ghost and his Kwakwaka ‘wakw name is “Gayutalas” or Always Giving. He was adopted by the Kwakwaka ‘wakw  at a potlatch in 2008, by Chief Adam Dick.

 Bert is a photographer with an intuitive eye developed over the past 30 years. Known for recording Aboriginal events and cultural knowledge through out North America, his travels always take him to new levels of perception. Most of Bert’s work is for sale with the exception of spiritual imagery.

Bert’s Siksika/Saulteaux cultural roots give him the inspiration to record and to preserve many spiritual practices with different nations. His images are taken with a highly respectful and sacred awareness of the protocols, sanctity and supernatural forces that are present in Indigenous spiritual rituals, nature and life. As part of this awareness, he believes these spiritual images are gifts to be shared with present and future generations to bear witness of the power of the Indigenous ways of life. Spiritual images cannot be sold.

 He is founder and CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA), General Manager of CFWE-FM, an Alberta-wide Aboriginal radio network and the Publisher of several publications including Windspeaker and Alberta Sweetgrass. AMMSA is Canada’s largest publisher of Aboriginal news and information and a recognized leader in Aboriginal communications in North America.

 Bert’s many honors over the years that include: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the province of Alberta; Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Individuals in Alberta” (2004); Venture Magazines “100 Entrepreneurs who built Alberta” (2005); nominated to CBC’s Alberta 100 list (2005) and inducted into the Aboriginal Walk of Honor in Edmonton (2006). He is the great great grandson of Chief Crowfoot who signed Treaty 7.

Please come join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this accomplished individual and learn a little bit more about his work and the culture that surrounds us here in Alberta and across the continent.

Please Welcome our First Guest Speaker for 2017/2018

Hello all, and welcome back after the summer break! We have rearranged September’s schedule a bit, and this week we will have Alexis Marie Chute joining us as a guest speaker! I am sure that we will have a wonderful evening as she speaks about the evolution of her photography practice over the past 15 years.

Alexis Marie Chute Expert Artist Author Photographer Infocus web

Ms. Chute has a wide educational experience, having traveled the world during her studies to institutions near and far. She is an experienced writer and photographer, having received a number of awards for her work, such as the 2015 John Poole Promotion of the Arts Award in Edmonton, and the 2014 winner for The Ultimate Photo Composition competition by Method Art Gallery. Ms. Chute was also cited in the 2013 Top 40 Under 40 in Avenue Magazine.

She is also the curator for the 2018 InFocus Photo Exhibit, which is currently accepting submissions until October 29th.

Please plan to join us for an enjoyable evening!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Summer Update

Hope you are out enjoying the weather! Over the summer, club members might get together a few times for Foto Friday outings, Field Trips, or casual photo outings. Feel free to send a message to the group if you would like to have people join you! You can contact Doug Poon, who will send out an email to the group, or send a message through the Facebook group.

June Banquet, AGM, and this year’s trophy winners

Our June banquet was a pleasant time to get together, go through the AGM, plan for next year, and recognize our Submissions Night winners. It seems like much of the executive will continue on, with some new faces for some of the volunteer roles. Please be in touch if you would like to help with any aspect of the club’s life! Thanks to the St. Albert Inn for their ongoing support, and for preparing the buffet. The 2016/17 category winners were as follows:

  • Print Theme: Barry Ryziuk
  • Print Open: Doug Petry
  • Digital Theme: Barry Ryzuik
  • Digital Open: Al Popil

Change for Submissions

There has been a change to the mat sizes allowed for submissions. The rules will be updated to indicate:   max mat size is 18x 24 inches.  Max size of the printed photos  continues to be 12 x 18.

May Submissions Night

This was our last submissions night of the year. May’s theme was “Industrial” . Keep your cameras busy over the summer, getting ready for next seasons’ themes!

Upcoming themes for 2017 – 2018:

   September: My Summer
   October: Colour!
   November: Portraits
   December: Banquet – no contest submissions but bring USB for a slide show
   January: Night Scenes
   February: Friendship
   March: People at Work
   April: Texture
   May: Wet!

May 2017 winners:

See the photos here:

Theme Print

1st place: Barry Ryziuk and Italo Pino
2nd place: Barry Ryzuik
3rd place: Catherine Page

Open Print

1st place: Catherine Page
2nd place: Jay Mann
3rd place: Italo Pino

Theme Digital

1st place: Doug Petry
2nd place: Brent Bromilow
3rd place: Ken Collett and Jay Mann

Open Digital

1st place: Ken Collett and Sylvia Labelle
2nd place: Doug Petry and Italo Pino
3rd place: Ken Collett and Barry Ryziuk

Submissions Night April 2017

April’s theme was “Ice”. See the photos here, especially if you are missing the cold weather!

Theme Print

1st place: Barry Ryziuk
2nd place: HQ Ly
3rd place: Doug Petry

Open Print

1st place: HQ Ly
2nd place: Doug Petry (2 photos)
3rd place: Barry Ryziuk, Catherine Page

Theme Digital

1st place: Brent Bromilow
2nd place: Doug Petry, Jay Mann, Barry Ryziuk
3rd place: Ken Collett, Irena Vlach, Jeff Wallace

Open Digital

1st place: Irena Vlach
2nd place: Jay Mann, Brent Bromilow
3rd place: Jay Mann, Al Popil

March Submissions Night Winners: Line

Photo Walk

photo by Catherine Page

Thanks to all who participated! March’s theme was “Line”. See the photos here:

Theme Print

1st place: Barry Ryziuk
2nd place: Gordon Michon
3rd place: Steve Pedersen

Open Print

1st place: Barry Ryziuk; Doug Petry; Sylvia Labelle
2nd place: Catherine Page
3rd place: Doug Petry, Dawn Kawahara

Theme Digital

1st place: Barry Ryziuk
2nd place: Catherine Page
3rd place: Brent Bromilow

Open Digital

1st place: Steve Pedersen
2nd place: Al Popil
3rd place: Brent Bromilow