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Volume 26, Number 10 — October 2018

Awards Announced For the Highlands Camera Club Exhibit

Best in Show photo,
Best in Show photo, "Burkes Fall Lane," was taken by George Metcalf of Abingdon, Va.
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July 17, 2008

ABINGDON, Va. — Burkes Fall Lane, a digital color photograph taken by Abingdon's George Metcalf of the beauty of Burkes Garden in the Fall was selected by the viewing public to receive the "Best in Show" award in the Third Annual Highlands Camera Club's exhibit.

Held recently at the Arts Depo, Metcalf's winning photograph was selected from the 79 on exhibit. Other winners were as follows:

Black and White:

First Place: "Tunnel View" by Janice Snauko of Kingsport, Tenn.
Second Place: "Reflection" by Mary Harrington of Abingdon, Va.
Third Place: "Shadows at UVA" by Gwen Paton of Kingsport, Tenn.

First Place: "Burkes Fall Lane," a digital print by George Metcalf of Abingdon, Va.
Second Place: "Praying Mantis," a digital photograph by Myra Renault of Abingdon, Va.
Third Place: "Window Garden Sienna Italy", a digital print by Frank Renault, of Abingdon, Va.

The Highlands Camera Club was founded in November, 2005 and currently consists of about 20 members ranging in age from 18 to 80. While most of the members are from Abingdon, others in the club are from all around SW Virginia and NE Tennessee including both Bristols, Kingsport, Saltville, Damascus, Norton, St. Paul, and Chilhowie. The composition of the club ranges from just beginners with newly purchased digital cameras who want to learn more about photography, to the more advanced who are very willing to share their skills and experience with the newer members.

The club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Washington County Public Library. The meetings generally include constructive critiques of photos brought by members plus an educational program. Throughout the year field trips are taken to photogenic locales.

The primary goal of the club is to learn more about improving photography through discussion forums, field trips, training (both at club meetings and in the field), invitation of guest speakers to meetings to share, describe and show photography concepts through their work and experience. The more advanced club members provide training and discussion of photographic principles, composition, and lighting and Adobe Photoshop techniques for both color and black and white.

A few members still prefer to use a darkroom, and develop both their color and black/white pictures, but most of the members prefer using computers. The club recently purchased a digital projector, which will improve and enhance the methods for showing photographic works and providing training at the monthly meetings. Guests are always welcome at club meetings and field trips and look to future growth of the club. For more information on the Highlands Camera Club, please call club president Jim Cowan at 276-628-5905 or e-mail him at

"Tunnel View" by Janice Snauko of Kingsport, Tenn., who won first place in the black-and-white category.