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Twin City Camera Club's
 Annual Competition Results

The Annual competition is held at the end of each competition season to select the Top Three photographs from each of the competition divisions, Black & White Prints, Color Prints, Black & White Digital Slides and Color Digital Slides.  Competition entries that received an Honor or Acceptance are eligible for this competition. 

The Annual Competition Winners and the list of Scoring Results with the Tie-Breakers and Honorable Mentions can be found on the Annual Competition Winners page.


Things of Interest


2017 North Berrien "Through My Eyes"
Photography Contest

The North Berrien Historical Museum invites submissions of original photographs that capture the distinctive character of the North Berrien area for future generations.

Full contest rules and entry form can be picked up at the North Berrien Historical Museum, located at 300 Coloma Ave (across from the high school) or requested by email.
Questions:  269-468-3330 /

The deadline for entries: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Use this link to see the Contest Flyer 

Co-sponsored by North Berrien Historical Museum, Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce, and Twin City Camera Club

Box Factory for the Arts

15th Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC)

Photography Merit Award Winner

sponsored by

Twin City Camera Club

"Old Jerusalem" by Vasilisa (Lisa) Kiselevich
Chicago, IL and Buchanan, MI

TCCC Members Dennis Hafer, Dan Brant and Tom McCall, were the judges for the Twin City Camera Club sponsored Merit Award for Photography, included in the Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC) that runs from Saturday, June 17th. through Saturday, July 29th. at the Box Factory for the Arts.

The MAAC is a multi-media competition open to residents of Southwest Michigan, Northwest Indiana and members of the Berrien Artist Guild. 

Visit for more information


Follow-up information on the May Program from Eric Johnson

See the Program Information page for the follow-up information on the auto focus fine tune that Eric talked about during his May program on Wildlife Photography.

Check out Eric's website for some excellent photographs...


Members in the News 
Death of Life Member Curtis "Curt" Drake


Photo of the Month for the Year

Selections are now OPEN for the for the "Photo of the Month for the Year."

Go to the Photo of the Month page and Select One (1) Black & White photo and One (1) Color photo and get your votes in...  Send your picks to:

 Thanks ever so much to all of you for your votes!


Photo of the Month

Selections are now CLOSED for the June Photo of the Month.  The June Honors are on the current page.  Select One (1) Black & White photo and One (1) Color photo and get your votes in...  Send your picks to:

 Thanks ever so much to all of you for your votes!


Photo of the Month

Selected by the TCCC Members


June 2017 Photos

Black & White

Gary Huttenstine - Eagle Eye 3

Eagle eye 3 was taken at Howell Nature Center in 2014.  I shot it in camera raw on a bright overcast day using a Canon EOS T5i, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM zoom lens on a tripod.  Lens was maxed out at 300mm at f7.1, 1/25, ISO 100.
Post processing included conversion to black and white, some cropping, high contrast and clarity to increase detail and white balance set “as shot”.  Brought out the black tones a bit and the highlights slightly.  Even though it was misting, it was an enjoyable shoot.
Thanks to everyone who voted to include my black and white as photo of the month.  I appreciate it very much and am honored to be selected by such a talented group. 



Dennis Hafer - Spring Unfurling

Spring Unfurling was shot as a RAW file with a Canon EOS 7D camera and Tamron 180mm f:3.5 Macro lens.
Exposure: f:9.0 at 1/20 sec., ISO 100.

Processed in Photoshop changing the Contrast and Saturation. 


Photo of the Month

These photos are special, because they are chosen by the TCCC members themselves.
Starting with March 2013, we began asking the members to select what they consider the best "Photo of the Month", a Color and a Black and White photograph, chosen from the Prints and Digital Slides that were judged to be Honors in the monthly competitions.

Which one would you pick?

Go to the Monthly Honors page and see which ones you would pick as the best, would these be your selections?

Use this link:  

To see all of the current Season Photo of the Month selections go to the "Photo of the Month" and for Photos prior to the 2016 - 2017 Season go to the "Photo of the Month Archives" page.



Photo of the Month for the Year
2015 - 2016 Competition Season

The members have selected what they consider the best two (2) photos, a Black and White and a Color photograph, from all of the POM Winners that year, for the "Photo of the Month for the Year."

These are their selections.



Black & White

Maria Pelaez - Once upon a time

I created this image in Photoshop by combining four pictures taken with a Nikon D90, a 35 mm and a 18-135 mm lenses.

The picture of the tree was taken here in St. Joseph seven years ago, I thought it was a beautiful tree and needed to capture it.  Looking at my pictures I was trying to find an idea and discovered this tree was perfect to create something.  I was surrounded by books and decided it was a good idea to try the concept of a fairy tale..

After some time, I discovered a coherent perspective that allowed me to capture the right picture of the book using only natural light.

All of the pictures were stacked, desaturated and finally, added some tone.  The background of the tree was erased by using layers and a soft brush, then the clouds were blended in. Small birds were added in different sizes to get a balanced composition.



Spencer Hughes - Beach Chairs

Beach Chairs, was taken in Panama City, Florida.  We'd spent a week there on vacation, this was the last evening and I hadn't touched my camera all week.  So after forcing myself out of the pool, I grabbed my Canon T3i, and Sigma 10-20mm f3.5.  I arrived just before sunset and had moments to set up my shot, which admittedly included moving all the seat backs to the same level.

Processing was done in Lightroom.  Making adjustments to exposure with a graduated filter, adjusting the contrast and color.



The North pier lighthouse rehabilitation is completed.

North Pier is open to the public.

Taken July 31 2015 during construction.    Taken April 24 2016 nearly completed.

 The work is now completed and they are conducting tours of the lighthouses.

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center is offering scheduled public St. Joe Lighthouse Tours in the summer.  Contact the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center at (269) 983-1191.  Or go online to or for more information.


Check the City of St Joseph website

We support the Lighthouse Forever Fund



From the Annual Business Meeting

The newest Select Subjects:

These are the 2018 - 2019 Season Select Subjects as approved.
Select Subjects for 2018 - 19

Close up/Macro
Color "Purple" B&W "Texture"
Farm Scenes
Modes of Travel

We are trying an idea about using Close Up/Macro two years in a row to see how it works and to consider having it as a yearly subject like Creative and Nature



Twin City Camera Club's 2017 - 18 and 2018 - 19 Select Subjects

On March 7th. the TCCC Board approved the Select Subjects for the next two (2) Competition Seasons.

We want to express our thanks to all of the members that attended the Annual Business meeting and for their assistance in developing the Select Subjects.  We hope you enjoy searching out and photographing them and we wish you all the very best in the upcoming competitions. 

Be sure to read the Descriptions so that your entries comply with the requirements of the Select Subjects.

  Select Subjects for 2017 - 18

  Select Subjects for 2018 - 19

Select Subjects 2017 - 2018 Competition Season
SEPTEMBER – Churches
OCTOBER – Close-up/Macro
NOVEMBER – Long Exposure 2 seconds or more
DECEMBER – Graveyards
JANUARY – Creative
FEBRUARY – Red/ B&W Patterns
MARCH – Festivals
APRIL– Below the Knee
MAY – Portraits
JUNE – Nature


We plan on having workshops to assist the members in developing their skills to better prepare themselves in photographing some of the Select Subjects.  So please let us know which ones you would like us to cover.


If you have questions or need clarification on any of the Select Subjects, please call me.  269-983-5986



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