2017-2018 Cape Cod Viewfinders Competition Judges
September 20th Scott D’Amato
October 18th Dorene Sykes http://www.dorenesykes.com/
Dorene Sykes is recognized as a premier photographic artist on Cape Cod. Her artwork explores the harmonious relationship between people and their environment. A native of Michigan, Dorene studied at Germain School of Photography and Hunter College in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Her career progressed from budget analysis at the United Nations to customer support and marketing management at technology firms in greater Boston. She earned an MBA degree at Boston University.
In 2004, Dorene settled on Cape Cod and returned to her earlier dream of a career in photography. After freelancing for the Enterprise newspaper, she ran a successful portrait studio business through 2014, specializing in beach portraits of extended families. During this time she earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America of which she is a member. Dorene Sykes is recognized as a Master Artist by the Cape Cod Art Association, and many of her photographs have won awards in local and national shows. Doreen enjoys sharing her expertise in a variety of ways: teaching photography classes at Cape Conservatory, coaching students privately, speaking at camera clubs, judging club competitions, and being a juror at local art shows.
November 15th Ray Guillette
Ray has been photographing since he was a child, whose father had a strong interest in photography. Creativity has been one of Ray’s hallmarks, and his scenic photography is not only beautiful, but also really moving. Fortunately, the numerous productions Ray has created have been seen throughout New England, with a broad audience in the attendees at NECCC getting to experience the personal awe and joy of an extraordinary photographer. Ray’s years as a pediatrician have given him an insight into what makes children so endearing, and his “kid” photographs are delightful and unique. Marathon races are another of Ray’s favorite subjects, and his photos, again, are filled with soul. An avid film photographer, Ray admits only to having “gone digital” by way of having a cell phone with a camera component. Ray is a cofounder of a Film Photographers’ Assn., current President of NECCC, and a published photographer, lecturer/teacher, presenter, and judge, known throughout the eastern states.
Jen Kano http://www.jenkano.com/
Jen has been taking pictures since her parents gave her an old box camera (Kodak Duaflex I) when she was about seven years old. The camera was older than she and the first in a long succession of point-and-shoot cameras she would own over the next 50 years. She enjoyed taking pictures with every one of those cameras, but it wasn't until the dawning of the digital age that she really started to blossom as a photographer.
While she enjoys shooting a wide variety of subjects, she has a particular affinity for nature and wildlife, probably because she says, “I have always had a very deep appreciation for Mother Nature's artistry. I feel privileged to be able to capture some of her artwork through photography and strive to do it justice.”
Her work can be seen at the Cataumet Arts Center, and she is a Juried Artist Member in Fine Art Photography at the Cape Cod Art Association.
Betty Wiley http://www.bettywileyphotography.com/
Betty Wiley is an award-winning freelance photographer and instructor who resides on Cape Cod. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she has lived in the northeast for over 35 years. She leads photography workshops and teaches post-processing classes on the South Shore and Cape Cod. Betty is often a speaker for camera clubs and meet-up groups. Her images frequently appear in various publications including Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine and South Shore Living. Betty has published a book on Cape Cod for photographers.
March 21st Hazel Meredith http://www.meredithimages.com/
Hazel is actively involved in photography in the local, regional, and national arenas. She is a vice president on the board of the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC); secretary for the Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP); Council Services Director for the Photographic Society of America (PSA); monthly columnist for the PSA Journal’s Camera Club; Council News column; treasurer and webmaster of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club; and a member of the New Haven Camera Club.Her photos have won many awards and competitions in the past few years in both local club competitions and international salons. She has over 125 acceptances in Photographic Society of America (PSA) salons, and she has also received four bronze stars and two silver stars from PSA for her journalistic efforts. In 2008 she received an honors distinction of Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council (MNEC) during its annual conference and in 2012 received the PSA Service Award. In September, 2013, she was awarded an APSA distinction from the Photographic Society of America.
April 18th Rick Cloran
Rick is a sought-after judge and lecturer throughout the United States and Canada. Twice, Rick received the prestigious Kodak Kinsley “Glass Eagle” award, and his published work has appeared in Nature Photographer magazine and the Journal of the Photographic Society of America. His associations include Greater Lynn Photographic Assn. (having served as president and treasurer), PSA, North American Nature Photographers Assn., Mass Camera Naturalists and the former Yankee Photographic Society. Attendees of the latter’s Potpourri of Photography events in the fall and spring would have benefited from Rick’s presentations at these events. For his extensive judging, lecturing and administrative work in support of local, regional and national photographic organizations, Rick has been awarded the designations of FPSA (Fellow Photographic Society of America), EPSA (PSA’s Excellence in Photography for his exhibition record), and MNEC (Master Member of the NE Camera Club Council).
May 16th Andy Howard
Andrew K. Howard, a native Cape Codder, has been making photographs for over forty-five years. “Andy” has been teaching at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts for the past forty years where he is a Professor of Art and Co-Chair of the Art and Art History department. He has also worked commercially with clients such as IBM, Tenneco, Crown Plaza-Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Boston Whaler, Cape Dory Yachts, Safety First, and many others, making photographs for advertising and public relations.The recent focus of his work is the American West. He has traveled to and photographed numerous locations in Arizona, Utah, California, and New Mexico. Many of his recent photographs can be found on this website. Howard has also spent considerable time photographing in New England, particularly Cape Cod, and in Ireland, where he teaches Wheaton students. Through the Cape Cod Art Association, Andy teaches workshops on concept development, helping students reach their personal and professional artistic goals. He is a frequent judge for camera clubs and lectures on a variety of topics to organizations and clubs interested in photography. Andy’s work has won numerous awards and can be found in personal and institutional collections. Recently he curated and participated in the Cape Cod Art Museum’s exhibit “Contrasts: Varying Visions from Six Master Photographers.”