• All photographs must be flush mounted on black foam core with a total perimeter dimension no larger than 60 inches.

  • Matting, frames and glass are not permitted. 

  • Entries are limited: First come first served. Please email Jill Mitchell at: to register-noting the specific class.

  • An exhibitor may make only one entry in a class and may enter only one class - unless it is not filled. If classes are filled members may enter the ‘for exhibit only’ class which will not be judged but a point will be given for entering.

  • If plant material is identifiable provide the botanical and common names. See for more information.

Congratulations to the Winners of the February 2020 Photography Show - Life in the Garden

Congratulations also on receiving a Judges' commendation!

This show is in memory of our dear friend and member of Stony Brook GC, Leslie Kuenne, whose love for nature still inspires us through her photography and art. She will always be in our hearts, our gardens and daffodils. 

BEST IN SHOW: Julie Tennant for her incredible photograph of a dragonfly.

CLASS 1. “Residents, Guests and Interlopers”. 

                 1st      Julie Tennant     *** Best in Show, Novice Award     

                2nd      Cindy Besselaar         

                3rd      Anastazja Panek-Tobin    

               H.M.     Jill Mitchell         

CLASS 2. “Constructing Beauty” 

               1st     Louise Wellemeyer        

               2nd    Laura  Hanson              

               3rd     B.J. Booth                     

               H.M.   Sarah Shannon             


CLASS 3. “Winter Tale” 

                1st    Irina Clark                      

               2nd   Nell Haughton               

               3rd   Danielle Bentsen           

              H.M.   Harriette Brainard        

February 2020 Photography Show - Life in the Garden

CLASS 1         “Residents, Guests, and Interlopers” 

                         Color, macro or close-up photo of an insect, bird or other animal in a garden

                         (no pets)


CLASS 2         “Constructing Beauty” 

                        Color photo of a garden including an architectural element (i.e.trellis, terrace,

                        pergola, gate, water feature, collection of urns, etc.)

CLASS 3         “Winter Tale” 

                          Black and white photo capturing/showcasing textures, lines or light in


Each class will be limited to 7 entries.

Send or deliver entries to Jill Mitchell no later than Monday, February 3rd. Entries will be hung in the gallery on Friday, February 7th and judged on Monday, February 10th.

February 2019 Photography Show - Lives of Plants

CLASS 1         “New Beginnings” 

                        Color, macro photo of a flower bud or a small botanical specimen in its early stages.         


CLASS 2         “In All Their Glory” 

                        Color, landscape photo of a tree or group of trees. 


CLASS 3         “Nature's Bounty” 

                        Color, still life photo of a collection of fruit, vegetables or seeds. 


CLASS 4          For Exhibit Only.  Any photograph taken by a family member of a SBGC

Congratulations to the Winners of the Photography Show - Where Land Meets Water

BEST IN SHOW: Anastazja Panek-Tobin for her amazing close-up of a spider’s web:

CLASS 1     "Landscape"

1st     Kathy Herring

2nd     Karen Laub

3rd     Lisa Granozio

HM      Katy Kinsolving


Class 2 “Up Close and Personal”

1st     Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2nd     Laura Hanson

3rd     Anne Gates

HM      Jill Mitchell


Class 3 “Mood & Movement”

1st     Joyce Johnson

2nd     Cindy Besselaar

3rd     Susan D’Amour

HM      Merrill Long

HM      Andrea Meyercord


Winners in the February 2017 "Landscape Show

Class 1 "Sweeping"

1st Ashley Lyu

2nd Rona MacInnes

3rd Karen Laub

HM Gail Denise


Class 2 "Formal"

1st Molly Schneider

2nd Sue Plambeck

3rd Lisa Granozio

HM Katy Kinsolving

HM Rona MacInnes


Class "Inner"

1st Lisa Granozio

2nd Leslie Kuenne 

3rd Anastazja Panek-Tobin

HM Cindy Besselaar


Best in Show - Lisa Granozio


The judges were impressed with the show. They were especially impressed with Class 3 and commented it would be a hard class to judge as all the images were terrific. Our notes focused individually on the images but some themes that were repeated often: "Members did a wonderful fob fulfilling the Class""Beautifully balanced, wonderful perspective and movement"They were delighted to present "Best in Show" to Lisa with the comment "This is truly artistic and distinguished photograph".

Photography Workshop Photos

We had such a great walk-through Abbot Marshlands today. Mary Leck gave us photography tips, and took us on a beautiful tour. She talked about the Marsh's Native American history but focused mostly on plants and the Eco-system at the marsh - pointing out native plants, invasive plants and even pulled duck-weed from the water to show us the varying species. She cut and sliced open a marsh rice reed and opened the pods of the yams plant explaining its' medicinal properties- so we had a bit of a plant study course which everyone enjoyed! We were also lucky to see the colorful chicken of the woods mushroom(orange and yellow in pic).

Photography Hints and Things to Consider:

Ambience (as distinct from "ambient light"), a photographer is referring to visual elements in a photograph that captures the mood, character or feeling of a place or thing – a visual element that allows one to recall the emotion of a scene.

The Quintessential Moment – One way to capture ambiance is through timing your shot to capture the moment that best encapsulates a scene. Some examples of this could be when a bird is on the verge of taking flight from a nest.

Think Backgrounds – Often the context of a subject can be essential to emphasizing its place and backgrounds can be very useful in establishing context. 

Take Advantage of Surrounding Items – The items in a scene can often add as much to the emotive nature of an image as the subject itself. 

Think About the Lighting – While it's difficult to generalize here, lighting can have a great effect on the visual emotion of a scene. Harsh lighting can work, but it's easier to create a moody effect with softer light. In fact, the term "ambient lighting" usually refers to the soft and diffused light which illuminates a scene without casting harsh shadows. Look for ways to make the light a little softer or shoot at times of the day when you're more likely to be able to take advantage of light that isn't so harsh."

Exhibiting Guidelines for Photography

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