Deserving Recognition

Images, articles and other recognition from outside organizations

We are honored that many of our TOPG members have been recognized for their fine photography.

Many TOPG photographers submit images to juried competitions outside the purview of the TOPG or S4C and have won many awards. Other TOPG members have had their images featured in magazines, and even some have written articles that have been posted in regional and Nationally-distributed magazines. The following galleries highlight and serve to recognize the skill of TOPG members. 

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14th Coachella International Exhibition of Photography

April 2021

(Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Exhibitions)

Five TOPG members entered the PSA 2021 Coachella International Exhibition of Photography, a two-show circuit sponsored by the Coachella Valley Desert Camera Club. Forty eight images were accepted into the two shows. Special recognition to Terry Miranda for receiving Best of Show and a Gold Medal (monochrome) for "Dear Covid." Steve Friedman received a Gold Medal for “Two Hands” (monochrome) as well as a Judge’s Choice for “Another Day at the Ticket Machine” (Photojournalism – Human Interest) and an Honorable Mention for “Clivia” (color – theme). Larry White received two Bronze Medals for “Graceful” (color – theme) in both circuits as well as an Honorable Mention for “Beginning to Bloom” (color – theme). Mike Macartney received a Judge’s Choice Award for “Las Vegas” (Photojournalism – Human Interest), and Hutch Hutchison received an Honorable Mention for “Take Home Dinner” (Nature – Wildlife). Congratulations to all five photographers.
S4C 2020 International Circuit

(Golden Sands and Whispering Palms Exhibitions)
Five TOPG members entered the S4C 2020 International Circuit Exhibition, the first annual two-show circuit sponsored by S4C. Our club members amassed a total of 82 acceptances from the two shows. Special recognition to Larry White for receiving Best of Show in the Monochrome Division, Olden Times Theme for "Paratrooper Ready" at the Golden Sands Exhibition and a Silver Medal for the same image at the Whispering Sands Exhibition. Larry White also received an Honorable Mention for "Harmonious Hues" in the Color Division. Hutch Hutchison received a Silver Medal for "The Colonel" at Whispering Palms as well as a Bronze Medal for "Mono Lake Window" at the same exhibition. Hutch also received an Honorable Mention for "Cowboy Poet" at Golden Sands. Steve Friedman received a total of two Judge's Choice Awards for "Goldfield Antiques" and "The Order Desk," both in the Monochrome Division, Olden Times Theme. Pete Scifres received two Honorable Mention awards, one for "Brains Reflected B&W" and the other for "NEOWISE Over Red Rocks," and Mike Reyburn also received two Honorable Mention awards, one for "Olympic Jungle" and one for "And I'll Miss You." Congratulations to all five photographers.

13th Coachella International Exhibition of Photography

April 2020

(Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Exhibitions)

Six TOPG members who submitted images into this year's Coachella Exhibition were accepted as finalists. From that group, TOPG members received 2 Best of Show Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 4 Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to Pete Scifres for receiving Best of Show Gold Medal in the Nature General Division, Debra Suterko for receiving a Best of Show Gold Medal in the Photojournalism General Division, Hutch Hutchison for receiving a Silver Medal in the Photojournalism General Division and Steve Friedman a Silver Medal in the Photojournalism Human Interest Division. Congratulations to Hutch Hutchison and Terry Miranda for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Photojournalism General Division and Steve Friedman for receiving 2 Honorable Mentions in the Photojournalism Human Interest Division.
Lofoten Portfolio Pete Scifres received a "Silver Distinction" from the Photographic Society of America for his portfolio, "Winter in the Lofoten Islands."  Pete's Statement of Intent for this portfolio: "Images with fantastic skies, fresh snow, empty beaches,colorful homes, and impossibly steep mountains show Norway's Lofoten Islands in their most dazzling and captivating season."

From the PSA website: "To earn a Portfolio Distinction, a photographer produces a body of work that reflects his/her personal styles and photographic interest and submits it for review. A photographer may earn three levels of Portfolio Distinctions, each requiring a higher degree of both creative talent and number of submitted images." The Silver Distinction requires the photographer submit 15 images and already have a Bronze Distinction from a previous portfolio.
Ventura Land Trust
2019 Photography Contest

VLT Logo Est 2003TOPG's images that were selected as finalists.

Congratulations to the following photographers who were finalists in the Ventura Land Trust's first annual photo competition: Ron Bosi, Steve Friedman, Roy Patience, Chris Chase, Crystal McAbee, Larry White, Mike Reyburn and Phil Chandler.

Ventura County Fair
2019 Photo Contests

VCFair logoTOPG's Award Winning Images.

Congratulations to all TOPG members receiving awards.

Special congratulations to Terry MIranda for receiving the Sweepstakes Award for highest total points.
Beneath the Milky Way Portfolio Pete Scifres received a "Bronze Distinction" from the Photographic Society of America for his portfolio, "Beneath the Milky Way."  Pete's Statement of Intent for this portfolio: "Who among us – while standing outdoors at night -- has not gazed up with awe and wonder at the quiet abyss of dust clouds and glittering, uncountable stars of our Milky Way galaxy? And has not marveled at the splendor of beautiful and remote spots on our planet? These two elements in the same image show a different perspective of both, and a greater whole."

From the PSA website: "To earn a Portfolio Distinction, a photographer produces a body of work that reflects his/her personal styles and photographic interest and submits it for review. A photographer may earn three levels of Portfolio Distinctions, each requiring a higher degree of both creative talent and number of submitted images." The Bronze Distinction is the first PSA portfolio a photographer submits and requires 10 images.