More than 160 people attended the opening reception last Friday for the “Community Photography Show,” the latest exhibit at The Joe Center for the Arts.

The exhibit includes 140 photographs from photographers across the Forgotten Coast and as far away as Tallahassee.

“It was a very successful opening, the room was full,” said Debbie Hooper, one of the judges for the exhibit’s awards. “We had a lot of very good photographs.”

The Photographers Choice award was given to Carmel Dodson, a retired teacher from Port St. Joe Elementary, who picked up a camera as therapy while undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

Best in Show was captured by James Daniels, his photograph titled, “Weathered Pier.”

Hooper and Richard Trahan judged photos in four different categories: Landscapes and Seascapes, Nature, Sunrises and Sunsets and Creative.

Ribbons were awarded for the top three submissions in each category.

“They had a difficult decision when it came time to award the ribbons,” said Marcy Trahan, organizer for the photography show.

The awards:

Best of Show : Weathered Pier by James Daniels

Photographers Choice: Angelic Egret by Carmel Dodson

Creative: 1. Apalachicola Sepia Boats by Ron Rudolph; 2. Mitch Salter for Super Blue Blood Moon; 3. Cheryl Ploegstra for 366 Days of Dogs.

Landscapes/Seascapes: 1. Stormy Reflections by James Daniels; 2. Bob Barton for Bonita Bay Oak; 3. Laura Northen for St. Vincent Morning.

Nature: 1. Sunshine Bright by Marcy Trahan; 2. Rick Matela for Camouflage; 3. Janis Ramos for Tranquility.

Sunrises/Sunsets: 1. Cypress Sunrise by Carmel Dodson; 2. Nancy Thomson for Cape San Blas Sunset; 3. Gretchen Mayes for Patriotic Sunset.

Honorable Mentions: Bob Barton for Mrs. Pennywell, Dragonfly Photography for Egret Breeding Plumage, Ron Rudolph for St. Joe Bay, Elizabeth E. George for Homeward Bound, Vince Bishop for Barley Dolphin Spotting, Cheryl Ploegstra for Under Overstreet, Larry Anthony for Bayou Beauty, and Irene Sophia for Pitcher Plants.


The exhibit will continue through Oct. 4. The Joe Center for the Arts, located at 201 Reid Ave., is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday.

The Joe is free and open to the public.

There are also four photography presentations, also free, during the exhibit, the first three to be held 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET at The Joe.

Those are: Using Depth of Field by Richard Trahan (today), Composition tips and techniques by Marcy Trahan Sept. 20 and Photo Editing with DragonFly Photography by Laura Northen on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 27, 9-11 a.m. ET, Debbie Hooper will lead a photography field trip from Eagle Harbor in T.H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.