2019 Photo Show Competition Award Winning Entries

The Photo Show competition is held in April each year with four entry categories:

  1. Visual Story
  2. Photo Essay
  3. Video Essay
  4. Graphic Design

Visual Story

Lynn Troy Maniscalo, "Life Is Too Short"

Visual Story Winner

We lost my 12-year-old grandson to the mitrochondrial myopathy that gradually destroyed every muscle and organ in his body from birth onward. With no cure available, a steady decline was inevitable, but we remember the many good times we were privileged to share with this happy child. On the anniversary of his death I gathered photos from some of those moments for family and friends. Then, for the DPS contest, I selected a few of them from various stages of his life and, since most DPS members did not know the story, I added a photo of his funeral and closed with a joyful image of Connor with the yellow flowers he loved.

~ Lynn Troy Maniscalo

Photo Essay

Dave Osberg, "You Gotta Believe"

Photo Essay Winner

“You Gotta Believe” is the story of a super-horse who tackles seven widely different venues, one each day of the week. Stay tuned for the amusing twist at the end. You can see this show plus my other past entries in the Delaware Photographic Society’s photo show competition at this location on my photography website. https://daveosberg.smugmug.com/Daves-Competition-Videos/i-wdvMHGK

Background: A little over a decade ago I began my journey in digital SLR photography by focusing a lot of attention on horses, as horses are beautiful to watch in action and there are so many interesting venues to explore and fascinating people to meet. Two of the several people featured in this show are harness racing “driver” Vic Kirby and thoroughbred racing jockey Rosemary Homeister. Vic played high school basketball with my oldest son, and I congratulated Vic after reading an article about him winning his 2,000th race about ten years ago at Harrington Raceway. Vic, who had grown up in Delaware’s trotters and pacers racing industry, invited me to his horse farm and personal practice facility near Harrington, gave me a tour of Harrington Raceway, got me in the car that pulls the motorized starting gate for some unique shots of harness racing for some practice races during the day and actual races in the evening, introduced me to his friends as we toured the facility and positioned me in an advantageous position on the final turn on the track. It was a great and highly educational day! With regard to Rosemary Homeister, I had photographed thoroughbred racing at Delaware Park several times and noticed that I had a lot of nice photos of Rosemary. I learned that Rosemary had raced in the Kentucky Derby in 2003 (the fifth female jockey to do so) and some fall seasons at Churchill Downs and was the second winningest female jockey in U.S. history as of ten years ago. I had not met her, but decided to make fifteen different 5x7 photo cards of Rosemary in action and gave them to her as she led her horse off the track after a race one day. She was very appreciative and invited me to meet her at 7 AM at Delaware Park for a personal almost three hour tour of the stables at Delaware Park as she chatted with many trainers checking out horses that she might ride in future races and arranging practice sessions with some of the horses. I gave her a large print of the “cover” photo of this show, which has won awards at some PSA photo exhibitions. Another fun day! Thus some special relationships led me to produce this show. I invented a little story in an attempt to make it entertaining and memorable. I produced this show in 2011, my second year as a member of the Delaware Photographic Society, and entered it in the 2011 DPS photo show competition where it took second place. I decided to reenter it this year, replacing only one photo from the original version. For the first time, the DPS photo show winner was selected by the audience, not by three judges, and I was fortunate to have won the popular vote.

~ Dave Osberg

Video Essay

Jon Guenthner, "Journey Drum Cover"

Video Essay Winner

My father, William Guenthner, asked me recently if I would be interested in submitting into the “Video Essay” category. I was immediately interested, having played the drums for approximately 35 years. It has been a passion of mine for most of my life; however, I did take a “vacation” for a few years while I was starting off on my piloting career and moving about the country. This is not the only drumming video I have created, but I did modify an existing song to meet the category requirements.

I have approximately 15 microphones on the drum kit. Audio is an incredibly important aspect and takes a majority of my time putting together. The microphones go into a digital mixer board that is wired into an iMac computer. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software on the iMac is “Studio One Professional” by Presonus. It is specifically designed for the musician and their ability to create a finished album. Once the performance is captured, I import the video from multiple devices (GoPro, iPhone, etc.) and the stereo audio track (WAV file) into Apple’s Final Cut Pro (FCP). I generally select camera angles that would be of interest to a drummer learning a song, always keeping that in mind during editing. The FCP software is incredibly powerful and I am still learning it after 6 months of use. I am able to directly upload and publish the final video into YouTube directly from FCP. I have seen other’s use this software for band performances, auto racing, piloting an aircraft, etc. You are really only limited to your imagination, producing any video performance.

I selected “Faithfully” by Journey because I thought it was a recognizable song that most in the club would be familiar with. The beginning of the song doesn’t include drums, so that was the first edit in the planning on the video entry. Also, I was limited to 2 minutes in the category and this amount of time was enough to capture Steve Smith’s (drummer for Journey at the time) “drum fill” in the middle of the song, which I really enjoy playing.

~ Jon Guenthner

Graphic Design

Bob McCaffrey , "How to Catch a Fish"

Spending several days cruising the waters of South East Alaska provided many opportunities to observe and photograph bald eagles catching prey. The adult eagles have the technique down to a science. Swooping and gliding, lining up on the target, the eyes never leave sight of the prey. Although the body and wings will assume all angles, even upside down, the head and eyes always stay level and focused. Finally, the bird glides toward the target and with a mighty swoop descends with the sharp talons extended to very firmly grab the prey and fly off to the trees where the meal will be well enjoyed.

Many, many fish captures were observed. In truth, not all the eagles in the poster are the same; however the main capture run is all one sequence from perfecting the glide path to the rapid ascent.

The idea for this photoshow print was in my mind in Alaska but was put together in the two weeks prior to the competition. I hope you enjoyed it.

All images taken with a Nikon D500 body, and Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens.

~ Bob McCaffrey