David Ferguson was honored as Photographer of the Year, and also captured top honors in the three major categories, Color Prints, Monochromatic Prints and Digitally Projected Images.
Eillene Kirk took top honors in two of the categories, including Photograph of the Year for her photo, “My Cup Runneth Over.” She also won Digitally Projected Image of the Year for the photograph.
Ferguson’s Color Print of the Year award was for “Sun Reflected on Oil” and the Monochromatic Print of the Year award was for “Classic Lines.”
The awards were presented at the photography club’s ninth annual awards presentation and Christmas party, which included a print exchange for members. About 50 members were in attendance.
“The awards are a culmination of the monthly competitions throughout the year,” said Kim Bates, club president. “We have them each month and we have competent photographers come in and critique the photographs, and then have a judge at the end of the year comes in.”
Bates said the competition is a chance to learn and improve their photography skills for the members of the club.
“The competition works well for some people, but the critiques are a chance to learn. It is an educational opportunity and a chance to honor those who are consistently doing a good job,” Bates said.
The group also voted at the meeting to donate $600 to the Cherokee Arts Center, which is home to the Cherokee Photography Club.
The Cherokee Photography Club was established in 2004 and now has about 140 members. Meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center in Canton.
In addition to the completion, activities include photo field trips and other educational opportunities, Bates said.
The club website is www.cherokeepc.org.