"Open to the Public-PSA Print Interclub Competition & Judging- No Critique"
by Larry Dunn, MNEC-Director
Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM

Round 1 of the 2023-2024 PSA PPD Interclub Print Competition will be held at GLPA on Saturday November 25, 2023. The judging will start at 10:00. Currently there are twelve clubs participating in the Interclub Print Competition, with four clubs from Great Britain, one from Canada, one from the UAE and one from Sweden. This reflects quite diverse photographic interests.
The PSA PPD Interclub Print Competition has five categories, Small Monochrome, Small Color, Large Monochrome, Large Color and Creative Altered Reality -CAR. The judging is done by a three-judge panel without critique. For Round 1, the Judges are Noreen Berthiaume, Michael Di Stefano, APSA, HonNEC and Art Vaughan, HonNEC.

Noreen Berthiaume has been a member of PSRI since 2009. She has been in the role of Vice-President, Communications Chair, and presently Digital Competition Chair and Board of Directors member. Noreen is presently in the highest class, AA, at PSRI and has won competitions for her black and white prints. She has been a past member of the Wickford Art Association and has volunteered at the annual Wickford Art Festival. She has also volunteered at three annual NECCC conferences. At the 73rd NECCC Conference, Noreen won Best Color Print, Seascape. At the 74th NECCC Conference, she won the Roslyn MacNish Memorial Award for Best Photojournalism, Digital Pictorial Image .She has taken classes at the RI School of Design, as well as online learning opportunities. Her photographic interests have included wedding and portrait photography, and boudoir and baby bump photography. Noreen's interests vary from urban decay to creative flower photography. Her new project is working to create a portfolio of creative, composite photos of flowers and texture backgrounds on Japanese Rice paper.

Michael Di Stefano, APSA HonNEC, is deeply involved in photography, originally an ‘old style’ film photographer. Now he has joined the high-tech digital world of Lightroom and Photoshop. Mike’s images have been exhibited domestically and internationally. He has earned many awards and recognitions and has judged four PSA International Exhibitions. Mike now has time for further exploration of photography now that he is retired. Some of his favorite endeavors are B&W printing, judging photography competitions, creating multi-media slide presentations, and presenting educational programs to help teach and promote photography.

Art Vaughan, HonNEC of North Andover, MA, has been active in photography for over 40 years. He worked for Western Electric, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Laboratories for just over 31 years before retiring in 2001. Over a twenty-five-year period he performed extensive work in Analytical Industrial Photography for microcircuit development engineering departments at Bell Laboratories, especially in the area of new process development and microchip-microcircuit failure mode analysis. After joining the Merrimack Valley Camera Club in 1985, he served a total of 9 years as club president, and 16 years as print competition chairman, and has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership in that organization. He’s also a member of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists and the Photographic Historical Society of New England. He's an Honorary Member and Vice President of the New England Camera Club Council, where he served for 18 years as the NECCC Print Competition Director and ‘live’ commentator for the ‘Best of the NECCC’ Traveling Print Program. Art’s photographic experience and interests include: anamorphic -Cinema-scope macro photography, stereo -3-D imaging, color and black & white print making, and digital restoration of antique photographs, lithographs, engravings, and etchings. He has served throughout New England, and beyond as a digital image and print competition judge and lecturer. Art’s favorite shooting locations are along the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, and the upper Brazos River watershed area of north and west Texas.