Programs for Club Year
September 2018- May 2019

September 19, 2018 – Christian Dalbec ( known for being in and around the lake (Superior) will share his insights on water and underwater photography and some of his drone work.

Salon judge:  Nancy Cox

October 17, 2018 –  Kristen Macauley ( will share information on photography travel including how to choose your next destination, how to research and find great locations to shoot, what to pack, what to leave behind, and how to protect your equipment on planes, trains & automobiles.  Both US and international travel ideas will be shared.

 Salon judge: Kristen Macauley

November 28, 2018 – “Searching for Minnesota Wildflowers” author Phyllis Root and photographer Kelly Povo will discuss their new guide to our state’s native wildflowers, and where and how to find them. The pair spent 10 years exploring woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes and bogs to record the wild blooms. Their helpful tips and stories will place the wonder of Minnesota’s wildflowers within easy reach. 

 Salon judge:  Mariann Cyr

December 19, 2018 – HOLIDAY SOCIAL and short presentation:

MNPC Member Michael Thompson ( will share his experience and insight on photography of Minnesota weather including extreme weather (lightning, tornadoes, blizzards); storm clouds (cumulonimbus, wall clouds, etc.); wind & waves; and ice/snow.  Michael will share his photos and explain how to get the shot – including equipment and best settings – and help us to remain safe when out photographing extreme weather.  

Salon judge: John Pennoyer

January 16, 2019  Angela Issakson and John Arthur of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society  will share their knowledge about dragonflies and their organization is all about.

Salon judge: Kathy Bishop

February 20, 2019 – Brian Peterson from the Star Tribune speaking on “From the World Series to the State of Wonders: Brian Peterson’s evolution at the Star Tribune is now focused on our natural environment.” He’ll review his Voices for the Land, State of Wonders and the Superior Hiking Trail projects. He’ll also briefly touch on his work from the 1987 Twins World Series victory to present-day assignments.

Salon judge: Mike Prokosch

March 20, 2019John Pennoyer – MN Native Orchids and Orchid Photography Minnesota has 49 species of native orchids. John has been searching for and photographing them for over 30 years and they are one of his favorite photography subjects.  In this program, he will discuss information about the native orchids including how to find and identify them (general locations for various species) and his photographic techniques for capturing images of these beautiful native flowers.  John grew up in Kalispell, Montana.  It was natural for him to be in the outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing or just hiking in Glacier National Park. He moved to Minnesota to go to school and intended to move back to Montana, but he’s still in Minnesota. After school, he took up bowhunting and to further his time in the northwoods of Minnesota, he dove into photography. Little did he know how photography would begin to open his eyes to so many things besides Whitetail deer. John loves to photograph the flora and fauna of Minnesota, but also enjoys traveling and photographing around other parts of the country. His camera and lenses have always been Nikon but they are just the tools to get the image, it is the photographers vision to create the image.  He is a long term member of MNPC.

Salon judge:  Don Tredinnick

April 17, 2019  Michelle Terrell – Being a “Birding” Bird Photographer  This presentation examines the expanding intersection between the birding hobby and bird photography.  Photographer and birder Michelle Terrell will share from her own experiences tips for taking engaging bird photographs while being respectful of the birds, their habitat, and fellow birders and photographers.  Michelle Terrell is Vice President of the St. Croix Valley Camera Club and an avid outdoor photographer.  As a native Minnesotan, she enjoys documenting our state’s wide variety of natural subjects from tiny woodland fungi to horizon-spanning northern lights.  When not taking photos, Dr. Terrell is a professional archaeologist and historian.

Salon judge:   Terry Butler

May 15, 2019 –  Year End Awards Program

Judge: Ian Plant Whether hanging over the rim of an active volcano, braving the elements to photograph critically-endangered species, or trekking deep into the wilderness to places most people will never see, world-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera. Ian seeks out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, relying on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Known for his inspiring images and single-minded dedication to creating the perfect photo, Ian has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world in his mission to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. Ian is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, a Tamron Image Master, and the author of numerous books and instructional videos.