2022/23 PROGRAM

Please note that programs are subject to change without notice.

All meetings this season will be using the ZOOM online platform unless noted.

Click here to download the Program .pdf file for your records.

Click here to download the Program .doc file for your records.

As dates become filled you can download the newest edition. Latest update January 2023.

******************September 2022******************

Theme, "OPEN"

September 6

Opening Members Night Meet and Greet


- New Executive and Board Introductions

- Competitions-themes-guidelines

Competition rules/composition rules

Keith /Mary Lou/Jean/Wayne

Welcome Back

Gale Simpson -  Senior

September 13

Speaker: Ariel Gordon - TREES


Bio: Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory-based writer, editor, and enthusiast. Her most recent books are Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019), a collection of essays that combines science writing and the personal essay, and TreeTalk (At Bay Press, 2020), a public poetry project where Ariel hangs poems in trees and asks passersby to add their thoughts, ideas, and secrets. She was the winter 2022 Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba. She will present photographs of trees and related flora and fauna talk about my approaches to photographing trees. In the second, I'll read from the essay in Treed that is a journal of photography in Assiniboine Forest.

Link to Ariel’s book - https://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9781928088752/ariel-gordon/treed-walking-in-canadas-urban-forests?blnBKM=1

Ariel Gordon

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September  20

Speaker: Walter Potrebka - BIRDS

https://www.wpotrebkaphotography.com https://www.facebook.com/WPotrebkaPhotography

Bio: I am a Nature & Wildlife photographer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. My love for photography started when I was growing up on the family farm near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, Canada. My interest in photography started when I borrowed my sister’s camera for a trip to British Columbia when I was 13. Seeing the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains through the camera had me hooked. Combining these two loves is what drives my photography. I try to captures the beauty that is always around, from the close up of a tiny song bird, to the wide vista of the Black Sand Beaches in Iceland. Whether it is waiting for hours for a Chickadee to land on the perfect branch, or for the sun to illuminate the mountain, I find patience and calm when in the out of doors. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience”.

Image Competition entries are due for the Theme: “OPEN”

Walter Potrebka

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September 27

Critique Night for the theme "OPEN"

Watch the video of tonight's critique...Click Here

*****************October 2022******************


The Annual "CONTEMPORARY" Themed Competition. This is exactly as held in past Aprils. Refer to the Competition Guideline for detail.

October 4

Speaker: Jim Zuckerman - Compositing Video

c/o  Maryland Photography Alliance


Jim Zuckerman

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October 11

Speaker: Wayne Simpson - Portraits of Resilience


Many people wear a lifetime of experiences on their face, yet who that person is and what they have experienced often remains a mystery. In this talk, the audience will encounter a collection of portraits accompanied by individual stories of inspiration, tragedy and humanitarianism. The overall narrative is an emotional journey in which the audience will inevitably see pieces of themselves in the stories of some truly remarkable individuals.

With compassion and respect, Wayne Simpson has befriended individuals and discovered some truly remarkable people with profound stories we can all learn from. Intertwined with each story is the sub-narrative of the photographer learning who he is as each connection is forged. Always compelling, and at times haunting, Simpson’s portraits keep storytelling at the forefront. The atmosphere and mood are often crafted with multiple studio lights on location. Many of Simpson’s portraits are graced with intricate details – adding additional layers of complexity to the portrait and in turn making each portrait a visual story on its own.

Bio:   Wayne Simpson is an author and professional photographer based in Elora, ON. Determined to tell meaningful stories through portraiture, Wayne prides himself on being true to his subjects as he combines art and compassion together as one. Whether he is photographing a person or a place, Simpson’s ultimate goal is to create images that evoke emotion and a sense of mystery.

While his niche lies in portraiture and landscape photography, his versatility as a photographer carries into his commercial work and event photography, making his style distinctive in the industry. As an educator, Simpson conducts portrait and landscape photography workshops throughout Canada.

Wayne Simpson

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October 18

Speaker: Curtis Jones - THE ART OF SIMPLICITY


The Art of Simplicity – A Minimalist Approach to Creating Stronger Images Description: Learn to use the creative techniques of minimalism to intentionally account for every inch of your frame. Discover how to minimize clutter, work with negative space, and master visual balance to boost the overall impact of your compositions. Working in a clean visual style you will learn to look for strong anchors, shapes, and lines while eliminating visual distractions.

Curtis will share his experiences and images from some of the world’s most remote destinations to help kick-start your journey toward simplified, cleaner photographs that capture the essence of our world. Short bio: Curtis Jones is a Canadian outdoor and adventure photographer who spends most of his time in climates rarely inhabited by people.

Working for both the private and public sector, his portfolio spans environmental initiatives, literacy programs, Canadian National Parks, tourism, and food sustainability. Collaborating with adventure athletes, production teams, and local communities, he has built his career delivering an intimate view of the raw, wild, and often untamed.

A seasoned photography guide, Curtis is often found leading photography workshops in Greenland, Antarctica, Mongolia, and Newfoundland – sharing his appreciation for photo adventures, tents, and solid punchlines with others.

Competition entries are due for the theme: "CONTEMPORARY"

Curtis Jones

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October 26

Presentation and critiquing of competition entries for the theme: "CONTEMPORARY”.

Watch the video of tonight's Critique of CONTEMPORARY - Here

***************November 2021**************

Theme - "TREES"

November 1

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada - Wayne Adams



Bring your cameras - Members will have the aviation museum for the evening to take photos of aircraft. MCC will collect admission fees from membership to confirm attendance. More info will be posted by e-mail.

Royal Aviation Museum

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November  8

Speaker: Bruce Hendricks - Impact

Bruce Hendricks, F/PPOC, MPA, F.Ph, F/PPOC-BC, M.Photog, CPP of Impact Photographic Design and Art In The Dark


Bruce Allen Hendricks is one of the most decorated photographers in Canadian history. Hendricks has received numerous awards in his career, including the Yousuf Karsh Lifetime Achievement Award for Photographic Excellence. Having achieved the title of Master Photographer in both Canada and the United States, he is routinely asked to judge professional photographic competitions across the country.

Hendricks will present his program on creating images with more IMPACT. Through the use of composition, leading lines, cultural biases and even using the viewer’s own subconscious mind he’ll help you create images that are more striking to those that view them.

Bruce Hendricks

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November 15



BIO - PHOTOGRAPHER at Princess Auto Kim Downie is a Winnipeg based commercial photographer, specializing in Industrial and Product photography. For the last 20 years, she has been the senior photographer for a national retail company, creating images for instore on online advertising. Kim has earned her Master of Photographic Arts, Fellowship of Photography, as well as many provincial and national Image Salon Awards for her work.

Commercial photography ranges from anywhere from simple product photography for a website to multi-faced marketing campaigns. From old fashioned print catalogues to creating content for social media, all commercial photography has one thing in common, we need to sell the stuff we are shooting!

Learn how to create buying appeal and create images that will have people opening their wallets and buying your clients product.

Kim Downie

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November 22

Members Night -

1st Half - will be MCC Business Meeting  

2nd Half - Members' videos from recent Field Trips and Stop-Motion Videos from Bambi-Raptor Productions.

Watch the video of tonight's neeting here.

Competition entries are due for the Competition-Theme "TREES"

Wayne Adams  -  Senior  Projected

November 30

Presentation and critiquing of Competition Images for "TREES".

Watch the video of tonight's Critique of "TREES"  by Pam McFarlane, here.

******************December 2021:****************


December 6

Speaker:  Mark Kutcy - Cell Phone Photography 


A teacher at heart, my interest in photography started with film when I was in junior high school. I started my own teaching career in 1986, starting with Band and Jazz Band and a variety of other courses sprinkled in over the years. Somewhere soon after 2000, while I was teaching at John Taylor High school and I had the opportunity to start a beginner photography course.

Over the next 17 years at JT, I was able to build the original half credit grade 10 course into a successful 2 and a half year program and was filled my timetable out teaching a 4 year Graphic Arts program. My first attempt to retire was in 2017. I was interested in teaching photography privately and creating a part time portrait photography business. Apparently I failed retiring at first as I ended up teaching many term positions for others teaching similar programs. A pandemic is also not an ideal time to begin a portrait photography business; however, recently I have been having a great time taking family and individual portraits as well as fine art portraits and, more recently, been taking portraits for hairstylists of their work for competitions.

I shoot with my full frame dSLR, a Nikon D750 and a portable studio. I also shoot a Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera for travel photography and, of course, with my cell phone, an iPhone 13 Pro.

"The best camera is the one that you have with you." - Chase Jarvis

Mark Kutcy

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****************January 2023*****************

Happy New Year

January 3




Winter presents some unique photographic challenges, but it can reward you with uniquely inspiring images too. This presentation celebrates the distinctive features of winter light and offers practical advice about camera care, shooting and processing techniques to showcase the snowy conditions. Kas also shares creative ideas that will inspire you to explore your personal feelings about the season – love it or hate it – and get outside to make some winter magic with your camera.

Kas Stone is a professional photographer based in Nova Scotia, where she finds plenty of inspiration in the wild coastal scenery and moody weather right outside her door – especially in wintertime!

Her portfolio includes an extensive list of presentations, exhibitions and publications, with several books and feature articles in Canadian and U.K. magazines. Visit Kas and learn more at www.kasstone.ca.

Kas Stone

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January 10

Speaker: Julieanne Kost - Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Hidden Gems


Join Julieanne Kost, Digital Imaging Evangelist at Adobe, who will share her favorite tips for quickly organizing and culling photographs and demonstrate how to use the global and local adjustment tools in Lightroom Classic.

Then, she will move to Photoshop to demonstrate how to remove unwanted artifacts and distracting elements, create seamless composites, and simplify images to achieve your creative vision.

MCC will make a donation to the Maryland Photo Alliance Food Bank.

Julieanne Kost

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January 17

Speaker: PET PHOTOGRAPHY - various photographer videos

INTRO 5 minutes …. Carli Davidson animal photography overvu & Shake project images https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pet+photography+tutorials+


18 minutes …. Adam Goldberg Tips for Posing Pets (lighting and directing for beginner to advanced) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_IOAkXdf-A

8 minutes ….Matt the Dog: Top 10 Tips for Dog Photos (outdoors stuff & editing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgYx9UzVsnE


6 minutes ….Adam Goldberg Cat Photography (good tips & how tos) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRci7HSv2YY

10 minutes …. Ken Mostek Photography: 5 Tips for Better Cat Photography https://youtu.be/ksAnlUWHHTk


4 minutes of ….’10 Tips how to Photograph Horses’ (video is longer but the best, most useful stuff is the first 4 minutes, up to the ‘Get the Shot’ image) https://youtu.be/nv43sRrVt2s

6 minutes …. Carina Maiwald ‘My Love of Horses was Always There’ video https://youtu.be/rY0EKPba06s

Various Presenters

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January 24

Speaker: Roslynn Long - BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY


As a nature photographer, Roslynn Long spends countless hours outdoors, in all seasons, and has developed a passion for photographing birds. Her goal is to bring a small piece of nature to people’s lives each day, whether they are at work or home. She enjoys showcasing the beauty that is around us all the time, and her hope is that people experience a moment of peace by viewing the incredible nature that surrounds us.

Roslynn’s photos have been featured in “Birds and Blooms” magazine and their other publications, Pahl’s Market calendars, the KARE11 Weatherguide calendars, the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum social media pages, and the Minnesota Land Trust publications.

When she’s not outside stalking birds, she enjoys time with her husband and two daughters, watercolor painting, knitting, and ringing bells in the Berean Baptist bell choir.

You can see more of her work at lynnlongprints.com and follow her on social media at

facebook.com/lynnlongprints and


January 31

Presentation and critique night for Theme "OPEN"

Roslynn Long

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******************February 2023*****************

Theme - "ANIMALS" 

The Annual "ANIMAL" Themed Competition. This is exactly as held in past Aprils. Refer to the Competition Guideline for detail.

Debbie Vokey - Animals (submitted as a projected Image)

February 7

Speaker: Shannon Bileski - Storm Chasing




Twitter: @shannbil

Instagram: @shannbil

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@shannbil1

Shannon Bileski is a landscape photographer from East Selkirk, Manitoba. She has a passion for Storm and Aurora photography. Storms sparked her passion for photography at a young age up in Thompson, Manitoba and started trying to get decent shots of lightning at age 8. She saw her first tornado in 2007 and purchased a DSLR camera right after that to start taking storm photography more seriously. In 2009, she finally got her first real shot of lightning - and now has over 15 years of storm and aurora photography experience under her belt. She’s a fully self-taught chaser and travels thousands of miles every year both in the United States and Canada to seek out and shoot storms/aurora.

Presentation - : PASSION: Chasing my dreams and mother nature

- Overview of My Passions (Storms and Aurora)

- A brief history of where I started and how my journey has evolved.

- Gear, storm chasing process tools, etc.

- Tips for getting more out of your photography passion

- What's next

- Q & A - feel free to send me questions or additional information you would like to know more about!

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Shannon Bileski

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February 14

Speaker: Chris Attrell - "Abandoned" Photography


Abandoned Manitoba Author of Forgotten Saskatchewan, the most popular photo book in Canada for 2019. “It’s Attrell’s night shots … that really galvanize attention. … (T)he casual observer is left in wonder.” Saskatoon Star Phoenix

2nd book (April 2021) Grain Elevators: Beacons on the Prairies.“one of Canada’s premier photographers” 630 CHED Edmonton

My Films, Forgotten Saskatchewan & 10 Thrilling Places In SW Saskatchewan were licensed to be shown on Saskatchewan cable TV.

Chris Attrell began his photographic journey in 1996 as a landscape and nature photographic hobbyist. His interest took a more localized turn in 2003 when he started to explore rural Alberta and Saskatchewan, seeking out symbols of the prairie past; grain elevators, ghost towns, and abandoned buildings. Recognizing the historical significance of these pioneer relics Chris set out to photographically document Saskatchewan’s heritage.

Over the last ten years Chris has built and run several successful online photo galleries to showcase both his and others’ images of the Prairie Provinces. His interests have expanded to include night photography, storm photography, and rural-themed portraits.

Chris’ love of the prairies prompted him to move from Banff, Alberta to Shaunavon, SK in 2006 with his wife.

Chris Attrell

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February 21

Speaker: Mike Deal - Photo Journalist - Winnipeg Free Press


Mike Deal started freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1997. Three years later, he landed a part-time job as a night photo desk editor.

His first day in the new position was supposed to be Sept. 12, 2001, but when he awoke to the news of the World Trade Center attacks in New York on Sept. 11, he automatically headed into the newsroom and started work.

For the next few years, he split his hours at the Free Press between photo editing and photography. In 2008, Mike was hired as a full-time photojournalist.

Mike’s training includes a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He also spent time at the University of Manitoba working at the Manitoban, the U of M photo club and taking fine art courses. He recently finished a personal challenge he set for himself: to shoot 2,013 portraits in 2013 with his iPhone.

Now, he’s looking forward to raising the portrait project to another level. Don’t be surprised if he stops you in the street and asks for a moment of your time. You have been warned.

Another personal passion is street photography, capturing the people of Winnipeg amongst the beautiful architecture of the city’s downtown.

In his off hours Mike enjoys taking photos with his iPhone, walks in Assiniboine Forest and spending as as much time as possible with his partner Ariel and their daughter Anna.

Entries due for competition Theme "ANIMALS"

Mike Deal

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February 28

Judging and critique night of "ANIMALS"

*******************March 2023******************

Theme: "FOOTWEAR" - Photos must meaningfully feature items worn on a person’s feet at work, home or play. Does not include socks. Sandals and socks are OK, but socks by themselves are not.

Mike Lagace, Junior Projected

March 7

Speaker: J.P. Parenty - Wildlife Photography


J.P Parenty

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March 14

Speaker: Eric Pare/Kim Henri - Light Tube Painting

Eric Pare/Kim Henri

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March 21

Speaker: Linda Rutenberg - |Fine Art Photography


Linda Rutenberg has worked as a fine art photographer for over 30 years. She has a BFA in film and music and an MFA in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal Quebec. She teaches, lectures and creates photographic series, which evolve into books and exhibitions. She has published over fifteen publications. In addition to her artistic work, she has owned and run a darkroom rental facility and a photography gallery. Currently Linda teaches and lectures young artists mentoring them to bridge the gap between art and business. Her fine art work has been exhibited internationally. Her series Urban Visions, One Island – Many Cities, Mont Royal, The Spiritual Landscape and The Garden at Night, After Midnight and The English Garden at Night and her latest work The Gaspé Peninsula are all explorations of the relationship between the environment and its people. Her current work explores the Negev desert and is called Land That Whispers..

Entries due for the competition theme, "FOOTWEAR"

Linda Rutenberg

Portrait of Linda Rutenberg

March 28

Judging and critique of March competition, 


********************April 2023***********************

April 4

Speaker: Ken Miner - Wet Plate Collodian photography


**** Images are due for our Year end competition "OPEN" theme (monochrome print(?), colour print (?), and digital projected ) as well as the following themed competitions:

"ARCHITECTURE" for the Henry Kalen Trophy

"LIFE IMAGES" for the MCC Life Images Trophy

See the competition rules on for the Trophy competitions (eg. maximum 4 images per theme) 

Ken Miner

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April 11

Speaker: Heather Patterson - Shadows and Light

Physican turned Photographer

Bio: Heather Patterson is an emergency physician and an award-winning photographer from Calgary, AB. When the pandemic struck, she put her twenty years of photography experience to use and began photographing the intimate moments at Calgary hospitals that went on to become Shadows and Light, her recent book publication. Photographs from her project have been featured in Macleans, where they were a finalist for a National Magazine Award, The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald and on national media outlets. She has received the Award for Medical Journalism from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, and her images have been recognized in numerous international photography competitions.

Presentation: Through a chronological visual story of the people who have experienced the pandemic first-hand, Heather shares how she found hope and a renewed sense of purpose in the resilience of the human spirit and the inspiring fortitude of Canada’s pandemic heroes. Intimate images of healthcare workers, support staff, patients and families, shed light on the compassion, teamwork, and even joy that can be found amidst tragedy. The images and stories highlight love and loss, kindness and grace, and the importance of authenticity during an epidemic of burnout. Throughout the presentation, Heather will address the challenges faced as a photographer: permission from hospital leadership, individual consent, technical challenges, equipment selection, and lessons learned while photographing people in a vulnerable position.

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April 18

Annual Business Meeting and election of officers, 

Second half of night is a Members Night. Topic to be Announced later

April 25



Spouses and significant others are welcome. Due to the Pandemic, we may not be able to have our normal Banquet but we will get together for a ZOOM windup to get a look at the photos from the Annual Year End Competition.

Come out and see all the YEAR END COMPETITION photos and results, as well as all the trophy and awards presentations.

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