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“Our National Parks” Juried Photography Exhibit

June 1, 2017 – September 9, 2017 all-day
461 E Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI 49770


“Our National Parks” is a juried photography exhibit in honor of Ansel Adams and the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks.  All photographs are the best outdoor, nature, and landscape photography made within National Park System sites.  
Prize Winners:

1st Place: Three Sea Stacks, Jan Bell

2nd Place: Michigan Gold, Walter Barkley

3rd Place: Toward Death Valley, James Whiteside


Honorable Mentions:

Bridalveil Fall, Walter Barkley
Agave, Jan Bell
Miner’s Beach Sunset, Kristina Lishawa
Isle Royale, Scofield Point Sunrise, Keith Matz
Reflections of Upper Yosemite Falls, Mike Schlitt
Mesa Arch, Tim Trombley
Tree on Rock 2, Zion National Park, Hal Willens

Exhibiting Photographers:

Joe Abdella Gretchen Dorian Sheri Kowalski
Jim Aho Henry Droski Suzanne LaBeau
Kristine Avery Marilyn Feather Kristina Lishawa
Ragnar Avery Thomas Franks Steve Loveless
Walter Barkley Chucki Gale Shawn Malone
Jan Bell Linda Gall Keith Matz
Wesley Bond Dean Ginther Gordon Middleton
Randy Bronkema Carol Greenslade Paul Nelson
Richard Browne Andrew Hewitt Michael Schlitt
Kathie Carpenter Analicia Honkanen David Small
Robert Carter Marilyn Hoogstraten Tim Trombley
Craig Caugh Paul Horgan Erin Waineo
Robert Cleveland Matthew Jakubiak Robert Walker
Gregory Czarnecki Kathleen Jones James Whiteside
Robert deJonge Jan Kellogg Hal Willens
Sue Dempsey Robin Koory  

Thoughts from our Jurors: Howard Bond and Michael Robinson

It was gratifying to see so many fine photographs. They were especially interesting to me because I have photographed in many of the national parks and monuments these photographs were made in.
–Howard Bond

Storytelling and the ability to convey a message to me as the viewer is extremely important. I quantify how much I enjoyed viewing the image and if I would want to view again.
–Michael Robinson

About our Jurors: Howard Bond and Michael Robinson


Howard Bond began photographing weddings in 1948, while still in high school and this continued until he became interested in photography as a fine art in the 1960s.  He attended workshops with Ansel Adams in 1967, 1970, and 1972 where he also got acquainted with two other Group f64 photographers: Imogen Cunningham and Brett Weston.  During subsequent visits to California, he would spend the day with Brett, looking at prints from his vault and going photographing together, and afterward showing his own prints to Adams, who gave suggestions.

In 1966, Howard became a life member of the Sierra Club and was active in the successful effort to prevent the building of dams in the Grand Canyon.  As his involvement in photography increased, he reduced his computer programming job to part time and quit it altogether in 1979.

Eventually, he had over 60 one-man exhibitions and 50 group exhibitions, mostly in museums and galleries.  His photographs are in the collections of more than 35 museums in the United States and Europe.  

The Michigan Council for the Arts awarded him a Creative Artist Grant in 1985, the year in which he wrote the first of 100 articles for Photo Techniques magazine.  His educational activities also include teaching workshops that have been attended by over 2500 photographers from 5 continents.  He has published 2 books and 23 limited edition portfolios of prints, including Portfolio II: Austria.


299eae20-fb1a-47bb-ad93-8b01fda7a95eMichael Robinson studied art and design at Macomb Community College, and in 1974 he began working at a local photography studio as an apprentice, immersing himself in black & white and color processing. In 1986, he attended Wynona Photography School in Chicago specializing in large format film photography. That same year, Mike continued his education through MSU’s extension in Leland, Michigan, specializing in 35mm transparency processes.

In September of 1987, Mike opened Robinson Photography, a full service photography studio in Mount Clemens. The studio began to introduce digital processes in 1989. Within a few years, Mike purchased a historic church to house the studio, labs and a digital division of retouching and printing from scanned film for his commercial clients.

Mike has always held the negative and the art of the print at heart. In staying true to his passion, Mike has taught aspiring photographers, both young and old, and continued his own education. He studied the processes of daguerreotypes, paper negatives, contact platinum printing with large format negatives and digital capture and retouch techniques.

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