2022-23 Year end awards

It was a year of exciting competitions and fine images. Please join us in congratulating this year’s award winners.

Images of the year

The images of the year are selected by the Board of Directors from the top five placements in all competitions. There are five runners-up and one “Image of the year”.

This year’s winners are:

Photographers of the year

Unlike the image categories, the photographers of the year are chosen strictly by the numbers. Members collect Photographer Of The Year (POTY) points by their participation and placement in competitions, evaluations, and outings. The top scoring member is crowned “Photographer of the year”.

This year’s winners are:

  • Photographer of the year – Scott Powers (34 points)
  • First runner-up – Wendy Michael (32 points)
  • Second runner-up – Jim Spurgeon (27 points)
  • Third runner-up – Brian Benaissa (26 points)
  • Fourth runner-up – Wendy Holden (22 points)

Most improved photographer

This award is given to the member who has climbed the most in the POTY point ranking. This year’s winner is Val Dambrauskas who climbed 8 steps over last year.

Bruce Carmody wildlife image of the year

This very special annual award is dedicated to PACN founding member, outstanding bird and wildlife photographer, and friend, Bruce Carmody. The winner of the award submitted the best wildlife or bird image of the year as chosen by the Board of Directors.

The winner of the prize this year is Val Dambrauskas with his aptly named “Good catch” image.

Bruce Carmody wildlife image of the year

Seven of Bruce’s wildlife prints have been generously donated by Bruce’s family to be given to the winners of the award. Val receives Bruce’s Polar Bear Cub portrait.