The most prestigious of the awards, according to club President Kim Bates, is the Photographer of the Year and was presented to Bill Ohlemuller, who accumulated the most points in the club throughout the year.
Points are awarded to the club members through photography competitions. Judges determine a first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winner for each category, and those winners receive five, four, three, and two points respectively.
Each club member who submits a picture gets one point.
The other prestigious annual award from the club, Bates said, is the Photograph of the Year, which is awarded to one photograph that earned first place in one of the competitions throughout the year.
This year’s winner was David Ferguson with his photograph “American Tragedy.”
The club also gives awards for the best photographers in one of three categories: Digital Projection, Color Prints, and Monochromic Prints. Ferguson also won the Color Prints category, while Ohlemuller was the top of the Digital Projection and Monochromic Prints categories.
According to Bates, the night is a fun one that club members enjoy each year.
“On that night, we also have a potluck and a Christmas dinner,” Bates said. “And we have a slideshow of one of the year’s events. It’s a nice night.”
Some club members also participated in a print-swap Monday, where they each took a number and received one of their fellow club members’ photographs.
In addition to sharing a love for picture-taking, the club also shares an involvement in giving back to the community.
“We try our best to do something every year to give back,” Bates said.
This year, seven members of the club visited the Angel House, a permanent residence house for young women, for a pizza and portrait night.
“We were gifting by giving pictures,” Bates said.
When the club visited the Angel House, they took portrait pictures of each of the residents for them to give to their family members for the holidays.
The photography club also took one picture of each of the girls to hang up around the house, leaving a permanent memory of each of the girls who lived there.
Every year, the Cherokee Photography Club also gives a donation to the Cherokee Arts Center, which is “the home for the Photography Club” according to Bates, who is also a member of the art center’s executive board.
The club, which was founded in 2004 and now has 154 members, goes on many local field trips, which included Dragon Con in Atlanta in September and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in July.
However, the club also takes trips to other major locations; this year, they took a week-long trip to Yosemite National Park in July.
For more information about the Cherokee Photography Club, visit www.CherokeePC.org.