2019 – Peer Mentor Monthly Theme Gallery

2019 Peer Mentor Monthly Theme Gallery

Each month the TPC Peer Mentor groups have a meeting that begins with a Theme Challenge where the peer mentors vote and critique the photos submitted for the monthly theme.  In 2019 the PMP began to start their meetings with monthly themes.   This addition to the program has had a significant impact on the peer mentors and the program.  Each peer mentor has the opportunity to sharing a photo for a theme with their peer colleagues.  This began a new opportunity to have a “blind critique.” 

This 2019 Gallery will display the “winners” of each of the September, October, and November monthly challenges with a description of the theme and the submissions.   To view a large version of each photo, simply click on the photo and it will immediately enlarge with some information.

November 201

The theme for for the new 2nd Wednesday Group was Panoramas.  We had a smaller group with only 7 entries since this was our first meeting after splitting up into two groups.  Most of the panos were landscape photo with one unique artistic exception – post office boxes.  Third place was Doug Ayers’ post office boxes, which led to some interesting discussion since he took the shot with his cell phone.  Second place was Tim Libassi’s sunrise photo of the moon over Jackson Lake.  And the winner was Beth Holmes’ sunset shot over Jackson Lake.

The theme for the new 4th Wed Group was Negative Space.  This topic was a great learning experience that showed that each of the peer mentors had a slightly different, or significantly different, “definition” for Negative Space.  Tim Cully’s photo of Jackson Lake from an airplane led to a very educational discussion.  Some of the peer mentors believed that  a true negative space image needed to have only one focal point and that the boat and reflection of the mountains were distracting.  Others thought that the boat added a leading line to the image and that the reflections were not distracting.  It was a thoughtful and educational discussion.  Pene Black’s cherries in snow and David Navratil’s elk and the sand dunes tied for 2nd place.

October 2019

The theme for the October 2nd Wednesday Peer Mentor Group was WEATHER.  We had a really diverse set of images for weather with  Nancy Peters with an image a not-yet-stormy shot of the mountains.  Second place was Beth Holmes image of elk in the middle of a snow storm.  And third place was earned by Rosalis Estes with a beautiful semi-macro image of a frozen leaf.

The theme for the October 4th Wednesday Peer Mentor Group was also WEATHER.  As is sometimes the case we has a close vote for the top three and as often the case the winner had a unique image.  The winner was Ericka Trembley who submitted an abstract photo of the WEATHER – a frozen window.   As is often the case, we had a tie for second place between Tim Cully and Becky Hawkins.  Tim’s photo is an image of the mountains as the storm begins with rain starting to fall.  Becky’s photo focuses on a beautiful orange/yellow sky above the mountains.

September 2019 – Our Last One Group Peer Mentor Meeting

The theme for September was Vehicles/Transportation.  September was our last Peer Mentor Program meeting with only one group; in October we moved to having a 2nd Wed Group and a 4th Wed Group.  The winner of the Vehicles/Transportation Theme was Ben Nardi with an amazing photo of a firefighter plane dropping orange fluid too help put out a fire near the Wildlife Museum.  Randy Isaacson’s B&W image of an old tractor was second place and Tim Cully’s airplane image was third place.