Congratulations JUDY TOWNSEND!
SFUPS celebrated the holidays at our December party, family style. It was a great commitment to the friendships we’ve developed over the years along with new opportunities to socialize with friends we don’t regularly see. The greatest joy we had to share is in the awarding of the annual Photographer of the Year and honoring our runner-up winners for their consistent achievement of excellence in underwater photography. Judy Townsend was crowned the SFUPS 2014 Photographer of the Year. Judy came close for many years to achieving this honor as her imagery is consistently embraced by her peers. She now joins an elite group of members in having achieved the status of SFUPS Master Photographer competing solely in the Master category contests.
Accompanying Judy was 1st Runner Up awarded to Kelly Casey, 2nd Runner Up awarded to Jason Spitz, and 3rd Runner Up awarded to Suzan Meldonian. Honorable Mention was awarded to Chris Gug (not shown). The awards shown were custom adorned with winning contest images from 2014. They came out stunning thanks to Susan Mears and Lamnico.
Another first for SFUPS was in acknowledging our very first recipient of the “Phil Rudin Outstanding Service Award” in recognition of selfless service to SFUPS. This well-deserved accolade went to Bob Weybrecht who was responsible for helping to create your membership cards, individually designing our name cards, and aiding in the audio/video setup and take down in each meeting.
Please congratulate these winners and join in the celebration of their accomplishments as we embark on
a new year of 2015 SFUPS photo contests.