Monday, August 15, 2016

Hawaii Photographic Society August Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Where: Makiki Recreational Park, 1527 Keeaumoku Street, Administration Building.
When: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker:  Mr. Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonPSA, GMPSA/b
Title: The Polar Bears of Churchill
In November 2014 my wife and I went to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see and photograph polar bears.  Along the way, we also were able to photograph the Northern Light, sled dogs, waterfalls, and snow-covered landscapes. This presentation will also discuss why the polar bears are dependent on the ice flows of Hudson Bay and what their chances are for survival.  And of course, this presentation will have lots of photos of polar bears – as my wife says, “They’re so darn cute!”

Bio:  Gerry has been a member of the Image Makers Camera Club since 1975.  He served as the chairman for the Image Makers International Exhibition (Wisconsin Circuit) from 1996 until 2013, and he presented all of the shows for the Wisconsin Circuit.  He is also a charter member of the East Troy Viewfinders and has served as chairman for the Viewfinders International Exhibition (North Star Circuit) since 2001.
He joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA) in 1979, and his service to the Society has covered many positions, including Chapters Committee Chair; International Conference Committee Equipment Chair, Chapters Showcase Director, Photo Travel TOPS Director, PSA Wisconsin Chapter Chair, and Region Director for PSA Region 21.  In 2001 Gerry was awarded PSA’s Region Director of the Year award; in 2003 he was the recipient of PSA’s Stuyvestant Peabody Memorial Award; and in 2012 he received the prestigious PSA President’s Award.  Gerry served on the PSA Board of Directors as PSA Conventions Vice President from 2003 to 2009 and as PSA Secretary and member of the PSA Executive and Finance Committees from 2009 to 2013.  He was awarded HonPSA honors in 2013.
Gerry is a multiple-galaxy exhibitor in four PSA Divisions – Projected Image, Nature, Photojournalism, and Photo Travel, and he has been a TOPS contributor in four Divisions since 2003.  He has over 6,800 acceptances in international exhibitions, including 41 best of show awards.  Since 2000 Gerry has been listed in PSA’s Who’s Who in Photography as a top exhibitor in North America, often in four divisions, and was first in the world in projected photojournalism in 2011.  He was also awarded the GMPSA distinction in 2011.  His photos of Hawaii were featured in the “Distinctive Image” article in the September 2004 PSA Journal, and his photos of unique natural areas in Wisconsin were featured in The Nature Conservancy calendars from 1992 through 2009.

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