May 16 2017: Themed Competition with Judge Mary Ann Setton


Mary Ann graduated from the Washington School of Photography a few years before retiring from her human resources management profession, proving that it’s never too late to follow your dream.  With a studio in her home, she worked as a part-time professional photographer concentrating on portrait and boudoir photography.  After retirement, her energy shifted to fine art photography and she concentrated on learning Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter quickly becoming known for her “digital magic.”


Mary Ann has won numerous awards within the Northern VA area including “Best in Show” in a Vienna Photographic Competition, “Equal Award” at Alexandria’s Art League at the Torpedo Factory, five “Prints of the Year” and two “Photographer of the Year” awards in the Northern VA Photographic Society, and “First Place” in the 2009 AAA Magazine Annual Photo Competition.  She was both guest and substitute host on the cable TV show “Photographers of Northern Virginia”, featured in the e’lan Art Magazine, juried into several fine art and abstract competitions, and in February was awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the Herndon ArtSpace Fine Art Photography Exhibit.  In March she had a solo exhibit for the community and public in the Lodge of the Shenandoah Active Adult Community.  She has also served in various leadership roles including VP for Competitions, Board Member, and President of the Northern VA Photographic Society.


While Photo Art is her love, you will find her still providing photography and digital imaging services on occasion and is in her eighth year of judging photo competitions in the metropolitan DC area, but she is best known in her community as an eager photographer who, nearly ten years ago, originated and still leads the Shenandoah Photography Club.



The theme is Colors – Life is a stream of color. Red, blue, yellow, and a billion pigments in between… For this theme we ask you to show us color-inspired photographs. Scenes, details, narratives or moods. Subtle tones or Technicolor daydreams, color must be a primary component of your image. For the Monochrome Print category, instead of producing a black and white photo, show us a color other than black along with white, i.e., red and white, blue and white, etc.

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