The January contest was open to all Quail Creek residents, which was a first time event in club history. The result was a very large submission of entries which resulted in two of the three winners being non-club members.Mike Tumchewics, a non-club participant, took first place with an image titled "Qatif Sunrise." Mike and his wife have lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 15 years at the Saudi Aramco compound of Ras Tanura on the Arabian Gulf. Qatif is a small town about 20 minutes to the south. Mike has always enjoyed shooting sunrises and sunsets and was fortunate enough to be able to combine the rarity of a cloudy sky, a low tide and a stranded fishing boat to make for an interesting subject. Mike used a Nikon D800 with a AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm lens, f 3.5-5.6G ED VR. The picture was shot at 28mm, f/11, ISO 100. The setting was automatic, using aperture priority.Club member Peter Murphy placed second with the picture of "The Spiral Staircase." The picture was taken in Ireland when on vacation last April. Peter and his wife were at the end of their tour of Dublin and went to "The Irish House Party Theatre Show" for dinner before traveling on to London. The spiral staircase was at the entrance to the dinner show. When he got to the top of the stairs and looked down he thought he had the makings of a good picture and he was right. It shows a lot a motion and depth of field. Peter used a Nikon CoolPix P500, 4mm focal length (23mm focal length 33mm equivalent) lens, 1/10 sec, f3.4, ISO 400. The photo was shot in program mode.Non-club entry "Busy Bee" was submitted by Linda Mueller. Linda indicates that last summer her backyard cacti garden was having a good growing season with a number of them blooming throughout the summer. While admiring the flowers she noticed that this particular flower had a bee on it that just wouldn't leave. Linda used her Apple iPhone to remember the moment. It's doubtful that the bee ever noticed Linda and both the bee and Linda got what they wanted. Linda used an Apple iPhone 4, 3.85mm focal length lens, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 80. It was shot in program mode.Mike Tumchewics' first place winning photo will be on display at the entrance of the Madera Clubhouse Crystal ballroom for two months. The 16 x 20 print will be given to the winner after the display period.The Photography Club of Quail Creek has a monthly contest for its members and also schedules numerous planned field trips over the course of the year. Guests are also invited to meetings and many of the photo shoots. The club meets the second Monday of the month in the Fine Arts Room at 6:30 pm.