Department of Parks
PhotoScenic Weekend Set For Oct. 2-3 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Hardin,

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The 2015 edition of the PhotoScenic Kentucky Weekend will be Oct. 2-3 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.


This is the 53rd year of PhotoScenic Weekend, conducted in cooperation with Kentucky State Parks. The all-digital photography workshop will cost $10 for adults; children under 12 are free.


This year’s featured speakers include two photographers with Kentucky ties. Bill Pekala previously worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader and later went to work for Nikon, where he spent much of his career as director of Nikon Professional Services before retiring in 2014. Pekala also served as the chief trainer for NASA Shuttle astronauts. The other presenter, David Stephenson, is a freelance photojournalist, lecturer at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Telecommunications and the photojournalism adviser for the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. He also worked for the Herald-Leader from 1997-2009. Stephenson will speak Friday evening.


Tom Barnett will present a program about Photoshop on Friday. 


Registration starts at 2 p.m. Friday, and participants have until 5 p.m. to turn in photos they’ve taken during the previous year they want critiqued. There will also be a program at 3 p.m. on digital basics and questions and answers on the camera.

Photographing by the participants will take place all day Saturday. The Saturday night session will include an open critique and competition of the photographs made during the weekend as well as Pekala’s presentation. 

The weekend is coordinated by Barnett; Bill Luster, a retired photographer for The Courier-Journal in Louisville; and by Tom Hardin, former Courier-Journal director of photography. For registration, contact Luster at: or Hardin at:


To reserve a room, please mention PhotoScenic Weekend when calling the park at 606-889-1790.


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers something for everyone. Located on the 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park has a lodge and conference center as well as fishing, boating swimming and more. The park also has cottages, a campground and a restaurant.






The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at