ACCC, PSA, Grand Canyon Circuit and other Affiliates (most changes contributed by Shirley Bormann & Dick Soderholm v 1/14/16)
We encourage our members to go beyond Grand Photos competitions and enter their best images in other events. Here are some of the available opportunities offered through our affiliates:
ACCC (Arizona Camera Club Council): Dick Soderholm is the new Grand Photos rep to ACCC. ACCC is composed of 13 Arizona photographic clubs – most are in the greater Phoenix area but some are from other areas such as Prescott, Sedona and Payson – hence it is a statewide photography organization. ACCC conducts two photographic competitions each year as part of its Spring and Fall “Round-ups” which gather photographers from around the state for a Saturday of food, photography and instruction. A large number of Grand Photos photographers enter images into these Round-ups and attend.
Full information from the ACCC about these Round-ups and the competition including rules, categories, entry methods and deadlines as well as the dates and programs (and Registration information and form) at which the entries and their awards are displayed – can be found on the ACCC website at: www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org. The most recent version of their newsletter – the Chronicle – can be found there or by clicking here (http://www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org/the-chronicle).
Two types of entries may be submitted to the Round-ups – Prints and Digital (projected) images. All Digital images are entered online, however, each club collects the Prints submitted by its own members and delvers them to the ACCC Board meeting about one month preceding each Round-up.
The 2016 Spring Roundup will be held at Sun City Festival on March 12 (see details and register online at ACCC website (www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org) or download and mail in the flyer. Bruce Taubert is the featured speaker, and will cover Macro and Hummingbird Photography. Grand Photos will accept Print entries to the ACCC Fall 2015 Roundup for its members in the Studio on Tuesday, February 9 from 3-5 pm. If you are unable to download the required labels from the ACCC web site, they will be available for you to fill out and place on the upper left hand corner on the back of each print. $1.00 per print must be paid in cash or check made out to ACCC at this time. Dick Soderholm, our ACCC representative, will deliver your Print entries to the ACCC Board meeting that following Saturday morning. Digital entries are due by Friday night the same week. The rotating category for spring is “Red”.
Some Grand Photos members enter both the Spring and Fall Grand Photos Competitions and the ACCC Spring and Fall Round-ups. Because of this, we try to adjust the dates of Grand Photos Competitions and Turn-ins to not overlap the ACCC dates and, if possible, allow time for Prints to be returned from ACCC in time to re-enter for Grand Photos.
PSA (Photographic Society of America)
PSA is a worldwide photographic organization which Grand Photos belongs to. An annual meeting at a different location in the US is held each fall (this past fall it was in West Yellowstone and a year ago it was held in Albuquerque). This coming fall the conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas September 11 to 18. There are many speakers and events taking place at the conference. For information, see the PSA website (www.psa-photo.org) and the monthly magazine (PSA Journal) that is in the Grand Photos library.
Besides competitions, a number of Grand Photos members are extremely involved in PSA activities. (Stan Bormann just completed two years as Conference Vice President and is currently the Society Secretary.) Sue Marrugi, another former Grand Photos president is Editor of the PSA Journal, Margaret (Peg) Boike is Who’s Who Director, Marilyn Vosburg prepares the Photo Travel Division newsletter and Shirley Bormann is Secretary of the Photo Travel Division.
Other PSA supported activities that Grand Photos members often participate in are listed below:
PSA – Photo Travel Interclub Competition
This competition is available free of charge to all clubs belonging to PSA (Photographic Society of America). (Grand Photos participates and Shirley Bormann is our coordinator.)
There are three competitions annually. Each new competition year starts November 15, with the remaining competitions on February 15 and May 15. For each competition each club is encouraged to submit 6 different images from 6 different photographers depicting Photo Travel fromanygeographical area. Participants in the club send two digital (1024x768 pixel) Photo Travel images(see definition below) by e-mail to the club coordinator(Shirley) at firstname.lastname@example.org times each year by preannounced dates. Those interested individuals who are available will be notified of a meeting in the Grand Photos clubroom several weeks prior to the submission date to narrow down the images to one image each. Images are viewed by the members and occasionally suggestions are made as to how to make an image even better. Each person’s best image is voted on later by email by the participants who choose which image they think will do best in the competition. The highest 6 scores get submitted to PSA to be judged. When the images are judged, they are awarded points – normally from 1-5points each from each of the 3 judges so the total score will be anywhere from 9-15 points. The total points awarded for each club (combining all the points for the six images) are cumulative until the last contest for the season is over. (In the 2014-2015 season, Grand Photos came in 2nd place in our division and 4thoverall out of approximately 40 plus participating clubs throughout the world.) After the first round in this current season, we are in first place in our division.
According to PSA’s definition of Photo Travel images –The imageshould look natural – as you saw it. As of January 1, 2016, the definition of a Photo Travel image is:
“A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.”
Please send two 1024x768 images to Shirley Bormann at email@example.com by Monday, February 8 in time for the meeting Tuesday, February 9 at 1 pm.
Grand Canyon International Competition – Projected Image Division and Photo Travel Division
Grand Photos hosted a Projected Image Division competition in November and is hosting a Photo Travel Competition in a few weeks. This is a circuit competition sponsored by PSA. The upcoming competition which closes January 29 is a Photo Travel Competition and there are six clubs involved so there will be a total of 6 judgings. The categories are Open Photo Travel and “Photo Travel Scapes”. See their website for more details www.grandcanyoncircuit.org/.
Arizona State Fair – Photographic Competition
Every year the AZ state Fair in PHX has some form of Photography Competition – in 2016 the Fair will be Oct 3 – 27 but the Photo Competition hasn’t been announced yet. The website is: https://azstatefair.com/competitive-entries-faqs If I learn more in time I’ll post it – otherwise check the website periodically and alert me if you see new info.