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Other Competition Opportunities

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 (ACCC)

ACCC is composed photo clubs, and the Arizona Chapter of PSA (Photographic Society of America), from around Arizona. Most of the clubs are in the greater Phoenix area, however, some are from other areas of the State, hence it is a statewide photography organization. ACCC conducts two photographic competitions each year as part of its Spring and Fall “Roundups” (meetings) which gather photographers from around the state for a day of photography and instruction. Competition entries are displayed, and awards are presented, during the Roundups. Members of Grand Photos often enter images in these competitions and attend the Roundups. 

The ACCC Spring 2024 Roundup will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024.  The Guest Speaker will be Larry Cowles.   For all of the details about the location, registration, and competitions Spring 2024 Roundup Information.

The ACCC publishes a newsletter, The Chronicle, twice a year.  The latest issue CHRONICLE-JANUARY-2024.

Click here for the results of the Spring 2023 ACCC digital competition for Grand Photos members.

For any recent updates go to the ACCC website at: www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org.   

Any questions or comments regarding ACCC or Grand Photos participation in ACCC should be addressed to Grand Photos’ Representative to ACCC, Arnie Becker.

 
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PSA (Photographic Society of America) is a worldwide photographic organization of which Grand Photos is a member. An annual meeting, at a different location in the US, is held each fall. For further information, see the PSA website (www.psa-photo.org) and the monthly magazine (PSA Journal) that is available in the Grand Photos Studio.


Besides competitions, a number of Grand Photos members are active in PSA activities. Amongst them are Stan Bormann, Margaret (Peggy) Boike, Shirley Bormann, Norm Johnson and Sheldon Wecker. 

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PSA – Photo Travel Interclub Competition
PSA – Photo Travel Interclub Competition

This competition is available free of charge to all clubs belonging to PSA. Shirley Bormann is the Grand Photos Coordinator. There are three competitions annually. Each new competition year starts November 15, with the remaining competitions February 15 and April 15. For each competition, each club is encouraged to submit 6 different images from 6 different photographers depicting Photo Travel from any geographical area. Participants submit two 1400x1050 pixel photo travel images by email to the club coordinator at Shirley Bormann several weeks before the competition due date. Those participants or interested individuals will be asked to narrow down the images from each photographer to one image and they are voted on to choose the top six images to represent Grand Photos.  When they are judged, they are awarded points which are cumulative for the club for the season and the winners are announced afterward.

The date when images need to be submitted to will be announced, generally two weeks before the submission due date of the 15th. Please contact the PSA Travel Competition Coordinator above if you have any questions.

2022/2023 Photo Travel Division Definition

A Photo Travel image is a portrayal of the real world we live in, as it is found naturally. There are no geographic limitations.


Content guidance:

  1. If the image is predominantly or exclusively a land-, sea- or cityscape, these “scapes” must include characteristic, distinctive and recognizable physical features, although it is not necessary that the image identify the exact location;
  2. Images that predominantly or exclusively depict people and their activities must illustrate a distinctive culture of a country, region, or continent;
  3. Images that predominately or exclusively depict animal populations are allowed, if the animals are in their native environment and are characteristic of that country, region, or continent;
  4. Portraits or other close-ups of people or objects, in addition to meeting the above paragraphs as applicable, must include elements depicting some of the surrounding environment to make it obvious that the image was not taken in a studio setting;
  5. Images from events or activities arranged for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are NOT allowed.
  6. Time exposures are allowed, if they do not dominate the image as a special effect (star trails, for example, are a dominating effect).
  7. Highly distorted images such as those produced by fish eye lenses are NOT allowed.

Editing guidance:

Processing or editing must be limited to making the image look as close to the original scene as possible, except that conversion to grayscale monochrome is allowed.

Allowed editing techniques:

  • Cropping, straightening and perspective correction.
  • Removal or correction of elements added by the camera or lens, such as dust spots, noise, chromatic aberration and lens distortion.
  • Global and selective adjustments such as brightness, hue, saturation and contrast to restore the appearance of the original scene.
  • Complete conversion of color images to grayscale monochrome.
  • Blending of multiple images of the same subject and combining them in camera or with software (exposure blending or focus stacking);
  • Image stitching – combining multiple images with overlapping fields of view that are taken consecutively (panoramas)

Editing techniques that are not allowed:

  • Removing, adding to, moving or changing any part of an image, except for cropping and straightening.
  • Adding a vignette during processing.
  • Blurring parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
  • Darkening parts of the image during processing to hide elements in the original scene.
  • All conversions other than to complete grayscale monochrome.
  • Conversion of parts of an image to monochrome, or partial toning, desaturation or over-saturation of color.

 

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PSA - Open Images Interclub Competition
PSA - Open Images Interclub Competition

Grand Photos also started participating in PSA's Open interclub competition a year ago.   There is no restriction on the content or processing of these images but all content must be from your original images. 

·         Submit two images (1400 x 1050) to Stan Bormann (snbormann@gmail.com) by the first of the month of the competition (November, February and April). Dates will be announced.  

·         The Club will submit six images total to PSA chosen from those received for the competition. Any questions, contact

Stan or Shirley Bormann.  

 

Arizona State Fair - Photographic Competition


Full details are available at the Arizona State Fair website, Arizona State Fair

 

All photos are copyrighted by the maker.

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