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NEWS

 

2023 AWARDS BANQUET

 

The Our End-of-Year Awards Show and Banquet was held on Sunday, February 25 at the Oasis Country Club, and a good time was had by all.  Congratulations to the members who won medals and certificates for the best images of 2023. The gold medals in each competition section were awarded to Dee McMillan for Pictorial Color, Charles Stricker for Nature General, Charles Stricker for Photo Travel, Charles Stricker for PJ General, Charles Stricker for PJ Human Interest, and Dee McMillan for Pictorial Monochrome.

 

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stuart Lynn and featured video tributes from photographers around the world expressing their admiration and appreciation for Stuart’s work and support over the 24 years he has been a member of our club.

 

The Stuart Lynn Award for excellence in photography and support to our club was presented to John Erdman. 

 

A slideshow of a few pictures taken at the banquet are just below and the entire presentation slides are shown on the EOY Awards page of our website. Many thanks to Jan Lyall for bringing her camera to the event and taking these photos.

 

SALTON SEA PHOTO SAFARI 2024!!

 

Check out the collection of photos below!!

 

The Safari was led by our guide Sandi Wheaton on February 3rd, starting at the south end of the Salton Sea: we traveled to locations for burrowing owls, the Obsidian Butte tree formations, geothermal and agricultural locations, the Sonny Bono Wildlife Preserve, Mexican food in Calipatria, brief stops at Salvation Mountain and East Jesus, then a sunset finale at Bombay Beach - what a great time!!

 

Eight of us joined the sojourn and the weather was spectacular - check out some of our photos below, and click on the "X" in any picture to see a larger image slide show:

NOTICES

FEBRUARY COMPETITION  RECORDING AND AWARDS CATALOG:

 

A video recording of our February competition judged by Stuart Lynn is available for club members. To view it, open the past meetings viewer in your member home page.

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The February competition awards catalog, as well as previous ones, are available to the public on our Gallery Page

 

2 RECENT PHOTOCHATS: " PSA BENEFITS" BY DARCY QUIMBY (FEB 1), AND "HOW TO SUCCEED IN COMPETITIONS" BY JEANNE SCOTT (JAN 10):

 

Video recordings of  both  PhotoChats are available for club members. To view them, open the PhotoChat Viewer in your member home page. 

 

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Event Date/Time Details

January

Informal Photo Competition

Jan 1-31

Theme: "Reflections"

judging based upon "WOW" factor

PhotoChat

Wed, Jan 10, 4:00PM

Host: Jeanne Scott

Topic: "How To Be Successful in Competitions"

Location: Video Conference

Photo Outing

Thurs, Jan 11, 10:00AM

Palm Springs Air Museum Photo Tour and

1st Meetup of the Year!

Host: Craig Toms

RSVP: Craig Toms

Speaker Meeting

Thurs, Jan 18, 6:00PM

Speaker: Tim Meyer, MA, MFA

Topic: Glamour & Film Noir Photography in B/W

Location: Video Conference

February

Photochat!

Thurs, Feb 1, 6:00PM

Host: Darcy Quimby

Location: Video Conference

 Topic: "Advantages of Photographic Society of America" membership  

Salton Sea Photo Safari!

Sat, Feb 3, 7:30AM

Host: Sandi Wheaton

All day photo tour of Salton Sea w Sandi

Location: Contact Craig Toms at ctoms@dc.rr.com for details 

 Peer Review

Wed, Feb 7, 6:00PM

Host: Jeanne Scott

Location: Video Conference

Image uploads: Feb 1-6

Competition Meeting

Thurs, Feb 15, 6:00PM

Judge: Stuart Lynn

Location: Video Conference Only

Image uploads: Feb 1-13

End of Year (2023) Banquet  Sun, Feb25 6:15PM

Hosts: Jeanne Scott and Gary Vandemark

Location: Oasis Country Club, Palm Desert

March

Informal Photo Competition

Mar 1-31

Theme: "TBD"

judging based upon "WOW" factor

PhotoChat

Wed, Mar 1, 4:00PM

Host: TBD

Topic: "TBD"

Location: Video Conference

NEW! Photo Outing Tues, Mar 19, 8:00AM

Host: Darcy Quimby

Location: The Living Desert

Tour of the Living Desert w lunch option

Speaker Meeting Thurs, Mar 21, 6:00PM

Speaker: Andrew Lewis

Topic: "Photojournalism"

Location: Video Conference Only

April

Peer Review

Wed, Apr 10, 6:00PM

Host: Jeanne Scott

Location: Video Conference

Image uploads: Apr 1-8

Competition Meeting Thurs, Apr 18 6:00PM

Judge: Lillian Roberts

Location: Video Conference Only

Image uploads: Apr 1-15

NEW! Photo Outing

Mon, Apr 22, 8AM

Host: Mitch Miller

Location: JTNP

Wonderland of Rocks Photo Hike

Contact: Summitch@verizon.net

May

Informal Photo Competition

May 1-31

Speaker: Greg Holden

Topic: "Abstracts"

Location: Video Conference

PSA SoCal Roundup

Fri, May 3

CVDCC Field Trips (more later)

PSA SoCal Roundup

Sat-Sun, May 4-5

PSA Biannual meetings

Speaker Meeting

Thurs, May 16 6:00PM

Speaker: Greg Holden

Topic: "Abstracts All Around Us"

Location: Video Conference

June

Peer Review

Wed, June 12 4:00PM

Host: Jeanne Scott

Location: Video Conference

Image uploads: June 1-10

Competition Meeting Thurs, June 20 6:00PM

Judge: Roy Killen

Location: Video Conference Only

Image uploads: June 1-17

 July-August Summer WOW Competition  Judges: CVDCC Board Members

EVENTS SCHEDULE-2024

MEETINGS SCHEDULE-2023

OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except during our summer break in July and August) at 6:00 PM as a virtual meeting via Zoom (video conference). Peer Review meetings (formerly called CRITSIG) and PhotoChats are also virtual meetings via Zoom. Many other events are being added to the calendar that are in-person events. Please check this website often as meeting dates and locations may change. 

 

By agreement of your Board in May 2021, the age of competition images has been modified for the unforseeable future. In the Reality divisions (Nature, Photo Travel, PJ General, and PJ Human Interest) there is now no time limit (prior restriction was 18 then 36 months) of the date of competition. Images in Monochrome and Pictorial divisions also still have NO TIME RESTRICTIONS so these images could have been taken at any previous time.

 

Peer Review meetings are a group session where members submit images for others in the group to suggest constructive improvements.  Peer Review now meets as a virtual meeting via Zoom in competition months at 6:00PM on the Wednesday (8 days) before the competition judging.

 

IMAGE SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR CLUB COMPETITIONS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2018.

Images must be not more that 1400 pixels in width and 1280 pixels in height.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Change in definition of Nature now no longer permits flower images, hybrid or not, except in specific circumstances. Click here.

 

 

 Click here for details of S4C and S4C competitions.

  

CHECK THE OUTINGS AND EVENTS PAGE FOR UPCOMING CLUB OUTINGS AND PHOTO SHOOTS.