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Results from Round 2 of the PSA Nature and Open Interclub Competitions

Crystal Geyser by Maria DeKoker [ 1st Place – Projection – December 2020 ]

TPS results from Round 2 of the PSA Nature and Open Interclub Competitions

Kudos to four TPS members who won awards in the most recent PSA competitions:

  • Steve Russell received a score of 15 (out of a possible 15) for ‘Halloween Pennant Cooling Off in Breeze’ in the Nature Competition.   He placed first and will receive an award of merit.
  • Judi Kubes received a score of 14 for Autumn Light in the Open Competition.  She placed second and will receive an award of merit.
  • Trinda Love received a score of 12 for ‘Spirit Island’ in the Open Division and will receive an Honorable Mention Award.
  • Maria DeKoker received a score of 13 for Crystal Geyser in the Nature Competition and will receive an Honorable Mention Award.

Kudos, as well, to the other members whose images were submitted in the Round 2 Competitions: Dorinda Wills, Kristina Alums, Bruce Benson, Richard Knudson and Maggie Tieger.  As a club, we are doing extremely well.

In addition to TPS members participating in Round 2, over the past two years ten TPS members have also had images submitted: Sal Ahmed, Tim Clifton, Bud Harris, Debbie Klosowski, Judith Lilly, Larry Maddox, Nancy Mooney, Bruce Severeid, Joe Tieger, and in Memorium – Dan Suckow.

TPS is in Group B (2nd highest standings) for both the Nature and Open Competitions.  Given that hundreds of clubs around the world participate in these competitions, TPS has a very high standing.  The competition is incredibly challenging.  To see winning images go to: and look for ‘competitions’ .  There is also a slideshow running on the home page.  The images are pretty amazing. There is much to be learned.

Included are two PSA articles which go into great detail on how ‘judges think’ in terms of scoring.

The next competitions will be in April.

Service Points Opportunity

I was teasing one of our senior members the other day about not entering any photos into competition. He responded by saying

Great! I can win a boat load of photo points, but I need at least one service point to progress in rank.

While talking to Heather about another matter, I mentioned this dilemma. We thought about it for a moment, and she suggested that anybody who creates an article for the website is deserving of a service point.

Bob Wills Snags 2 PSA 2nd Place Awards in Print

Kudos to Bob Wills for taking 2nd place in two different PSA competitions. You can see his and the other winners at:

Bob’s ‘Mt. Rainier’ took 2nd in the Mono Print Division

Bob’s ‘Bunratty Cottage’ took 2nd in the Star Color Division.

Kudos Bob. This is a very big deal.

Most of us are primarily familiar with the two interclub competitions we regularly enter as a club– Projected Image Division and Nature Division. However, there are many other competitions offered through PSA (Photographic Society of America). PSA has member clubs from all over the world. Especially now that we are all quarantined, what a good time to check some of these out. If you enter and place, please advise Kathy Admire, our PSA representative.

Round 1 Results – PSA Nature Competition

I am pleased to announce that Dan Suckow received an Award of Merit (highest award) for ‘Back Off’ in Round 1 of the PSA Interclub Nature Competition. The Competition consists of entries from hundreds of clubs from all over the world. Dan, we so will miss you and your work. Janyce, you should be very proud.

Thanks to Bruce Benson, Maggie Tieger, Joe Tieger and Doug Hall for submitting very fine images, as well. Our members collectively have us in Group B which is a very big deal.

Round 1 PSA Open Competition Results

[Note that the captions on these images reflect how they place in TPS competition, not PSA.]

Congratulations to Sal Ahmed for receiving an Award of Merit (the highest award) for Devil’s Teeth-Norway and to Dan Suckow for receiving an Honorable Mention for Broken Flower in Round 1 of PSA’s Open Competition. 

Entries by Judi Kubes, Maria DeKoker, Trinda Love, and Bruce Severeid also contributed to TPS placing 4th out of twenty-five clubs in Group B, which is a very big deal. 

A Tribute to Dan Suckow

This article was originally posted on November 17th, 2020.

2020 will go down as a bummer of a year (yes, my age is showing.)

The constant on again – off again lockdowns. The tone of the election (left or right, you have to agree it was terrible.) And on top of that, the loss of those we love. For me, my older brother who passed yesterday (cancer), and now Dan Suckow; a member of the Society who is so passionate about all things photographic.

Dan’s Condition


It is with great sorrow that we share with you the passing of Dan Suckow on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 7:00 in the morning.

His passing was peaceful, at home with family. We know that the members of the Tacoma Photographic Society will wish Dan Godspeed on his journey and we offer our sincere condolences to Janyce, Mysti, Talia and their family.

His passing leaves a gaping hole in the Society. He will be missed.

Let me start by letting his family update you on his condition. The following message was forwarded to me to share with you.

No Meeting November 19th.

There will be no meeting on Thursday, November 19th. The Northwest Council of Camera Clubs Annual Convention is being held online during this week.

Tacoma Photographic Society encourages all members to attend. Visit the NWCCC site to sign up and attend.

2020 NWCCC Virtual Conference

We will resume our normal schedule with the Projection Division Meeting on December 3rd.

Our December 17th meeting will be a Society Competition – The assigned Topic is HOLIDAY.

About Color Space or Profiles

This article was originally posted to Dave Scott’s website, Northwest Moments.

Frequently, in our photo competitions at the Tacoma Photographic Society, makers have comments like “My image was brighter on my screen at home.”

99.9% of the time the issue is likely caused by the maker exporting the image to an incorrect color space or color profile.

If you are exporting an image to be displayed on a website, it is absolutely critical that you choose the correct color space.

There is only one: sRGB.

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