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Projection Division Update

Featured Image: Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Maggie Tieger ◇ 1st Place ◇ Division ◇ September 2021

Changes to the Division

In these extraordinary times that we live, TPS members have not come together in a physical meeting for over eighteen months. We have been holding our meetings virtually via ZOOM, and uploading and posting our images to an online contest gallery.

The way we have been judging and tallying the popular vote has been stretching the rules laid out in the TPS Bylaws. The work required to manage and update the Division Competitions has become quite a bit larger than it was with in person meetings.

Change is required and changes are being made. We

  • have new leadership
  • have new rules

Please continue reading to understand these changes.

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Print Division Update

We’re Back

Featured Image: Too Early by Richard Price

Like the Washington State Fair, We Are Back!

Our meeting on August 19th was successful with 15 entries from 8 members. You can view the results below. (click here)

Our September meeting will again be at the Waller Road Grange, on Thursday September 16th. We look forward to seeing you there.

Waller Road Grange

The members and guest attending the meeting all felt that the Waller Road Grange hall is a great place for TPS to hold our Print Division meetings going forward. There is plenty of parking; the hall is large; there is a kitchen. The consensus was that the venue is a winner.

Entry Deadlines Extended

We understand the reluctance to commit to entering print division competitions because you may be unsure about whether you will be able to attend so, the Division has decided to extend entry deadlines up until the beginning of the meeting.

This means you may enter your prints here on the website (open competitions) or bring your prints to the meetings. Enter and check in your prints at the same time.

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Washington State Fair

The Washington State Fair, our fair, in Puyallup is well underway and with it the Photography Exhibition including the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, the PSA sponsored event, and the Cascadia Photographers Exhibition.

I say our fair because Tacoma Photographic Society members enter a lot of photos to both competitions and consistently place well.

Congratulations to Debbie Klosowski for her photo Early Morning in Hanoi which took Best of Show in the Cascadia exhibition.

Looking at the results report on the fair’s website, (click here) I believe that most every member entering received at least an Honorable Mention or a Judges Choice. I should also mention that the ratio of accepted prints and images to not was very positive also. Working at the Photo Salon allows me to see just how many photographs don’t make the cut so…

Well Done!

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Projection Division Moves Back Online

The COVID Swirl

We all know the world is in an upset condition these days. Masks on – masks off – in person meetings – virtual meetings. Which way do we go?

Our print meeting last week (August 19) proved to be successful, we thought. There were fifteen entries with nine members and one guest in attendance. A full report is forthcoming.

So, while we would like to go back to a normal state, where all meetings are in person, and while we have a great facility at our disposal, your Board of Directors has decided that we should continue to host our Projection Division online for the next few months.

Updates to Competition Entry Process

As we get back into in-person meetings again, we are updating the competition process. We are making these changes because the Online Photo Contest software we have been using does not manage in person competitions. We are also streamlining the process we have used in the past to make it easier for you and for the Division Team volunteers who accept our entries and manage the events.

Meetings and Competitions

We hope you are enjoying our June Heat Wave.

In Person Meetings

Tacoma Photographic Society is planning to resume in person Print Division meetings at the Waller Road Grange Hall. The address is: 2708 64th St E, Tacoma, WA 98404 (Google Map). You can check out the site on Facebook here: Waller Road Grange | Facebook.

The Board expects that Tacoma Photographic Society will be able to use this facility for our in-person meetings going forward. You may recall that TPS Projection Division usually meets on the First Thursday of each month, while the Print Division usually meets on the third Thursday.

There will be NO Projection Division meetings, virtual or in person, until September. The format of that meeting is to be determined.

We plan to hold print meetings in July and August provided there is sufficient interest from you, our members. These meetings would be Society only competitions on Thursday, July 15th, and Thursday, August 19th. Because this is a Society competition, we will not have a panel of judges score your prints. It would be Popular Vote Only.

The board would like to know how many members would attend meetings in July and August. Please complete the questionnaire below to help us plan.

We realize there are concerns about COVID, and we will do our best to observe the County, State and CDC requirements for in person meetings. We expect members attending our meetings to do likewise. The Waller Grange facility has plenty of space to socially distance. We will not ask about vaccination status. If you would be more comfortable wearing a mask, please do so.

    Subject: Summer TPS Meetings

    Will you attend an In-Person Society Print Competition meeting in:

    Washington State Fair Photo Salon

    Sunset at the Fair by Kathy Admire — 2nd Place – Projection – November 2020

    The entry forms for both the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, and the Cascadia Photographers Exhibition are now available on the Washington State Fair website. You can download the entry forms from this page:


    Look for the dropdown section: Photo Exhibition Information

    TPS continues to do very well in PSA Competitions

    Results from Round 3 of the PSA Open and Nature Interclub Projected Image Competitions (PID) are in.  TPS is in Group B for both divisions (these determinations are based upon our scores from last year). TPS continues to do extremely well.  In the Open Division we ended up placing 10th out of 25 clubs from all over the world.  In the Nature Division we were 11th.  This marks the end of the 2020-21 competition year. Club standings are often only separated by one judges point.

    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.

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