All of the miscellaneous stories that are of interest to Society Members.

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.

    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. 

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