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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:

    ENTER A COMPETITION — https://www.thefair.com/get-involved/competitive-exhibits/

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    Online Projection Division Competitions

    At our last meeting, October Online Competition #2, we talked about how we are going to change things up.

    1. The first meeting of the month, on the first Thursday of the month, will become the Projection Division Competition
    2. The second meeting, on the third Thursday, will be either an education/workshop session, or a Society sponsored theme competition.

    This article will explain how the Online Projection Division Competition is going to work.

    Membership Management Changes

    Introduction

    Last year The Society voted to allow membership dues to be paid at any time during the year. The dues would cover a full year. There were several reasons for the change. The topic of this post is one of them.

    In preparation for the coming year, TPS Member Accounts on our website will be migrated into our Membership Management Plugin. This plugin, Paid Membership Subscriptions, will enable you to directly manage your membership level.

    Summary

    This is a long post. Here are the Cliff notes. Please do read the full article.

    1. All current members will be assigned to the “Society Member” subscription level.
    2. Your “Society Member” subscription will expire after two months. Around October 1st.
    3. When the membership expires, you will no longer be able to participate in Society activities as a Member.
    4. You will be able to Upgrade, Renew, Cancel or Abandon your subscription at any time.
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