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.
This is a long post. Here are the Cliff notes. Please do read the full article.
All current members will be assigned to the “Society Member” subscription level.
Your “Society Member” subscription will expire after two months. Around October 1st.
When the membership expires, you will no longer be able to participate in Society activities as a Member.
You will be able to Upgrade, Renew, Cancel or Abandon your subscription at any time.
The new competition year for PSA’s (Photographic Society of America) interclub competitions will begin again this fall. TPS participates in two competitions: open and nature. Although the primary focus of the competitions is between clubs, individual awards are also given. Last year TPS members won a number of awards, including Best of Show for Tim Clifton (‘Beauty’). Dan Suckow, Bud Harris, and Steve Russell also received awards. (Sorry if I missed you – let me know.)
Nature Division Restrictions
Although ‘anything goes’ in the open division, images submitted in the nature competition must adhere to PSA’s restrictive nature definition:
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Examples of manipulation: altering backgrounds, cloning. Exposure adjustment is allowed as long as the image looks ‘realistic’.
If you have a nature image that does NOT meet this definition, I will enter it in the open category.
Images per Round
I will be submitting 6 images in each of 3 rounds (11/15/20, 2/15/21 and 4/15/21) in both the open and nature competitions. As in past years, throughout the year I will ask you to submit images that I believe will be competitive. I select images from this ‘pool’ of your photos for each round. I try to select a range of subjects (e.g. not all bears, birds, landscapes etc.) If you submit a nature subject, please indicate if it meets the nature definition. It’s not always easy to tell. We operate on the honor system.
Posting Images on the PSA Website
IF YOU WANT YOUR WINNING IMAGES POSTED ON THE PSA WEBSITE, I NEED A NEW signed PERMISSION FORM (SEE BELOW). A new form must be signed for each competition season (one form is ok for both competitions). Please print and sign the form and return to me. You can also sign in PS, using a digital signature. (PS >new >new layer> write your name> save as PSD file and then save on desktop). You can email a scan or a digital signature. Whatever is easiest for you. The important thing is I NEED THESE PERMISSION FORMS
OUR STATUS AT THE START OF THIS NEW COMPETITION YEAR
Open Division – TPS is in Group A (the top ranked clubs) ranked at 21st out of 26.
Nature Division – TPS is in Group B ranked at 5th out of 25.
Competition is VERY STIFF (You might want to go to PSA’s website and click on ‘competitions’ – you can click on slideshows of winning images in many different rounds. This is where sending me the permission is critical. If you are a winner and you haven’t filled out the permission, your image won’t be posted.
A BIG THANKS TO MAGGIE TIEGER FOR AGREEING TO BE THE ‘ALTERNATE’ PSA EP!!
Olympic Kennel Club would like to officially invite The Tacoma Photographer’s Club back to shoot candid shots of our show August 12 – 16, 2020. We are excited to be able to put the show on this year but we will have some restrictions in place.
(1) The awards by which individual service and photographic achievements are recognized shall be made at such time and place and in such manner as the Board of Directors shall approve. Awards shall be based on a member’s earned Service Points and Photographic Points. The combined total of earned Service Points and Photographic Points shall determine a member’s classification Rank, and that Rank shall serve to distinguish the member’s over-all accomplishments in this Society.
Bylaws of the Tacoma Photographic Society Article 12, Section 1 – Definition of Rank
Stimulate Interest in Photography
The Constitution of the Tacoma Photographic Society sets our first purpose as the stimulation of an interest in photography.
Our system of member ranking and scoring makes for a competitive club. Members can choose how competitive they wish to be and are able to measure their success by their advancement. Remember, in this competition, your greatest rival is yourself.
Members who enter into competition are encouraged to improve through the feedback and critique they receive on their work, and the work of others.
This year, the annual competition has been postponed. Due to the measures in place to reduce the impact of the Corona Virus, we have not been able to collect and judge prints and projected images. Our current plan is to hold the competition in the late fall. Photographic Points awarded to the winners of that competition will contribute to member standing next year.
The following members are recognized for their continued progress as photographers within the Tacoma Photographic Society. It is especially nice to recognize new members who are on this list.
(4) In recognition of service to the Society through the years. Service Awards shall be given to members who have accumulated a minimum of 15 Service Points, and thereafter for each increment of 15 Service Points earned. A person need not hold Division membership or have earned Photographic Points to be eligible for a Service Award.
Bylaws of the Tacoma Photographic Society Article 12, Section 4 – Service Awards
Most Valuable Members
As Awards Chairman, I receive immense pleasure from presenting these awards. Recognizing those members who contribute the most to keeping the wheels on our Society is very satisfying. It is unfortunate that we can’t present these awards at the Society’s annual awards banquet, but we do live in interesting times.
A certificate of appreciation will be presented to these members.
Thanks to everyone who attended our online Zoom meeting last night. You provided me with a lot of encouragement and advice.
Most feedback was very positive saying the competition works well, and the social aspect is huge to them.
The consensus was that we should follow rules the same as we do at physical meetings for the Assigned Topic Competition. That is, depending on the number of images entered, members can only vote on so many images.
To constitute a competition there shall be a minimum of three competitors. Place winners shall be selected by popular vote. In popular-vote competition each person present shall have a minimum of one vote. Ties shall stand unbroken. Each image in a tie shall be given full credit for photographic points. At no time is a member allowed to vote for his or her own entry. The number of awards to be given and the minimum number of allowed popular votes shall be based on the number of entries, as follows; 3-5 entries: 3 votes; 6-8 entries 4 votes; 9-18 entries: 5 votes; 19-30 entries: 6 votes; 31-45 entries: 7 votes; 46-65 entries: 8 votes; over 65 entries: 9 votes.
The software does meet some of these requirements: a member can’t vote for their own image; a member can only vote for an image once.
Unfortunately, it does not allow putting a limit how many images a member can vote for.
Consensus – members on honor system
We decided that we should let members know how many votes they should cast and they will police themselves.
The competition secretary, currently the system administrator, will tabulate the votes and present them in a post at the end of the competition, in time for the review meeting.
The software provides excellent tools to download the results for analysis in Excel. Creating a Results Post as we have done for our Projection and Print competition will be no more onerous. If anything, it will be less work.
I think, in general, the meeting went well. As moderator, I am quite rusty. It has been some years since I last hosted a meeting in this way (retirement is great 😉)
Members unable to join
There were several members who attempted to join our meeting but couldn’t for some reason. We discussed the reasons why and it may be that they don’t have a camera or microphone on thier computer. An alternative would be to log in to the meeting on your phone and your desktop.
Zoom allows up to 100 users on a connection.
This way you would be able to participate through the small screen of your phone, while following along on the large screen of your desktop.
I would not advise investing in a webcam right now because they are scarce as toilet paper.
Zoom works across all platforms, Apple, Android, Windows.
Zoom allows up to 100 users to participate at once.
Normally Zoom limits free accounts to host large meetings for 40 minutes only. For the moment, they are allowing us to have longer meetings.
If you know of another online platform that offers similar features, share your thoughts in the comments below
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, the Board of Directors of the Tacoma Photographic Society has decided to cancel the Photo Salon and Competition at the Spring Fair, as well as our regular Print and Projection meetings through the end of April.
Our next scheduled meeting will be the Projection Division
Meeting on Thursday, May 7th, with the Print Division Meeting on May
At this time, we are not changing the Annual Banquet
schedule. It is May 16th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, 1:00
As the Annual Banquet is still going ahead, so will the
Annual Competition – with some rule changes – 9 images instead of 10 as we
won’t have any from April to select from. Total of 18 images – 9 from
Projection, 9 from Print.
We do have the issue of where to drop off Prints as we won’t
be meeting in time for Judging. – We will communicate the plan as it develops.
At this time the TPS Board of Directors has decided to suspend the TPS sponsored Photo Salon and competition at the Spring Fair.
If the Spring Fair is moved to a later date this year, we will consider reopening the competition. Otherwise, we look forward to returning next year and seeing all the great photos.
Thank you for your support and please stay safe and stay healthy.
The Washington State Fair hosts two fairs every year: The Fair, which runs from Labor Day through most of the month of September, and The Spring Fair, which runs for 4 days in April. The Fair, in September, presents a large photo salon with two competitions, The Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, and the Cascadia Photographers Exhibition.
Tacoma Photographic Society has managed The Spring Fair Photo Salon for over ten years now. We like to think it is a much more relaxed affair. For one thing, all family-friendly entries will be accepted and displayed. All images that place and major category winners receive cash prizes and all awarded entries will receive a ribbon.
To view the complete contest rules, click the Read More button.
To jump directly to the entry form, click here: Entry Forms