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

Membership Management Changes


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.

  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.

PSA Interclub Competition Rules For the 2020-2021 Year

PSA Interclub Competition Year Begins

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.)  

Olympic Kennel Club Dog Show – 2020

Olympic Kennel Club Dog Show – 2020

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.
Jennifer Babb, OKC Public Relations

Images courtesy Cheryl Thielhorn

Online Webinar: Moving in Closer – Advanced Macro June 12th

F67 Camera Club is Hosting

Our fellow camera club F67 has arranged for an online presentation on Advanced Macro Photography by Gettle Photography.

It is FREE, and membership in F67 or any other camera club in NOT mandatory, however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. After registering you will receive an email with the zoom link in it and instructions for joining the presentation via Zoom. You do not need a camera or mic to participate in the program. The hosts share their screen so you can see and hear them live, but they do not share the video or audio of attendees. You will be able to ask questions through a Q/A chat box.

Here are the details:

F/67 Camera Club Presents a Zoom Webinar
Moving in Closer – Advanced Macro By: Steve Gettle
When: Friday June 12th at 1:00 PM PST
Space is limited – pre-registration required: Click here to register

Look into the eyes of a dragonfly. See the scales on the wing of a butterfly. Gaze into the dew drops on a spider’s web. A beautiful new world opens up when we move in beyond 1:1 (1:1 = a full frame shot of a nickel). During this course we will explore the exciting world of more extreme macro photography. You will learn how to use special techniques and equipment to peer into the world of the truly tiny. We will explore some simple things like extension tubes and close-up diopters to get in close, as well as more specialized techniques and equipment like microscope objectives and focusing rails. We will also discover the creative doors kicked open through the use of focus-stacking and high-speed flash.

About Steve & Nicole

Steve and Nicole lead nature photography tours to exciting destinations around the world. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of the natural world and helping people capture amazing images of our planet. Steve has over 30 years of nature photography experience and has been recognized through numerous awards. These include being a multi-award winner of the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year and recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. His images are often featured in National Geographic and other nation-wide publications. Nicole has over 15 years of nature photography experience and enjoys discovering and sharing wild connections with others.

Please register early – we watch the registrations and if the sign up is too low as it gets close to the scheduled date we will cancel. After registering, they will receive an email that has the zoom link in it.

If anyone has trouble with the pdf, here is the registration link:

Heather Mack
Tacoma Photographic Society

Recognizing Rank Advancement

(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.

Annual Competition

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.

Rank Advancement

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.

Congratulations to:

Member NameRank
Dawn UmstotAssociate
Bruce SevereidFellow
Cheryl ThielhornFellow
Maggie TiegerFellow
Nancy MooneyFellow
Judith LillyStar Fellow
Trinda LoveStar Fellow
Kathy AdmireTwo-Star Fellow
Richard KnudsonThree-Star Fellow
Carla GramlichFour-Star Fellow
William (Bud) HarrisFive-Star Fellow
Richard (Charles) PriceSix-Star Fellow
Dorinda WillsEight-Star Fellow
Tim CliftonNine-Star Fellow
Dan SuckowTen-Star Fellow

Please refer to the Society Bylaws for a full list of the Society Progression Ranks.

Individual members may view their current rank and progress towards advancement on their activity report. You will find a link to your activity reports at the bottom of you Membership page.

Service Recognition for Year Ending April 30, 2020

(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.

Member NameService
Carla Gramlich15
Trinda Love15
Dorinda Wills46
Heather Mack80
Dave Scott98

A certificate of appreciation will be presented to these members.

Online Competition Meeting Recap

The Five Minute Tour

This YouTube video may answer a lot of questions.

TPS Online Competitions – the 5-minute tour

And the meeting notes.

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.

Society Bylaws

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.

The Tools

Zoom Meeting

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.

Why Zoom?

  • 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

Software works well

The plugin that we have purchased and installed is called Photo Contest WordPress Plugin.

There are a few notable shortcomings that the author has told us he is improving:

  • Only a System Admin can manage a contest – this means delegating ownership of contests is not as simple as it should be.
  • Contests must be on a WordPress Page, not a WordPress Post. – While not a huge issue, it adds to administrative overhead.
  • Users can edit and delete their images from the contest, but they are not removed from the WordPress Media Library. – Again, more administrative overhead.

Three Awards: Round 2 PSA Nature Competition

Tim Clifton for ‘Beauty’ received Best in Show.

Steve Russell for ‘Yellow Jacket’ received an award of merit.

Dan Suckow for ‘Young Grizzly’ received an Honorable Mention.

These awards were made from hundreds of submissions from all over the world.

Thanks also to Bruce Benson (‘Foxes’) and Maggie Tieger (‘Rockhopper Penguin’) who also did very well.

We had one image disqualified because there was an identifying watermark. I didn’t notice it. Let’s be sure that these aren’t on any future images.

It is a privilege to be able to share such great information with all of you.

Kathy Admire
PSA Representative

TPS Meetings and Competitions Cancelled Through April

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 21st.

Annual Banquet

At this time, we are not changing the Annual Banquet schedule. It is May 16th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, 1:00 pm

Annual Competition

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.

Stay Well – Stay Safe

Please take care.

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