Do not enter any exhibitions that are not listed on the Official Current PSA webpage list. There are some unethical exhibitions that are making it appear as if they have PSA-recognition, when in fact they do not. Also do not pay for multiple exhibitions (so called subscriptions) based on them having PSA-recognition for future exhibitions, when in fact those future exhibitions have not been recognized by PSA. https://psa-photo.org/index. php?exhibitions-current-exhibition-list
Elena McTighe, HonPSA, MPSA
The Photographic Society of America
In 2013, UCO entered into an agreement with the Photographic Society of America (PSA) to house their 5000+ image Permanent Print Collection on long-term loan in UCO’s Max Chambers Library, Archives & Special Collections. The agreement will more than likely be extended because of the great collaboration happening between UCO and PSA. President Betz saw the potential the collection might have for research and as a teaching resource on the history of photography. In the past year, PSA has also generously funded four $2,500 scholarships that went to UCO students majoring in Photographic Arts.
Despite its name, PSA is an international organization with over 7,000 members in 70 different countries. PSA was established in 1934 with the goal of providing an organization where anyone interested in photography could join. The headquarters of PSA was originally established in Pittsburgh, PA moving to Philadelphia in 1949. During this period, the Society’s governing members took measures to ensure the sustainability of the organization well into thefuture. In 1942, the Society incorporated as a non-profit organization, making it a publicly supported entity with gift deductible status. In 1945, they established a charter for the PSA’s permanent print collection. This marked the beginning of the acquisition of prints donated by PSA members internationally.
In 1935 the first letterpress printing of the PSA Journal was issued. From the beginning, the Journal has documented not only the history of the Society but also the history of photography around the world.
In 1988, with the election of a new national president, Dr. Ralph E. Venk, who was from Oklahoma, the decision was made to move PSA headquarters and the print collection from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City. Before the collection moved it was poorly housed in non-archival wooden cabinets. The images were only roughly organized by date of donation and little to no provenance had been collected. Since the collection has been in Oklahoma the images have been transferred to proper housing, a complete inventory has been captured in a database and the scanning and cataloging of each image has been a priority for PSA.
Internationally recognized photographers including Ansel Adams, Aubrey Bodine, Yousuf Karsh, William Mortenson, Joseph Rosenthal, Arthur Rothstein, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston have all been PSA members and donated prints to the collection. However, what characterizes it as a unique collection in the history of photography is the fact that virtually every photographic process ever invented for the medium is represented by superb examples. Currently, the estimated value of the collection is close to $2 million.
Today, membership in PSA offers a wide variety of services and benefits including a monthly magazine, online photo galleries, image evaluation, study groups, instructional courses and competitions. Find more information at http://psa-photo.org
On April 3, 2019, an exhibition opening, The World of Photography by Photographers of the World, was held on the 3rd floor of Old North. In attendance were PSA members in town for their annual board meeting. Thirty-two images give viewers an opportunity to see various parts of the world through the lens of a diverse group of photographers. The exhibit will remain on display in Old North for the next year.
For more information, contact Nicole Willard at [email protected] or 405-974-2885.
iPhone Apps, Oldies but Goodies
Eight older iphone apps that I’m glad to have in my tool kit
For iPhone creatives, apps are the lifeblood of iPhone photography. Since first beginning to create imagery with the iPhone 4 in 2010, I’ve seen a lot of great (as well as forgettable) apps come and go, and when a great one goes, it’s a sad day.
Many of us have our personal favorites; that one app with a look that, once the app is gone, can’t be created in any other way. The world-wide counter culture of long-time iPhone creatives still mourns the loss of such classic apps as PhotoForge, Old Photo Pro, Pic Grunger, and Autostitch.
But, just as many favorite apps have gone to the Great App Graveyard in the Sky, some, thankfully, have been maintained and updated by their creators over many years and have avoided being torpedoed by the latest iOS upgrade. Some have been around for seven to nine years and even though they haven’t been updated for a year or more, they continue to function in the current iOS and on new devices.
In this article, I’ll share some of my favorite apps that have survived from the early days of iPhone photography. I’ll warn you, while some of these apps are as fresh as the day they first debuted in the App Store, some are very primitive, haven’t been updated in quite some time, and may, sadly, be near the end of their life.
I’ve tried each app with the latest update which, at the time of this writing, is iOS 13.1.2. All these apps are still available in the App Store and all continue to work with the new iOS on the iPhone XS Max and 11 Pro Max. I’ve listed the link to each featured app, along with the number of years the app has been available and the length of time since its last update.
Often, if an app hasn’t been updated for more than six months, it’s a clue that it is no longer being maintained by its developers and it may not be long for this world. But some apps have gone years without updates and continue to function. I’ll provide the information below about version and update history so you can decide if it’s an app you might want to try (or gamble on). In most cases the monetary risks are low since most of these apps cost less than $3.00.
One reason I appreciate these old apps that have often been eclipsed by newer ones, is that the old ones often retain a filter or look that only they can produce. In an age of push-button effects available to the masses, images often leave “tells” as to what app and even filter was used. I like to use these older apps and their lesser-known and lesser-used filters and textures. To further ensure a unique look, I often take an image, apply a texture or filter from an older app, then use the app Image Blender to blend the result with the original for a truly unique effect that won’t appear on anyone else’s image.
Pencil Camera, HD by Real Cartoon Camera FX, ljenzy (Created 7 years ago/ updated 10 months ago)
One of these old apps that is among the nearest and dearest to my heart is the app Pencil Camera. It’s not much to look at and the interface is klugey (computer slang for inelegant, inefficient, and clumsy), but Pencil Camera has 13 unique filters that I really enjoy. To my eye, most filters don’t necessarily look good out of Pencil Camera by themselves, but when combined with other effects, or blended with the original image using the app Image Blender, they add an attractive quality of texture and tone not easily replicated with newer apps. Pencil Camera has an in-app camera that allows you to create an image to work with, or you can open an image from the camera roll and process it in Pencil Camera. Each texture effect can be adjusted only for brightness, contrast and opacity.
Percolator by Tinrocket, LLC (Created 9 years ago/updated 1 year ago)
Percolator, incredibly, has been around for nine years! It’s been a year since it was updated, so I hope that doesn’t bode ill for this favorite.Percolator revolves around a coffee house theme where processing is referred to as percolating, and filters and textures have names like “coffee filter,” and “paper cup,” and categories are Grind, Brew, and Serve. This whimsical approach to altering the photography terminology is part of the fun of this app, but don’t let it’s cutesy, hipsterish theme fool you. It has some very creative processing options. It takes some getting used to the categories and how to manipulate them for desired results, but for those who take the time, it’s rewarding. This image of the two violins I made while attending a living room concert by the talented Indianapolis jazz fiddle player, Cathy Morris. The unusual shape of her electric violins and the sound she creates with them, captured my imagination and I thought Percolator was the perfect choice for creating an unusual look for this pair of unusual instruments. My wife, metalsmith, Nancy Lee, became a college student in 2016 and over the past several years, this corner of our living room has been her place to study, read, and brainstorm for her poetry and short stories. I wanted to show the space, but thought it warranted a hint of the surreal that would speak to the places she goes, physically and in her mind, when she studies. Once again, Percolator seemed to offer exactly the texture I was looking for. Painteresque by Simon Funk (Created 7 years ago/updated 9 months ago
Painteresque is another odd and complex app that’s been around for seven years. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole with all the setting options, but tinkering unleashes some unexpected and engaging looks. It offers a variety of texture treatments that are great for images loaded with details. Its Portrait option filter does a surprisingly good job of processing portraits with a beautiful look.
This is an image made on my morning walk in my neighborhood, then processed during an iPhone class I did at Robert’s Camera in Indianapolis. I like the depth that Painteresque creates by adding texture to the various details in the image. I’ve not found another app that has quite that unique look.
Inside the Longwood Gardens conservatory is a hallway with walls covered with ferns and other greenery. The hallway is also home to the 2014 recipient of the America’s Best Restroom award! The hallway is a must-see when visiting Longwood Gardens, and makes a great photo in color, infrared, and black and white. The image here is an iPhone image changed to B&W with Painteresque’s Charcoal Style, # 810.
Diptic by Peak Systems (created 7 years ago/updated 2 years ago)
Diptic is a way to compile images and videos into a structured collage. It gets its name from the Greek words for “two” and “fold,” although the app will also help create three panels (a triptych) and more, for displaying images. I use it to show before and after panels, or to present a collection of images with a central theme or story. It’s also possible to create a video that will move from one frame to the next, also great for displaying before and after of images or other subjects. Two years is a long time for an app to go without an update and still run, but I see no signs that it’s not working with the iOS 13.1.2. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! The app allows one to select the number of panels, determine the shape of panels, manage borders between panels, and allows for the adding of text to the entire collage, or to each panel.
I created this sequence as a homage to photographer Duane Michaels, whose multi-paneled sequences I first discovered in college in the seventies. The Diptic app is perfect for this sort of storytelling.
Diptic is the perfect tool for side-by-side comparison of two images.
Tiny Planet by Infoding.com (created 8 years ago/updated 11 months ago)
Tiny Planet was quite a novelty when it first appeared as an app eight years ago. It takes an image of a landscape or a row of things (people, objects, etc.), and twists them into a twirling circular abstract that can be grotesque, funny, or very artistic. These circles can turn in on themselves creating a “rabbit hole” effect, or turn out, creating what appears to be a sphere resembling the earth from space. Once the “tiny planet” is created, it can be manipulated with sliders to move it horizontally and vertically, and to distort it in various ways. I’ve used it to create some of my favorite images over the years.
The Santa Clause image was created using old Christmas tree ornaments and the app Tiny Planets. I photographed a row of ornaments which swirled into a magical menagerie in Tiny Planet. I manipulated the image with the various controls to get all the components into the position I liked, then finished with a vintage look and a touch of stars and circles from the app, Percolator (described in this article).
This image started as a linear landscape with a typical horizon line, but Tiny Planet twisted the horizon into a circle with everything on the horizon protruding toward the edges of the frame and into a fantasy farm yard.
Plastic Bullet by Zinc Technology, Inc. (Created 9 years ago/updated three years ago)
How this app is still working after three years without an update is a mystery to me, but it still works and I still appreciate the looks it offers. It’s about as simple as an app can get. You can select a “preset” and that’s it; the result can’t be manipulated in any way. It offers some great light leaks, soft finishes, and nostalgic tones that I don’t find in other apps. The app applies the look to the image and displays either a single image at a time, or four images on the screen. Tap to choose a look, and tap the share icon to save, and that’s it! Sometimes I use these looks right out of the app, and sometimes I blend the processed image with the original or apply another filter from Plastic Bullet or another texture app.
This image was made in an old house. The items in the window are vases, bottles, and shadows of items that were from days gone by and held some significance for me. I wanted to process the image to make it appear like it was made a long time ago, transporting the viewer into nostalgic reverie.
The contrast I saw between the inside and the outside is what called me to make this photograph. The regions, one visible to the other and separated only by a window, seemed to be parallel universes, one completely unaware of the other’s existence. The shadows on the wall and the empty chair added a sense of mystery and wistfulness that I wanted to emphasize and reinforce. I found a texture in Plastic Bullet with a softness and a tone that imbued the mood I was looking for.
I’ve since learned to create similar looks with other, newer apps, but I still appreciate the simplicity and subtly of the textures, tones, and light leaks that Plastic Bullet provides. Frax by Iter9, LLC (Created 6 years ago/updated 3 weeks ago)
Frax is one of the most fun apps I’ve ever played with. If I’d had it in the 70’s I may have never left home. Here’s what a piece of the app description from the App Store says about Frax:
Frax is an art program that puts the “equations of nature” in the palm of your hand. Frax is powered by fractal geometry, the same principle that creates patterns of self-similarity in our natural world.
With its many elements, Frax is not an easy app to learn to drive, but once again, rewards await those willing to invest some time in its complexities. The app allows the user to manipulate attributes including spectrum, colors, lights, textures, rotation, contour, backdrop, filigree, and so much more, and the results are nothing short of amazing to watch. In the beginning, I found myself entranced by the random shapes and transformations, but eventually learned to manipulate the variables to the point that I could create something that appeared real and less random and not completely abstract.
This image is an example of one of the endless fractal designs that the app generates, influenced by the choices of spectrum, color, texture, etc. It appears random, but the more you learn about the elements, the more you can direct the outcome.
In this image, I managed to manipulate the variables in such a way as to suggest a Christmas tree. I then used Percolator (discussed earlier in this article) to add festive circles of color. It’s become a favorite Christmas Card the past few years. Average Camera Pro by Dominik Seibold, (Created 8 years ago/updated 3 months ago)
Avg Cam Pro is a multiple exposure app that can take from 1 to 128 images with a single shutter press, making it ideal for doing intentional camera movement (ICM). The app is about as primitive as they come, but it works…mostly. I say mostly because there are controls that don’t seem to do anything. I’ve made images with the “slow shutter” switch on and off, and I can’t tell any difference. I’ve tapped the “Lock Exp/F/WB” button and don’t see that anything happens at all. I mention these apparent defects because I spent time trying to figure them out before concluding that they don’t work. But none of that matters! The parts of the app that need to work, work. To set up for your shot or shots, open the app and tap “settings” to display the few things you can set or change. Tap Toggle Camera to switch between the front and back facing cameras, select the number of photos to make, select an interval in seconds between photos (if desired), and, select a pre-start time if you want to delay the start of your exposures. All the other buttons (Slow Shutter, Lock/Exp/F/WB and the three dots) you can ignore because they don’t do anything! Oh, and don’t spend time looking for a way to switch between lenses on the multiple camera iPhones because you can’t. Now when you tap the shutter button, the camera begins to click the number of photos you selected. If you set no time between shots, then you’ll hear the shutter firing in rapid succession. So, what’s the big deal? Well, all the images you make in a single session are compiled into one multiple exposure. If you move the camera while the exposures are being made, you can create some wonderful abstract, impressionist images. Alternatively, if you have the camera on a tripod and elements in the scene move such as clouds, a stream, or people, the effects can be wonderful. Some years ago, I was inspired by the multiple-exposure work of photographer, Pep Ventosa. If you set AvgCamPro to wait several seconds between exposures, it will allow you time to move the camera to a new location before each exposure This colorful abstract was created by moving the camera in a circular motion while Avg Cam Pro combined eight exposuresWhat Can You Do to Save Your Favorite App from Extinction?
There are several things you can do that may keep your favorite app alive.
- Rate the app favorably on the App Store or Play Store.
- Write a review telling what you like about the app.
- Write the developer to say thanks for a great app, point out a bug you’ve noticed, or to request features you’d like to see added.
- Create great work with the app, and
- Share the app with your friends.
There’s no guarantee that these efforts will save your favorite apps from extinction, but it can help!
Thank you for all you do to support what I do. Until next time, keep on creating!
About Rad Drew
Rad Drew is a professional photographer from Indianapolis, Indiana, who creates with Fuji mirror-less cameras, infrared cameras, and iPhone cameras. Rad is a frequent contributor to the PSA Journal and was listed in the Photography Society of America’s Who’s Who in Photography, 2018, in the Editorial Awards category. Visit his website, www.RadDrewPhotography.com, see his How I Did It!™ videos on his YouTube Channel, and subscribe to his monthly newsletter for photographers.
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Hakka Villages in Taiwan
Hakka Affairs Councils—a government agency in Taiwan—invited four PSA representatives to visit Hakka villages in Taiwan on October 24th-29th, 2019.
PSA Liaison Officer for Macau; Hong-Sang (Harry) Woo, APSA, EPSA, PSA Liaison Officer for Malaysia, and Agatha Bunanta, APSA, GMPSA, GPSA, PSA International Relationships Vice President from Indonesia.
Twenty photographers, ten from Taiwan and ten from aboard—two from Europe and eight from Asia—participated in the program.
The program was created to promote an International Photo Exhibition of Taiwan Hakka Village in various places in Taiwan and overseas held in December 2019 and publication of a book featuring the exhibition photographs.Concento Marketing Service Company organized the event.
Just for Beginners
Turning Color Images to Black and White
Do you know there is more than one black and white (BW) version of your color photo? That is great news! It means you can create more than one appealing BW version. You are not stuck with the one basic image that appears when you simply remove all the color.
Yes, the basic version is with the color removed but without any other changes such as changing the contrast, exposure, or adding a filter. Sometimes you’ll like this basic version. Other times, it will be bland or even horrible. Take the time to learn how to use your image editor’s capabilities for black and white. In fact, to get a prize-winning image, expect to do more than desaturating your color image.
It is hard to predict the impact of your image once it has been converted to black and white. Colors lose their impact as colors. A blue sky becomes a big gray area. A red dress now has the interest of a gray dress. You are going to be surprised by the effect to the subject matter as a whole and to its image mood and sometimes even the composition or crop.
If your original color image is ho-hum (or if you are merely curious), you can see what it looks like in black and white. That’s what I did with the sailboat scene of Lake Superior. I liked the reflection of the sailboat masts. The afternoon overcast light produced a peaceful dreary look. For me, the black and white, version 1, adds impact with its added contrast and vignette and changes the time of day. Version 2 presents a calmer atmosphere.
Beginners can use apps to create a black and white (BW). These are called filters or presets with settings already done for you. Sometimes you can adjust them, too, depending on the software. Years ago I used glass filters on my lenses with black and white film. I also learned complicated methods to change a color image to BW in Photoshop and similar programs. Nowadays, image editing software offers even more and simple ways to achieve the BW look.
Changing to black and white is one of the few photo effects easily done on a phone’s small screen. Turn up the brightness on your phone (in case you’ve lowered it to save power) and look at every BW effect available to you in the Edit section after you take a photo on your own phone. I mean, just the camera app, not an additional app. You have no reason to go looking for more apps or other techniques if you already own what you need. Later (at least after you finished reading this article) you can acquire phone and tablet apps for creating black and white photos.
Of course, computer software applications like Photoshop®, Lightroom®, and so many more offer you both the same easy style of presets plus the more complicated techniques to convert your color image to black and white. If you lack expertise or desire to do that, join the crowd in using the presets in these programs. Know that people really love to acquire more and more presets. And your computer screen is so much larger than your phone, isn’t it?
Excruciatingly important! After finding your new BW look, evaluate your photo again. It will look different to you without the color. You may want to reconsider some basic editing changes such as cropping for a better composition to draw attention to a different area or to create a different mood. You’ll likely see some distractions to remove, because a previously unnoticed item is now an odd bright spot.
You have just created your new image in the computer (or phone or tablet) instead of solely with your camera. You have used your photographer’s eye again with the same subject matter. If you’re like I am, you may find it hard to stop with this one image. Aren’t you curious what your other images might look like in black and white? n
Carole Kropscot, FPSA
Carole Kropscot, FPSA
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BEST TIP I EVER GAVE MYSELF: You can open a photo taken with your non-mobile camera on your camera phone, edit it on your phone using an app, save it to the cloud or email it back to yourself, and open it on your computer to view it on you big monitor to make your final editing decisions. Learn how to do this procedure for your phone and also your tablet. It is well worth it, especially when you acquire other photo editing apps not available for your computer.
PSA International Print Exhibition (Gallery Show) in Beijing, China
PSA as a worldwide organization held an International Print Exhibition, a Gallery Show in Beijing, China, in cooperation with PSA-China. This event is a part of 10th Anniversary of PSA-China, a continuously evolving relationship of 10 years between PSA and PSA-China. This gallery show is one the biggest of the PSA International Gallery Shows, where we displayed 300 images from 228 PSA members who reside in 59 countries in five continents.
The opening exhibition was held on the 6th of August 2019, opened by PSA Executive Vice President, J.R. Schnelzer, APSA, EPSA, AFIAP, PSA International Relationships Vice President, Agatha Bunanta, APSA, GMPSA, GPSA, and the Founder and President of PSA-China, Daduan Deng, APSA, PPSA, SPSA, and Wang Li, APSA, EPSA, and PSA-China Vice Presidents.
The gallery show was held for one week from 6th to 13th of August 2019 in Museum of Visual Art, Beijing, China. It was a very successful exhibition with many guests including media coverage on the opening with visitors coming from different parts of China and other countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan and USA.
This gallery show is a beginning of a series exhibitions in China, where the photos will be displayed in 4 different cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shaoxing and ending in Cifeng, Inner Mongolia.
We would like to thank PSA-China for 10 years of support and cooperation and for organizing this series gallery shows. Also thank you to all PSA members who participated in this exhibition and special thanks to those who donated prints to PSA after the exhibition.
If you interested to join similar exhibitions in the future, please contact Agatha Bunanta at [email protected].
2019 PSA International Exhibition of Photography
The 2019 Photographic Society of America’s International Exhibition of Photography offered photographers from around the world the opportunity to compete in 21 different sections in the six divisions. The Projected Image Division (PID), Nature (ND) Division, Photo Travel (PTD) Division, and Photojournalism (PJD) Division each offered 2 Digital Sections. The Pictorial Prints (PPD) Division offered four and the 3D Division offered 6. To facilitate entry, mailing, and judging the Print Sections for ND, PTD, and PJD were aggregated into a new Exhibition offering 1 section each.
We would like to thank each of the exhibitors who shared over 9000 photographic digital images and prints in this year’s exhibition. As in the past, your participation this year is most appreciated. This is what makes the PSA International such a significant annual photographic event. This year we did experience a decrease in overall participation; most significantly from China, India, and the USA. Judging started less than a week after the closing date with various panels of judges selecting the very best images. The Digital images were compiled and shown during the conference in Spokane, Washington. Prints were on display for most days the conference was in session.
The PSA Exhibition website at https://psa-photo.org/psa-international/ shows all of the award-winning and many of the accepted images from all of the sections. These will remain on the website at least until the closing of the International Exhibition in 2019.
Ever since its launch, the exhibition website page remains one of the most visited photographic sites. All this has been made possible by the efforts of our Exhibition Webmaster, Dan Charbonnet III, HonPSA, EPSA. Even now, in my fourth year as General Chair, I would be remiss if I did not offer Dan my personal thanks for his continued hard work, for his patience, and for his willingness to share his knowledge and experience with me.
The PSA International Exhibition remains one of the world’s premier exhibitions and is open to all photographers worldwide. PSA members and non-members get an opportunity to exhibit, compete and win PSA medals and Division awards.
With so many sections, the PSA Exhibition is too large and too diversified to be judged in a single local area or by a single club, as most exhibitions are. Consequently, willing and dedicated PSA members and photographers from across the nation (and again, England.) volunteer to run a part of the exhibition. The chairs of this year’s volunteer staffs were:
Nature Digital, Dr. Greg Duncan, GMPSA, GPSA, EFIAP/G, of England;
Photo Travel Digital, Henry Ng, FPSA, EPSA, of Silver Spring, MD;
Photojournalism Digital, Ron Meyers of Broken Arrow, OK;
Projected Image, Howard Zatulove, PPSA, of Sun City, Arizona;
Pictorial Prints, Jaci Finch, APSA, and Doug Finch, APSA, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
Theme Division Prints ND-PTD-PJD, Jan Lee, FPSA, EPSA, and Wally Lee, FPSA, PPSA, of Edmond, OK;
3D Prints-Digital, Geoff Peters, PPSA, of Fairfax, VA;
A big “THANK YOU” is extended to each and every one of you for a job exceptionally well done. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm and want you to know that this exhibition would not be possible without your help, time, and effort.
These volunteers spend about four months on planning, receiving and validating the entries, and arranging for and conducting the judging. Once the judging is over, they compile the report cards, prepare results for the website, send out the awards, prepare displays for prints or digital shows, create the catalog and, finally, submit the official acceptance reports (EDAS). Then it’s time to start the preparations for next year. If you or any exhibitor would like to say “thank you” to any of the section chairs, please do so by using the PSA exhibition website at https://psa-photo.org/psa-international/ and click on the link, “ask the chairman a question.” Use the form to express your gratitude. This will be most appreciated by all our volunteers.
The exhibition chairs compile the exhibition results but the judges have the final say. They bring years of experience and their photographic prowess to evaluate your images and pick the very best. Our judging panels this year were:
Nature Digital: Mary Cantrille, FRPS, EFIAP, MPAGB; Tim Downton, ARPS, DPAGB; Valerie Duncan, GMPSA/B, EFIAP/G, ARPS; Iain Friend, CPAGB; all from England.
Photo Travel Digital: Judy Burr, APSA, EPSA, MD; Lynn Troy Maniscalco, HonPSA, EPSA, DE; Michael Tran, APSA, PPSA, MD.
Photojournalism Digital: Marea Arns Breedlove, Tom Whipple, Eric Spooner; all from OK.
Projected Image: Ella Schreiber, APSA, QPSA; James D. Smith, MPSA; Lynn Thompson, FPSA, MPSA; all from AZ.
hard work keeping the flow of money going to the correct accounts and to PSA Journal Editor, Donna Brennan for her preparation of the annual Exhibition article. Special thanks to Jan Lee and Wally Lee of OK for accepting responsibility for Theme Prints, including the separate Catalog. I also would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all exhibitors for your help, your suggestions, and your support. PSA looks forward to your continued participation in the 2020 International Exhibition and beyond. The PSA International is truly one of the finest exhibitions of photography and your continued support and participation will keep it there amongst the very best in the world.
Save the Dates: Sept 290Oct 3, 2020
The Colorado Springs Photo Festival will be held from September 29 to October 3, 2020, in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs. Attendees can expect to see many wonderful changes from previous conferences. Going forward, our conferences will have an entirely new format with a heavy emphasis on education, workshops and photographic opportunities. The conferences will be shorter, and photo-tours will abound. With our new look, we are giving our conference a new name: A Photo Festival. So, make plans now to join us in 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado for our first Photo Festival from September 29 through October 3, 2020. I promise that you will not be disappointed. There will be no scheduled business meetings, other than board meetings.
The Photo-Tour destinations will include: The Garden of the Gods; Cripple Creek; Vindicator Gold Mine Ghost Town; Paint Mines Interpretive Park; Cliff Dwellings and a Birds of Prey Photo Shoot. In addition, for those wanting to tour Colorado on their own, there are Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Maroon Bells near Aspen, Hanging Lake, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Telluride, The Dallas Divide and Pawnee Buttes. Colorado is a treasure for photographers.
The featured speaker for Friday night will be Art Wolfe. Many of you are familiar with Art and his fantastic programs; color images of landscapes, wildlife, and native cultures. He has been praised by environmental advocacy groups for the stunning visual impact of his photography. You can download and view the video for Colorado Springs at: https://psa-photo.org/index.php?2020-psa-photo-festival
Plan now to be in Colorado Springs on September 29 through October 3, 2020.
Elena McTighe, HonPSA, MPSA, PSA President
Image of the Year Competition
The PSA Journal invited the Society’s Divisions to report on their Image of the Year Competitions.
Projected Image Division
Image of the Year
Submitted by Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PID Chair
This year the Projected Image Division (PID) Image of the Year competition was organized by PID Image of the Year Director, Arnab Chakraborty, EFIAP. All PSA members who were awarded a Color or Monochrome PSA Best of Show, Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal in a 2018 PSA-recognized open or themed exhibition were sent an invitation to enter this competition.
The Projected Image Division has two Star Paths of Color and Monochrome. The new guidelines state for each Star Path there is to be one Gold Medal and One Silver Medal for each 100 images in the competition. The submitted images totaled 392 Color Images and 204 Monochrome images. Judging was held in July 2019 using remote judging andZoom to determine the final winners. The judges were Tirtha Dasgupta, APSA, SPSA, India; Stuart Lynn, APSA, QPSA, USA; and Nancy Speaker, QPSA, USA. Appreciation is expressed to all the talented photographers who entered.
Gold Medal: The Golden Eye, by Mohamed Tazi Cherti, QPSA, Morocco
Silver Medal: Bras Copper by Danny Yen Sin Wong, MPSA, Malaysia
Silver Medal: Winter Crystals by Jacqueline Hammer, Australia
Silver Medal: Beauty Indah Wath by Kim-Pheng Sim, MPSA, Singapore,
Silver Medal: Trust and Peace by Alakesh Ghosh, India
Gold Medal: Translucence by Pauline Pentony, England
Silver Medal: Lonely Tree by Chen Chu, Australia
Silver Medal: Two Horses black and white by David Laronde, APSA, MPSA, Canada
Photojournalism Division Smith Award 2018
John F. Larson, Jr. FPSA, MPSA, Director PJ Image of the Year
The End of the Year winner for calendar year 2018 is Ferdous Shabbir for his image Graveyard of the Ships. This winning image was announced at the PJD’s annual breakfast meeting at the 2019 Spokane conference. There were 115 images submitted for the competition. The silver award winners were Karl Markloff for Fotofinish and Dee McMillan for The Nose Knows.
Judges for this contest were one professional photojournalist John Lovretta photographer for the Burlington, Iowa Hawk Eye and two local photojournalists, John F. Larson, Jr., FPSA, MPSA, and Sarah Bissell members of the Burlington, Iowa Shutterbug Camera Club.
The director for the competition was John F. Larson, Jr. FPSA, MPSA.
Pictorial Print Division
Image of the Year
Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr., HonFPSA, GMPSA/B, Director, PPD Image of the Year
The Pictorial Print Division (PPD) 2019 Image of the Year competition is an annual invitational competition. All PSA-member exhibitors who were awarded a best of show or PSA medal for prints exhibited in Pictorial Print Division-recognized international print exhibitions in 2018 were invited to submit their award-winning prints in the Division’s Image of the Year competition. In 2019 the competition had four sections: large color prints, large monochrome prints, small color prints, and small monochrome prints.
An Image of the Year print and two Merit Award prints from each section were selected by the distinguished panel of judges: Marilyn Cloran, FPSA, MPSA; Rick Cloran, HonPSA, GMPSA; and Pam Lintner. The 12 award prints were displayed in the Print Gallery at the 2019 PSA Conference in Spokane. In addition, all prints entered in the 2019 PPD Image of the Year competition will be considered for acceptance into the PSA Print Collection. Congratulations to all Image of the Year award recipients.
Harvest Mice on Teasel_ _© _
Malcolm Jenkin, GMPSA/S, BPSA
The award prints in each section are listed below.
Image of the Year – Harvest Mice on Teasel by Malcolm Jenkin, GMPSA/S, BPSA
Award of Merit – Big Friend Small by Yong Zhi Li, SPSA
Award of Merit – Bat Drinking From Pond by William Lewis
Image of the Year – Let Me Answer by Ching Yan Brian Yu
Award of Merit – So Demure by Barbara Jenkin, GMPSA/S, SPSA
Award of Merit – One Room Apartment 2 by Sharp Todd, HonPSA, GMPSA/B
Image of the Year – Guangdong7 by Lung-Tsai Wang, GMPSA, GPSA
Award of Merit – Dreamscape Tekesi by Lee Eng Tan, MPSA
Award of Merit – Weathered by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA
Image of the Year – Cowherd Leads BW by Lee Eng Tan, MPSA
Award of Merit – Crosses by Ole Suszkiewicz, GMPSA
Award of Merit – Rhyana Happy by Barbara Jenkin, GMPSA/S, SPSA
2018 Nature Image/Print of the Year
Susan Mosser, HonPSA Nature Image/Print of the Year Director
This competition is held to choose the previous calendar year’s (2018) best image/print for the Nature Division. With the new regulations for all divisions this year only one Gold Medal, overall Image of the Year, was awarded with additional Silver Medals per 100 entries. The Silver Medal Award images can be found on the PSA website, Nature Division page. The competition was judged on August 10, 2019 by judges, Marilyn Cloran, FPSA, MPSA, Richard Cloran, HonPSA, GMPSA, and Shiv Verma, APSA. Any image or print that won a nature medal in PSA-recognized International Exhibitions by a PSA member in good standing were eligible. 1672 images/prints were eligible from 468 entrants in 51 countries, and 740 images/prints were submitted from 175 entrants from 41 countries. To make sure you receive your invitations for next year’s competition which will be judged two months earlier, please add [email protected] to your address book. Invitations to all medal winners for the 2019 year will be sent out in late March 2019.
The Gold Medal Image of the Year, as selected by our judges, was a Wildlife image titled, Siblings (15 Pts) Leah Gray, Canada
Complete List of Nature Image/Print of the Year Winners for 2018: Judged in August 2019
BEST OF SHOW—Gold Medal
Image of Year—Siblings Leah Gray, Canada
Silver Medal—Cheetahs Killing Bite Bob Devine, MPSA2, AFIAP, England, UK
SILVER MEDAL—NATURE OPEN
Silver Medal—Fierce Fight Wolfgang Kaeding, GMPSA, Germany
Silver Medal—Up Together Wolfgang Kaeding, GMPSA, Germany
Silver Medal—Lusbah Landscape, Mohammed Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA, UAE
Silver Medal—One Day Old Andy Polakowski, Wales, UK
Silver Medal—Cheetah with Kill in Masai Bob Devine, MPSA2, AFIAP, England, UK
Silver Medal—Churchill Wrestlers Gerald Emmerich, HonFPSA, GMPSA/B, WI, USA
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Judging for the 2018 Photo Travel Division (PTD) Image of the Year (I-o-Y) took place on June 24, 2019 at Cokesbury Village, DE.
Valentina Sokolskaya, PPSA; Lynn Troy Maniscalco, HonFPSA, EPSA; and Tom Tauber, APSA, MPSA, were the judges. They had a challenging assignment facing them.
The 121 entries represented photo travel at its best, including culturally and geographically diverse regions of the world, stretching from Antarctica to Siberia and including Africa, Asia, Malaysia, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.
Following considerable discussion and by unanimous consent, it was decided that the entry The Nenets Campsite 5 by Xinxin Chen, GMPSA/S, GPSA, was the PTD Gold Medal winner for 2018 and Image of the Year.
The Nenets are an ethnic group native to Northern arctic Russia. They speak either the Tundra or Forest Nenets languages.
Awards of Merit, which are plaques featuring Silver Medals, went to Kee Ong Wee Kee for Get Warm and to Guek Cheng Lim for Sunrise 22.
A selection of these amazing Photo Travel entries was featured as a slide show and ran on a loop during the Conference. Those who were unable to see it during the Conference can access it on the PTD web page.
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year. I look forward to seeing many more wonderful entries next year. Please remember you must be a member of the PSA to submit your entries.
2 0 2 0 P H O T O F E S T I V A L Evening Speakers
In addition to the Society’s Photo Festival being held in the great photographic location of
Colorado Springs, PSA has a line-up of spectacular speakers and presenters at the Festival.
Among our most notable speakers are the featured key-note speaker for Friday night, Art
Wolfe; Bob Krist, a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Popular
Photography, and Outdoor Photographer magazines; and Scott Wilson, four-time finalist in the
Landscape Photographer of the Year, in the United Kingdom.
Friday night’s speaker
will be Art Wolfe. Many of
you are familiar with Art
and his fantastic programs,
color images of landscapes,
wildlife and native cultures.
He has been praised by environmental advocacy
groups for the stunning visual impact of his
Actor Morgan Freeman has said, “Art Wolfe is a
virtuoso whose eye brings home, again and again,
the absolute need to preserve what we have.”
Along with his numerous book and television
awards, Wolfe is the proud recipient of the
Nature’s Best Photographer of the Year Award,
the North American Nature Photography
Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal for his contribution to the advancement of the Art and Science of Photography. (https://artwolfe.com/about/). Art will be presenting a multimedia program with projected images, video footage and live narration featuring adventures and images from his latest book projects, W_i_l_d_ _E_l_e_p_h_a_n_t_s_:_ _C_o_n_s_e_r_v_a_t_i_o_n_ _i_n_ _t_h_e_ _A_g_e_ _o_f_ _E_x_t_i_n_c_t_i_o_n_,_ _H_u_m_a_n_ _C_a_n_v_a_s_,_ _and including images from his current book project, W_i_l_d_ _L_i_v_e_s_.
The Festival’s Wednesday evening speaker will be Scott Wilson, presenting A Personal Journey Towards Photo-Advocacy._ _Scott is a landscape and wildlife photographer. Before moving to Colorado, he was a four-time finalist in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition in the United Kingdom. Since his move, his work has appeared extensively in media including T_h_e_ _S_u_n_d_a_y_ _T_i_m_e_s_,_ _D_e_n_v_e_r_ _L_i_f_e_,_ _D_i_g_i_t_a_l_ _P_h_o_t_o_g_r_a_p_h_e_r_,_ _T_h_e_ _S_u_n_d_a_y_ _M_a_i_l_,_ _C_o_l_o_r_a_d_o_ _O_u_t_d_o_o_r_s_,_ _3_0_3_ _M_a_g_a_z_i_n_e_ _and D_e_n_v_e_r_ _9_N_E_W_S_. Scott was named Denver’s Best Instagrammer in 2017, by W_e_s_t_w_o_r_d_ _M_a_g_a_z_i_n_e_, and this year he earned C_o_l_o_r_a_d_o_ _L_i_f_e_ _M_a_g_a_z_i_n_e_’s_ _Wildlife Image of the Year award for his coverage of Colorado’s wild horses.
Bob Krist, the Thursday evening speaker, will present Travel Photography: How to Keep it Real in the Age of Instagram. An accomplished writer as well as a photographer, Bob has served as a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Popular Photography, and Outdoor Photographer magazines. His how-to book Spirit of Place: The Art of The Traveling Photographer was hailed by American Photographer magazine as “the best book about travel photography we’ve ever read.” His assignments for National Geographic and other clients have taken him to over 150 countries on all seven continents, and his photographs have won awards in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and Communication Arts competitions.
With this outstanding line-up of featured speakers, the PSA Photo Festival is a must for all photographers. For more Festival information, please go https://psa-photo.org/photo-festival-2020/
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13th Shanghai International Lang Jingshan Photography Art Award Charity and Photography Contest, Shanghai, China
PSA Executive Vice President, J.R. Schnelzer, APSA, EPSA, was invited to attend the award ceremony of the 13thShanghai International Lang Jingshan Photography Art Award Charity and Photography Contest and the Shanghai International Lang Jingshan Youth Art Award Image Contest in November 15, 2019 in Shanghai, China. This competition is under patronage of PSA and FIAP.
Shanghai Overseas Chinese Photography Association (SOCA), a club member of PSA, organized the event. More than 300 photographers and young authors from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong attended the award ceremony. The award-winning works, including the youth winners, were displayed in the venue.
The 3rd China Sanmenxia Natural Ecology International Photography Exhibition
The Photographic Society of America, a worldwide organization, received an invitation from Studio of Master (Wink Group) to attend the 3rd China Sanmenxia Natural EcologyInternational Photography Exhibition in Sanmenxia, Henan, China, November 15-18, 2019. The exhibition was co-organized by China Photographers Association (CPA).
PSA was represented by PSA member Achim Köepf; Kah-Wai Lin, EPSA, SPSA, PSA Goodwill Ambassador, who exhibited their works, and Agatha Bunanta, APSA, GMPSA, GPSA, PSA International Relationships Vice President.
While attending this event, Achim Köepf received a Certificate of Appreciation for his works.
What is a Photo Festival?
September 29 through October 3, 2020
How will the 2020 Photo Festival differ from our traditional annual conferences?
A Photo Festival is a celebration of photography and includes multimedia projections, lectures, workshops, photobooks and photo tours. The results of competitions and the PSA International Exhibition of Photography will be shown on a continuous loop. Photo tours will be conducted on the same days as presentations. There will be vendors, a print gallery, evening receptions, division meals and awards, and the only business meetings will be conducted by the PSA Board of Directors. Other committee meetings can be held throughout the year by Zoom Video-conferences.
In the past PSA conferences have had a heavy dose of business meetings. The only meetings that will take place in 2020 are pre-Festival Board of Directors meetings. PSA now has the capability to conduct video conferences throughout the year. This is a much more efficient way to conduct important meetings and provides an opportunity for all committee members to participate. Instead of being concerned about attending meetings, you can just come to the Festival and have FUN. Divisions will still have their traditional subsidized meals at breakfast or lunch; affording members an opportunity to reunite with their buddies and conduct any necessary division functions.
Going forward, our Photo Festivals (conferences) will have an entirely new format with a heavy emphasis on education, workshops and photographic opportunities.
PT Image of the Year Award
Xinxin Chen, GMPSA/S, GPSA, traveled to Spokane from his home in China to accept the award honoring his Image of the Year. Les Lincke, PPSA, PTD chairman, presented the plaque to him at the division luncheon. He made his winning image, Nenets Campsite 5, in Siberia in January 2018, after reaching the remote location on a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile. His two-day visit with three minority families took a year of preparation and planning, and yielded many candid photos of their daily activities. The Nenets are one of more than twenty minority tribes from across the globe that he has photographed over the past decade. Congratulations to Xinxin Chen on his extraordinary effort to capture images that exemplify the PSA definition of Photo Travel to “express the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally.” This image also clearly meets the additional requirement that “Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment.
Donations, Gifts and Legacies
PSA Partnership With The Oklahoma City Charitable Foundation (OCCF)
Since the Photographic Society of America (PSA) receives less than 30% of its revenue from dues, it relies heavily on earnings from endowments and from donations and gifts. PSA has operating expenses but monies are also used for such things as maintaining the Historical Print Collection, providing scholarships to photography majors, funding the PSA Journal, and supporting clubs, chapters and divisions.
Individuals have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift of cash, stock and bonds, property and other assets to the Oklahoma City Charitable Foundation (OCCF) for the benefit of PSA. OCCF has the resources to facilitate any type of gift.
OCCF (www.occf.org) was founded in 1969 to help donors create lasting support for the charitable institutions it supports. PSA is one of its supported institutions. OCCF currently manages funds totally nearly $1.2 billion. PSA represents over $60,000 of that, and is in a permanently endowed fund which annually grants 5% of the moving average market value to PSA. OCCF provides tax information and professional support for a wide range of giving options. Individuals thinking about making a gift or legacy should first contact the PSA Treasurer at [email protected] [or chair of the Gifts/Legacies Committee] to determine the best alternative to achieve the intent.
There are many ways to support PSA through OCCF:
w Cash donation—make a straight cash donation to support PSA. See https://www.occf.org/psa/
w Legacies—Individuals can include a gift to the PSA endowment fund in OCCF through a number of alternatives. Each person should work with their attorney to finalize a will. OCCF provides a number of resources to aid in legacy planning. See https://www.occf.org/publications/occf_Wills.pdf
w Among the alternatives to consider are:
- Charitable remainder trusts—donor places assets in a trust that pays annual income. Donor avoids capital gains tax on donated assets and estate taxes on the asset value. At termination, the assets go the charitable organization.
- Charitable gift annuity—donor receives income for life, and at the end of the annuity, the remaining assets go to a charitable fund.
- Donor advised funds—donors to the fund receive an income or estate tax deduction and can determine when and where to distribute the funds.
- Legacy fund—a bequest benefitting a designated purpose
w IRA charitable roll over—individuals 70 and 1/2 and older can transfer funds from the IRA to a charitable organization tax free and have it count as part of their annual minimum distribution.
w Real estate—real property can be donated at the appraised value and capital gains avoided. Gifts for real estate are subject to the PSA gift policy
w Stocks, bonds, mutual funds—financial assets can be donated at market value for a tax donation and capital gains are avoided.
w Life insurance—a life insurance policy can designate either a fund or direct gift.
But Wait, There Are More Opportunities:
As an alternative to going through OCCF, individuals can make cash donations and bequests directly to PSA. For amounts over $20,000, however, the individual should first contact the PSA Treasurer at [email protected] [or chair of the Gifts/Legacies Committee]. More on this in future articles, but the means of giving parallel the opportunities to give offered by OCCF.
These gifts are also tax-deductible and are immediately available to support PSA.
Level of Giving and Legacy Wall:
Donations to OCCF or direct to PSA are honored in the PSA Level of Giving recognition. See https://psa-photo.org/index.php?levels-of-giving The Level of Giving honorees will be acknowledged annually in the PSA Journal.
Bequests to PSA are recognized on the Legacy Wall. See https://psa-photo.org/index.php?legacy-wall It is from the generosity of those who have gone before us that PSA is able to thrive as an organization today.
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