We need volunteers for the TPS Annual Spring Fair Photo Competition April 11-14 & 18-21, 2024. There are a lot of positions and a wide variety of jobs to do before, during, and after the competition. Please help with this important annual fundraiser by signing up on the SignUpGenius website at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DACA82DAAFFC70-47250398-spring#/

WELCOME TO THE TACOMA PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY!

We focus on promoting fellowship among our members, improving our skills, and stimulating interest in all branches of photography.

  • Learn from experienced photographers and meet new friends!
  • Enjoy Photography outings, guest speakers, & presentations.
  • Improve your skills through the club's educational website pages!
  • Take your photography skills to the next level with optional critiques.
  • Monthly print and projection competitions in-person & Zoom.
  • Participate in PSA and NWCCC competitions.
  • Meetings are open to the public.   All ages & skills are welcome!
  • TPS Annual Spring Fair Print Photo Contest open to PNW photographers.
  • TPS Annual Division Competition & Award Banquet--members only.

To join TPS or read more about a membership click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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see more competition results, log in and then go to Competitions > Competition Results or click here   A special "Thank You" to Maggie Tiegger, Gabriel Lee, Kathy Admire, Maria DeKoker, and Tim Clifton for contributing their photos to the top header of our website pages.

 

 Calling All Volunteers!

We need volunteers to fill the following positions as soon as possible.  Your help is very much needed and appreciated:

  • TPS Annual Spring Fair Print Competition on April 11-14 & 18-21, 2024. We have a lot of positions and a wide variety of jobs to do before, during, and after the competition.  Please contact Kristina Allums TODAY to volunteer to help!  This is an annual fundraiser our club counts on to cover the club's increasing operating costs of room rental, website hosting fees with Visual Pursuits, our Annual Division Competition, Award Banquet, and Ribbons, etc.
  • Projection Secretary & Assistant - We need to fill these positions permanently.  Contact Debbie Klosowski
  • Print Competition Assistance - Contact Bruce Severeid
  • Website Assistance - You do NOT need to know coding languages such as HTML.  This website is strictly created through menu features and tools.  You will assist with updating articles, updating the Home Page slideshow of winning images, and misc. duties.  Training will be provided - Contact Cheryl Thielhorn
  • Communications Manager - Contact Kristina Allums
  • Membership Chairperson - Contact Kristina Allums
  • Field Trip Manager - Contact Kristina Allums 
  • PSA Representative #2 - Contact Kathy Admire.  Kathy is the TPS PSA Representative. She handles the PSA Competitions.  You will be assisting her with other duties such as membership information.

Please consider helping out in any way you can to make this a more active, fun, and educational club.  Helping out with small jobs is greatly needed and appreciated.  It is also a great way to meet new people and earn a Service Point which allows you to progress in rank within the club and earn a certificate.  Contact Kristina Allums, Debbie Klosowski, Cheryl Thielhorn, one of the board members, or a committee member to volunteer.  We cannot have a club without volunteers!

 

2024 Competition Dates And Theme Assignments

Monthly Themes are chosen to encourage people to explore outside of their comfort zone and try shooting something different.  They stimulate your imagination, creativity, and resourcefulness. They encourage you to look around and pay more attention to something you might not consider photographing.  It takes some effort to look for these specific subjects which, surprisingly, can be fun and interesting.  Some clubs call it a “Club Challenge”.  Are you up to these monthly challenges? Don’t just mine your image library.  Go out, explore, try something new, and have fun!

The more accurately the photograph expresses the theme, while achieving high-quality photographic and technical standards, the more likely your photo will receive more popular votes. The Theme subject must be the main subject of interest.

 Projection Meeting Dates
 Themes Print Meeting Dates
Wednesday, March 6
Patterns Thursday, March 21
Wednesday, April 3
Motion Thursday, April 18
Wednesday, May 1
Reflections Thursday, May 16
Wednesday, June 5
Blue Hour*
Thursday, June 20
July & August - No Meetings

July & August - No Meetings
Wednesday, September 4
Abstract  Thursday, September 19
Wednesday, October 2 Monochrome  Thursday, October 17
Wednesday, November 6
Yellow 
Thursday, November 21
Wednesday, December 4
Still Life  Thursday, December 19

*Please read the Educational pages for information on photographing during sunsets, sunrise, golden hour, and blue hour, including camera settings and editing techniques:  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

   

 

March 6, 2023 Projection Competition - March's Theme Is "Patterns"

Meetings are open to the public; however, you must be a club member to compete in monthly print and projection competitions.

We are pleased to offer TWO ways to attend the Projection Competition meetings--either in person or via Zoom! The Zoom link will be emailed to everyone before the meeting date and will be posted on the Calendar. 

Submit Images - Thursday, February 22 at 12 am until Monday, February 26, at 11:30 pm.

Judging & Voting - Monday, February 26 at 11:30 pm until Saturday, March 2

Review Meeting - Wednesday, March 6 - The image review meeting will be in-person with optional critiques at 6:30-9 pm, as well as, through Zoom with this link:

Meeting Location - Curtis High School, 8425 40th Street, University Place, WA  98466   Google Map

Directions:  Turn into the small parking lot (by the reader board sign and the big rock).  There are also flagpoles by the main entrance.  Go to the outside door marked "Staff Development Room".

Submission Requirements:          
  • Export/Save
    your images in JPEG, sRGB, 80% quality, no larger than 1920 px wide x 1080 px high, and a 1.5 MB file size limit.     
  • Submit your images on the website at:  Competitions > Submit Images For Print or Projection  OR  click here   
  • Please capitalize your image titles & check your spelling.  The public will see your mistakes and we can’t correct them for you. 
  • DO NOT include your name or the file name in the image titles.  The automated features of this new website will automatically insert your name into the proper place.
  • DO NOT include "For Comment" or "Not For Comment" in the title of your images. The website will keep track of which image you select "For Comment" and "Not for Comment" when you select one of those options.

Your images will be automatically placed into your private Image Library for future reference and use including submitting them to the Annual Division Competition, PSA, and NWCCC competitions! You will also be able to read all of the helpful educational critiques from our members.

Winning images will be placed in the Home Page slideshow with permission of the owner.  If you do NOT want your winning images included in the slideshow, please contact Cheryl Thielhorn through the website email message system.  For more projection information and competition rules, click here.

If you are not a member of the TPS and would like to start competing in Print and Projection Competitions, join the TPS by clicking here. After paying your dues, create a login name and password on the Home page of this website.  After logging in, set up your account profile on the My Account > My Account Settings page of this website.  Be sure to choose your security/privacy settings options.

 

 

March 21, 2024 Print Competition - March's Theme Is "Patterns"

Meetings are open to the public; however, you must be a club member to compete in monthly print and projection competitions.

Submit Images - March 12 at 3:00 pm until March 20 at 7:00 pm - You must submit your images online prior to the meetingPlease note that we no longer accept walk-in print registrations on the night of the meeting.  Therefore, please make sure you have pre-registered your prints on the website with a digital image of your print, before the cut-off date/time.  This change will allow the meeting to proceed on time, make the scorekeeping a smooth process, and create less work for all of our volunteers.  Plus your images will be stored in your private and secure Image Library for future reference and use including submitting them to the Annual Division Competition, PSA, and NWCCC competitions.  Yes, we are connected to both organizations!

Judge & Vote - Judging and voting are done in person at the review meeting.

Review Meeting - Thursday, March 21 - The meeting is at 7-9 pm with judging, voting, image review, and optional critiques. 

Location - Waller Road Grange, 2708 64th Street East, Tacoma Google map

Submission Requirements:

  • Commercially
    made color prints shall be accepted in the Print Division competition.
  • As stated in the Bylaws, Print Division entries shall be a minimum of 35 sq. in. (e.g., 5″ x 7″) not including mounting. Maximum combined print and mount size shall be no larger than 320 sq. in. (e.g., 16″ x 20″).
  • Submit your images on the website at: Competitions > Submit Images For Print or Projection  OR  click here.
  • Please capitalize each word in your image titles and use proper word spacing. Please check your spelling! Everyone will see your mistakes which we can't correct for you.
  • DO NOT include your name, the word "copy", or numbers in the image titles.  The automated features of the website will automatically insert your name into the proper place.
Winning images will be placed in the Home Page slideshow with permission of the owner.  If you do NOT want your images included in the slideshow, please contact Cheryl Thielhorn through the website email message system.  For more print information and competition rules, click here.

If you are not a member of the TPS and would like to start competing in Print and Projection Competitions, join the TPS by clicking here.  After paying your dues, create a login name and password on the Home page of this website.  After logging in, set up your account profile on the My Account > My Account Settings page of this website.  Be sure to choose your security/privacy settings options. 


The Tacoma Photographic Society is proud to be a member of these two fine organizations:

   

The TPS extends our sincere thanks to these local companies for helping make our TPS Annual Spring Fair Photo Competition (displayed at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup each April) a great success for us, and especially for all of the PNW photographer entrants!


           
 

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