The TPS 2024 Annual Election has several vacancies: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Print Representative. Please volunteer to fill these essential positions. We cannot have a club without our members' assistance. Please contact Dorinda Wills today! Thank you!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To 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.

 

Tacoma Photographic Society Annual Spring Fair Photo Contest
April 11-14 & 18-21, 2024
Congratulations To All Of The Award Winners!

  • To see all of the placement awards, check out the TPS special web page "Spring Fair Photo Contest 2024 Results" or click here
  • To see all of the images that were submitted, the photographers' names, and placement awards, visit the special WIX website click here
  • You may also download a PDF file listing all of the photographers' names, image titles, and placement awards.  click here


A Special "Thank You" To All Of The TPS Volunteers And Judges
Who Helped With Various Jobs To Make This A Successful Event


Please stop by the TPS booth to look all of the beautiful photos on display at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington. 

The display is located in the Mattress Firm Showplex building, West Side, 2nd room from North (Entrance near Extreme Scream).  Vote for your favorite photo, each day of the fair, and it will receive a daily People's Choice Award!

A special "Thank You" to all of the Judges:  Alan Caddey, Eric Bastin, Sam Ruljancich, and Tim Clifton.

Thank you to these TPS volunteers for helping with the judging process, display setup, guest information help, display teardown, and miscellaneous jobs:  Andy Casillas, Bruce Benson, Bruce Severeid, Charles Price, Cheryl Thielhorn, Debbie Klosowski, Diana Warren, Dick Knudson, Dorinda Wills, Douglas Hall, Heather Mack, Joe Tieger, Judi Kubes, Kristina Allums, Larry Maddox, Maggie Tieger, Maria DeKoker, Megan Pratt, Richard Thomas, Sharon Seabrook, Tedd Wilkinson, Tim Clifton, William (Bud) Harris, and William Jacobs.

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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 still have a few Guest Information Slots to fill. Please sign up on the SignUpGenius website:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DACA82DAAFFC70-47250398-spring#/
  • 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
  • Program Manager - help members to organize field trips, and schedule guest speakers and presentations - Contact Kristina Allums 
  • PSA Representative - Handles the PSA Club Competitions.  Contact Dorinda Wills.

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!

 

 

TPS Board Of Directors Elections For June 2024 To May 2025

Each year the TPS holds elections for all board members including the Officers and six committee positions.  Even though some current members are willing to continue in their positions, that does not mean you can't throw your hat into the ring and run for any of these elected positions:

Officers:
President - vacant
Vice President - Tedd Wilkinson
Secretary - vacant
Treasurer - vacant

Committee Positions:
Projection Chairperson - Debbie Klosowski
Projection Secretary - William Jacobs
Projection Representative - Dawn Umstot
Print Chairperson - Bruce Severeid
Print Secretary - Larry Maddox
Print Representative - vacant

  • You can nominate yourself or other members of the club for any of the above positions.  If you are nominating someone else, you must have their permission first.
  • The duties of each officer and position are listed in the Bylaws which are posted on the website.
  • If you are interested in nominating yourself or another member, please contact Dorinda Wills either through the TPS website email system.
  • If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the current officers:  Kristina Allums, President; Maggie Tieger Vice President; Dorinda Wills, Secretary; Rich Thomas, acting Treasurer.

This club cannot run without your help!  Please help support this club by signing up today to fill these important positions.  We MUST have these positions filled to continue as a clubThank you for helping!

 

 

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 just a little 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 search through your image library for something that will make do.  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, 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.

 

   

 

May 1, 2024 Projection Competition - May's Theme Is "Reflections"

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 monthly 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 and on this webpage.

Submit Images - Thursday, April 18 at 12 am until Monday, April 22 at 11:30 pm.

Judging & Voting - Monday, April 22 at 11:30 pm until Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 pm.

Review Meeting - Wednesday, May 1 - The image review meeting will be held in-person with social time and optional critiques starting at 6:30-9pm as well as, through Zoom with this link: TBA

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, and PSA 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.

 

 

April 18, 2024 Print Competition - April's Theme Is "Motion"

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

Submit Images - Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00 am until Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00 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 Image Library for future reference and use including submitting them to the Annual Division Competition, and PSA competitions.  Yes, we are connected to the PSA organization!

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

Review Meeting - Thursday, April 18 - 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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