The TPS needs two volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and Print Assistant. Please contact Judi Kubes to volunteer. We can't have a club without volunteers.

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 Tieger, Gabriel Lee, Kathy Admire, Maria DeKoker, and Tim Clifton for contributing their photos to the top header of our website pages.

 

Images Of Iceland Presentation
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

 

On January 22, 2024 a group of hardy adventure seekers from the Tacoma Photographic Society (TPS) embarked on a trip of a lifetime to experience the wonders of winter in Iceland.  Join Judi Kubes, Doug Hall, Bruce Severeid, Megan Pratt, Heather Curbow, and Cherise Smith on Wednesday, June 12 to view incredible images, hear stories, and discuss Iceland trip planning tips from this recent group trip.  There will be ample time to ask questions.  

The group will share their photographs which feature spectacular winter shots throughout the Southern Coast of Iceland. You will hear some funny and a few scary stories from the trip and get a good feel for what the Icelandic winters are like.  This fun event will occur at the University Place Library from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.  The library is located at 3609 Market Place West in University Place (36th and Bridgeport).  Free parking is available underneath the library building. 

Trips like this are open to the entire TPS membership and are planned every couple of years.  We have had trips to Moab, Banff, and now Iceland.  Join us for the next big adventure!


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

This presentation is free and open to the public and other photography clubs. Bring your friends!


 


 

Photo Field Trip Schedule

June 15 & 16 - Olympic Air Show at the Olympia Airport - 12:30-4:30 pm (doors open at 9:30 am) - Doug Hall    Olympic Airshow Website     Event Program      Purchase Tickets

June 22 & 23 - Black Lake Regatta - hydroplane races - hosted by the Evergreen Shores Beach Club HOA - 10 am-5:30 pm - Doug Hall - Check the website for parking & entry fees along with restrictions  Black Lake Regatta Website

July 25
- Wolf Haven International - $12 per person (sorry--no tripods) 8:45 am-4:00 pm - Debbie Koslowski - There is a limit of 15 people for this event - contact Debbie to reserve your spot - Wolf Haven International Website


 



Calling All Volunteers!

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

  • Treasurer - Rich Thomas will provide training
  • PSA Representative - Handles the PSA Club Competitions.  Contact Dorinda Wills.
  • Print Competition Assistant - Contact Bruce Severeid
  • Website Assistant - 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

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.  The vote will be held in June with the new board members taking office in July.  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:

Elected Officers:
President - Judi Kubes
Vice President - Tedd Wilkinson
Secretary - Julia Bradley

Treasurer - Vacant

Elected Committee Positions:
Projection Chairperson - Debbie Klosowski
Projection Secretary - William Jacobs
Print Chairperson - Bruce Severeid
Print Secretary - Larry Maddox

Volunteer Positions:
Projection Assistant - Dawn Umstot
Print Assistant - 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 photographing 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
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.

 

   

 

September 4 Projection Competition - September's Theme Is "Abstract"

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 this webpage.

Submit Images - TBA

Judging & Voting - TBA 

Review Meeting - Wednesday, September 4 - The image review meeting will be held in-person with social time and optional critiques starting at 6:30-9 pm 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 photo 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 photos. The website will keep track of which photos 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 photos 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.

 

 

September 19, 2024 Print Competition - September's Theme Is "Abstract"

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

Submit Images - Sunday, September 8 at 12 am until Wednesday, September 18 at 11:30 pm - You must submit your images online before 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 photos 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, September 19 - The meeting is at 7-9 pm with judging, voting, photo 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 photos will be placed in the Home Page slideshow with permission of the owner.  If you do NOT want your photos 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 a great success for us, and especially for all of the PNW photographer entrants! All photo entries are displayed at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup each April.

           
 

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