2016 PSA Travel Competition Results

The results are in for the PSA Travel Competition Round #2.  We had very high scores in this round! The Club’s total score was 73 which put us in 2nd Place for Group B (out of 18 clubs competing in this round! The combined score for us for Round #1 and #2 is 134 points (61 and 73 respectively). So, we placed 3rd (out of 18). The leader is at 149 points and 2nd place is 145 points.

We are gaining momentum!! Yay, team!!

The next PSA Nature Round #3 due date is April 2Here are the nature submission guidelines.  PSA Travel Round #3 due date is May 7. Here are the travel submission guidelines.  Send us your best work!!  Take a look at the club entries for Round #2.

Don Schroder – Himba Woman and Child – Score 15 -1st place

Larry Bardawil – Morning Glow, Grand Canyon – Score 15 – Honorable Mention

Bob Becker – Pemaquid Light – Score 12

Lee Levin-Friend – Mt. Ranier Late Afternoon – Score 12

 

Howard Sherer – Midnight in Iceland – Score 10

Tejus Shah – Red Mill in Winter – Score 9


Here are the scores for our entries for Round #1.  As you know, the highest score is 15.  Our total for this round was 61 and we came in at 14th of 17 clubs in the competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered this round.  Travel Round #2 entries will be due by  February 5, 2017!  Please send your entries tocontest.lvpc@gmail.com with the subject line: PSA Travel Round #2The guidelines for PSA Travel can be found here.

Church Steps, San Cristobal, Mexico– Larry Bardawil Score – 10

Church Steps, San Cristobal, Mexico

Going Home– Lee Levin-Friend – Score 9

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Himba Woman, Namibia – Rob Haitmanek – Score 11

Himba woman, Namibia

Thai New Year Water Festival– Cheryl Lewis – Score  9

Thai New Year water festival

The Long Walk Home– Howard Sherer – Score 10

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Village Life– Buddy Eleazer – Score 12

Village Life

2016 PSA Nature Competition Results

Here are the LVPC results for PSA Nature Round #2.  The club total was 61. There were 36 clubs competing and we were tied for #20. The high scoring club reached a score of 73. Once again, there were only 8 points separating 3rd place and our place in 20th position.

Our standing, to date, for PSA Nature Rounds #1 and #2 is 23 out of 39 clubs with total points of 119. The #1 Club scored 145 points to date.

Let’s see what we can do for Round #3! Click here to see the entry guidelines.  Entries for Round 3 are due by midnight, Sunday, April 3, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker – Heather Rodberg – Score 10

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Feeding at Nest – Jim Figlar – Score 11

Bumble Bee with Pollen – Jason Stewart – Score 11

Elephants Dusting – Buddy Eleazer – Score 10

Eye to Eye – Don Schroder – Score 10

Black Skimmer Leaving the Flock – Don Schroder – Score 9

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Here are the scores for our entries for Round #1.  As you know, the highest score is 15.  Our total for this round was 58 and we came in at 29th of 37 clubs in the competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered this round.  Nature Round #2 entries will be due by  January 1, 2017!  Please send your entries tocontest.lvpc@gmail.com with the subject line: PSA Nature Round #2The guidelines for PSA Nature can be found here.

Bison Braving WinterLarry Bardawil    Score 10 

Bison Braving Winter

Common Tern Feeding Baby – Don Schroder   Score 12

Common Tern Feeding baby

Fourth Lake – Laurinda Rubin    Score 10

Fourth Lake

Juvenile Male Lion – Buddy Eleazer    Score 9

Juvenile Male Lion

Resting Giraffe – Larry Bardawil   Score 8

Resting Giraffe-2

Spur Winged Goose Takeoff – Buddy Eleazer    Score  9

Spur Winged Goose takeoff

 

PSA Nature Photography Competition Guidelines

Lehigh Valley Photography Club & Photographic Society of America (PSA)  2016-2017 Interclub Nature Photography Contest Guidelines

The PSA Interclub competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members.  Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

Member Deadlines

  • Round 1: Midnight, Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Round 2: Midnight, Sunday, January 1, 2017
  • Round 3: Midnight, Sunday, April 3, 2017

 PSA Nature Definition

Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of nature history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation. The story telling value of a photograph must be weighted more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality. Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans or where those human elements are in situations depicting nature forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

 Nature Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to Contest.LVPC@gmail.com by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, please notify us at the time of your entry. Entry also assumes that PSA scores for your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG only with Adobe RGB or sRGB color space. Maximum allowed dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Images should not exceed 1.7 MB
  • Camera type: Photos may be taken digitally, or on film and scanned
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and title. Titles of photos that make it through LVPC judging will be read aloud during PSA judging, so make them descriptive and stay away from “cute” titles. “Micronesian Kingfisher” is better than “Orange and Blue Bird.”
  • Allowable post processing: Enhancements and modifications that improve the presentation of the image, but don’t change the truth of the original natural story. Natural-looking HDR, focus stacking, dodging and burning, cropping.
  • Unacceptable post processing: Removing pictorial elements other than by cropping, combining pictorial elements from separate images or rearranging elements.

For examples of past winning images, see: http://www.psa-photo.org/index.php?nature-interclub-images-of-the-year

PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

2016-2017 PSA Travel Photography Competition Guidelines

Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members. Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Travel Round 1:  Midnight, Sun, November 6, 2016
  • Travel Round 2:  Midnight, Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • Travel Round 3:  Midnight, Sunday, May 7, 2017

PSA Travel Definition

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

Travel Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three travel images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to Contest.LVPC@gmail.com by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above. Please include “PSA Travel” or a similar wording in your subject line
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, notify us at the time of your entry. It also assumes that PSA scores awarded to your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG in sRGB color space. Maximum dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Portrait-oriented images cannot exceed 768 pixels high.  File size should be 1.5 MB or less
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and unique descriptive title.
  • Portraits: Images of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Post processing: Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” are liable to be disqualified or receive low scores as not “appearing natural”
  • Age of photo: Photos can be of any age. They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year.
  • Locations/Subjects: Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s special charms! “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are welcome
  • Examples of Prize Winning PSA Entries in Years Past

For links to top-scoring PSA Travel photos from previous years and other information, see: http://psa-photo.org/index.php?divisions-photo-travel-interclub-competition

PSA Travel Competition Round 3 Club Entries

The results are in, and LVPC had a great showing.  The total score for Round #3 was 67 for an overall total (of all three rounds)  of 184 points!  Our standing for this round was #7 out of 17 clubs participating.  Our overall standing for all three rounds was 10th out of 19 participating clubs.  The top club came in at 207 points.

Thank you to those members for participating in PSA Club competitions and a special thank you to our club jurors for taking the time to assist in selection of the work for submission.  You can see the Travel Round 3 submissions below.

Keep shooting and keep in mind that the new season will begin again after the summer.

Regards,
Lee Levin-Friend
PSA Chair for LVPC

Medieval Times – Buddy Eleazer – Score 12

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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone – Larry Bardawil – Score 11

Larry Bardawil, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone

Old Woman in San Miguel de Allende Mexico – Laurinda Faye Rubin – Score 11

Laurinda Faye Rubin  old woman in San Miguel de Allende Mexico

Music Man of Morro Solar Hill, Lima Peru – Carol J. Gilmore – Score 9

Music Man of Morro Solar Hill, Lima Peru_Carol J. Gilmore

Pompeii Worker– Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

Pompeii worker- Lee Levin-Friend

Stone Bridge – Rob Haitmanek – Score 12

Stone Bridge, Rob Haitmanek

 

PSA Nature Competition Round 3 Club Entries

*******************Results Update********************************************************************

Here are the club results for the PSA Nature Competition.   Our total Score for Round #3 = 70, which was 3rd place overall out of 36 clubs.  LVPC’s Final Standings for all 3 rounds was 6th Place (out of 38 clubs).  The scores for individual images are listed below.  The highest score for any image is 15.

What a great showing for our club.  We are fortunate to have members with so much talent!  Congratulations LVPC.

Sacred Ibis Feeding – Buddy Eleazer – Score 12

Sacred_Ibis_Feeding

Hunting Leopard – Larry Bardawil – Score 13 – Honorable Mention

Hunting Leopard

Gull Chasing Baby Black Skimmer – Don Schroder – Score 13 – Honorable Mention

Gull Chasing Baby Black Skimmer

Fox at Water’s Edge – Don Schroder – Score 11

fox at Water's Edge

Dinnertime in the Bush – Buddy Eleazer – Score 9

Dinnertime in the bush

Cardinal Braving the Blizzard – Lee Levin-Friend – Score 12

cardinal braving the blizzard

 

PSA Travel Competition Round 2 Club Entries

*************Results Update*************

The results are in for PSA Travel Division Round #2. LVPC scored 60 points in this round!  Our total score for Round #1 and Round #2 is 117.  We are tied for 10th place in the standings of 19 participating clubs.   Thank you to our membership for continuing to support our entries in the PSA competition!

PSA Nature submissions for Round 3 are due to contest.lvpc@gmail.com by April 3.

PSA Travel submissions for Round 3 are due to contest.lvpc@gmail.com by May 1.

Light at Pemiquid Point – Bob-Becker – 11

Maine Fall 2015

Shooting Against Sunset – Buddy Eleazer – 10

Buddy Eleazer -Shooting sunset-

Red Sail – Gordon Yerry – 7

Gordon Yerry, Red Sail

Asian Children – Howard Sherer – 13

howard Sherer - Asian children

Guatamalan Girls – Jenny Bergstresser – 8

Jenny Bergstresser - Guatamalan girls

Villefranche sur Mer – Lee Levin-Friend – 11

Lee Levin-Friend -Villefranche sur Mer

PSA Nature Competition Round 2 Club Entries

*************Results Update*************

The results are in for PSA Nature Division Round #2. LVPC scored 64 points in the round for a rank of 11th out of 34 clubs!  Our total score for Round #1 and Round #2 is 127.  We are tied for 10th place in the standings of  37 Class B clubs.   So, thank you to our membership for continuing to support  our entries in the PSA competition!

Round #3 images are due to contest.lvpc@gmail.com by April 3.

Bad Day to be a Field Mouse – Buddy Eleazer – 12 – Honorable Mention

Bad day to be a field mouse

Eastern Phoebe Fledglings – Lee Levin-Friend – 9

Eastern phoebe fledglings

Fancy Footwork – Buddy Eleazer – 13

Fancy footwork

Katydid Nymph in Purple Cone Flower – Karen Campbell – 9

Katydid Nymph in purple cone flower

Skimmer for Dinner – Don Schroder – 12

Skimmer for Dinner

Osprey by Moonlight – Heather Rodburg – 9

Osprey by moonlight

Call for Entries: 2015-2016 PSA Travel Photography Contest

Call for Entries: 2015-2016 PSA Travel Photography Contest

This is our second year entering in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) Inter-Club competition. While the wording of the “Travel Definition” guidelines have changed slightly, the intent is much the same. If you are new to competition and want to start with a category that is a little less restrictive than the Nature category, this one may be for you!

The PSA Inter-Club competitions pit us against other PSA member clubs and are open to all paid LVPC members.  Lee Levin-Friend is serving as our PSA Club Rep & Competition Chairperson.

 LVPC Member Entry Due Dates

  • Travel Round 1:  Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • Travel Round 2:  Sunday, February 7, 2016
  • Travel Round 3:  Sunday, May 1, 2016

 PSA Travel Definition (Updated for 2015-2016)

A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographical limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

 Travel Entry Highlights

  • Submissions: Three travel images can be entered per round and should be e-mailed to Contest.LVPC@gmail.com by midnight on the Member Submissions Due date shown above. Please include “PSA Travel” or a similar wording in your subject line
  • Reprint permission: Entry assumes we have your permission to feature your photo with credit on our website, closed Facebook group, club e-mail messages or press releases. If you do not approve of one or more of these uses, notify us at the time of your entry. It also assumes that PSA scores awarded to your work can be shared with fellow club competitors and members
  • Format & size: JPG in sRGB color space. Maximum dimensions are 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels high. Portrait-oriented images cannot exceed 768 pixels high.  File size should be 1.5 MB or less
  • Filenames: Should include your first and last name and unique descriptive title.
  • Portraits: Images of people which do not include sufficient environment are liable to be disqualified as not meeting the concept of “place” with “distinguishable environment.”
  • Post processing: Images which have been too “worked” or “processed” are liable to be disqualified or receive low scores as not “appearing natural”
  • Age of photo: Photos can be of any age. They do NOT need to have been taken in the past year.
  • Locations/Subjects: Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s special charms! “Travel” images need not be limited to far away or exotic locations; suitable local and regional attractions are welcome.

Additional Travel Entry Information

 

PSA Travel Competition Round 1 Club Entries

******** Results Update *********

The results of PSA Travel Competition Round #1 have been received. Thanks to all those who have submitted work!    Overall, LVPC came in at 11th out of 19 competing clubs in the “B” section.   Our total score was 57 points with the top club at 65!  So you can see it was a very tight field.  In order to get a sense of how the photographs scored, here are the entries with the score received:

Alone in  a  Crowd – Pooja Dhar – Score 8

Alone in a Crowd at Sonnenkopf

Dog Days of Summer – Buddy Eleazer – Score 10

Dog Days in Monument Valley

Evening Portland HeadBob Becker – Score 11

Maine Fall 2015

Shanghai Motorbikes- Howard Sherer – Score 8

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Passing Rain In Bryce Canyon – Russell Heller – Score 8

Passing Rain In Bryce Canyon

Water Town Vendor – Karen Campbell – Score 12

WaterTownVendor Zhujiajiao China

What can be learned from entering competitions is that subject, light, composition, and that “wow” factor all must be present in high scoring images.  For Travel competitions, a sense of place is certainly a critical feature along with “an image that expresses the characteristic features of culture of a land as they are found naturally.”

If you have any questions regarding your potential entries, please feel free to ask!  Experienced members will be more than happy to provide some feedback.

PSA Travel Competition Round #2 are due February  7 .

PSA Nature Competition Round #2 are due January 3.