Volume 46 - No. 5
Founded 1965 - our 46th Year
January 2011
The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society
Editor: Sam Schaen-Email: editor@nvps.org

Table of Contents

President's Message
Monthly Program
Workshops, Education, and Training
Field Trips
Members' Gallery
Portfolio Project

Board of Directors
Members' Resources
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings
Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs
For Sale


1/4 Monthly Program: Chuck Veatch--Winning Images
1/8 Field Trip: Dulles Air & Space Museum
1/11 Workshop: Critique for Windows/Doors Theme
1/18 Competition: Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
1/25 Forum/Gallery: Portfolio Project
Field Trip: Shrine of Immaculate Conception


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All meetings for the club year will start at 7:30 PM at the Dunn Loring Fire Station. The doors will open at 6:45 PM for a "meet and greet".

Remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight. Please remember to take seats immediately when the meeting starts and to silence cell phones.

Please check the website and Fotofax for the club’s policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.htm

President's Message

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and will have a healthy, happy and photographically excellent 2011.  As I write this, I am packing to head off to San Francisco to visit with our kids and spend a few days in Mendocino, CA.  In addition to being with the kids, I am looking forward to getting some new favorite images as well as getting through my stack of photography magazines.

As we head into the New Year, it is always a time for reflection and resolutions. Here are some of my reflections and resolutions regarding NVPS:

Reflections - I have: learned so much about life and leadership in the past year and a half; gained confidence; made many new friends; learned more about photography from the wonderful speakers, workshops, field trips, competitions, members' gallery/forum and members; been inspired and amazed by the high level of volunteerism and commitment of our club members; been impressed with your photography; and looked forward to seeing you all every single week.

Resolutions – I will try to:  learn all your names; bring cookies more often; think of new ways to announce the fire exits; listen to your needs and suggestions; create volunteer opportunities for those that want to become more involved; remember to thank those that volunteer; continue to work with our board and members to enhance the NVPS experience for each one of you; and to leave NVPS an even better club than it was when I became President in May, 2009.

I am already starting to think about the 2011-2012 NVPS year. We will be starting to put a slate together for the new board and other volunteer positions. A healthy organization depends on a combination of experienced and new members in these positions. Please talk to me about the ways in which you might want to be involved next year. It is not too early to start thinking about this.

A few winter reminders:

We are in the midst of cold and flu season. Please, if you are not feeling well or even think that you might be coming down with something – STAY HOME so as not to spread the misery!

Winter weather is definitely upon us. Please check the website and Fotofax for the club’s policy on weather closings. Check WTOP www.wtop.com or Fairfax County School systems web site for closings. You can also sign up for emails or cell phone alerts http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.htm

I would like to wish you all a healthy, happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year. And of course, make many beautiful images and memories.

Thank you for a inspiring me and helping me grow.
Happy Holidays!

Sandi Croan
pashli "at" aol.com

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Monthly Program

Winning Images
Chuck Veatch
Tuesday, January 4, 7:30 PM

We’ll be starting the New Year with a bang; a program by a longtime friend of NVPS, Chuck Veatch, who will be speaking about the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Photography Contest and the winning images.  Many of the images shown will be in the exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History which opens in April.  Chuck will discuss how the judging process works and demonstrate some creative ways to present images.

One of our region's top photographers, Chuck Veatch was former member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, and judged our 2008-2009 Year-End Competition. Chuck has attended workshops with Freeman Patterson and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. He has won many awards, exhibited throughout the area, and published a book of beautiful images shot in and around Reston, Virginia. Now in its second printing, The Nature of Reston encourages us to look for photographic opportunities in the familiar and often overlooked natural areas all around us.

Chuck has given presentations and judged contests at the North American Nature Photography Association's National Convention, the New England Council of Camera Clubs, the Meadowlark Photo Exposition, and Washington-area camera clubs. He is involved in all aspects of Nature's Best magazine and Nature's Best photography contests, including photo selection and editing for the exhibits at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

With regard to his personal artistic statement, Chuck wrote: "Two ideas dominate my image making and judging. First, simple is better. That means that any element in an image that does not add to the message the artist wishes to convey, subtracts from it. Second, images should be created using the rules of visual design. This means that the subject matter is often subordinate to the use of line, shape, color, texture, tone and perspective to capture the essence of the artist's vision. Photography is art and should be judged that way."

Involvement with non-profit and environmental organizations in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley occupies much of Chuck's and his wife Beverly's time. Although he still maintains a home and office in Reston, Chuck's home on Cedar Creek in Shenandoah County has been the inspiration for many photographic projects.

Mary O'Neill
mary.m.o’neill "at" gsk.com

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Workshops, Education, and Training

Critique for Themed Competition Through Doors, Out Windows
Andy Klein, Scott Musson, Bill Prosser
January 11, 7:30 PM

In preparation for the Themed January Competition “Through Doors, Out Windows,” we will be having an image critique on January 11th.  Our critics will again come from the club's deep pool of  NVACC trained judges.  Critiques are an ideal opportunity for club members to gain more detailed explanations of what is most effective about their work, where it could stand to be improved in the eyes of the judges.  For this critique we have an esteemed team of judges, Andy Klein, Scott Musson and Bill Prosser.  We will need to complete the meeting by 9:15 PM in order to allow time for a Board meeting following the critique.  As always, we will attempt to accommodate as many images as possible.

Andy Klein started his passion for photography at an early age. An Argus was his first camera and small, scalloped edged muted color images his first photographs. Darkrooms and better cameras and lenses followed over the years. Andy has been a darkroom instructor, photography teacher, wedding photographer, and even occasional award winner. While landscapes are in his work, photographic storytelling is what he prefers…a combination of capturing the decisive moment (Eggleston, Winogrand, and Cartier-Bresson), the human condition (Walker-Evans, Mary-Ellen Mark, Dorthea Lange, Norman Rockwell, and David Hume Kennerly) and the lines and shapes of equipment and buildings (Bourke-White). He likes the simplicity and elegance of black and white. Emblematic of this is his preference for simple, unobtrusive cameras. As a judge Andy prefers to make the “competition” more of a teaching/learning experience and as time permits will discuss each photograph and what he sees and feels about each.

Scott Musson is a photographe rand lecturer and he frequently gives critiques, speaks and judges at photography organizations and clubs in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area. A Photographer of the Year for the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS), Scott has published a photo calendar with his wife, Emi for the past nine years.

“Photography is a natural extension of my love for travel", says Scott. “While I've taken pictures all my life, it wasn't until I was older and could afford to travel, that my passion for photography truly developed. I love the whole process of photography: planning a shoot, getting up early to catch the light, processing the images (nowadays digitally), and printing and matting."

Scott has a passion for photography in and around water. He has been capturing images from a kayak and while snorkeling for a number of years. "I would snorkel everyday if I could," Scott says, and tries to make several excursions a year to the tropics to enjoy that aspect of photography.

Scott and his wife Emi have had a number of photographs used in the sets of major motion pictures. Most recently Scott's photo Lightning Steve was a prominent backdrop in the 2009 motion picture Wonderful World starring Matthew Broderick.

Scott is a past president of NVPS and has served on its board for several years. He has been Vice President of Competition and of Programs for NVPS and currently is its website manager. He has received the NVPS “Versatile Photographer of the Year” award and the "Advanced Photographer of the Year" award for Prints and Digital Projected Images.

Bill Prosser has been a serious amateur photographer for over 35 years. Beginning in the early 1970's he studied under a number of Northern Virginia teachers and mentors as well as Canadian photographer, Freeman Patterson. In 1995 he gave up the chemical darkroom for the computer; and subsequently gave up film for the digital chip in 2000 after learning Photoshop and working photographic images in his digital darkroom.  Also, in 1995 he began his current volunteer work at McLean High School where he teaches Photoshop, photography, and mentors students in visual design. He served as a teaching assistant for several Smithsonian Institution Photoshop Classes. He is a founding member, and past-president, of the McLean Photography Club and a 20 year member and board member of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS). In recent years he earned numerous "NVPS Photographer of the Year" and "Image of the Year" awards. He has exhibited his photographic images at University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Fairfax County Virginia venues.  Georgetown University purchased seven of his Washington, DC images to hang in its Graduate Public Policy Institute Faculty and Administrative Offices. His work has been published in the National Geographic Traveler Magazine and, most recently, the March/April 2008 AAA World Magazine.

Submission of Images for the Critique

Please submit your images by 6:00 pm on Monday, 10 January so that I can get the images sorted and copied onto media for Tuesday evening.  Images should be numbered in order of preference and have the photographer's name included for the critique, e.g., 1-JoeSmith.jpg, 2-JoeSmith, 3-JoeSmith.jpg.  Putting the number before the name allows us to use the computer to automatically sort the images.  Please size the images in accordance with the digital competition rules and email the images to critique@nvps.org.

For those who are new to the club, typical critique sessions will cover two images from all submitters and occasionally are able to get into the 3rd round of images before running out of time.  Please number your images accordingly.
Questions can be addressed to Matthew Schmidt at mgs "at" loreleistudios.com.

Interested in Abstract Photography?

If you are interested in Abstract Photography, NVACC is hosting its First Annual NVACC Juried Abstract Photography Exhibition at the Joseph Miller Center for the Photographic Arts in May 2011.  Mr. Miller will be the Juror for this inaugural event and he has graciously agreed to present a seminar on Abstract Photography at NVPS in February at our regular Workshop meeting on 8 February.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from Mr. Miller about his interest in Abstract Photography and what he looks for in an Abstract.  If you are a member of one of the NVACC member camera clubs or its affiliates, this is a rare occasion to hear from the Exhibition Juror prior to the event.

Stay tuned to FotoFax, NVPS' monthly newsletter for more information regarding the workshop.  For more information about the Exhibition contact NVACC.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Schmidt.

Matthew Schmidt
mgs "at" loreleistudios.com

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Judges: Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
January 18, 7:30 PM

On Tuesday January 18th, our competition judges will be Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem. The theme for the January Competition is Through Doors, Out Windows. This theme is defined as “images with a view through doors or windows, looking out or in. The window(s) or door(s) may be the subject themselves, or a framing device for some other scene.”

Note: Image capture must have occurred after Jan 17th, 2009 to be eligible for this competition.

On competition night, please plan to join us and Mollie and Mary for dinner at Chili’s at 5:30 prior to the competition.


Both Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem are experienced photographers and trained educators. They combined forces to create Awake The Light Photo Tours and Workshops, www.awakethelight.com Their teaching styles infuse a gentle blend of humor and patience. Their desire is to teach and inform, enlighten and entertain, as well as enable participants to photograph the infinite variety and beauty found in the natural world.

Mollie Isaacs is a professional photographer who specializes in nature and macro photography, as well as portraiture of children and families. She has photographed many famous faces including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, and actress Meryl Streep, and has studied with Ansel Adams, Joyce Tenneson, and others. She has won the “Oscar” of photography, the Kodak Gallery Award, fourteen times. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the International Photography Hall of Fame, and has been exhibited at Epcot Center in Disney World.

Mary Lindhjem is a professional free-lance photographer who specializes in nature and wildlife photography. Her travels have taken her to Africa, Alaska, Costa Rica, and Europe. She has taught photography at the college level, and has taught Photoshop and Lightroom to a variety of individuals and groups in England, Costa Rica, Montana, California, North Carolina and Virginia. Her fine art photography has been shown in several galleries, and her images have been published in several books and magazines. See examples of their work on www.awakethelight.com You must be a paid up member to compete.

December Competition Results

Competition results can be found here on the website. If your name or the title of your photograph is spelled incorrectly, please do not blame the VPs of competition. The simple reason is that you did not PRINT clearly. Please be more careful in the future.

Competition Images

Did your image win in a competition this year? Would you like your image displayed in a gallery of NVPS competition winners on the NVPS web site? Just send an email to competitionwinners@nvps.org and we'll upload your image to the competition winners gallery on the NVPS web site at nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/2010/. First place winners will be added to Fotofax if sent by the Friday following the competition.

To be included in the Gallery, images must have received 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mention in competitions from September 2010 to May 2011 to be eligible.

Important: Please identify the class/category and award in the email subject. E.g., "Restricted Color Prints - 1st Place".

For those of you with winners in Digital Categories/Classes, you do not need to send the image (except 1st place images), but you must send the above information in the subject and your consent to post the image. If your image won 1st place please attach the image to your email so it can be included in the next issue of Fotofax.

For those of you who won in Print categories, please provide the image in an email, no larger than 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels tall.


Novice Unrestricted Digital
Better Days
John Wiles


Advanced Unrestricted Color Print
Canterbury Cathedral Ceiling
Jay Heiser


Monochrome Prints
Ice Time
Mike Kane


Novice Unrestricted Color Print
Mototopo on Grand Canal
Ceasar Sharper


Restricted Color Prints
Maywood 4th of July
Greg Embree


Advanced Unrestricted Digital
Leader of the Pack
Minnie Gallman



Restricted Digital
Child at Fruit Stand

Ursy Potter

Willa and Bob Friedman
Co-VPs Competition
willa-f "at" cox.net
bob-f "at" cox.net

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Field Trips

Revised Field Trip Schedule

The field trips for the remainder of the year have been revised a bit. The coming field trips are:

Date Destination
Jan 8 Dulles National Air and Space Museum
Feb 5 National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Mar 26 Smithsonian Kite Festival
Apr 8-10 Longwood Gardens
May 7 Huntley Meadows Park
Jun 17-18 Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Jul 9 Kenilworth Gardens

The Dulles Air and Space Museum
January 8, 2011

The Dulles Air and Space Museum, officially named the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, is next to Dulles International Airport.   This facility provides space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall.

Visitors can walk among aircraft and small artifacts in display cases located on the floor, and view aircraft hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks. Many engines, from experimental flying machines to spacecraft are on display. Use a wide angle lens to capture the large aircraft, or use a 200-300 mm lens to get tight shots on a specific section of an aircraft. 

Please know that tripods are frowned upon, but monopods are welcomed.  The admission is free, but the parking is $15.  If you are interested in splitting the parking fee, please meet at Ellanor C. Lawrence Soccer Field parking lot at 9:00 a.m..  This will provide time to shoot outside the facility. 

Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA
Phone: 202-633-1000

Hours: 10 AM to 5:30 PM

Directions to the Museum:

  • I-66 West
  • Exit 53B, Route 28 North (Sully Road)
  • Exit on the Air and Space Museum Parkway and follow the road.

Directions to Ellanor C. Lawrence Soccer Field:

  • Same directions as above, but once you are on Route 28, turn left at the second traffic light
    (Less than two miles from I-66).
  • This is the parking lot for the soccer field. 

Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception
February 5, 2011

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception is one of the largest Roman Catholic Churches in the United States, and is the tenth largest church in the world. Located in Washington, DC, the Basilica is renowned for its unique architecture and beautiful sacred art. It is the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world and rich Catholic and American history and heritage.

The staff will provide an hour long tour starting at 10:00 a.m.. Ask for the tour; we will have time for photography.


400 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20017
Phone: 202-526-8300

The Basilica is easily accessible by car and provides ample free parking for visitors. It is also easily accessible by Metro on the Red line at Brookland/CUA (Follow the steeple as you see it coming up the escalator).

Directions by car:

  • I-66 E, enter D.C. using the Roosevelt Bridge to Constitution Avenue or I-395 over the 14 Street Bridge to Constitution Avenue
  • Bear left on Louisianna Avenue (Close to the Captial).
  • Turn left on North Capitol Street (proceed for two and a half miles)
  • Turn right on Michigan Avenue (Continue until you reach the 400 block).
  • You will see the National Shrine on the left turn in the parking lot provided.  

Curtis Gibbens
gibbensc "at" verizon.net

Images from Old Town Alexandria at Night


Curtis Gibbens



Mike Whalen


Will Haubert


Mike Kane

Note: Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image. Simply hit the "back" button in your browser to return to the newsletter. Additional images from this and past field trips can be found on the NVPS web site: http://nvps.org/gallery/main.php

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Forum and Members' Gallery

Portfolio Project
Scott Musson, Bill Prosser, Paul Simmons, and Sherwin Kaplan

The fourth Tuesday of January will be dedicated to the Portfolio Project. (For anyone unfamiliar with this club activity, please see http://nvps.org/main/meetings/portfolio/.) During the normal Members' Gallery digital slide section we will present past digital portfolios by Scott Musson, Bill Prosser, and Paul Simmons. They will discuss lessons learned in preparing their portfolios and Artist Statements. The Members' Gallery printed section will provide you with a chance to look at a number of portfolios prepared over the last three years. The portfolios on display will exhibit a number of different modes of printed presentation styles.

The Forum session will include presentations by Sherwin Kaplan and Scott Musson. Sherwin judged/critiqued all the portfolios over the last three years. He will discuss his insights about what goes into a good Artist Statement and Portfolio. He also will talk about how he "judges" a single portfolio image and an entire portfolio. Scott will give a brief digital slide show and discuss his research on various means to prepare and present a printed portfolio.

Scott Musson, Bill Prosser, Paul Simmons

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Members' Resources

Monochrome Photography Presentation

Willa's monochrome photography presentation can be found on the NVPS web site in the f-stop area.

Epson Printer Repairs

Wayne Wolfersberger, after much searching, found PTC Plus, a place in Herndon that repairs Epson printers (with a real human to talk to). Wayne found out while talking to the proprietor, that he has been working on Epson printers for about 15  or more years and has had training at Epson. The phone is 703-456-1860. He repairs Printers, Faxes, Scanners and Projectors and is an Epson and Brother Authorized Service Center.

Photographing Architecture
Emi Wallace

If you like photographing architecture, there’s a small town in southern Indiana you might want to explore. Located just one hour south of Indianapolis is the town of Columbus. A word it uses to describe itself, says it best. It’s “unexpected”.

The American Institute of Architects ranked this town 6th in architectural innovation and design in the entire U.S.

Starting in 1942 and continuing today, this town of just 40,000 people (with the help of the Cummins Engine Foundation, part of a Fortune 500 company headquartered here) commissioned the


design and development some of the most unique buildings in the U.S.  Architects including Eero Saarinen, his father Eliel, I.M. Pei, and others, designed many of the buildings and churches here. Six buildings are National Historic Landmarks.

Taking one of the daily architectural tours provided by the visitor’s center (March-November) will give you the lay of the land, and a brief history of the town and buildings.  If you stay overnight and downtown, you’re within easy walking distance to many of the sites.

Suggested hotel: Hotel Indigo (note: this is a pet-friendly hotel, and their mascot, Miles, will likely be ‘on duty’ each day to greet you as you come and go). The following is a suggested itinerary.

Day 1: 

  • 10am – take 2 hour architecture tour
  • Rest of afternoon—walk downtown and take pictures of the local buildings, bridges,
    Mill Race Park
  • Night—Evening shots of buildings
  • Overnight at Hotel Indigo

Day 2:

  • Drive to other buildings outside of the ‘downtown’ area, including many churches and the Ivy Tech campus



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Board of Directors

A list of current Board members and their contact information can be found at nvps.org/main/about/board-members.

Meet Your Board Members

As part of a continuing series on our board members, we continue with biographies for Curtis Gibbens and Gayle Dennis.

Curtis Gibbens
Field Trips Coordinator

Curtis has enjoyed outdoor photography for over ten years, especially wildlife subjects.  Photography has made mornings his favorite time during the day. There are many weekends he wakes up earlier than the workweek. This is the time when this busy area is calm, the creatures are on the prowl and the light is at its best. 

Curtis used to travel around the country for weeks and sometimes months at a time for work. He took advantage of this opportunity by taking his Nikon camera and exploring the area on weekends.  His equipment has improved since that time, but he no longer travels for work. But that doesn’t bother Curtis because some of  his favorite places are located in this area. 

Curtis says, “NVPS has contributed to my growth as a photographer, especially transitioning from film to digital, which was a long and hard process. The members and the guest speakers have made my appreciation for photography grow. It has opened my mind to new techniques, such as rotating the lens during a shot.  It has also helped me find different subjects.”   


Gayle Dennis
Membership Coordinator

Born in Connecticut, Gayle grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Virginia to attend the College of William & Mary, where she met her husband. She graduated with a degree in Accounting, passed the CPA exam and has worked in finance positions at MCI, Worldcom, Verizon, Fox & Hounds and currently at AES. When not working she enjoys co-ed flag football, scuba diving, golf, travel and, of course, photography.

While Gayle dabbled in photography during high school, she didn't get back involved with it until her husband bought their first digital SLR (Nikon) several years ago. Soon thereafter she joined NVPS and has held the positions of Forums and Membership coordinators. She enjoys nature and abstract photography and always looks forward to traveling for the photographic opportunities it presents. Her software skills are limited to the basics with Photoshop Elements. Someday she'll learn to print her images and enter a few competitions outside of NVPS!


NVPS is a motivational and learning tool for Gayle, and keeps her inspired through its excellent programs, workshops and feedback from competitions. She also values the friendships she has developed and mentoring that she has received from the other members of the club.

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Exhibition Opportunities

Thirty-First Annual George W. Glennie Nature Competition
Entries Due March 17

At this time, Exhibits Coordinator John Quigley, is seeking interest in participating in the George W. Glennie Nature Competition. If there is sufficient interest among NVPS members, he will proceed with setting up the club competition to select the club's images and will get further information to club membership. If you are interested, please contact John by January 7, 2011.

The Merrimack Valley Camera Club has announced it will accept entries for its 31st annual George W. Glennie photographic competition from February 1 until March 17, 2011. The competition is open to camera clubs worldwide.

This is a premier, international all-nature club competition of digital images known for its diversity of subjects which range from animals to botany to landscapes.  In the animal categories, birds and mammals are usually well represented, but each year about a third of the entries are invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians or marine & freshwater life.

This is a club competition and each club is invited to submit up to 10 digital images. Images prepared for the NatureVisions Expo would be eligible for consideration in the Glennie competition as well as any other nature images members may have.
Additional information may be viewed on the Merrimack Valley web site at http://mvcameraclub.org.
John Quigley
Exhibits Coordinator

jhquigley "at" msn.com

Human + Being
Entries Due January 12

Being human is complicated. Human + Being is an equally complex equation, the sum of these parts a richly textured experience unique to the individual but shared universally. Triumphant, tragic, absurd and the quiet significance in between, our stories unfold without cease. Explore the emotions and actions that define being human.

Center for Fine Art Photography

78th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP)
Entries Due January 22nd

Up to four digital images and four prints may be entered in each section: Prints, Large Color, Monochrome, Small Color and Photo Journalism. For detailed rules and entry forms, log onto www.wiep-photo.org

Strauss Fellowship
Entries Due January 19

The Arts Council of Fairfax and has a program called the Strauss Fellowship which is open to Fairfax county artists.  It's a grant of between $1000-5000 and it's very unrestrictive as to what it's used for to promote one's art (can include purchase of equipment, travel to workshops, as well as mounting exhibitions).  They don't get enough photographers applying and would welcome them.. The deadline for proposal submission is January 19, 2011.  You can download an application and guidelines from www.artsfairfax.org The grants coordinator is Lisa Mariam and her email is LMariam@artsfairfax.org and her phone number is 703-642-0862 X2. She would be happy to answer questions. Please mention that you heard about this through Lucia Effros.

Lisa Mariam
703-642-0862 X2

First Annual NVACC Juried Abstract Photography Exhibition
Entries Due April 2, 2011

This first annual abstract exhibition is open to all members-in-good-standing of any Northern Virginia Alliance Camera Club (NVPS, VPS, MWCC, McLEAN, RPS, LOUDOUN) or NVACC affilliated camera club (OLLI, Charlottesville, Fredricksburg) exclusively. Exhibition will be May 7 - May 27 at the Joseph Miller Center Gallery in Gainesville. Prospectus, entry forms and related information are available for download from the official NVACC website: www. NVACC.org.


Janet Matthews and Bert Shankman
Retrospection and Emancipation

Through January 24, Saturdays 1-4 PM; Sundays and Mondays: 1-8 PM. Artist talk, Saturday January 8, 1-2:30 PM


Blake Stenning
Malaysia Journeys

Blake Stenning, one of MEG's newest members will exhibit photographs of Malaysia.

Exhibition Dates:

February 8th – March 6th, 2011
Reception Sunday February 12th 2-4pm

Multiple Exposures Gallery
105 N Union St. #312
Alexandria VA
703 683-2205

Workshop Offerings

John Shaw

On March 26-27, 2011, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris presents a Nature & Digital Photography weekend seminar in Philadelphia with renowned photographer and digital photo expert John Shaw. The seminar features one full day devoted to nature photography and the second day covering the digital darkroom. The two seminar days can be purchased as a package or separately by day. More information and registration can be found at http://www.photosafaris.com/main/john-shaw-photo-seminars-2011/ or by calling (206) 463-5383.

Wayne Wolfersburger

Wayne Wolfersberger (NVPS member and past President) will be teaching many classes for his thirteenth year with Fairfax County’s Adult and Community Education - ACE. Anyone can sign up (Fairfax residency not required). Courses are designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced skills in photography which includes Outdoor (Nature) classes, flower and garden classes, as well as well as classroom table top shooting for composition and creativity. Several classes include weekend field trips. See www.fcps.edu/aceclasses and then go to Art – studio art for details or www.waynewolfersberger.com

Roy Sewall

One-on-one Coaching: This coaching is intended for novice and intermediate photographers. Coaching sessions are tailored to an individual's specific needs, and the scope is flexible. Representative topics are: how to operate a digital SLR, equipment selection, photo critique in a private setting, on-computer demonstration of photo improvements, and field technique. Roy judged an NVPS competition in October 2009 and presented a program in November 2010.

(301) 530-6720
roy "at" sewallinc.com

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Workshops offered at local destinations. Nikhil is an NVPS member and presented a forum in March 2010.

nikhil "at" nikhilbahl.com

Josh Taylor, Jr.

Fall workshops, classes, and lectures are posted at archiphotoworkshops.com. Please take a look and hopefully, you will find something of interest, including Canon camera classes. Josh is an NVPS member and most recently presented a workshop in March 2010.

jtaylorj "at" verizon.net

Awake the Light Photo Tours and Workshops
Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem

Join two well-known professional photographers on their exciting and educational photo tours. For 2011 they are offering trips to Alaska's Denali National Park and Katmai National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley in Arizona, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Acadia National Park in Maine. All tours include extensive photographic opportunities in the field, as well as personal one-on-one assistance and classroom instruction. Mollie and Mary gave NVPS Programs in October 2009 and October 2010.

Mollie Isaacs and Mary Lindhjem
awakethelight "at" cox.net

Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC)

The Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs (NVACC) is an informal entity started in 1997 by Joseph Miller with the assistance of Dave Carter and Ed Funk. It purpose is to promote communication and cooperation among area camera clubs. NVACC is made up of Member Clubs and Associated Member Clubs.

NVACC publishes a monthly Calendar of Virginia Member Club Events that can be found at www.nvacc.org/Calendar.html.

.NVACC has published a Field Trips Guide Book for Photographers, which provides information about nearby areas that camera clubs might wish to visit (http://www.nvacc.org/Field%20trips%20Guidebook/NVACCPublications.html).

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