Volume 49 – No. 10.3

Founded 1965 – our 48th Year

June 2014

The Newsletter of the Northern Virginia Photographic Society

Editor: Dan Ward – Email: editor" at "nvps.org

Table of Contents

President's Message
Monthly Program
Education and Training
   Competition Results

   End of Year Awards
   Competition Image Use
Members' Gallery
Fifth Tuesday
Board of Directors

   Members News
   Exhibition Opportunities
   Workshop Offerings
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Summer Vacation – NVPS is on summer vacation until the 2014-15 program year begins on September 2, 2014.
07/05 Field Trip: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
09/02 Monthly Program: Kevin Ambrose - Storm Chaser
09/06 Field Trip: National Zoo
09/09 Education & Training: details TBD
09/16 Competition: details TBD

Forum: details TBD
Gallery Prints: details TBD
Gallery Digital: details TBD
09/16 Competition: details TBD

Fifth Tuesday: details TBD

Note: You can click on the above links to go directly to the article; or you can scroll through the entire newsletter. You can also print the entire newsletter. (The more that you read, the more things you will know - Dr. Seuss )

To protect our members from email spam, personal email addresses in this newsletter have "@" replaced with " at " Please remember to substitute the "@" when attempting to contact any of the people.

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

Although we have not have any problems for many years, do remember to lock your car and place valuables out of sight, as we should in any public parking area. Come early and visit, but when the meeting starts, PLEASE take seats immediately and silence your cell phone, pager or any other device that might make noise and distract listeners or interrupt speakers.

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.shtml

President's Message

June 2014 – Final Message from Outgoing President, Mike Whalen

It has been my great pleasure and privilege to serve as your president for this past year. And it was wonderful to see the growth of so many photographers at all levels. The number and quality of the images presented in our meetings this year was both humbling and inspiring and I am proud to be in the company of so many talented people who share a common passion.

Next year, NVPS will celebrate its 50th anniversary and with approximately 250 members, it is also the largest photos club in the DC area. This long and rich history provides tremendous momentum with well-established weekly programs and format. Also, the large pool of members and the willingness of the many volunteers definitely make the president's job more of a pleasure than a burden. The old Chinese proverb, "Many hands make little work," definitely applies here.

Thanks to our many volunteers
As I said back in September, the many volunteers are the machinery of NVPS and these are the people who deserve most of the credit for the successful operation of the club. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the more than 30 people who served and provided so much of their time to NVPS this past year:

Willa Friedman Advisor + Past President + Chair of Nominating Committee
Bob Friedman Advisor + Nominating Committee
Sam Schaen Advisor + Database Designer
Sandi Croan Advisor
Scott Musson Advisor + Website editor + Website Designer
Willa Siegel Co-VP Programs
Jamie Kiechlin Co-VP Programs
Susan Phillips Co-VP Competition
Beth Morris Co-VP Competition
Brian Payne VP Operations
Tom Brett Treasurer
Georgette Grossman Secretary/Historian + Nominating Committee
Tami Stieger Membership Coordinator
George Lafko Education & Training Co-Coordinator
Claire Carroll Education & Training Co-Coordinator
Chuck Campbell Field Trips Co-Coordinator
Tom Pratuch Field Trips Co-Coordinator
Lea Schlosser Forum Coordinator
John Quigley Exhibits Coordinator for Nature Visions
Colena Turner Member's Gallery Coordinator
Benita Mayo Member's Gallery Coordinator + Non-NV Exhibits Coordinator
Dan Ward Newsletter Editor & NVACC Representative
Jeff Hancock Main WebMaster + editor + Digital Competition + Tech Team
Matthew Schmidt Webmaster + editor
Dale Nelson Meeting Facilities & EOY Banquet Coordinator
Ginger Werz-Petricka Portfolio Project Co-Coordinator
Ken Barnett Portfolio Project Co-Coordinator
Kevin Egan Tech Team
Andrew Fritz Digital Competition + Tech Team
Melanie Marts Member Resource Person + NV coordinator + Competition assistant
Kieu-Hanh Vu Membership Database

As you can see, NVPS, an all-volunteer organization, depends heavily on the efforts of so many people to make our programs, activities and operations happen. I was lucky to have such a talented and energetic staff this year and I am grateful for all the time and effort they put forth. Thanks to all who volunteered for other important jobs like making coffee, bringing cookies, helping with the many tasks of competition and End-Of-Year competition and other things that people do to make the club more enjoyable and efficient.

Thanks to our judges, speakers, critiquers, teachers, senior members and mentors who, by sharing their skills and knowledge, helped our members learn something new about photography.

Thanks to Georgette Grossman for taking on the job of president next year and, to the new members of next year’s board.

And finally thanks to our members who shared their images in competitions and other NVPS activities, and in doing so, provided enjoyment and inspiration to others.

Final Thoughts
Have a safe and enjoyable summer, take lots of great photographs and I look forward to seeing you this fall.

Thanks and best regards,
Mike Whalen

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Monthly Program

September 2nd: Kevin Ambrose – Storm Chaser

Our first speaker of the new program year will be Kevin Ambrose. Kevin is the author of Washington Weather, Blizzards and Snowstorms of Washington, DC, Great Blizzards of New York City, Snowmageddon, and The Knickerbocker Snowstorm. Kevin is also a professional photographer and avid storm chaser, specializing in photography of DC, snowstorms, cherry blossoms, sunrises, sunsets, thunderstorms, and lightning. More details about Kevin and his presentation will be provided on the website and in the September edition of FotoFax which comes out in late August.

The Co-VPs for Programs for this year are Tami Stieger and Willa Siegel.

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Education & Training

September 9th: Wescott Lighting (maybe) –

Preliminary word was that this session is going to focus on the use of Westcott Lighting. Check the website later this summer for confirmation of the event details. The September edition of FotoFax, published in late August, will have final details. The Education and Training Coordinator for this year is Tom Pratuch.

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September 16th: TBD –

Check the website for upcoming event details. The September edition of FotoFax will have more details. The Co-VPs for Competition for this year are Chuck Campbell and Beth Morris.

Competition Themes for 2014 – 2015

Street Photography

For this theme “street photography” is defined as a photograph featuring 1) the human condition or 2) the relationship or interaction between people and their surroundings. A street photo example could be a candid, semi-candid or spontaneous (but not staged) photo of a person (or persons) in a public, private or open place doing something other than posing for you to take their picture.


From a single drop to a mighty ocean, and anything in between, water is the theme of this monthly competition. It can be still or moving but liquid water must be a key subject of the image.


For this theme, a still-life is defined as an artistic arrangement or collection of non-moving inanimate objects, either natural or man-made. The arrangement can be arranged by the photographer or someone else such as in a store-front window of flower bouquet. Please, no architectural subjects such as buildings or bridges, people, landscapes or moving objects for this theme. The still-life must be the main subject of the image.

Editor's note: We like to share competition winning images on the website and include a representative winner from each category in the monthly newsletter, but we cannot do this unless the photographer specifically grants permission. When you win a ribbon in the competition, please remember to grant permission. See the note in the following section for details.

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May Competition Results

Our final competition of the year was one of our finest with Judge Roy Sewall giving us wonderful critiques and suggestions. It was "Oldies Night", the photographers had an opportunity to enter their images taken more than two years ago. I thought I might have seen some vintage prints. Some interesting stats: we had 132 total pictures reviewed by Roy, 995 total submitted for the year and an average of 124 photos a month. Wow, we have one prolific group of photographers!

Susan Phillips Co-VP Competition 2013-2014 program year


Class 1
1st-Bill Millhouser "Only One Place To Drink"
2nd-Alan Goldstein "In Remembrance"
3rd-Willa Siegel "Reachin Out"
HM-Claire Carroll "Geese Suspended"
HM-Joel Goodman "Wing Blur"
HM-Kevin Egan "Reflections Of the Grand Mosque"

Class 2
1st-Tami Steiger "Come Sit With Me"
2nd-Ed Ruggiero "Melody"
3rd-Philip Winters "Egret In Marsh"
HM-John Singley "Solar Eclipse"
HM-Paul Herholz " Another Lone Tree"

Class 3
1st-Susan Phillips "Storm Along The Gros Ventre"
2nd-Fran Bastress "Spirit Trees Of The Far North"
3rd-Bob Friedman "Watching Crazy Americans"
HM-Amie Tannenbaum "Cosmic Flare"
HM-Bill Corbett "Reed Maze"
HM-Kieu-Hanh Vu "Dreamy Poppies"


Class 1
1st-Karol Murray "Untitled'
2nd-Joel Goodman "Go Placidly"

(Unfortunately, we did not get permission to display Karol's winning image for this issue of FotoFax.)

Class 2
1st-Georgette Grossman "The Ballerina"
2nd-Carol Tharp "Blazing Glory At Canaan Valley" 3rd-Jamie Kiechlin "Crack Of Dawn"

Class 3
1st-Fran Bastress "Monk In Bhutan Doorway"
2nd-Roger Lancaster "Joliette Mill"
3rd-James Norman "Arctic Aurora"
HM-Chuck Campbell "Bruge Moonrise"
HM-Tom Brett "Follow the Leader"


1st-Mike Whalen "Peacock"
2nd-Jamie Kiechlin "Life lines"
3rd-Ginger Werz-Petricka "Salute Church Venice"
HM-Sandi Croan "Agra Mother And Child"
HM-George Lafko "Chess On the Plaza"
HM-Tom Brett "Rope Work Every Day"
HM-Ed Ruggiero "No"

Some winning images from May:

Class 2 Print– 1st Place
Georgette Grossman
The Ballerina

Class 3 Print – 1st Place
Fran Bastress
Monk in Bhutan Doorway

Class 1 Digital– 1st Place
Bill Millhouser
Only One Place to Drink

Class 2 Digital – 1st Place
Tami Stieger
Come Sit with Me

Class 3 Digital – 1st Place
Susan Phillips
Storm Along the Gros Ventre

Monochrome– 1st Place
Mike Whalen

Clicking on any of the images above will display a larger version of the image. These were the highest-level winners in each category who provided permission to use their image this month.

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End of Year Awards

Congratulations to all of this year's competition winners and also those photographers who participated each month in showing their images . We had a wonderful variety of photographs and they were enjoyed by all, win or lose. Thanks to all of our helpers each month especially Melanie Marts and Chuck Campbell for handling the prints; Jeff Hancock, Matthew Schmidt, Scott Musson and Andrew Fritz for their digital support.

The End-Of-Year competition and banquet requires the work of many volunteers. Beth Morris and I wish to thank the following people for helping to make the End-Of-Year Banquet the social event of the camera club year.

Chuck Veatch from Nature's Best Magazine for judging the EOY Images and also for donating two subscriptions to our door prizes.

Jeff Hancock
, Matthew Schmidt and Brian Payne, for the digital show and projection . Ed Funk for ordering EOY plaques and trophy engraving. Dale Nelson for arranging the banquet hall and facilities. Georgette Grossman for design and printing of the EOY certificates and programs. Minnie Gallman for making label cards for the winning prints. Bob and Willa Friedman, John Quigley, and everyone who helped with the setup at the banquet. And Mike Whalen, for finding us some great door prizes from Photocraft in Burke and his on going help and support in the details. Thank you all, I have enjoyed serving the NVPS as Co-VP of Competitions. We have a very talented group of photographers, and we should all be proud to be members of this fine organization.

Susan Phillips Co-VP Competition for 2013-14

End of Year Results

Photographers of the Year
Class 1 Digital Projection …………………………………… Claire Carroll
Class 1 Color Prints ………………………………………… Karol Murray
Class 2 Digital Projection ……………………………………. Tami Stieger
Class 2 Color Prints (tie) …………………………………….. John Singley
Class 2 Color Prints (tie) …………………………………….. Tami Stieger
Class 3 Digital Projection ……………………………………. Sandi Croan
Class 3 Color Prints ………………………………………… Roger Lancaster
Monochrome Prints ………………………………………… Mike Whalen

Versatile Photographers of the Year

Class 1 ……………………………………………………………. Kevin Egan
Class 2 ……………………………………………………………..Tami Stieger
Class 3 …………………………………………………………….. Sandi Croan

Images of the Year

Prints of The Year
Class 1 – Janney-Marshall - Kevin Egan
Class 2 – Just Let Me Sleep - Tami Stieger
Class 3 – Monk in Bhutan Doorway - Fran Bastress
Monochrome – Lorton Prison Dorm - Mike Whalen

Digital Images of the Year
Class 1 – Corner of Headlight and Vine - Kevin Egan
Class 2 – Bubble Show - Paul Herholz
Class 3 –- Kachhpura Intense - Sandi Croan

Ollie Fife Image of the Year

Ollie Fife Image of the Year
Mike Whalen
Lorton Prison Dorm

Newsletter Editor's Note: Congratulations to Mike on this great recognition for a truly wonderful image. This is a classic example of why we need to remind ourselves that the judges have major variation in their preferences. When Mike entered this same image in the October 2013 monthly competition, the monthy competition judge gave it an honorable mention. Our year end competition judge saw this as the best of the best. In describing his choice, Judge Chuck Veatch said this image is "an outstanding example of careful and thought provoking composition and creative processing that stood out and brought me back to view many times."

The full listing of award winners is available at: http://nvps.org/home/?p=5200.

A number of members were promoted from one class to the next due to the number of points they gained during competitions. Those details are also listed on the website at: http://nvps.org/home/?p=5254.

Full details for the points accumulated by all are listed on the website at: http://nvps.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NVPS_Competition-Scoring_2013_14.pdf.

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Competition Image Use

The NVPS Website has a gallery of past Competition winning images at http://nvps.org/gallery/v/competitions/. If your image placed first, second, third or received an honorable mention in a club competition, it is eligible for this gallery.  Images are not posted automatically, you must specifically provide consent for your image to be included in the gallery.

To have your winning image included in the gallery, email competitionwinners" at "nvps.org and provide the following information:

Your name
Image Category
(digital, color print, monochrome print)
Image Class
(1, 2, or 3)
Competition Date

Digital Winners: When you upload your image for the competition, you can check the box to grant permission for it to be posted if it wins.  

Print Winners: send a digital version of your print, sized as if it were for digital competition (smaller is ok, but not too small).

The FotoFax newsletter is usually finalized during the weekend immediately following the monthly club competitions.  If your image is a first place winner and you send it in before the Friday following competition, your image will be forwarded to the editor for inclusion in FotoFaxIf you have not provided permission before that deadline, another winning entry may be used.

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September 23rd: TBD –

Check the website for upcoming event details. The September edition of FotoFax will be published with more details in late August. The Forum Coordinator for this year is Susan Phillips.

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Members Gallery

September 23rd: Print and Digital – TBD

Check the website for upcoming event details. The September edition of FotoFax, published in late August, will have more details. The Member's Gallery Coordinator for this year is Colena Turner.

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Fifth Tuesday

September 30th: TBD –

Details are not yet final, but our Education and Training Coordinator, Tom Pratuch has hinted that this meeting may involve resource orientation and coaching by various members. The September edition of FotoFax and the NVPS website will have more details by late August.

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Field Trips

Saturday July 5th: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Bob Friedman and Mike Whalen will be conducting a summer field trip to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (KAG) on Saturday, July 5. Plan to meet at KAG parking lot near the garden entrance at 6:30 AM or inside the park if you come later. This garden offers one of the largest display of lotus flowers and water-lilies in the Washington DC area. It is run by the National Park Service, is free to the public and bathrooms are available. Directions and other information can be found on the KAG website: http://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/directions.htm

It seems that telephoto and macro lenses are most popular in the park to capture close-ups of the plants, bugs, birds, amphibians and other park inhabitants. A tripod and a circular polarizer may also be helpful. Also, the grounds could be muddy so wear appropriate footwear. In the event of rain, the field trip will be postponed by one day to Sunday, July 6 at the same time. We hope you can make it, but if not, the lotus flowers should be in bloom through July. This is a great opportunity for some unique nature photography close to home.

Note: Remember to lock your car and remove all valuables from plain sight.

If you are interested in meeting up with other NVPS members during the summer to do a less formal photo shoot, check out the club's Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NVPSPhoto/

If you are looking for other interesting photo destinations in the DC area, the club has descriptions of a number of lesser known photo destinations in the DC area at: http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=140

There is also a club site on Flickr and although it has been relatively inactive over the past few years, it is still up and available for Flickr users who are willing to share: https://www.flickr.com/groups/thenvps/pool/

September 6th: Field Trip to the National Zoo

This year’s field trip coordinators, Bob Friedman and Mike Whalen, will be hosting the first club field trip to the National Zoo in Washington DC on Saturday, September 6. Meeting time will be at 7:45 AM at the visitors center. Bob and Mike will be joined by noted zoo photographer and lecturer, Don Johnson who will be offering tips and suggesting good photo ops. Don was the program speaker at NVPS on October 1, 2013 ( http://nvps.org/home/?p=4331 .) More details to follow.

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Board of Directors

The following is a list of our elected officers for program year 2014-2015. A full list of all current NVPS Board members and their club contact information can be found at: http://nvps.org/home/?page_id=23

Elected Board
President Georgette Grossman president" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Programs Tami Stieger programs" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Programs Willa Siegel programs" at "nvps.org
VP Operations Kevin Egan operations" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Chuck Campbell competition" at "nvps.org
Co-VP Competition Beth Morris competition" at "nvps.org
Treasurer Tom Brett treasurer" at "nvps.org
Secretary/Historian Fran Bastress secretary" at "nvps.org

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Notice: The information about workshops and events not sponsored by or affiliated with NVPS are provided as an informational courtesy to Members. Individuals should review the detailed rules and conditions for contests and gallery shows to determine what impact entering an image has on the photographer's rights and ownership of the submitted images. Review the descriptions of workshops to see whether participation in a particular workshop would actually meet your personal learning goals. NVPS attempts to screen events for legitimacy and quality; however NVPS does not recommend these events and cannot assume responsibility for their ultimate quality. We recommend due diligence and encourage you to share your experience with other club members.

Members' Resources:

Do you need help with a photography problem, but don't know who to ask? The Members' Resource Program is here for you. Have you ever been asked, "How do you do that?" If so, then consider sharing your knowledge with other club members.

The Members' Resource area of the club web site http://nvps.org/main/members_resource/ contains a growing set of presentations and "how to" documents created by club members. It contains the Members' Resource List, which provides the names and email addresses of club members who have volunteered to help club members looking for help on specific technology and technique topics.

Members' News:

Our members routinely receive photo awards and recognition and have images in shows. As FotoFax only comes out monthly, the best place to look for current events is on the website at:

Members News for Patricia Smith

Member Patricia (Pat) Smith will have her silver gelatin prints shown in a two-person exhibit at PhotoWorks Gallery at Glen Echo Park beginning June 13, 2014. The show, "Looking Back" features her photographs of old, abandoned buildings and architectural elements. The opening reception is Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Members News for Minnie Gallman

Congratulations to Minnie Gallman on her photo exhibit at Linden Vineyards from July through November. The vineyard is located at 3708 Harrels Corner Rd, Linden, VA 22642. Their hours are Friday through Monday from 11 am to 5 pm year round. Linden Vineyard is about an hour drive from the beltway. Come and enjoy some good Virginia wine. If you visit on a Friday or Monday, you can savor fresh bread, cheese, and sausage with your wine. On Saturday and Sunday the cafe part of the winery is only available for members. See Minnie for guest passes for access to the cafe and a complimentary wine tasting any day. Details on the Vineyard are at: http://www.lindenvineyards.com/

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Exhibition Opportunities

Washington Post Annual Travel Photo Competition

The 15th Annual Washington Post Travel Photo Competition is open until July 25th. Photos must have been taken after July 1, 2013. Only one entry per individual. Only US residents are eligible. For full details, see the website. www.washingtonpost.com/travelcontestrules

NatureVisions 2014 Update

For the very first time, digital entries will be used for the judging of the nature and fine art exhibits at Nature Visions 2014. Beginning September 1, NVPS members will be able to create an account at NatureVisions.org, in order to submit and complete their digital entries no later than October 1. Juried images will be announced on October 22. Prints of juried images must be properly matted and submitted to the club representative by November 5. Insecurely or improperly matted images will not be accepted unless makers repair or re-mat the image promptly. Abstract images will be accepted this year into the fine art exhibit competition, instead of the nature exhibit. Cash awards will be given for the first- and second-place images in the fine art exhibit, as well as for the nature exhibit's best-in-show, people's choice and category awards.

Nature Visions 2014 will take place Friday-Sunday, November 14-16 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. Registration and sales for paid classes begin on August 1 at Nature Visions website listed below. Online registration is required for admission to free events, the exhibits and the vendor hall.

This year's Friday Seminar and Saturday Keynote speaker is Rick Sammon, author of Exploring the Light, 35 more books and several digital apps and tools. Popular Adobe Evangelist, Julieanne Kost, returns as the Sunday featured speaker and will give two FREE presentations. Other returning speakers include Ian Plant and Tim Cooper. There are two new hands-on workshops where participants will use their cameras: Macro with Mike Moats and Curious Critters with David Fitzsimmons.

FREE classes for beginning photographers will be offered again this year. Please share the word with friends and family who might be interested. Details of the 2014 event, along with award winning images from 2013, can be viewed at: www.naturevisions.org.

Submitted by John Quigley
NVPS NatureVisions Rep

Frederick Camera Clique

The Frederick Camera Clique in Frederick, MD will have their 28th Annual Juried Summer Show at Frederick Community College from July 12th - September 3rd. This competition is open to all photographers. The flyer with particulars is available at: http://www.frederickcameraclique.org/files/entryform14.pdf.

Washington School of Photography (WSP)

Located within WSP, the Washington Gallery of Photography hosts monthly gallery shows, open to the public, and consisting of work from mid-Atlantic Photographers. They hold regular gallery receptions, hosted on the first Friday of each month. See details on their calendar at: http://www.washingtonschoolofphotography.com/index.php/events

Washington ArtWorks - Three Opportunities

On Friday, July 11th, Washington ArtWorks will open a unique exhibit and art buying experience – two floors and two galleries full of Off the Wall, an open call gallery exhibition of work priced at $500 or less. Photography, painting, mixed media and more are welcome for this exhibition at Washington ArtWorks. Off the Wall will be an open call exhibit and participants will deliver their work and place it on Tuesday, July 1st between 10am and 8pm. There is a fee for displaying photos in the event ($40 for 1 or up to 6 pieces for $80.) Three images will be hung suspended on each display rod. ArtWorks collects a 30% commission. For forms and additional details, check: http://www.capitolartsnetwork.com/index.php/in-the-gallery/call-for-entries/

On Friday, August 1st, Washington ArtWorks will open Around the World: The Art of Travel, a juried gallery exhibition in the second floor gallery to display the beauty of our world, from all countries and continents. Photography, painting, mixed media and more will be considered for this exhibition. Travel will be juried by Alexander Vasiljev. Entries are due by June 18th for jurying. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries. For forms and additional details, check http://www.capitolartsnetwork.com/index.php/in-the-gallery/2328-2/

On Friday, August 1st, Washington ArtWorks will also open Re-Made and Recycled, a juried gallery exhibition in the third floor gallery. Photography, painting, mixed media and more will be considered for this exhibition. Entries are due by June 18th for jurying. Re-Made and Recycled will be juried by Eric Celarier. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries. There is a fee for entry and ArtWorks charges a 30% commission for any images sold during the show. For forms and additional details, check http://www.capitolartsnetwork.com/index.php/in-the-gallery/call-for-entries-re-made-and-recycled/
Art in Nature Photo Festival

Wildfowl Art in Nature

Enter and view photographs in the Art in Nature Photo Festival in Salisbury, MD on August 8-10. The competition is part of weekend activities held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Photographs must be 8x10 or 11x14, may NOT be matted or framed and there are numerous other restrictions. Fees apply for entry and attendance. See all the details on the Ward Museum website at: http://www.wardmuseum.org/SpecialEvents/ArtinNaturePhotoFestival/BecomeaCompetitor/tabid/714/Default.aspx

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Workshop Offerings

Speakers and competition judges for NVPS are offered the opportunity to have notices about up-coming tours and workshops in FotoFax for two years after the date of their NVPS program.

Nikhil Bahl Photography Workshops

Nikhil Bahl was our December 2012 presenter and has spoken at the club numerous times in the past. He offers a variety of workshops and coaching events. For more details with his latest workshop updates, visit: www.NikhilBahl.com

Sue Bloom

Sue Bloom is scheduled as our April 2014 judge and has the following upcoming workshops scheduled:
Common Ground – Digital Painting on June 30 – July 4 - 1/2 day classes
Maine Media Workshop – Digital Collage and Painting – July 27 - Aug 2
French River Cruise – Oct 12 - 25 – Contact Sue for availability details.

See her website for additional information and events: www.suebloom.com .

Sam D'Amico

Sam D'Amico was our judge for April 2013. He asked that we post this information: "Thank you to all who extended their hospitality and made me feel welcome. If you're interested here's a post on my website that was inspired by our meeting:" http://samdamico.com/different-point-view/

See Sam's website for more information about his services: Sam D'Amico Photography  Original Photography and Excellent Photography Instruction. Classes held in Washington DC and Online – Introduction To Photography classes start monthly

Alan DeFelice

Alan DeFelice was our October 2013 judge. He is a professional photographer who has done raptor photo workshops at Nature Visions. For several years Alan has been a partner with Virginia Digital Photo Safaris. Learn more at: http://www.virginiaphotosafari.com

Jennifer (JJ) Fearrington

Jennifer Fearrington conducted a sensor cleaning workshop in our 2nd E&T Meeting in April 2014. JJ was the sensor cleaning tech at Penn and Calumet Camera stores for a number of years and is also a professional photographer who does individual photographic instruction as well as providing professional sensor cleaning services. Learn more at: http://jenniferphoenixphoto.com

Steve Gottlieb

Steve Gottlieb was our November 2012 judge. He is Director of Horizon Photography Workshops where he and other instructors offer workshops all year round. More details are on the Horizon website:

David Heagy

David Heagy is a NVPS club member and was the Digital Gallery presenter in November 2012. The Travel Photography Satisfaction class will show novice and experienced photographers how to increase their satisfaction with their travel photos, handle a variety of situations, protect their images and equipment, and use photography to plan their trips. His schedule of classes and more information are at: http://imageryx.com/.

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz was our December 2013 judge and is scheduled as our March 2014 Education and Training speaker. He regularly holds workshops on Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture as well as hosting photo tours. His schedule of upcoming workshops and tours is listed at: http://coreyhilz.com/instruction/workshops2.html

Don Johnson

Don Johnson was our speaker for the October 2013 program. He specializes in zoo photography and does guest lecture at photo clubs throughout the area. He sells his zoo/animal photos on his website and has done workshops at Nature Visions. See his website for details: www.sunspotimages.com

Adam Jones

Adam Jones was our Program speaker in September 2013. He is a popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. He has taught for Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, and Maine Photographic Workshops.

Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels. A listing of his current workshops can be found here on his website:

Missy Loewe

Missy Loewe was our judge in May 2013. She is the Director of the Washington School of Photography (WSP) and would like NVPS members to be aware of various upcoming workshops, which can be found by looking at: http://washingtonschoolofphotography.com/index.php/workshops

Karen L. Messick

Karen L. Messick was our May 2014 speaker and talked about Impressionism in Photography. She conducts occasional workshops and offers personal tutoring and in the field training on a variety of subjects at an hourly rate of $40.00. More details are available on her website at: www.karenlmessickphotography.com Karen is also a regular instructor for the Capital Photography Center, where she hosts fieldtrips and workshops on iPhone photography. http://capitalphotographycenter.com

Victoria Restrepo

Victoria Restrepo was our judge in February 2013. She has an interesting blog and conducts a variety of workshops including a very cool summer photography workshop for kids in late July.. Future workshops and learning events are listed on her website at: http://photography.victoriarestrepo.com/portfolio/photography-workshops/

Roy Sewall

Roy Sewell was our May 2013 Portfolio Critiquer and is scheduled as our May 2014 Competition judge. He offers one-on-one coaching for novice and intermediate photographers, tailored to an individual's specific needs. See more at: http://www.roysewallphotography.com/iWeb/Home.html

Alan Sislen

Multiple Exposures Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia presents “Frozen Music,” an exhibition of new works by Washington D.C. area photographer Alan Sislen. Alan was our November 2013 speaker. PLACE: Multiple Exposures Gallery Torpedo Factory Art Center #312, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Exhibit dates: June 24th – August 3rd, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm
Gallery Hours: Daily 11am-5pm, Thursday’s 2-9pm
Gallery information at: http://www.multipleexposuresgallery.com
See more about Alan at: http://alansislenphotography.com

James Steele

James Steele was our scheduled judge for the weather-cancelled competition in January 2014 and provided the portfolio critique in our May 2014 meeting. He does individual coaching, tutoring and custom printing support. He can be reached in his gallery in the Torpedo Factory or via his fascinating blog at: http://jamesdsteele.blogspot.com/

Joshua Taylor, Jr.

Joshua Taylor is a past NVPS president and was our September 2013 Competition judge. His goal in photography is to help you create, capture and refine your vision. Josh is offering fall photography workshops and classes, including Canon camera classes. For a complete listing and registration, visit his website: joshuataylorphotography.com

Frank Van Riper

Frank Van Riper was our March 2013 judge. In addition to teaching at Photoworks, he offers a variety of acclaimed workshops in great locations. Every year, Frank and his partner Judy Goodman count the weeks until their return to Lubec, Maine and to the Lubec Photo Workshops at SummerKeys, which they have run for the past six years.

While both of the August photo workshops are near capacity, Frank reported he still had a few spots left for the July workshops (July 7-11; 21-25.) They are adding some new venues to their popular photography workshops this year and hopes NVPS members will consider joining Frank and Judy this summer. They offer small class, low-key photo instruction. For questions, contact us: GVR" at "GVRphoto.com or check his blog at: http://www.talkingphotography.com

Alexander "Sasha" Vasiljev

Sasha Vasiljev was our March 2013 NVPS program speaker. His company, Nature and Photo Tours, offers a number of educational and travel tour opportunities:  http://naturephotographytours.com

Wayne Wolfersberger

Wayne Wolfersberger is a NVPS member, past President, and was our October 2013 Digital Members Gallery speaker. He teaches a number of Nature Photography Classes available through Fairfax County Parks and other locations. See his web site: http://www.waynewolfersberger.com/

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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. Its 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 calendar of area member club events that can be found at http://www.nvacc.org/Calendars.html

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Editor's Note

This is my last issue of FotoFax. After three years of producing the newsletter, Alan Goldstein is taking over. I have enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the club and have appreciated the occasional feedback from members. Some of the feedback was even constructive! As always, if you encounter any problems reading FotoFax, please let me know.

Newsletter Editor nevermore, Dan Ward

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