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2016 AV Fair Information

A.V. Fair

Presented by the Lancaster Photography Association

Message from this year's A.V. Fair Photography Exhibit Co-Chairs: Douglas Wade & Kurtiss Humphrey

Fair Volunteers Needed for Photography Exhibit! [LPA Members Sign up here], if not an LPA member, please review the schedule and email with your desired dates and times. 

For the most authoritative information and 2016 Exhibit Entry Guidelines, please visit the AV Fair Website. The information provided here does not replace what is in the Fair's on-line Photography Rules, but is only intended to add further clarification and help on preparing your prints for the Fair.

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Macro July 2016 Competition


The deadline to enter is July 12th at 11:59pm. Please remember, even if only entering prints you need to upload digital images of the print entries so they can be displayed for everyone to see during the judging.

Our judge will Lin Craft and we will have a no host dinner at the Greenhouse Cafe at 4:30pm on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016. Please contact Bonnie Matthews-Franke at if you have any questions.

Lin Craft, APSA, FSCACC, is a Marine biologist and world traveler, from Fallbrook, CA. Lin strives to communicate the extraordinary beauty of the natural world through her wildlife and landscape photography. She shares her images with groups of all ages and backgrounds through her live narrated entertaining, educational slide presentations. She has won numerous awards for her photography and her images have appeared in various publications including books, brochures and calendars. Lin has had several exhibitions of her work and sells fine art prints and cards in local art venues. She regularly judges for local camera clubs and for International Photography Exhibitions. Lin is president of the Fallbrook Camera Club and a past president and Fellow of the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs. She has held numerous positions in PSA and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Nature Division. Lin received her APSA in 2000. She is multi-starred in Exhibition Competition in Color, Nature and Travel.

Lin will be judging our MACRO competition. MACRO photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. In practice, this usually means the subject is smaller than 2”x2”.

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How to Mount Your Photos for AV Fair Photography Exhibit, July 26th 2016

A.V. Fair

WHERE:  Antelope Valley Senior Center – 777 W Jackman Street, Lancaster
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
TIME: 6:00 P.M.

The Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) is hosting a free workshop to assist those in our community who want help in preparing prints for the AV Fair Photography Exhibit.  Bring your prints and foam core.  We will demonstrate the process, provide assistance, and supply the additional items needed to mount your photos: cutting blades, straight edges, newspaper and spray adhesive. 

View How to Mount your Prints for the Antelope Valley Fair

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Miscellaneous Ramblings around Bharat (a.k.a. India) August 16, 2016


Miscellaneous Ramblings around Bharat (a.k.a. India), August 16th, 2016

LPA Member Richard Wood will be presenting a whirlwind discussion of the history, culture, religion, and philosophy of India with some documentary photos from 2007 and 2016 and answering the perplexing questions of the number-one-monk-in-training (pictured below) and the LPA:  Why travel?  Why India? Why travel by train?  Why Sikkim?

India is a country and culture that was 5 millennium in the making, living in four centuries, with two dozen languages, and one dozen religions.

Tibetan refugee wool yarn makers, Darjeeling

Camel trains in the 21st century, somewhere north of Delhi

Richard Wood started his photography “career” in 1960 at the 50th Anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs using the old stand-by Kodak Brownie camera. On returning from the trip he gave a slide show after which his father took him to New York City to buy an Exakta SLR; probably as an excuse for his father to buy a new camera also.   The rest, as they say, is history.

After seeing America first, Richard began his international travels in 1978.  He has since visited 35 countries, some numerous times, been in every time zone at least twice, and visited six of the seven continents (Australia is still missing). 

Arriving in 1969 at Edwards Air Force Base, to begin his real day job as a test engineer for the Air Force, he quickly learned about the LPA and the annual Antelope Valley Fair photo exhibit and contest.  His first entry in the Fair was in the early 1970’s but did not become active in the LPA until he retired in 2002.

In the mid-1990’s, he was a credentialed journalist photographer for the America’s Cup yacht races in San Diego.  Several of his photos hung in the America’s Cup Museum.  He also published an 85-page paperback booklet on “A Concise History of the America’s Cup”; which he marketed in San Diego during the races.

Richard has given numerous slide shows of his travels at Edwards AFB, the local Sierra Club and Audubon Society, and for private dinner parties.  He is also active with the Sports Car Club of America, go kart racing, the Antelope Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and volunteers at Piute Ponds with the Edwards AFB Environmental Management Branch.

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Human Interest Workshop September 27th


Presenter is Darren Cole

Ever wondered what makes a good Human Interest picture?  How does it differ from a portrait?  Or Photojournalism?

Our very own Darren Cole is conducting a workshop on Human Interest; how it differs from the other categories; and what makes a good Human Interest picture.

Darren started his journey into photography less than 3 years ago, but quickly fell in love with it. Darren has received numerous acknowledgements for his Human Interest pictures in S4C and PSA Competitions.

This workshop will give you ideas, tips, and tricks on how to improve your Human Interest photos.  The rules of Human Interest will be explained and examples provided to test your new knowledge. We will be expecting audience participation! Please join Darren on a journey as we explore the possibilities of Human Interest photography! 



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