S4C July 2015 Board Report

S4C News


The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) competition is open to all  member clubs. You first MUST obtain a UEN to participate in Individual and Interclub  competitions. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the S4C Competition Handbook and the Entrant User Guide at http://www.s4c-photo.org/enter-competitions/

Competitions are held monthly from October through April, inclusive, in four Divisions: Pictorial, Nature, Photo Travel, and Photojournalism. Within each Division are one or more Sections: a separate competition is held for each Section. See Competition, below.

Definitions for the requirements for each Section. Awards and HMs are awarded at different Skill Levels, normally E, A, and AA - with E standing for Evaluative where new entrants are normally assigned for their first year of competition


The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) 50th International Exhibition of Photography 2015 is now open for entries. There are 14 sections across 5 divisions. 

Entries close July 19, 2015.  http://www.pcms-photo.org/exhibitions


For S4C Interclub and to participate as an Individual, you MUST have a UEN to enter. If you do not have one, please go to the S4C website and request your today (just takes about 5 min)! 

When sending an image for Interclub, please send me your UEN. If you have any questions about S4C, the Honors or wish to send me images, please email me at 

S4CInterclub@lpaphotography.org, or don’t hesitate to call Bonnie Matthews-Franke.


Open Date 

Close Date

Judging Date 



Sep 19  Oct 3 Oct 10   Remote
Oct 24 Nov 7   Nov 14 CBU
Nov 21 Dec 5   Dec 12 Remote
Dec 19 Jan 9 Jan 16 Remote
Jan 23 Feb 6 Feb 13 Remote*
Feb 20 Mar 5 Mar 12   Remote  
Mar 19 Apr 2   Apr 9 CBU 


*Note: To avoid the holidays, closing is on 2nd Saturday, Judging on 3rd Saturday. 

Reminder: S4C competitions are held monthly between October of one year and April of the following year. They are either judged in person along with an S4C meeting (normally in November and April) or remotely (normally the other months). Be sure to mark your calendars! Go to http://www.s4c-photo.org/schedule

Also, time is running out for you to sign up for the S4C Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on June 6th at Almansor Court, 700 South Almansor Street, Alhambra, CA 91801. Go to http://www.s4c-photo.org/banquet/ to get your tickets.

I have enclosed an “Application For An S4C UEN (Uniform Entry Number) Must Be A Member Of An S4C Member Club” that I created with Stuart Lynn’s approval. Stuart had specific language he wanted inserted which I complied with and he was happy. The form now has been shared with a couple of other clubs, minus our information.  I have this form as a Word.docx and pdf It can be given out at the meetings where the member can sign in person and date. It is NOT to go online and be sent into us pre-dated and signed. The S4C Delegate, S4C Interclub Chair or Club President MUST the ones submitting the information and completing the information under “Office Use Only.” The member is always invited to obtain their own UEN. This is only to assist them.

If there are any questions, my new emails are:

For Interclub: S4CInterclub@LPAphotography.org

 For S4C Delegate: S4CDelegate@LPAphotography.org

by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn’t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she’s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I’m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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