S4C May 2014 Board Report

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-LPA is a member of the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) which also is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). The Council consists of a number of photography clubs. The Council’s primary objective is to conduct photography competitions among member clubs and among individual members of those clubs.

-The Council has chosen to follow PSA guidelines in the conduct of these competitions.

-S4C competitions are held in October, November, December, January, February, March, and April, those months comprising the S4C Competition Year. Competitions are normally judged the second Saturdays of each of those months.

-Except for the Interclub Color Section of the Pictorial Division, all Section Competitions are entered by indi­viduals.

-Each Section is headed by a Section Chair who is responsible for image intake and communication with entrants regarding eligibility of submissions and regarding results.

-The most current definitions can be found on the S4C Competition website at: http://www.pcms-photo.org/s4c_entrants_requirements.html


-The S4C Pictorial/Color Division hosts one competition that is for S4C member clubs to enter rather than indi­viduals: namely the Digital Interclub Section Competition. The Interclub competition includes the A, and AA Skill Levels.

-Standings Tables are maintained for clubs just as for individuals based on total aggregate points accumulated from the club entries. HMs and Awards, however, are attributed to the individual image makers.


-All images that have won an HM or an Award in any given Section Competition are automatically entered, following the last month of competition (April), into a Year End Judging organized by the Competition Chair. Judges are selected from among PSA member clubs that are not themselves members of S4C.


-S4C Main Page: http://www.s4c-photo.org/information.html

S4C Entrants Guide: http://www.pcms-photo.org/s4c_competitions/s4c_entrant_userguide_2012.pdf

S4C Competition Portal: http://www.pcms-photo.org/s4c_entrants_homepage.html

Saturday Meeting Schedule (including meeting place info): http://www.s4c-photo.org/saturday_sched.html

Competition Standings and Catalogs 2005-2014: http://www.pcms-photo.org/s4c_competition_reports/s4c_competition_reports.html


S4C will be hosting its Annual Awards & Installation Banquet. This year, it will on Saturday, June 7th at the Almansor Court in Alhambra. This is the banquet where we honor our high points, end of year competition winners - and present award-winning images. We also present S4C Honors to those who have reached new levels for service to S4C and to their home clubs. This is a fun time to celebrate the year and mingle with other photographers from your own and other clubs. So do register now at:  


The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) honors on individuals who qualify through active participation in a wide variety of photographic and S4C-related activities. The purpose of the honors is to encourage and acknowledge service to S4C and to member clubs. Honors are on the basis of points an applicant has earned in accordance with the point schedule set out below. Applications must be received by the Honors Committee not later than May 1, each year. It is urged that applications be submitted earlier than this if possible.


The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) 49th International Exhibition of Photography 2014 is now open for entries. There are 14 sections across 5 divisions. Entries close July 12, 2014.  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 yours 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 bonniejmatthews@hotmail.com, or don’t hesitate to call Bonnie Matthews.

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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