Open Competition- October 20, 2015


Images can be submitted to the LPA Website for the October 20th, 2015 competition September 15, 2015 through October 13, 2015 at 11:59pm. The judge for this “Open” competition is Dan Holmes. Mr. Holmes is a professional photographer based in Ventura California.

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 You’re invited to join Dan for a no-host dinner at 4:30PM at the Greenhouse Café, in Lancaster, before the Competition and General meeting.

Our competition Theme is “Open” which means anything from Abstract to Vehicles plus a few more you could think of. Images must be in good taste! Color or B&W images both are allowed.

This Is Your Chance to Show-Off 3 of your AV Fair images. Since they will be already printed, why not enter the prints? OR Enter 3 you have NEVER entered before, digital (jpg’s), prints or a combination of both (for a total of 3 entries).

October 20th 6pm-9pm is the 2nd competition of our 2015-2016 competition year and our new LPA Competition Rules are in effect. Please make sure you know the new Rules, How to Enter, and Definitions. You will find all these on the LPA website under Competitions.


About Our Judge:

Dan Holmes is a professional photographer based in Ventura California. He recently was one of the three photography judges at the 2015 Antelope Valley Fair.


A few words from Dan…

“My images are reflections of those moments in time when light, form, and color fit. There is beauty in all aspects of life: landscapes, portraits, action, wildlife, and pure abstracts.  There is a magical instant when those elements come together in the viewfinder, the shutter clicks, and the moment is captured.”


“I am realizing that I am a “Discovery” shooter.  There is so much to explore and to see that I am constantly on the move.  I find that I don’t spend a lot of time in the iconic spots.  I’ll walk downstream, over the hill, or back behind the trees.  I will drive up a jeep road at night, not completely sure where I am, pick a spot to sleep, and wake to whatever surprises me at first light.   I can find myself in an uninspiring pine hollow – or on a mesa overlooking a fantastic series of canyons and cliffs – it is all good.”

Dan has traveled extensively and taken on a wide range of adventures. He has climbed, trekked and photographed in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Western USA.

He has a unique ability to capture light, color, emotion and tension in his images.

Dan’s work has been widely recognized with regional, national and international awards, including PPC Nature & Landscape Photographer of the Year. He is also a multiple award winner and a contributor to Outdoor Photographer, Outside Online, Runner’s World, 805 Magazine, Cycling News, and Ventura Life and Style.

He has had multiple showings and his work is displayed in private collections in the US, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and South Africa. Commercial Clients include Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Ceres Inc., Real Cheap Sports, Instrumental Music, and Ventura Chamber of Commerce.

Dan started his company, Dan Holmes Photo, in June 2003 and is a multi-skilled photographer.  His work includes Fine Art Nature & Landscape, Weddings & Events, Commercial, and Photography Workshops.

“Whether it is a landscape, a wedding, or a concert, it is about light, emotion and telling stories.”  He teaches beginning, intermediate & advanced workshops, and leads Photo Tours throughout the world.  Dan can be found through his website:

Reasons to Enter in this Competition ~ Chairs Opinion

You may ask “Why should I enter my images now? I didn’t win at the fair!,” 

Once we voted on “Open” for our Theme, I knew where I wanted to go with this competition. LPA’s mission is EDUCATION and at each competition we have our judges critique your images, not to embarrass you or discourage you from shooting any longer but to help ALL of us bring our craft to a higher level. All Judges add to our learning experience when they provide constructive praise and criticism of each and every entry.  Once you read “About Our Judge” you will see he is qualified to judge probably the most difficult theme class we have “Open”.

Remember…EACH entry will be critiqued first before the awards are picked! That means you will hear information about your image that may help you make it a stronger image for future competitions or it just may satisfy that question you have “I thought this was a great image, why didn’t it do well at the fair?”  We will have an additional 30-45 minutes tonight for critiquing. Come participate to learn from a Master! Not only about your image but from the other images that will be critiqued as well.   

 I took the Image Analysis class a few years ago with Jon Fishback. One thing has always stayed with me when I create an image for competition or sit and listen to one of my images being critiqued.

“Image analysis is very subjective. Photographers must be emotionally prepared for critical analysis of their images. Analysis can be one of the most painful aspects of a photographer’s life. Most images are not finished to the point of showing them unless the maker has an emotional attachment to them. In almost every case, the photographer is looking for reinforcement of his/her reason for making the image” (Jon Fishback, FPPW, LRPS, Director PSA Education services, used with permission)

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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