Nature Competition – 01/21/2020


On January 21, 2020, LPA will be having a nature photography competition. All members are eligible to enter. You may enter up to 3 images for the $5.00 entry fee. The deadline for entering is January 14, 2020.

Our judge for this Nature Competition will be Sandy Zelasko. She is an amazing nature photographer who does workshops and is based out of San Diego. You can check out her work at

Below you will find the NATURE definition. Please make sure your images comply with the definition. This is a reality-based competition, so no composites or creative editing is allowed.

Enter your submissions here.


The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves. Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars are permissible. Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement. Something that exists in nature: insects, butterflies, spiders, trees & leaves, etc., Nature can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food. See additional notes below.

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4th Annual Photo Exhibit

California City Arts and Community Center


This is an open call for photographers to display and sell photos of birds, animals and landscapes. All photos must be ready to hang and drop off at the arts and community center.

The event takes place January 20-23, 2020. Entry Fee is $5.00 per entry.

All proceeds go to Save Our Lake.

Contact or 760-514-2492

California City Arts and Community Center
10400 Heather Ave.
California City CA 93505

Entering S4C Workshop - Jan 28, 2020


On January 28, 2020, LPA will be having a workshop on how to enter the S4C Competitions that occur each month from October through April. It is a great way to venture further afield than our local club competitions, and try competing against some other Southern California photographers. There is also a banquet at the end of the year where many awards are handed out. It is a great time to get meet other
Southern California photo enthusiasts. Several of our members have asked for some clarification on how the entry process works and more details on the various Divisions and Sections you can enter.

Nan Carder has agreed to share her knowledge of the entry process, and she should be able to answer any questions you may have regarding S4C. Four of our LPA Members hold positions at S4C, including David Wilkins as Vice President, Chris Wilkins as Secretary and Club Representatives Coordinator, Terri Garner as Treasurer, and Nan Carder as Nature Chairperson.

S4C stands for Southern California Council of Camera Clubs. There are 20 different camera clubs that are part of S4C, and it is a member of Photographic Society of America (PSA). These competitions include photos from each club’s members.

S4C also hosts two International exhibitions each year. the S4C International Exhibition and the Coachella International Exhibition (which is open for entries currently).

The S4C website is:

To enter the Coachella International Exhibition, check out this website:

Golden Dragon Parade Field Trip

February 1, 2020 11:00AM - 5:00PM

Field Trips

The 121 st Golden Dragon Parade will be held in Chinatown on Saturday, February 1 st , 2020. We are planning a No-Host Field Trip to the parade with a photowalk afterwards. Anyone who wants to meet up is welcome to join.

The plan will be to meet in front of Ocean Seafood Restaurant (750 N. Hill St., Los Angeles) at approx. 11 am. We will watch the lion dancers perform in the alley before the parade, grab an early lunch, then find a spot on Hill St or Broadway to watch and photograph the parade. After the parade we will do a photowalk north on Broadway to Chinatown’s Central Plaza. The plaza should have lots of interesting things to shoot. We can then walk down to the southern end of Chinatown and photograph the Twin Dragon Gateway, grab some dinner, or just leave from there.

Check out the parade website link for more information.

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Death Valley Field Trip - Feb. 4-6, 2020

Field Trips

We are planning an LPA field trip to Death Valley from February 4 through 6. We will meet up on Tuesday February the 4th 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Stove Pipe Wells Store and Gas Station located in Death Valley California to start off this 3 day Death Valley Photo Trip. We will going to the Sand Dunes located near Stove Pipe Wells (after the meet up) to get the Golden Light on the Sand Dunes at Sunset and some possible night photography in the Devils Cornfield.

Wednesday will start off with a Sunrise Shoot at Zabriske Point for great morning light shots and then moving on down the valley to Artists Pallet, Borax Wagon, Salt Flats, Bad Water and end up at Dantes View for some great Sunset Images before Dusk. Those not interested in getting up before dawn can meet at Bad Water at 1:00 PM at the trail head parking lot and then join the group. Thursday we will meet up at Rhyolite Nevada at 10:00 am for some late morning light shots and move to the nearby Mine on the way back to Stove Pipe Wells. We will go to Scotty’s Castle if it is open or go to Ubehebe Crater and or the Race Track ending the day.

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