Wildflowers/Desert Scenes Competition – May 19, 2020

On May 19, 2020, LPA is excited to hold our Wildflowers/Desert Scenes competition with Hutch Hutchison judging our images. Due to the current distancing guidelines, we will not be meeting in person, but we will enter our images on the LPA website as usual and they will be sent to Hutch for judging. This time we will have a way you can look at the images online along with Hutch’s comments.

The link will be sent out via email as soon as the judging results are available. The deadline for this competition is Friday, May 15 th at 11:59 p.m. Please enter your three images in the digital section, since we will not be able to accommodate prints for this competition.

The definition of the Wildflowers Class is: Close-ups and landscapes dominated by desert wildflowers.

The definition of the Desert Scenes Class is: Scenes depicting the environment, plants, animals and birds
of the southwestern deserts.

All members are welcome and are encouraged to participate in our competitions, as this is a way to gauge how you are progressing in your photography by having a neutral judge look at your images and give constructive feedback. Our judge this time, Hutch Hutchison, is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and his feedback will be very helpful! He has judged and presented programs for various clubs around Southern California for many years. We had a wonderful wildflower season this year, and you all should be able to enter some great photos!

We are looking forward to seeing all your wonderful entries!

Open Competition - March 17, 2020

Deadline: March 10 th at 11:59 PM

Because the Senior Center has been closed and the state is recommending self-quarantining for many of our members, we have chosen to cancel our March meetings. Competition entries will be judged remotely (prints will be judged based on the submitted digital image).

On March 17, 2020, Lancaster Photography Association will be holding our fourth competition of the 2019-2020 Competition season. Our Competition Theme is “Open”. This means you can enter a photograph with any subject matter (in good taste). Color and Black and White images are both acceptable. If you have fair prints that you love, now is the time to enter prints!

Members may enter up to 3 images for the entry fee of $5.00. Please remember, if you are entering prints, you still need to upload your digital images, so that they can be displayed during judging. Click here to enter.

Our judge for this competition is Paul Speaker. Paul has been interested in photography since childhood, when he began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the US Navy, he attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where he worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When the facility was sold and moved, he switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years he photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. He had his first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and, by April was hired as a full-time retoucher for a local full-service portrait studio. Currently, he is semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest him, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.

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AIRSHOW PHOTOGRAPHY – February 18th, 2020

On February 18 th , 2020, Lancaster Photography Association is pleased to have Bob Driver, Michael Jackson, and our own Tom Spanos give a presentation on Airshow Photography. They do a great job covering airshows and will have a lot of great information to share with us, as well as some great images to show us.

We have two air shows in the Antelope Valley this year – the LA County Air Show at Fox Field on March 21-22 featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, and another LA County Air Show at Edwards Air Force Base on October 10-11 featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds. This will be a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming shows.

Join us at 6:00 p.m. at Antelope Valley Senior Center.

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 https://www.investinnature.org/

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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Holiday Party - December 17 2019


On December 17, 2019, we will be having our annual Holiday Party, complete with food and fun! We do need volunteers to bring the food items, so check out the sign-up sheet below and sign-up beside what you can bring. Turkey and ham will be provided, and we need to fill in with all the appropriate side dishes and desserts. Thank you to all who donated to the turkey, ham and decorations fund!

We also will be having a White Elephant Gift Exchange, so every person who attends should bring a wrapped gift worth no more than $10.00. It should be a lot of fun!

We look forward to seeing you all there! It should be a great time of getting to know each other a little better.

Please log in and sign up below to let us know what you will be bringing from the list. Thanks everyone!!

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Telling the Air Force Story with Chris Dyer - 11/19/2019


On November 19, 2019, LPA is privileged to have Staff Sgt. Chris Dyer speak to us. He is part of the Public Affairs team at Edwards Air Force Base, and is a photographer for the 4th Combat Camera Squadron in the Air Force Reserves, where he has served for six years. He will speak about combat photography, Public Affairs and telling the Air Force story. He has many exciting images to share with us!

Join us at the Antelope Valley Senior Center at 6:00PM.

Portrait Competition – 10/15/2019


LPA’s October competition class is Portrait. It will take place on October 15 th at 6:00 p.m. It should be an exciting competition with a lot of fun images! We are extending the Deadline to October 10 th because we are opening entries so late. We apologize for that!

We are excited to have Hutch Hutchison come and be our judge. He will do a wonderful job of critiquing the images. We encourage all our members to enter. The cost is 5.00 for up to 3 entries. You may access the entry portal HERE.

The definition of Portrait is:

Portrayal of a person or persons (or pet) either posing or candid. An image is eligible for the Portrait class whether or not the image is acquired indoors – such as in a formal studio setting – or outdoors in a natural or artificial environment. Such elements include but are not limited to: the lighting, including the use of reflectors and diffusers; the arrangement of people, props; backgrounds; makeup; or apparel.

Character Portraits - September 17, 2019

With Suzanne Gonzalez


On September 17, 2019, Suzanne Gonzalez will be speaking at our General Meeting about Character Portraiture. The meeting begins at 6:00 at the Antelope Valley Senior Center. Suzanne has a wonderful body of work and will be sharing with us her lighting
and posing tips, using a live character model from our midst, Don Sullivan!

She attended Pasadena City College & Long Beach State University and graduated as an art major in 1972. She took photo classes in college, but in those days men were the majority of the photographers, compared to women. Her first love was art. She was lucky to make a living with her art, designing menus, T-shirts, silk screen art, then pub art on glass mirrors. She also shot film the 31 ft. long copy camera and did hand cut color separations of her art. She was always taking photos of the art work she did, but people photos were always her thing.

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