GALAPAGOS: The Enchanted Islands – A webinar by Kevin Loughlin

WHEN: August 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

This will be a private webinar for our club members and for whomever you wish to share the registration link:

Kevin Loughlin, owner of Wildside Nature Tours, has led 39 tours to the Galapagos Islands as of 2019. This destination is truly one of his favorite places in the world and going back time and again only reinforces that love and desire to return.

As Kevin shares some of his many images made during his many trips to the Galapagos, Kevin will discuss the many aspects of Galapagos history, geology and, of course, the amazing wildlife to be seen and enjoyed!

Kevin's most recent projects include working with author John Kricher to completely rewrite John's book, "Galapagos a Natural History," published by Smithsonian in 2000 and reprinted a few years later by Princeton Press. With Princeton Press, Kevin and John will be updating the text as well as recreating the book in full-color using Kevin's images.

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Abstract Competition - July 21, 2020

Welcome to our first competition of the 2020-2021 year, Zoom style! We are having an Abstract Competition on July 21, 2020. All LPA members are eligible to participate in our 5 competitions throughout the year. You may enter 3 photographs for a $5.00 entry fee. Currently we are only accepting digital entries, because the judging will be done remotely via a Zoom meeting - see link below.

Deadline for Entries: July 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to enter.

The definition of Abstract: Images in which the presentation of shape or form is the objective of the photograph. Abstract is often determined by not knowing what an object is, at least right away. For example, lines and shapes might be what you first saw, but then after studying the image, you notice that those lines and shapes are the outside of a building. If you saw it as a building first, without much thought, it may be better suited for the Structures Class.

Both Color and B&W images are acceptable.

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Devil’s Punchbowl Golden Light Field Trip – July 18, 2020

All club members are invited to sign up below for field trip to the Devil's Punchbowl on Saturday July 18th at 6:00 PM- The Devil's Punchbowl is Located near the town of Pearblossom. The trip to the Devil's Punchbowl takes about 43 minutes from Lancaster.

Steve will be leading the Field Trip at the Devil's Punchbowl. We will all meet at the Ranger Station Located right next to the parking lot for a group photo and then explore. It will be warm at the start of the trip but will be cooling off as we go since it is located next to the Mountains. The elevation at the Devil's Punchbowl is 4,750 feet elevation. Please bring Hat and Sunscreen and water. We will be going on a short self-guided walking trail located behind the Ranger Station.

After this short hike we will be moving down towards the lower trail that goes all the way to the tilted sandstone Punchbowl Rocks and if we have time might go a little way down the trail that leads towards the bottom of the Punchbowl.  The lower trail to the rocks is more strenuous but is not too hard if you take your time back up.  Look forward to seeing you at this Field Trip.

The best time to get the Golden light is about 30 to 45 minutes before the sun goes down. We are hoping for a great sunset as well, so we can get some great colors too!

All social distancing on this field trip will be followed as mandated by the state. Bring hand sanitizer.

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May Competition Results

Phacelia "Phacelia"
David Wilkins

What great entries you all had for our Wildflowers/Desert Scenes Competition! Hutch said he had a hard time choosing winners in the Divisions with more entries. Kudos to everyone who entered!

Our judge, Hutch Hutchison, spent a while going through all the images and writing helpful comments on each one. He included crop suggestions if needed as well.

You can view the galleries of the images along with the comments at: Or at

Each Division has its own gallery. Just click on the Icon for each Division and the gallery will open. Winners are at the beginning of each gallery with their name and image title. The judge’s comments will be below the image. You can navigate between images using the arrows at the top of the screen. The judge may reference a suggested crop, which can be seen by selecting “View Comments” at the upper
right or below the comments. (Caution: There is a bug in the software that will cause the “View Comments” page to sometimes show as shaded and prevent the user from proceeding any further. Use the browser’s refresh button to restore proper function. Alternately, push “ESC” and return to the main gallery) You can return to the main group by clicking on LPA Wildflowers-Desert at the Top Left.

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

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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