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2017 May 5: End of Year Competition

We will need all winning prints by May 2nd. You can start bringing them tonight.

Any photograph which has won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place in a monthly contest is eligible to be entered in the year-end judging of that program year in the class in which it was originally entered, regardless of the contestant’s current class standing. It shall be the responsibility of the maker to return any eligible photograph to the Contest Chairman by the date designated for the year-end judging.

The year-end competitions will be held off site on May 5th and general attendance by club members will not be allowed. Typically three judges will be used to judge the year-end competition. Voting shall be done electronically using the club voting box.

No reprints will be allowed in the year-end contest. Thus, the maker should take precautions to ensure the preservation of the original photograph if he/she wishes to enter the picture in exhibitions or competitions outside the club and fears the original may be damaged in the process.

Based on the final year-end judging, awards will be presented as follows:

ALL CLASSES (color and monochrome prints and digital imagery): 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in each class.

From among all of the 1st place winners of the year-end judging a single Photograph of the Year shall be chosen.

The member accruing the highest total points in a category (monochrome, color, digital) shall receive the following Photographer of the Year Awards:

  • Monochrome Photographer of the year – The Margaret H. Bevan Award
  • Color Photographer of the year – The John R Boykin Award
  • Digital Photographer of the year – The Howard L. Penn Award
  • Photographer of the year – The Frederick R. Kelley Award

The end of year competition awards will be awarded at the yearly club banquet in May 23rd.

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2018 Jun. 1: Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

The Central Maryland Photographers’ Guild (CMPG)is pleased to announce a very special event!

Renowned professional photographer and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens,

Tony Sweet will be speaking on Friday, June 1, 2018

“Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways”

There is nothing more important than clean, direct, compelling composition. Through numerous image examples, various compositional techniques will be illustrated and discussed.  From the basics of composition to more creative ideas, Tony’s presentation is intended to fine tune the vision and jump start the creativity of the attendees.  Whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned pro, this is a program not to be missed!

Tickets are $20 with advance online registration, or $25 at the door (cash only, please).   Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.  The program begins at 7:00 PM. A Q&A session will follow Tony’s presentation.

When: 01 Jun 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Chapelgate Christian Academy
Marriottsville, MD
Registration: Advance registration – $20.00
At-the-door registration – $25.00


Source: Central Maryland Photographers Guild – Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways

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2018 Apr. 25: Contests – Digital – Surrealism

Our next Digital competition will be Wednesday, 25 April 2018. You may enter three digital images.

The theme this month is Surrealism, “Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real.” You can find examples of surrealistic photos by clicking here.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your digital entries are posted on our website

  • Digital –
    • Email your digital entries in by Tuesday, at noon. Remember that the email address to send your digital entries to is
    • Send your images as email attachments. Mac users need to put their images in a zip file and attach the zip file to the email.
    • Resize your images to 1024 pixels on the long side (1024 x ??? or ??? x 1024).
    • Files should be named according to the following convention:
      • A class identifier, ‘n’ for novice or ‘u’ for unlimited, should prepend the file name and be followed by an underscore.
      • The image name should appear next. For multi-word titles, it is helpful to either capitalize the first letter of each word or separate each word with an underscore. Although most mechanisms of uploading/transferring/emailing files handle spaces in titles, this is not universal. If you have problems sending files with space-separated titles, try the methods mentioned above instead.
      • An underscore and the owner’s first and last initials should follow the title.
      • Finally, make sure the file extension (.jpg) exists.
      • Examples: Here are file name samples using the above convention:
        • u_BridgeOnTheRiverKwai_cb.jpg
        • u_bridge_on_the_river_kwai_cb.jpg
        • n_thistitleisveryhardtoread_cb.jpg
        • n_some have trouble with this_cb.jpg
    • We will send you an email to confirm we have received your images and that they are named and sized appropriately. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the contest chairman at
    • If all else fails, you may bring your images to the meeting on a USB drive, but we may not be able to put them into the contest.
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2018 Apr. 14: April Print Contests Results – Surrealism

Thanks to Bonnie Schupp for judging.
Thanks to Susan Webber for record keeping.

Unlimited Color (21 images)
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Anachronism
2nd Place – Bob Webber – Data in the Clouds
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer – The 50 and 6 Cave and Diner
4th Place – Mike Thomas – Pickled
HM – Bob Webber – I See Through You
HM – Lou Sapienza – Glowing Petal

Unlimited Monochrome (21 images)
1st Place – Mike Thomas – Time in a Bottle
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – Hat Trick
3rd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Lunar
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – Steam Demon
HM – Lou Sapienza – Parachute
HM – Mike Thomas – Arizona

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2018 May 3: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity

Joe Miller and the Northern Virginia Alliance of Camera Clubs present “The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity” on Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work. His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world. His images have been published in numerous books, magazines, journals, newspapers and advertisements, exhibited around the world.

Freeman will begin his presentation with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which we are all born. He includes stories of people who have used their creativity under great difficulty to benefit others and follows with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story.

Freeman has presented this program in several countries – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, France, England, Canada, and the United States – and regularly updates both the spoken and visual content. It is a continuing work in progress.

Combining a deep love of photography with an open and engaging teaching style, his lectures emphasize learning how to express effectively what you see and feel. He regards visual design as the craft or the language of visual expression and helps his students become fluent; using design with the ease of speaking their first language.

He helps attendees to understand that creativity resides in them (the photographer) and not in the tools or techniques that are used. Without an imagination, dreaming, and manipulation, tools and techniques can accomplish nothing.

Carpooling for this event is suggested due to limited parking space.

Date:    Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission:   Free
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA  22030

Source: The Freeman Patterson Lecture on Understanding Creativity | Silver Spring Camera Club

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2018 May 23: Banquet

Here are the details for the Annual Club Banquet.  Please use the ATTACHED form submit your payment and dinner choice.
Click here to download the form.

May 23, 2018

Drinks at 7:00 PM, Dinner to be served at 7:30 PM

Cafe Mezzanotte
760 Ritchie Highway (Rt. 2)
Severna Park Maryland 21146

Paid reservations should be in by the May 9th club meeting.  Four entrees are offered and all come with bread and oil, a House Salad, unlimited soda, tea and coffee, and dessert.    Dinners are $35 and the club will pay for the tax and tip.  Alcoholic beverages are not included

Please RSVP by May 9th with your dinner selection.  Make checks payable to the Arundel Camera Club.  For those who might not be able to make a meeting, your check and dinner selection can be mailed to:

Jackie Colestock
1335 Old Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122.

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2018 Apr. 11: Contests – Color and Monochrome Prints – Surrealism

Our next Print competition will be Wednesday, 11 April 2018. We will have color prints and monochrome prints contests. You may enter three in each.

The theme this month is Surrealism, “Surreal photography would be more about creating a world or image which goes beyond the physical world as we know it. It usually shows something which would be impossible in real life or tampers with the line defining what is real and what is imaginary. Surreal = beyond the real.” You can find examples of surrealistic photos by clicking here.

Competition rules, which include how to prepare your print entries are posted on our website

Monochrome and Color Prints– Prints must be matted. The print and mat assembly may not exceed 20” size on the longest edge. The photographer’s name, print title, category, class, and contest date (month/year) must appear on the back of each print.  PLEASE include an arrow on the back of the image to reflect orientation. For example

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2018 Mar. 28: Digital Contests Results – Open

Thanks to Stefan Kaben for Judging.
Thanks to Cheryl Kerr for record keeping.

Novice Digital (30 images)
1st Place – Bob Webber – Minutes to Hours Drive
2nd Place – Zoe Smith – Tick Tock
3rd Place – Julie Bennett – No Crystal Ball
4th Place – Julie Bennett – Snow Cap
HM – Elaine Hambly – In Wonderland
HM – Cheryl Kerr – Catching a Ride
HM – Chris Van Valkenburg – Alice

Unlimited Digital (36 images)
1st Place – Ron Peiffer – Lime Canyon Bristlecone
2nd Place – Michelle Barkdoll – Model Kiki
3rd Place – Ron Peiffer – Street Artist
4th Place – Chuck Gallegos – Long Trek
HM – Greg Hockel – Lunchtime
HM – Cathy Hockel – Commarant in Breeding Plummage
HM – Mike Thomas – Strength
HM – Fred Venecia – The Smiths

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