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MPA 4th Annual Photography Contest

Submission Deadline Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is a union of regional photography and camera clubs throughout the State of Maryland. This contest is the largest digital-image, interclub photography contest of the year.

Lots of Prizes and No Cost to Participate!
4 Image Categories to Pick From:

  • Maryland Flag – Must include the MD flag, or some representation – real or imagined.
  • Dramatic Weather – A depiction of dramatic weather (snow, rain, fog, wind, sleet), anywhere in the world.
  • Nighttime – Images outdoors at night, between dusk and dawn.
  • Cityscape – Any city viewed as a scene or an artistic representation of the physical aspects of a city or urban area. It is the urban equivalent of a landscape.

Top Images are Displayed at a Gallery Show.
Stay tuned for submission details.
If you have questions, contact us at

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2020 May 20: Update to Club Events Contest

May 20th will be here before we know it! If we are not back in the school meeting by this date, our Club Events Contest for the 2019-2020 year will be head digitally and LIVE on our club Facebook page.

REMEMBER – we are only doing a digital contest this year – no print contest.  We will have one Unlimited contest and one Novice contest.  There will be one winning image for each, and those winners will receive a free membership for the 2020-2021 club year.  There are no ribbons or points given in this contest. 

You can submit one digital color image and one digital monochrome image per event that you attended this club year. Please remember, both color and monochrome images will be in the same contest. 

Closer to the date – Louis will send out instructions for when to have your images submitted by and how to size and name them.

Please see below list of events.  Remember – don’t wait till the last minute to start going through your photos, it’s a lot to go through the more events you attended!

2019/2020 Club Events

  • 2019 End of Year Banquet
  • Mid Atlantic WWII Weekend
  • OC Maryland Airshow
  • Open Cockpit Saturdays
  • Food Photography Table Top at Glen Burnie Library
  • July 4th Local Fireworks
  • Earleigh Heights Carnival
  • Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show
  • Kenilworth Gardens
  • Club Picnic
  • BMX Single Race
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • Sunflower Festival
  • Hagerstown Wings and Wheels
  • Table Top Night – Club Meeting – Glass and Water theme
  • Arlington National Cemetery 
  • Cascade Falls – Patapsco State Park
  • Rams Head Dockside – In place of club meeting
  • Library of Congress
  • Brian Boru’s Fundraising Night
  • Conowingo Dam
  • Fire Museum Of Maryland and Holiday Train Garden
  • Club Holiday Party at the Hockel’s
  • Bombay Hook NWR
  • Ocean City, MD
  • Assateague Island
  • Blackwater NWR
  • Fire and Ice – Frederick, MD
  • Woods Church Reception (Any photo taken that night in place of club meeting)
  • Photo Talk – Something New – March 2020 –  You must of submitted a photo for this Photo Talk in order to enter it in for Club Events
  • Patuxent Research Center
  • Photo Talk – (One of 3 assignments – Bathroom, TP, or Self Portrait) – You must of submitted a photo for this Photo Talk in order to enter it in for Club Events

*** NOTE*** the ones listed below are depending on Federal and State Guidelines moving forward through the end of year.  If attended – you will be able to submit photos for these events.

  • Table Top Night – (April Meeting)
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • WWII DC Flyover
  • Kiwanis Lake, York PA
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2020 Mar. 25: Program – Design Principles in Photography by David Joyner

Posted in Programs, Video, YouTube

2020 Mar. 18 – Digital Competition

Historic first online digital competition for the Arundel Camera Club.

Posted in Contest, Video, YouTube

Self Portrait Challenge

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2020 March Contests Winners

Novice Color

1st Place – Rich Stolarski – Aspens
2nd Place – Ed Niehenke – San Antonio Dining
3rd Place – Delaney Peiffer – Aftermath
4th Place – JC Williams – Barrows Golden Eye
HM – Terri Jackson – Tropical Security

Unlimited Color

1st Place – Bob Webber – LEDs Stuffed In Swirly Bottle
2nd Place – Cathy Hockel – Green Violet Eater Hummingbird
3rd Place – Chuck Gallegos – Ice Bubbles
4th Place – Mike Thomas – Day of the Dead Bridgette
HM – Cathy Hockel – Glossy Ibis in Breading Plumage
HM – John Milleker, Jr. – Working Up The Courage
HM – Michelle Barkdoll – Life to Death
HM – Ron Peiffer – Lenape Dancer

Novice Mono

1st Place – Rich Stolarski – Curved Grid
2nd Place – JC Williams – Jevon
3rd Place – Rich Stolarski – Clouds
4th Place – Rich Stolarski – Bologna Arches
HM – Delaney Peiffer – Boat
HM – Marilou Burleson – Enough Play For One Day

Unlimited Mono

1st Place – Christine Milleker – Stoic Wood Stock
2nd Place – Fred Venecia – Detmold
3rd Place – Fred Venecia – Miss McAlpine
4th Place – Cathy Hockel – Contemplation
HM – Chuck Gallegos – Eruption
HM – Mike Thomas – Ocean City Inlet Jetty
HM – Cathy Hockel – Juvenile Pelican

Novice Digital

1st Place – JC Williams – Water Drop Flower
2nd Place – Janet Peyton – Flamingo
3rd Place – JC Williams – Cat Woman
4th Place – Paul Wilcox – Serenade
HM – Paul Wilcox – Starling
HM – Paul Wilcox – Butterfly
HM – JC Williams – Butterfly on Coneflower

Unlimited Digital

1st Place – Ron Pieffer – Blue Dasher
2nd Place – Christine Milleker – Pilated Woodpecker Gatorland
3rd Place – Michelle Barkdoll – On Watch
4th Place – Christine Milleker – Colorful Danger
HM – Marilou Burleson – Too Much Playing
HM – Louis Sapienza – Blue Jay Looking
HM – Louis Sapienza – Cathedral In woods
HM – Cathy Hockel – Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
HM – Chuck Gallegos – In the Dead of Night

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2020 Mar. 18: Digital Contest using FaceBook

We have a great number of images, come join in the on-line camaraderie! Who knows when the next time we’ll have a club contest meeting where you can sip an adult beverage in your pajamas. Also, don’t forget that during the test stream we had other club members, past members and members who have moved from the area join in, let’s put on a good showing and give them a taste of the great photographers we have in the club!

The club group link is:

The stream starts promptly at 7pm EST but will go live with a countdown prior to that so that people can get in and get cozy.

If you have not signed up for a Facebook account, please do it tonight and join the group where the admins will approve your request. Note that we have members who use nicknames on Facebook if you’re worried about privacy.

Thanks to Louis, Bob and the Officers for a lot of heavy lifting this week. See you there!


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Published 2020 March “Lens Line” Newsletter

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Update on AACo Public Schools

Update on my correspondence with AACo public Schools and AACo Parks and Rec and how it impacts upcoming meetings.

First and foremost, access to indoor and outdoor facilities at both schools and parks has been revoked until further notice, and specifically at least through March 27th. So at the **very least** there will not be a physical meeting on either March 18th or March 25th.

Secondly, we were never given a room reservation for April 8th. That date was blacked out due to Easter/Spring break when Chip signed up through Parks and Recreation in November. Chip received email from AACo public schools last night indicating that students will now have school on April 9th, 10th, and 13th. And while facilities should be available that week, Chip checked with Parks and Rec this morning and they are not approving any new reservations at this time. So we should plan on not having a physical meeting on April 8th.

As to the idea of physically meeting socially, the official position of the club should be to discourage doing so at this time. We are trying to strike a balance between over-reacting to fear of the unknown and under-reacting to the seriousness of the threat. At this time we think it prudent to not meet in person as a club for at least a couple of weeks.

We can certainly look at ways to meet online. John Milleker, Jr. is working on holding next week’s digital contest via live-streaming and we are open to doing something similar with programs, though it might not be the programs or with the speakers we have scheduled over the next couple of weeks. If anyone has a topic suggestion that you think might work as a virtual meeting, let the officers know and we will see what we can come up with.

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School Closure / Schedule Changes

As of today, outside groups will not be permitted to use indoor school facilities until further notice. This means no camera club meeting at the school next week. 

The club officers have been working all day to try to work on a plan to continue the mission of the club and cause as little disruption as possible with the school closings. A few changes were necessary but we feel that this will allow us to continue to provide a fun and educational experience for all members until we’re able to meet again at the school.

We do not have a meeting area set for this Wednesday March 18th and have decided to hold a live stream digital contest on Facebook. Many of you are already on Facebook and members of the group, if you are not already a member, please visit and click on Join to be accepted. The link is:

It’s understandable that not everyone wants to become a member of Facebook however they have the platform needed to do our best at holding our regular contests until the storm blows over. Many people use fake names and make sure to edit the settings to severely limit what they share on the platform.

Again, March 18th is our Digital Open Themed Contest and it will be hosted Live on Facebook on Wednesday March 18th at 7pm.

Further changes were also made:

  • April 1st will now be a Digital Contest.
  • April 15th will now be a Print Contest.

This will give us a little more padding in case schools do not open back up to us immediately after the kids are allowed back. Continue to send digital images to:

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