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MPA Webinar Series Announced

The MPA Artist Spotlight program offers web-based educational opportunities by outstanding speakers and raises money for many Marylanders in need due to COVID-19.

During each webinar, attendees will be asked to make a donation to The Maryland Food Bank, the current recipient of all donations. The webinars will always be free to MPA Members and making donations will always be voluntary.

Be sure to join a member club and take advantage of exclusive MPA member-club opportunities!

Wildlife Photography Seminar with Sean Lo

May 16, 2020

Learn from New York-based photographer Sean Lo. How to: Make an aesthetic wildlife picture, use the environment to your advantage, camera timing, creating a story and suspense, gear and more!

Lightroom Unleashed with Mollie Issacs

May 28, 2020

Learn Lightroom from this 14-time Kodak Gallery Award winner!  The Webinar covers many of Mollie’s secrets for getting results quickly. You will see a variety of before and after images, how the transitions were done, and so much more!

Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art with Hazel Meredith

June 9, 2020

Learn from Hazel as she demonstrates her creative process taking ordinary images and turning them into a work of art.

Click Here to Register

2020 May 6: Macro Photography Assignment


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

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:

2020 February Contests Winners

Novice Color

1st Place – Elaine Hambly – It’s Family
2nd Place – Rich Stolarski – Under the Live Oak
3rd Place – Ed Niehenke – Sailors Assisting at Arlington
4th Place – Elaine Hambly – Tribute to a Dead Beetle
HM – Rich Stolarski – Dead Tree

Unlimited Color

1st Place – Christine Milleker – Carnivore
2nd Place – Marilou Burleson – Times Up
3rd Place – Charles Graf – Catherine
4th Place – Cathy Hockel – The Darkest Hour Just Before Dawn
HM – Fred Venecia – Make a Wish
HM – Christine Milleker – Vegetation Decay
HM – Ron Peiffer – Honoring the Fallen

Novice Mono

1st Place – Marilou Burleson – Do Not Enter
2nd Place – Terri Jackson – Head On A Plate
3rd Place – Marilou Burleson – Come
4th Place – Terri Jackson – See No Longer
HM – David Joyner – Day of the Dead

Unlimited Mono

1st Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Wanted
2nd Place – Mike Thomas – Overdose
3rd Place – John Milleker, Jr. – Killer Migraine
4th Place – Cathy Hockel – Topsy Turvey
HM – Christine Milleker – Ragged Stump
HM – Ed Niehenke – Death Reflection at Arlington

Novice Digital

1st Place – Ed Niehenke – Bouquet in Mourning
2nd Place – Terri Jackson – Letting History and Beauty die
3rd Place – Susan Webber – Got Beef
4th Place – Elaine Hambly – 6 Million
HM – Terri Jackson – dem bones dem bones
HM – Rich Stolarski – Arlington

Unlimited Digital

1st Place – Mike Thomas – Mortality
2nd Place – Louis Sapienza – Dear Death
3rd Place – David Joyner – Franken Mary
4th Place – Ron Peiffer – A Slow Death
HM – Chuck Gallegos – Dont Drink the Water
HM – Cathy Hockel – Death of a Bygone Era
HM – Bob Webber – Fighting Cancer

Photo Exhibition Reception at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church YouTube Video by Ed Niehenke

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Get Started Making Money in Photography – Rocky Mountain School of Photography

If you’re looking for a real and honest look at today’s photography world, you’ve found it! This Short Course will help you discover how the photo industry really works; you’ll learn about different career options, how to create a vision-based body of work, and how to take steps in the right direction.

Full-time wedding and portrait photographer Mary Brunst will start this class with some tried and true ideas of how to get your business off the ground, and she’ll fill it up with tips and information about the process of growing a sustainable business.

This crash course includes more than super valuable information. It’s a chance for you to ask a real-world, working professional photographer those burning questions you’ve been holding on to!

Topics include:

  • The importance of networking with other pros
  • Potential sources of photography income including, stock, assisting, family portraits, local business content creation
  • Branding, marketing, creating your website
  • Finding your customers
  • The challenges and realities of building your portfolio while keeping a part time or full time job

Source: Get Started Making Money in Photography – Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Maryland Photography Alliance: Fine Art Imagery

Two Under the Umbrella

November 20, 2019 to February 19, 2020
Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor

Public Reception on Thursday, January 16 from 5:30 – 7 pm.

This show consists of 36 Images, 2 collected from each participating club. The show runs from November 20 to February 19. The Opening Reception is Thursday, January 16.

The Maryland Photography Alliance is comprised of 18 independent clubs whose goal is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography.  The Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus which fosters artistic creativity.

Published 2019 October “Lens Line” Newsletter