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One Week Left: Get Your Annual Contest Pictures Ready!

Amy Mueggenberg


©️Rae Lowenberg



The 2018 LAPC Annual Photo Contest is just one week away…. are your pictures printed and mounted?

Couple of Key Rules:

  • Photos must be submitted to entry table by 1:30 (not just in building LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
  • All entries must be in print form
  • No restriction regarding print media. Glossy, matte, metallic, metal, canvas etc. are all permissible.
  • Entries may be either color or black and white in any category unless specifically restricted.
  • Entries cannot have been a previous LAPC Annual Contest winner (1st, 2nd, 3rd or Best of Show) Honorable Mention photos may be resubmitted.
  • Photos must be securely mounted on 11”X14” backing (except panorama). Metal prints (not metallic paper) need not be mounted.
  • Panoramic photos need to be mounted to a backing the size of the print.
  • All entries must have the competitor’s name, image title, category to be entered into and an arrow indicating up, on the back, lower right hand corner.
  • No Photographer identifying markings is permitted on front of photo.

November 11th Meeting Agenda:

1) Annual Photo Contest
2) Photo Pro Presentation
  • Mirrorless advantages and disadvantages, and new mirrorless offerings
  • Tamron lenses and what they are doing
  • PhotoPro Rental Program
3) Election of Officers

Sunday Meeting Reminder!


Topic:  Creative Thinking: Taking vs Making a Photograph

Trent Foltz   –  Trent is from Geneseo, Illinois and has his own fine art studio.    In 2017 Trent was a guest speaker at one of our Club meetings and showed off his outstanding black & white images.   Join us again as Trent helps us learn about Creative Thinking.


Photo Contest:   Glass

Like most people, you want to learn new skills in photography.  But sometimes you don’t have the time to research those skills, especially in the time frame that matches monthly contest themes.    The following are some links that may help you this month.  Have fun!

Monthly Contest Categories

The Monthly Contest Categories are all updated and posted now on the web page.
Please make sure you check them so you are ready each month!
Here’s a quick rundown….



Music (State Fair Theme for 2018)
If you aren’t sure about your photo for the State Fair, now is the time to test the waters!

Shallow Depth of Field

Square Format (Max image size 11 x 11) but you can print it on up to an 11 x 14 sheet

Selective Color



Paint with Light

Contest Category for March

The photo contest category for march is “Glass” and is now posted on the webpage at /
Categories for the rest of the year will be posted in the coming weeks, so remember to check back!
Don’t forget, February’s contest is “Harvest”, so anything showing or relating to harvest as you envision it, is what we want to see.
Also, don’t forget to check the rules, before the meeting, if you aren’t sure of eligibility or entry formats.

Panoramic photo dimensions in Anything Goes category

To LAPC Membership 

October 23-2017 

The following is in response to the question on panoramic dimensions for 2017 annual club contest. 

Subject:  Panoramic photo dimensions in Anything Goes category. 

The rule will be left as originally written.

The reason for this is the word minimum written in 7.2.3.
This will let a photo with a higher ratio be admitted, but with a maximum length of 42”.
In other words, you can use a larger ratio as long as it is no longer than 42” and 14″ on the short side. 


  1. 14”X42” Permissible  3:1 ratio (maximum dimensions)
  1. 10”X40” Permissible  4:1 ratio 
  1. 6”X42”   Permissible  7:1 ratio 
  1. 14”X28” Permissible 2:1 ratio 
  1. 6”X12”   Permissible 2:1 ratio 

We will change wording for 2018 to clarify this.  


Contest Committee 

January/February 2018 Monthly Contest Categories

At the September meeting, the contest committee announced a couple of the contest categories to start off the new year. Additional categories will be announced as soon as they are determined. Happy Shooting!

January 2018 : Harvest
February 2018: Ditches

Photo Feedback Tip

When posting a photo for critique , it is a good idea to ask for specific feedback. It is difficult to improve our skill set if we are only asking “What do you think?”  I know when is my mother is looking at my photograph, she would think that it should be on the cover of National Geographic.  That is not really helping me improve my photography.

Asking questions like:

  • How well is the subject captured?
  • This image is flat. How can I make it “pop” in post processing?
  • How can I improve the lighting?
  • How could I frame this shot better?

This is the starting point for forming a discussion and through that discussion growth develops.

Linn Area Photo Club provides a great service as part of your membership where you can get valuable feedback on you photos. If you would like to have you images critiqued, please submit your images to: [email protected] with the subject line: CONTEST SUBMISSIONS

Include the following information with your image:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Image Title
  • JPEG images only (smaller than 4MB file size)
  • Optional information: camera settings (f-stop, shutter speed and ISO)
  • Additional questions you would like to have answered during the feedback.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!! If you would like to help members improve their skills by providing feedback, please send a email to: [email protected] with the subject line: VOLUNTEER.

Monthly Contest Update-May 2017

The May 2017 contest theme was “High Shutter Speed/Stop Action”.  There was a total of 11 entries.

1st Place: Dave Bishop with 36 votes.

2nd Place: Sally Harms with 17 votes.

3rd Place: Jay Patters with 15 votes.


Upcoming 2017 Monthly phot contests:

June-Leading Lines




October-Frame in Frame

November– “My favorite photo”


The Monthly Contest Rules and Categories can be found here:


We would love to showcase your winning photographs with club members. If you would like to share your winning images with other club members, please email your photos to [email protected].

Monthly Contest Categories

There was some confusion at April’s meeting concerning the Monthly Contest Categories.

The categories for the upcoming Monthly Contests are as follows:
• May-High Shutter Speed/Stop Action
• June-Leading Lines
• July-Reflection/Mirrors
• August-Textures
• September-Panning
• October-Frame in Frame
• November-Annual Photo Contest

The Monthly Contest Rules and Categories can be found here:

Monthly and Annual Rules

The Annual and Monthly contest rules and categories have been updated and posted on the website.
Please make sure to check the monthly rules if you are bringing a photo for the contest this weekend!
Monthly rules & categories click here
Annual rules & categories click here
Rules have a “Version” number at the beginning in order to verify they are current.
Any changes to the rules, will be followed by a post and email being sent out to all members, along with a change to the version number, similar to getting a software version “update”.
The current version for Monthly Rules is Version # 01012017.1M   Posted on 02/07/17
The current version for Annual Rules is Version # 01012017A2   Posted on 02/03/17