This spring several of our club members entered their photos in the Arizona Camera Club Council  Spring Round-up. The ACCC exists to promote the enjoyment of photographyand to encourage advancement of its members in the knowledge  of photography, through membership in local camera clubs in the State of Arizona. Saddlebrooke Photography Club is one of those “local clubs” and as such we are members.  ACCC hosts two competitions each year with certified judging of the entries. The competition is divided into:

           2 Divisions Print and  Projected  and then further into:

           5 Categories   Open, Nature, Monochrome, Creative and Rotating

           Further details and guidelines can be found here

At first glance, this process may seem overwhelming and intimidating. But, Saddlebrooke Photography Club members are lucky to have great support and mentors that will help everyone work through this process. Why is it important to enter these competitions? In this article on the Digital Photography School, a website I love for photography help and inspiration, gives several reasons for entering photo competitions:  

  • Gives Direction to your shooting
  • Pushes you out of your Comfort Zone
  • Focuses you on making the Perfect Shot
  • Be Inspired by other entries
  • Gain Validation
  • Receive Feedback

In addition, you gain great experience in process of preparing your photos for competition. Things like selection, printing, mounting, and transporting. As we mentioned before, our Club offers step by step mentoring for this whole process. 

Let’s get back to our Club winners from this ACCC Spring Round-up. This year we had three members place with their entries. The competition gives first, second, third and honorable mention places in each category. So for Spring 2019 we had these awards:

Joe Tomasello  Second Place  in
Printed Division-Color Open Category

Joe Tomasello  Honorable Mention in
Printed Division-Color Nature Category

Susan Dinga   Honorable Mention in
Projected Division-Open Color Category

Dave Burgess    Honorable Mention
Print Division-Nature Color Category

We had 11 members enter the 2019 Spring Round-up. The next competition will the the Fall Round-up on November 9, 2019. The “rotating” catogory will be High-Key images. Stay tuned, we will be explaining this image style in an upcoming blog post. It is not too early to start planning your shots for a competition entry.