Untitled 2017 Call for Entries now open.

Call for Entries, Untitled 2017APA | San Diego is calling for photography that represents your best work. Images that show your unique vision, creative passion and individualistic style, titled or untitled. The top 20 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction. The proceeds  will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts.

All entries will be judged by VICE Design Director Dersu Rhodes, and prizes will be awarded for the top 3 images. All entries will be represented in the exhibition slide show on the night of the event.

Submission guidelines and entry form at UntitledShow.org  Deadline for entries is midnight, PST, September 24, 2017.

MEET. J. Grant Brittain

© J. Grant Brittain

Meet legendary skateboarding photographer, San Diego local and APASD member,
J.Grant Brittain.

Who are you following on Instagram?
@owlcat @chauncey.peppertooth @filmphotographic @gilesclement @danwintersphoto @blabacphoto @tonyhawk @raycollinsphoto @thelocalproject @lomography @fwo3 @leicacamerausa @nytimes @impossible_hq @dwellmagazine @curbyourlarrydavid @hasselbled_official @mr007 @jasonmpeterson @keithcarter.art @travisburkephotography @jude_allen @mattblack_blackmatt

Who were your biggest influencers?
My earliset influencers were my parents, an art teacher named Doug Durrant, and a photo teacher at Palomar College, Kean Wilcox. When I started shooting skating, the 1970’s skate photogs Warren Bolster, James Cassimus, Jim Goodrich, CR Stecyk, Ted Terrebonne, William Sharp and Glen Friedman. When I started taking photo classes, Ralph Gibson, Walker Evans, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Minor White and Aaron Siskind. Later on, Keith Carter.

When were you first introduced to Photography?

Watching skate photographers at Del Mar Skate Ranch and thought it would be cool to shoot my friends so I borrowed my roommate’s Canon in 1979.

What is your favorite podcast?

What type of music do you listen to when you’re shooting?
80s, New Order, Cure, Joy Division, Eno, Roxy Music, Devo, etc for skating
Ambient/Chill for Fine Art

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Art student at Palomar College and worked at Del Mar Skate Ranch
serving Cokes and Twinkies.

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
Something in Art, Design or Graphics.

What do you do when you get stuck?
Read a book, listen to music, go to a museum, surf.

What is your favorite curse word?

What is your best marketing advice for your peers?
Use every Social Media avenue there is, don’t get stuck in your ways.

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years? 20 years? Don’t sign any contracts and get everything in writing.

Check out more work from J.Grant Brittain!


APA | San Diego presents: The Joelsons – September 28th, 2017


After earning a liberal studies degree from SDSU, Rebecca Joelson signed up for a black and white photography course at San Diego City College, where she found her true calling behind the lens.  A year later, she opened her own photography business. Kevin encouraged this exploration because deep down he wanted the same for himself. He graduated from SDSU’s Film & New Media program and landed a job at Sony PlayStation where he edited videos and crafted content for games. While they were both successful individually, there was an undeniable spark when they had a chance to collaborate.

When Rebecca was awarded her first video job, Kevin gave her a crash course in cinematography. Fast forward to 2013 when Kevin began using vacation days from Sony to work with Rebecca on jobs for The History Channel, P&G and New Era. A year later, Kevin officially joined Rebecca as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. Today, The Joelson’s reputation as a photography power couple continues to grow as quickly as their business.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Event starts at 7 PM

Riverdale Studios
6314 Riverdale Street
San Diego, CA 92120

APA | SD Members: $10.00
Students & Affiliates (ASMP, MOPA, AIGA, SDX): $15.00
Non-members: $20.00
(+$5.00 more at the door)

Purchase your tickets online HERE.




MEET. Dana Neibert

© Dana Neibert


Meet Dana Neibert, a Coronado based photographer, former Art Director and long time
APA San Diego member and supporter.

Who are you following on Instagram?
Other photographers, travelers, craftsmen

Who were your biggest influencers?
Ansel Adams and how he prints, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Theibaud
for simplicity, Albert Bierstadt for light

When were you first introduced to Photography?
My grandfather gave me a Kodak 110 camera probably when I was 7 or so.

What is your favorite podcast?
Sorry, don’t listen to podcasts but VEEP is really funny to listen to while retouching.

What is your favorite curse word?
Too many to list!

Check out new work by Dana Neibert!

APA San Diego – DRONES Roundtable – August 10th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Ramon Purcell

Do I need a pilot’s license? Do I need a pilot? Can I fly my drone and shoot video at the same time? Can I fly over populated areas? Can I fly over the beach?

Do I have to file a flight plan? What is a 107? Will I get arrested? What’s a gimbal?

You have questions. We have answers. Come to the APA | San Diego – DRONES Roundtable and get caught up.

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Event starts at 7 PM

John Durant Photography
3421 Tripp Ct.#4, San Diego, CA 92121

APA | SD Members: Free
ASMP/Students/MOPA: $5.00
Non-members: $10.00
(+$5.00 more at the door)

Purchase online HERE or email director@apasd.org



 until June 29th at no additional fee.

STARTING JUNE 29TH submission fees increase $10 per entry.

THE APA AWARDS is one of the most respected photo contests in the world.

Enter just one image and you could walk away with thousands of dollars worth of prizes!

Enter as many images as you like and increase your chances even more.

Winners will receive a connection to people who can hire you, and there’s more:

Selected images to be included in a 2-page spread in Lürzer’s Archive 2018
A gallery showcasing winning images will be viewable online for two years.
A selection of winners will be included in a promotional mailing and sent to select art buyers and photo editors across the country.
An acclaimed panel of Judges will be viewing your work.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT – proceeds help advance APA’s core mission of protecting photographers’ rights so you can feel good about entering.