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.

Tim Mantoani, 1969-2016



San Diego, California

Last week we lost Tim Mantoani to cancer. A talented, generous and rare part of our photographic community is now gone.

Tim was known for his meticulous, beautiful color photography, and he left us with stunning portfolios of Cuba, sports figures, fellow photographers and countless assignments where his light touch and technique was put to good use.

But what anyone who met Tim will remember most was his thoughtful generosity. He supported the photographic community – giving of himself, his experience and his resources in a way that should be a model for how to interact with peers, clients, students and colleagues.

I was lucky enough to experience Tim’s spirit, first hand.  An amazing human being, masquerading as a regular guy.
John Durant, October 10th, 2016

Get Moving: Motion and Video Roundtable


Have you made the move to making movies?

Now’s your chance to show off your directorial dexterity at the APA San Diego Motion and Video Roundtable. 

Send us your 5 minute (max) motion project (on any topic) and meet us on June 15th with your popcorn bowl for APA San Diego’s silver screen event. 

The most interesting and accomplished pieces will be selected and shown large, so compress to impress.

All levels of photographers and cinematographers are encouraged to join the night’s discussions.

To submit, please send a link to or bring along the file the night of. We will screen as many submissions as possible. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Event starts at 7 PM

WHERE: Riverdale Studios 
6314 Riverdale St., San Diego, CA 92120  |  619-280-9900

SPECS: 1080p  |  .mp4  |  Limit 2 submissions per person  |  Max 5 minutes long, including credits

We are professionals and license our photos, so be sure to license any music, etc., in your video

COST: APA | SD Members: Free
ASMP/Students/3rdSpace: $5.00
Non-members: $10.00 (+$5.00 more at the door)

RSVP: Register Online Today or email



Untitled 2015: Call for entries. Submit your work today!


APA | 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. 30 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction at 3rd Space on Saturday, November 7th, 2015; proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. All entries will be judged by Photographer David J Carol and prizes will be awarded for the top images. All entries will be represented in the exhibition slide show on the night of the event.

Deadline is September 30th!

1st Place:

GOPRO PACKAGE: $623.00 Value
– GoPro Hero4 Black Kit
– GoPro Grab Bag Replacement Accessories Pack
– Delkin 660X 64GB Micro SD Card
– Wryd GoPro Bento Camera Case
YODELIST: 1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
PROUD CREATIVE: Portfolio Design Gift Certificate – $750
(up to 10 hours of print or website design services)
RIVERDALE STUDIOS Full Day Studio Rental –  $500 Value
(up to 10 hours – liability insurance is required.)
THINKTANK: City Walker Camera Bag –  $129.75 Value
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value

2nd Place:

PROMASTER: Travel Tripod – $139.95 Value
  1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
THINKTANK Urban Approach Camera Bag – $119.75
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
SNAP: Apparel Gift Certificate – $60 Value
CHROME DIGITAL: Gift Certificate – $75 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value

3rd Place:

YODELIST: 1 Year Long Subscription to the Buyers and Agencies Database – $995 Value
DRIPBOOK: Free For Life Account – $90 Value
PHOTO LIBRARY including books from:
– Eric Soderquist and Chris Burkard – The California Surf Project
– Joni Sternbach – Surf Site Tin Type
– Art Brewer’s monograph on Bunker Spreckles
– Masters of Surf Photography – Ted Garambeau
– Timekeeper – Anthony Friedkin
– Surf Site Tin Type – Joni Sternbach
THINKTANK Turnstyle Camera Bag –  $84.75 Value
IMAGE RIGHTS: Basic Membership – $89 Value


APA | SD presents: Nick Nacca | Super Control Freak | August 29th, 2015

For Nick Nacca image making isn’t capturing a moment in time, its several moments combined. He’s a super control freak. Not just on set.  Later, in a dim room he builds an image from the ground up. Blending, shaping, sculpting with light is at the heart of his process that creates images that stand out in a world of clutter.  It’s not just a different approach to lighting; it’s a different way of seeing.

Join Nick & APA/SD for a hands on workshop where together we will photograph a vehicle then integrate models into the scene for a seamless composite.  Working images from the shoot will be made available to the attendees to create their own versions of the image.

This class is limited to 15 participants and includes lunch. 100% of the proceeds
go to support the San Diego chapter of American Photographic Artists.

When: Saturday, August 29th, 2015 from 10am-4pm

Where: Riverdale Studios, 6314 Riverdale Street San Diego, CA 92120

Cost: APA Members $100
Student, ASMP, MOPA & 3S $125
NON-Member $150