APA | SD presents: Peer-to-Peer Critique

Do you have a photography project or series that you are passionate about? Curious about what your peers and others think of it?

Join APA San Diego and the photo community for an in-person conversation to share your own work and/or to comment on the work of others. Five photographers will be selected to present and discuss their personal work or project in an in-person critique session. 

Send us a link to your project for consideration. Submissions should be ready to share and present to an audience.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
6:00 PM PST

5343 Banks Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Free and Open to All

Email director@apasd.org to reserve a spot or to submit your project.
Deadline to submit is February 3rd, 2023

Dan Winters Live at San Diego Air & Space Museum

Photos: © Dan Winters

Time and Space: An Evening with photographer Dan Winters

The San Diego chapter of American Photographic Artists is proud to welcome back acclaimed photographer, Dan Winters, on January 12th, 2023 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.

Join us for a special one-night event including a photographic talk and presentation highlighting his work and stories from years spent behind the camera. The event will feature some of Dan’s aerospace photography and discuss his longtime fascination for this technically challenging work.

Doors open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 6:30 PM PDT

About Dan Winters

Dan Winters is widely recognized for his celebrity portraiture, scientific and aerospace photography, photojournalism, and illustrations.  He has won over one hundred national and International awards from American Photography, Siena International Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, PDN, the Art Directors Club of New York, Life magazine and World Press Photo, among others. He was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.  He was honored by Kodak as a photo “Icon” in their biographical “Legends” series.  Winters’ clients include  National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, New York Magazine, TIME, Esquire, GQ, WIRED and Rolling Stone among others, as well as a host of advertising, music and entertainment clients.  He has 5 published books and has had multiple solo exhibitions of his work in NYC, Los Angeles, Savannah, Siena, Italy and Madrid, Spain. 

APA Members: $15
Students (with valid ID): $15
Non-Members: $25

Reserve your spot today click here! 
Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

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Untitled 2022 Winners and Gallery Exhibition

Clockwise from left: Rebecca Grant, Art Streiber, Dana Hursey

Thank you to everyone who entered Untitled 2022! Please join us to celebrate the artists at the one-night-only exhibition on Saturday, November 12th, 2022 at Bread & Salt Gallery in the Brick Room. The top three (3) images will be announced and awarded prizes. See all competition entries shown in a rotating slideshow, sip craft beer, and support the photo community. Our APA chapter will donate 20% of the contest entry proceeds to The Gordon Parks Foundation in support of their Arts & Social Justice Fund.

To preview this year’s winners visit UntitledShow.org

Thank You to our jurors:
Katherine Ware, curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art; Photography consultant and curator, Julie Grahame; and Photo editor, researcher and founder of the non-profit, Free Juice, Allison Retina Stewart.

Saturday, November 12th, 2022
6 – 9 PM

Bread & Salt Gallery
1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113

Thank you to our sponsors:

APA Awards 2022: Call for Entries Now Open!

2021 Portrait Winner © John Davidson


Our annual competition is open to all photographers at every level, worldwide – everyone from emerging photographers to established professionals.

Our Judges will select 43 APA Award Winners this year for 14 categories and one Best of Show.

APA Leader level members save 50% on each image and get featured in our awards annual publication.



Architecture / Interiors
Beauty / Fashion
Celebrity / Musicians
Conceptual / Altered
Corporate / Industrial
FRESH / New work (Created in 2022)
Documentary / Photojournalism
Food / Still Life
Nature / Animals
Personal Projects
Sports / Adventure
Travel / Landscape
Series / Diptych / Triptych (enter Series HERE)


Take a look at the great list of creatives and art buyers/producers, serving as jurors.

Prizes from Sony, Wacom, INOVATIV, StellaPro Lights, PhotoShelter, FOUND, Think Tank, Adobe and more. It just takes one image to win.

An Evening with Pooneh Ghana | May 12th, 2022

© Pooneh Ghana

We’re excited to welcome music photographer Pooneh Ghana for a photographic talk and presentation on May 12th at 5 p.m. PDT. Pooneh Ghana was born and raised in Texas and began her journey as a photographer in high school at age 16 traveling to Austin to attend shows/music festivals with some cheap film cameras in hand.

Pooneh then combined her two greatest passions, a love for music and photography, and began her career working as a freelance music photographer using the skills she learned early on by experimenting with photography. Over the years, she’s created stunning film photos while working and touring with various artists including Tame Impala, The Strokes, Beck, Leon Bridges, Angel Olsen, Cage The Elephant, Glass Animals, Courtney Barnett, Idles, and many more.

Her work has also been featured in a variety of publications such as Rolling Stone, NME, WIRED and Pitchfork.

Today Pooneh resides in Los Angeles, California, and continues to enjoy documenting all aspects of the music world and the culture that surrounds it. From shooting for publications to going on tour, she’s grateful to wake up everyday and do what she loves.

Join us for a special online event on Thursday, May 12th at 5 p.m. PDT

Free to APA Members
Non-Members: Pay What You Wish. All Proceeds go to the photographer.

Reserve your spot today click here! 

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Untitled 2021 Winners Announced

We want to thank all of our sponsors, and participants who helped make Untitled 2021 a wonderful exhibition and event. A special thank you to our jurors, Anna Goldwater Alexander, Director of Photography at WIRED; Mark Gallo, Creative Director, traina; and gallery owner Joseph Bellows who curated the top 21 selections from nearly 500 submissions. Congratulations to all of our Untitled 2021 finalists and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 images.

20% of the entry proceeds will go to Outside the Lens to support their mission and programming. 

Selected Winners

  • Todd Glaser – 1st Place
  • Jennifer Rubin – 2nd Place
  • Jim Esposito – 3rd Place
  • Nick Nacca
  • Markku Lahdesmaki
  • Marshall Williams
  • Joe Patronite
  • Taggart Lee
  • Beto Soto
  • Dana Hursey
  • Marina Griffin
  • David Fouts
  • Joshua Goodell
  • Jens Lucking
  • Robert Ripps
  • Liana Grigoryan
  • Sam Zauscher
  • Sean Horton
  • Matt Harbicht
  • Jim Esposito
  • Art Streiber

Click here to preview the top 21 winners!

Thank you for supporting our photo community!


Untitled 2021: A Photographic Exhibition

Join APA | San Diego at Bread & Salt Gallery for a one-night only exhibition of the top 21 photographic prints from our Untitled 2021 contest. APA | SD will donate 20% of the contest entry proceeds to Outside the Lens; a San Diego-based organization that provides photography and digital media programming to youth and the community. See all competition entries shown in a rotating slideshow, sip craft beer from Saint Archer Brewing and support the photo community. Winning entries were curated by Anna Goldwater Alexander, Director of Photography at WIRED; Mark Gallo, Creative Director, traina; and Joseph Bellows | Joseph Bellows Gallery. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 images.

To preview the top 21 winners click here

Friday, November 12, 2021
6:00-9:00 PM

Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113


Untitled 2020 Winners Announced

We want to thank all of the sponsors and participants who helped make the Untitled 2020 a great competition. Rosey Lakos, Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners curated the top 20 selections from close to 400 entries. And, we’ve partnered with The Gordon Parks Foundation and donated 20 percent of the entry fees to their Arts & Social Justice Fund. Below is the list of all winners and don’t forget to checkout the image gallery.

Selected Winners

  • Jill Broussard, 1st Place
  • George Craig, 2nd Place
  • Elvin Diego, 3rd Place
  • Scarlett Freund
  • Lisa Griffiths
  • Matt Harbicht
  • Mark Holley
  • Diego Jimenez
  • Stacy Keck (2)
  • Dale Lazar
  • Lisa LeJeune
  • Jason Little
  • Scott Lorenzen
  • Alejandro Meter
  • Joe Patronite (2)
  • Martine Severin
  • Jamie Street
  • Ian Tuttle


Thank you for supporting our photo community!


APA | SD & MOPA present: Bruce W. Talamon, Nov. 12th


BTC1000-20 Stevie Blur 1981

© Bruce W. Talamon

APA | SD & MOPA Present:
Bruce W. Talamon: ‘A love letter to the Music’
An online event Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 6 p.m.

APA | SD & MOPA welcome Bruce Talamon for a photographic talk and presentation discussing his book ‘Soul R&B Funk from 1972-1982’. Talamon will share stories from behind the camera while covering various artists such as James Brown, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.

About Bruce W. Talamon:

Bruce is a photographer from California. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles.  His cameras took him around the world. Music, Editorial, Movies. He worked for People Magazine and was a Contract Photographer for Time Magazine. For forty-one years, he worked in the film industry as a Motion Picture Stills Photographer.

But before that, he photographed R&B Royalty from 1972-1982. It changed his life. On September 12, 2018, Taschen Books published BRUCE W. TALAMON: Soul, R&B and Funk Photographs 1972-1982. There have been numerous photo books on Jazz, Rock & Roll, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis, and Dylan. There has never been a photo book published on Soul, R&B and Funk Music… until now.

Taking a photograph of a singer on stage is the easy part. The hard part is gaining the trust. From 1972-1982, Bruce Talamon was documenting the rehearsals and sound checks, the recording sessions and costume fittings, the quiet moments, life on the road, and of course the wild photo sessions and memorable performances.

Alone with the artists before taking the stage, or seconds after the last song, Bruce Talamon had total access and was never asked to put his camera down. He was there when they exhaled. From the smoke filled clubs on Crenshaw Boulevard and the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to the largest arenas across the world, his camera recorded the frenzy and beauty of the music. He photographed all the usual subjects.

With almost 300 photographs, personal reflections and two essays, this book is a love letter to the music. It is a visual period in Black Music that lasted way past the midnight hour and will never come again.

Bruce Talamon’s work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Museum, Grammy Museum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) in Madrid, Spain.

2019 was a busy year. He completed his third film for Tom Hanks as his Stills Photographer on the Universal Pictures feature film “News Of The World”, directed by Paul Greengrass. He was invited to join the Fahey / Klein Photo Gallery in Los Angeles and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC selected his photograph of Earth Wind & Fire as one of six portraits for the 2019 Portrait of A Nation Prize.

Currently, he is researching the visual legacy of African American photographers during WWII. He is also editing a book project celebrating African American Stills Photographers in the Motion Picture Industry.

Bruce Talamon is the fortunate husband of the writer and National Public Radio commentator, Karen Grigsby Bates. They live in Los Angeles and have one son.

Join us for a special online event ‘A Love Letter to the Music’ on Thursday, November 12th at 6 p.m. For more details and to register click here.

Not a Member? Our annual memberships start at $50! Join Now!

Thank you to our sponsors:

APA-SD Sponsors George's Camera, Nelson Photo, Museum of Photographic Arts


Untitled 2020: Call for Entries Extended!

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. This contest is open to all types of photography and with no regard to specific categories. Submit the work that best represents you as a photographic artist. 20 images will be selected for an online exhibition and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners.

20% of the entry fees will be donated to the Arts & Social Justice Fund for The Gordon Parks Foundation

We welcome this year’s judge, Rosey Lakos Director of Photography at Godfrey Dadich Partners in San Francisco. She curates and produces visuals for clients ranging from National Geographic and the ACLU to Nike, Google, and IBM. Prior to GDP, Lakos was an integral part of the WIRED photo department where she produced award-winning features and cover shoots.

You can find full details and submission guidelines at untitledshow.org.
Deadline to enter is 11:59PM PDT 10.25.20.