APA Awards 2022: Call for Entries Now Open!

2021 Portrait Winner © John Davidson

APA AWARDS 2022

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.

ENTER THE 2022 APA AWARDS HERE


AWARDS CATEGORIES 

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

Deadline – June 23, 2022 (Noon, Pacific)

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!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS!

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

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

Where:
Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SPONSORS:

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

VIEW WINNER GALLERY HERE

Thank you for supporting our photo community!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SPONSORS!

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

 

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© 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.

The Art of the Digital Portfolio | August 12th, 2020

2020_digi_port_eventbriteThese days, as photographers, our world is seemingly expanding and shrinking all at once and it can be challenging to make a focused statement with commercial photography. Things have shifted, personal meetings are rare, and connecting with prospective clients can be more challenging so we need to show our specialty work now more than ever.

By tailoring our individual approach to a specific client, we can start the conversation quickly and help grab their attention. Photographers have a large digital toolbox that allows the ability to create laser-focused promotions and presentations to help capture the essence of our work and outline our specialties or concepts that may or may not be fully represented on our websites. Photographers should have a virtual portfolio handy or an e-book that best represents who they are and what they do.

Join APA | SD and our esteemed panelists who will be critiquing 3 virtual portfolios, offering their guidance and expertise, and discussing ideas for the best approach to building these tailored digital presentations.

WHEN: August 12, 2020 at 4PM PST

WHERE: Online | Link will be sent out upon registration

COST:  Free to APA Members, Non-Members $10

Reserve your spot today click here!

RSVP by NOON (PST) on August 12th, 2020

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

SUBMISSION DETAILS

If you’re interested in having your digital portfolio selected for review: please make sure you’re available to attend. Submissions must be sent to Wendy Fisk at director@apasd.org and please review the guidelines below:

Please DO NOT send us a link to your website.
We are looking to receive a digital portfolio via a link or PDF to share with the panelists in advance and all digital portfolios should be a curated selection of your work and submitted by Friday, August 7th, at 12 PM NOON PST.

Be sure to please answer the following questions when you send along your submission:

What type of feedback are you looking for?
Where are you currently in your career?
How many years have you been shooting?
Are you moving from one type of photography to another? 

We’ve also included a Digital portfolio example for you HERE.

If your portfolio is selected for review, you will be notified in advance.

MEET THE PANELISTS

DANA NEIBERT (b. 1972) is a trophy husband and photographer based in Coronado, California where he resides with his wife and two children. He pushes Mongo and does not care that you know. His biggest fear is being featured on “Kook of the Day”.

ROSEY LAKOS is the 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 feature and cover shoots.

Before working in editorial, she managed the production of exhibitions, books, and global artist workshops in the fine art photography studio of Todd Hido. A photographer herself, Lakos has a valuable understanding of the craft and is delighted that she has been able to create a fulfilling career from her obsession with the medium.

HEIDI GOVERMAN is originally from North Salem, a super small town just north of NYC filled with apple orchards and horse farms. She moved to Los Angeles in 1993, fell in love with the weather and easily learned to live without snow.

Before joining Workbook, Heidi spent five years as the Executive Director for APA | LA, a national non-profit photography trade organization, where she found her true passion in supporting artists and their businesses. Heidi is a talker but also a good listener who likes to solve problems.

Inside the Studio with Dan Winters

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APA | SD welcomes Dan Winters back with a look into his philosophies and stories from a life spent behind a camera. Join this online conversation and hear Dan respond to questions about his photographs and his approach to making art: past, present and future. We invite you to participate and submit your questions for Dan to be answered in this exclusive online event. Be sure to register and submit all questions in advance to director@apasd.org by Wednesday, June 24th, at 6PM (PST) for consideration. Dan will address as many questions as possible virtually on Saturday, June 27th, at 3PM (PST.)

Dan Winters is an award-winning photographer who is best known for his celebrity portraits, photojournalism and illustrations. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including GQ, Vanity Fair, TIME, The New York Times MagazineNational Geographic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and WIRED. His range of clients include HBO, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Sony, RCA and Interscope. He’s had multiple solo gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. His work is in permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Telfair Museum and The Harry Ransom Center.

Aside from an impressive client list and overall body of work, Dan has a collection of photography books that chronicle his career in photography with one dedicated to his shooting 30 years of New York street photography. He currently splits his time between Austin, Los Angeles and Savannah Georgia with his wife and son.

RSVP for event here.

 

APA Awards Call for Entries is open! Deadline Extended to July 28

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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.

APA members save on each entry.  APA Leader level members save over 35% on each image.

Now is a great time to join APA : enter enough images and your first year of membership can be free.

Like to upgrade? Please email: membershiprep@apanational.org

Awards Deadline Extended: Tuesday, July 28

MORE INFO AND TO ENTER NOW CLICK HERE