Untitled 2017 Deadline EXTENDED to Midnight October 1st!


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. 20 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction at Subtext on Friday, November 3, 2017; proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. All entries will be judged by 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.

Please visit our contest site to see full list of prizes.

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.




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.

Beggars Banquet with scott b. davis and MOPA, June 8, 2017

San Diego photographer scott b. davis will present a slide lecture of his work for APA|SD’s “Beggars Banquet” series on June 8, 2017, followed by a viewing of prints made from an 8”x10” and 16”x20” field cameras.

©stacy keck_scott b davis 2017

© 2017 Stacy Keck

Beginning with large format b/w landscapes, davis slowly moved toward abstract and minimalist works, incorporating the 19th century platinum / palladium printing as an integral part of the process. Today, davis is working on a series of negative prints made in camera, exploring the perception of light and space in the Sonoran desert.

About the Artist

Since the 1990’s scott b. davis has made photographs that explore unremarkable wilderness corridors and anonymous urban spaces in the American landscape. A platinum printer for two decades, his night photographs and recent work with platinum paper negatives examine the far ends of the visible spectrum and consider the limits of human perception. His work with large format wooden view cameras (8”x10” up to 16”x20”) facilitates working slowly and affords large-scale negatives used for platinum printing.

In 2012 davis founded the Medium Festival of Photography, an annual event that brings emerging and established contemporary photographers to San Diego for four-days of portfolio reviews, artist lectures, exhibitions, and related events.

scott b. davis’s photographs have been reviewed in the New York Times, Village Voice, the New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and other print + online media. His work can be found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Pier 24, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, and others. davis’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, in Germany and Japan.

His website www.scottbdavis.com contains additional exhibition and project information.

Join us for APA|SD Beggars Banquet graciously hosted by MOPA.
June 8, 2017 6:30-8:00 in the MOPA Atrium
APA and MOPA Members: $10
Students & Affiliates (ASMP, SDX) $15
Non-members: $20

Surviving Photography: A How-to Guide

surviving photograhy

We’re pulling back the curtain on a career in photography and taking an honest look at what it entails.

Stacy Keck and Kevin Roche are San Diego based photographers who shoot everything from tech conferences to flamingoes in Bolivia to weddings in Beverly Hills. 

Join them for a discussion about how to make sense of turning your passion into a career and being successful in different areas of work, and how it ties into overall business.  They’ll open up about what they show on social media vs. the “hustle” and how to balance jobs that pay the bills with ones that feed your passion.  

Doors open 6:30 pm at the San Diego Photo District11717 Sorrento Valley Road San Diego, CA 92121

Purchase tickets here

APA Members $10

Student, MOPA, ASMP Affiliate $15

Non-Members $20