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, April 19th, 2023
6:00 PM PST

5343 Banks Street
San Diego, CA 92110

APA | SD Members: Free
Non-Members: $10


Email director@apasd.org to submit your project.
Deadline to submit is April 10th, 2023

APA | SD Happy Hour | Wednesday, March 15th

Join APA | SD for Happy Hour on Wednesday, March 15th, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. This happy hour is 21+ and open to the larger photo and creative community. We’ll be outside in the covered patio area enjoying some drinks and food. Registration isn’t needed, but we would love to know if you could join us. 

APA | SD members are encouraged to attend! Live music begins at 7PM with GILBERT CASTELLANOS YOUNG LIONS.

The Food & Beverage menu can be found here.

Panama 66 is located next to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park at: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Email director@apasd.org for questions and to reserve your spot. 

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

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:

The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time again for our annual guide to what photography fans want most. Whether you’re looking for something new for yourself or maybe that photographer in you life, we’ve got something for everyone. We put together this handy guide to share some ideas (or make it easy to share this wishlist).

Legendary skate photographer and APA|SD member J. Grant Brittain‘s first book “PUSH” is out and ready to order. Brittain’s work spans decades and focuses on the evolution of the Southern California skate scene from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. With a forward by Tony Hawk and 224 pages of images from the analog era, it’s sure to please any skateboarder or action sports photographer on your list.

Bags and Packs
Think Tank bags and packs have been a longtime favorite around here and they keep innovating with some of the best gear protection and stylish comfort out there. From small shoulder bags to full function backpacks and airline-ready rolling cases, there’s a Think Tank bag for everyone. APA members can receive discounts and additional benefits, so check out your members discount page for details.

Cameras and Gear
For local San Diego gear and services, we proudly support our retail sponsors, George’s Camera and Nelson Photo Supplies. Both shops have been serving our photo community for decades and carry all of the pro gear you need and trust. Visit them for cameras, lighting, sensor cleaning services, rental gear, printing and film supplies. Don’t forget, your APA membership gets you some great in-store discounts. Support local!

Print Service
Speaking of local, Chrome Digital in Little Italy is our go-to shop for beautiful art print work. A friendly and helpful staff of technicians can help you create prints of all sizes and mediums. Want to print on wood or metal? They can do that. Super large format? Yup. Stop in the shop and check out the nearly limitless possibilities.

Big Light, Small Package
Our recent Untitled competition and exhibition yielded some truly inspiring work and the winners walked away with a bevy of great prizes. Lumecube graciously stepped up with some waterproof LED kits to give away and we were not disappointed. These little light cubes are so versatile, they shouldn’t be limited to photographers. Powerful, waterproof, and about the size of a golfball, they can be mounted on your DSLR, video rig, bike handlebars, helmet, or anywhere you need a compact light. Need more compact LED option? They also make panels, drone lights, workspace and ring lights. Check them out!

Looking to gift a little inspiration? An annual membership to MOPA is an excellent way to give an experience to your favorite art lover (maybe that’s you?) The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa park holds a special distinction as one of only three museums in the nation dedicated solely to lens-based medium. APA members receive special discounts for an annual pass. While you’re at it, take a spin through the gift shop for unique photocentric gifts, apparel, and books.

More inspiration:
A gift of Luerzer’s Archive magazine will thrill the commercial artist in your life. The photo annual is considered one the most important publications in the industry – a triple shot of inspiration.

Communication Arts magazine focuses on the high level creative work and unpacks trends, highlights artists and agencies, and delivers several curated annuals in all things visual communications. A valuable resource for the commercial creative.

Frank Ockenfels 3‘s book “Volume 3” (teNeues Press) is a bold, edgy, and introspective collection of his personal work. Curated from Ockenfel’s journals, the photos, collages, drawings, and paintings tell an inside story of an artist overflowing with ideas and concepts. It’s a visual journey that will surely open your eyes to something new in your own artistic path. If you were fortunate enough to attend his presentation at MOPA in January 2020, you know what a dynamic force in photography he is.

Lastly, if you are looking to give the gift of community, inspiration, and education, look no further than APA. With your membership you give a gift to yourself; a gift of support, camaraderie, learning, advocacy, and most of all, you give back to the photo community you so dearly love. Please help support APA by upgrading, renewing, or joining. We sincerely appreciate your membership.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season and a plentiful and prolific New Year. See you in 2022!

An Evening with JASON LEE, January 14th, 2021


Join us for an online event including photographic talk and presentation dedicated to his work and the recent release of his third book ‘In The Gold Dust Rush’, a 112-page book featuring a selection of Lee’s previously unpublished American black- and-white film photographs spanning 2008 to 2020.

RSVP here today!

b. 1970, Orange, California

A native of Southern California, Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, producer, and director. Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during skateboarding’s pivotal late 80s and early 90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which would lead to working in film, television, and voiceover, and with such directors as Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Rebecca Miller. Despite retiring from skateboarding in 1995, Lee continued co-managing Stereo Skateboards with co-founder and former professional skateboarder Chris Pastras. In 2017, the two longtime friends celebrated the company’s 25-year-anniversary.

In 2002, Lee developed a passion for photography and dedicated himself to pursuing the medium as a creative profession. His photographic works have since been featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions, magazines, and books, one of which, 2018’s A PLAIN VIEW, marked the debut publication for Film Photographic, the Instagram film photography sharing platform and photography boo­k publisher Lee founded in 2015. In June 2019, Lee hosted OK: Jason Lee Photographs at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his first ever solo museum exhibition. The exhibition showcased a selection of both color and black-and-white film photographs made throughout Oklahoma during a six-month period in 2018 and ran through December 2019. A book of selected works from the series will be released at a later date. In December 2020, UK publisher Stanley/Barker released IN THE GOLD DUST RUSH, a 112-page book featuring a selection of Lee’s previously unpublished American black-and-white film photographs spanning 2008 to 2020. In summer 2021, Lee will release a book of Galveston, Texas, photographs in collaboration with Galveston Historical Foundation, with Film Photographic to publish a second printing of A PLAIN VIEW winter 2021.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Hi friends. Gary Allard, APA|Chapter Chair here. It’s been quite a year. It is our sincere wish that you all have managed to stay healthy and relatively happy through this trying time. And with happier times in mind, we have put together our annual gift-giving guide for photographers. We asked our members to send us their top-rated gift-able items for you to share. Here are few ideas.

It was a big year for book releases and many of our members published some beautiful work. Photo books make great gifts for anyone and here is a collection that is sure to appeal to someone you know:

Bruce W. Talamon Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972–1982 , A book Bruce describes as “a love letter to the music.” Bruce shared his experiences through an APA|SD online presentation recently. If you missed it, check it out here.

APA Member Todd Glaser has a beautiful book documenting his surf travels around the globe. PROXIMITY is a stunning collection of surf and travel photography.

Actor, filmmaker and photographer Jason Lee has published a photo book of black-and-white photographs  titled In The Gold Dust Rush. It’s an impressive collection of travel images made with 35mm and medium format films.

APA member Rob Hammer has just released an ode to basketball titled American Backcourts, a collection of road trip photos built over the course of 8 years. It’s a nostalgic look at a favorite American past time.

Joni Sternbach’s now iconic book Surf Site Tin Type is an homage to a sport, a way of life and to the people who practice it. While the open editions are now sold out, Joni is offering special signed editions while they last.

Stocking stuffers and gear for the photographer or art lover:

Prints and merchandise from our longtime member and skate photography legend, J. Grant Brittain

Photographer friendly tools and bags: The Nite Ize “Doohickey” key tool and the SmallRig multi-tool are great everyday carry items for photographers. I keep them close, the Doohickey hangs on my keychain and carries my thread adapters.

These baby ball head adapters have so many uses and come in handy for many accessories with a 1/4″ thread (see Litra below).

All photographers need a safe place to carry gear; ThinkTank bags, packs and accessories are among some of the best. The Retrospective Series is a personal favorite of mine.

Litra makes tiny lights for big adventures. These  LEDs are rugged, bright and waterproof to 60 feet. I have a few and I pack them everywhere. Pro tip, they are handlebar mountable and make great bike lights. And members can receive a 25% discount! 

Support our local shops and services with a gift card to Nelson Photo, George’s Camera and Chrome Digital.

A MOPA membership is an excellent gift and helps support all of the great photo programs they have been producing this year.

Looking to give the gift of donations? We support the Gordon Parks Foundation and encourage you to as well.

We hope this little guide helps spark some ideas or makes it easy to share with your loved ones. Thank you to all of our members for your support this year. We wish you a happy and above all, healthy holiday season. Be well. Be safe.

Personal Work Virtual Roundtable | Postponed NOW June 10th, 2020

Do you have a photography project or series you’re passionate about? Curious what your peers and others think of it? Join APA | SD in a virtual roundtable on Wednesday, June 10th at 4 PM PST, to share your own work or to comment on the work of others. Five photographers will be selected to present and discuss their personal photography projects in a virtual critique session. Send us a link to your project and we’ll review and discuss how this work benefits you, your clients and our industry. You’re encouraged to share personal work along with client work to help inspire our community.

WHEN: Thursday, June 10, 2020 | Roundtable starts at 4 PM

WHERE: Online | Link will be sent out upon registration

COST: Free and Open to All

Reserve your spot today here!
Be sure to RSVP by 2 pm on June 9th, 2020

Sponsored by:




Making the Move to Motion

APA_motion_eventbritePhoto credit: Gary Allard

Have you made the move to making movies?
Now’s your chance to show off your directorial dexterity at the upcoming screening roundtable discussion ‘Making The Move To Motion.’ Send us your 5-minute (max) motion project (on any topic) and join us on Thursday, February 20th for APA San Diego’s silver screen event. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

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 director@apasd.org by February 17th.

We will screen as many submissions as possible.

WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2020
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
Students & Affiliates: $5.00
Non-members: $10.00

Reserve your spot today here!

Untitled 2018 Call for Entries Open!


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. The top 20 images will be chosen for display at a one-night only benefit auction on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Museum of Photographic Arts. All entries will be judged by acclaimed photography author and educator Thomas Werner 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.


Visit UntitledShow.org for entry information and submission guidelines.
Deadline for entries is October 9, 2018. Additional fees for deadline extensions will apply.