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HEARTLAND PORTRAITS PROJECT

The Heartland Festival Orchestra is looking for images that capture the heart of the Heartland. The “Heartland Portraits” Project is an opportunity for the Peoria Camera Club and all photographers in the community to contribute images of the “prairie” that will be playing during a special concert to honor the beauty and life of our region.

As part of the tenth anniversary celebration, photographic representations of the prairieland and life in Illinois will be displayed in a digital dance on screens above the orchestra, choreographed to select movements of “Symphony to the Prairie Farm” by Steve Heitzeg.

Your work can be a part of creating a unique piece of live performance art. Be it a downtown Peoria panorama, a Starved Rock scene, or a Champaign snapshot. There’s no better time than right now, the beginning of the fall season, to get out and photograph the prairies of Central Illinois. Optionally, you may select images from your portfolio that meet the above criteria.

Deadline for submission of images is December 2nd, 2018 at midnight. Photographers retain sole ownership and unrestricted use of all photographs submitted.

For more information and link to submit photos, click on this link Heartland Portraits Project

CLUB COMPETITIONS — DUE DATES

PCC Members, This listing should better clarify the Competitions and when Images are due.

Number of Competitions for each Category:
Open = 3
Nature = 3
Print = 3
Creative = 2
Photojournalism = 2
Theme = 2
City Landscape = 1
Smartphone = 1
President’s Special = 1

CICCA = 2

DUE DATES for TURN-IN


AUGUST 2018

8/21 — NATURE-1, OPEN-1

SEPTEMBER
9/4 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-1
9/18 — OPEN-2
9/25 — CREATIVE-1

OCTOBER
10/2 — CITY LANDSCAPE
10/23 — CICCA Print
10/26 — CICCA Digital

NOVEMBER
11/20 — PRINT-1
11/27 — THEME-1 (Botany)

DECEMBER
12/4 — NATURE-2

JANUARY 2019
1/8 — OPEN-3
1/22 — PRINT-2
1/29 — CREATIVE-2

FEBRUARY
2/5 — SMARTPHONE, THEME-2 (Still Life)
2/19 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-2, NATURE-3

MARCH
3/19 — PRINT-3

APRIL
4/2 — PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL (Capturing New with Old)

MAY
5/7 – END OF YEAR

COMPETITION HANDLERS

OPEN — Tom Ruhland
NATURE — Scott Dunham
CREATIVE — Julie Dodge
PHOTOJOURNALISM — Paul Bierma
CITY LANDSCAPE — Andrea Monninger
SMARTPHONE — Ray Keithley
THEME 1 — Paul Bierma
THEME 2 — Julie Dodge
PRINT — Alan Rogers
PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL — ?

(Since the website is public, please refer to the Member Directory for email addresses)

See the competition rules document on the for further details

All About the Night Sky

OK, maybe not “all” there is to know about the night sky, but certainly enough to satisfy a craving to learn what’s involved in photographing the night sky and the beautiful celestial objects that live there. On Tuesday, October 2nd, guest speaker, Craig Stocks will discuss astro-landscapes, featuring the Milky Way, as well as approaches to more detailed astrophotography. Post processing will also be addressed since it’s such a critical element to create a successful night sky photo.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Tips & Tricks of Macro Photography

Interested in learning more about macro photography? This week, Tuesday, September 25th, club member Crystal Johnson will present a program on the “tips and tricks” of shooting macros, equipment needed, and creative macro project ideas. Guests are welcome.

There will also be an opportunity for PCC members to participate in a Macro Photography Outing — Saturday, October 13 – Location and time TBA.

Strategies for Creating a Photography Program

Have you ever been asked to present your photography in front of a group and didn’t know where to start?

During this weeks meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present different strategies for “Creating Your Own Photography Program”. This will include how to: choose a topic; select and present your images; add topical notes; speak to the audience; and most importantly… keep their attention. Whether you’re creating a 15 minute show, or a full two-hour program, you’ll learn techniques that will help you feel confident when accepting an invitation to present, and when delivering your program.

This year, there will be opportunities for members to share more of their photography with the club besides competitions. If you have images to share, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, Sept 18, 7-9pm,
First United Methodist Church, Downtown Peoria.

Participating in Peoria Camera Club Photo Competitions

Peoria Camera Club offers members opportunities to participate in photo competitions to help you improve as a photographer, and develop a critcal eye when composing and editing your photos.

With 12 different categories of photo competitions, all with different rules, regulations, and submission requirements, entering club competitions can be daunting. On September 4th, the first meeting of the new club year, PCC members Ray Keithley and Rich Seeman will present a program on participating in club competitions. Ray and Rich have participated in competitions for many years and are both seasoned judges. Together they will help you navigate the rules and offer suggestions so you can confidently participate and properly submit your images in club competitions.

The following topics will be covered:
▪ Benefits (to you and the club) of participating in competitions
▪ The 12 different categories and the rules for each
▪ Club competition levels, their purpose and benefit to you
▪ Finding competition information on the club website
▪ Resizing and renaming digital images for competitions
▪ The judging process
▪ Interpreting judges’ comments
▪ How to succeed in competitions

In the past year, rules have changed, competitions have been added and image handlers have changed. Come to this meeting and learn about how these changes affect you and how to improve your chances of earning acceptances and winning in Club competitions.

First United Methodist Church, 7-9pm

(Photo credit: Cradled in Moms Arms, Gail Chastain)

Heart of Illinois Fair Photo Competition Informational Sessions

Peoria Camera Club will be presenting two Informational Sessions for the Heart of Illinois Fair Photography Exhibit on what makes a good competition photo, how to print and mount your photos, and how to enter your photographic prints in the fair. Choose from two dates, times, and locations.

Peoria Public Library, Downtown
Tuesday, June 12, 2-3:30 pm

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30 pm

Compete with other Central Illinois Photographers for cash prizes and ribbons, and start exhibiting your work in the community.

Presented by: Julie Dodge, Superintendent of HOI-Fair Photography Exhibit

2018 Insect Salon Entries Due 9/22

Once again the Peoria Camera Club will be hosting the 2018 National Insect Salon, a Photographic Society of America-sanctioned Nature competition.  Images must be submitted no later than September 22, 2018.   The judging will be on 9/29/2018.

Go to the Insect Salon page for more detailed information.

(Featured Image “Cicada Killer” by Gail Chastain, one of the 2017 accepted images)

 

2018 Heart of Illinois Fair Photography Competition

PCC Members and ALL Central Illinois Photographers. As Superintendent of the Heart of Illinois Fair, I’m pleased to announce this year’s competition, theme, and dates. If you’ve never entered the HOI Fair Photography Exhibit before, it’s a great opportunity to print your amazing photos, compete with other photographers for big ribbons, cash prizes, and bragging rights, and show them off to your community.

I’ll be presenting a program on what makes a good competition photo, how to get started printing and mounting your photos, and how to enter them in the fair. There are two different dates, times and locations.

Peoria Public Library, Downtown
Tuesday, June 12, 2-3:30 pm

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
Monday, June 18, 6-7:30 pm

It’s easy to enter. See Rules link for details on Print categories, sizes, mounting requirements, and how to enter. Smartphone is the only digital entry, but follows the same entry process. Complete the Entry Form by July 1st to secure your commitment and order your entry tags.

HOI Fair Photography Competition Call for Entry
HOI Fair Call for Entry

HOI Fair Photography RULES
http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com/images/site/pageserver/file/2018/PHOTOPRINT18lettersize.pdf

HOI Fair Photography ENTRY FORM
http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com/images/site/pageserver/file/2018/AOENTRYFORM18.pdf

4/3 Program: “Find your Shot Where You Are-UK Edition” by Jim Burnham

JF6 6015During the question and answer at Ian Plant’s seminar last month, one of the attendees asked him something similar to this:

“So, you’ve gone to all these remote and fantastic places and taken all these fantastic photographs, what about someone who really can’t travel all around the world to find images. What do we do?”

Basically, the answer was to practice taking photos at home. If you can take good photos here, you can take good photos when you do eventually get to these places.

I wanted to do a presentation on just that, finding good photos here in Illinois. But I also promised Sam Black I would cover England and Scotland at some point. So, I decided to do both. On three separate trips over the last 20 years to England, Scotland and Wales, I took pictures of where I was at the time, rarely venturing out to the ultra-spectacular locations. It was combination vacation and photo excursion when I could get the time. So time was short on my own, or I had to find the shots where I was.

I’ll be covering different themes and subjects I am always looking for when I am out and about. This is the United Kingdom Edition.

      Hope to see you at the meeting Tuesday.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church