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Doug Peninger


George Singleton

1st Vice-President

Kevin Jiminez

2nd Vice-President

Mary Fisk-Taylor


District of Columbia


Janet Boschker

Salon Exhibition Chair Executive Director


Jessica Vogel


*** Paula Mignagna

***Anthony Maril Joe Tessmer

*** Martin Gudz Kaye Newsome

*** Spencer Smith Jason White

Rick Gibbons

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North Carolina

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South Carolina

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“ The Dury’s staff consists of actual photographers... ” Ever since I bought my first item from Dury’s almost 4 years ago, I have trusted no one else with all of my equipment needs. The Dury’s staff consists of actual photographers with a vast array of technical as well as performance knowledge and they are quick to help me find the right solutions for all of my shooting needs. A few months ago, it was time for me to upgrade cameras and the staff at Dury’s showed me the new Canon 5D Mark III. Simply put, the new Canon 5D Mark III is the best camera that I have shot with to date. I now have the capability to shoot at extremely high ISO’s with little or no noise as well as up to 6 frames per second with a very quiet shutter. Not to mention, the new autofocus system works flawlessly even in the most trying situations! This camera will make even the most discerning photographer very happy as the files that come out of the camera are simply breathtaking.

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SEPPA is pleased to announce dates for the 2014 District Judging (March 27-29) held in conjunction with the Georgia state convention in Atlanta. Click HERE for a link to for print rules and judging information will NOT want to miss “SEPPA SUNDAY” on March 30: • Affiliate manager meeting, 10am - 12 noon • Board of Governors meeting, 12 noon - 2pm • Leadership Training session (open to all SEPPA state leadership, faciliated by David Trust, PPA CEO) • on-site VIP reception for all sponsors/vendors attending Additional links you may find helpful: Geogia convention details Wyndham hotel registration for convention

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This month we’re heading west to the great state of Tennessee, up thru the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the way down to Memphis. Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer” state and acquired the nickname during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans. There were more National Guard soldiers deployed from the sate for the Gulf War effort than any other state. Did you know that there are more horses per capita in Shelby County than any other county in the United States? Conifer forests similar to those in Canada are found in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Davy Crockett was not born on a mountaintop in Tennessee as the song says. He was actually born on the banks of Limestone Creek near Greeneville. Tennessee also claims the dubious distinction of being home to the largest earthquake in American history during the winter of 1811-12 in the northwestern part of the state. Reelfoot Lake in Obion and Lake counties was formed during the quake.

Oak Ridge was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb. Because of constant energy research, it is known as the Energy Capital of the World. Tennessee has more than 3800 documented caves. Bristol is known as the birthplace of country music. The Alex Haley boyhood home in Henning is the first state-owned historic site devoted to African Americans in Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. Elvis Presley’s home “Graceland” is located in Memphis and is the second most visited house in the country. Knoxville was home to the 1982 World’s Fair. Some famous Tennesseeans include Chet Atkins, Morgan Freeman, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and Victoria Kelly. Tennessee became a state on June 1, 1796. It was the last state to secede from the Union and the first to be readmitted after the Civil War. Tennessee is also home to the Titans professional football team.

Janet Boschker, M. Photog., Cr., F-ASP

Northlight Photography

Demystifying Print Competition

Print competition is a valuable educational experience…but it can be intimidating. I am often asked to share my thoughts on what makes a successful competition image and I can think of no better way to explain it than to discuss each of the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. The 12 Elements are listed on the PPA website in order of their importance--first and foremost being Impact.

1. The effect or impression of one thing on another. 2. The power of making a strong and immediate impression. Let’s think about how that definition applies to competition. As a judge we are trained to evaluate images quickly, so the importance of first impressions cannot be stressed enough. In the first seconds an image is viewed the decision is made in the minds of the judges as to whether or not that image is merit worthy.

Competition is about becoming the best photographer you can be...

As an image maker, your job is to communicate your message to the judges in a way that is both powerful and unmistakable. I had a photography instructor that explained it to me years ago like this: “Photography is really all about communication. What do you want to say to your viewer and how are you going to get your message across?” At the time it was a puzzle to me, but over the years it gradually made sense. When choosing yourt images for competition, look at the image critically and ask yourself “What is the message? What am I asking the viewer to see?” It is said that the eye goes to the point of greatest contrast. With that in mind, there are several things that I was told to do when choosing the images for competition. One simple test is to turn the image upside down – what do you see? This exercise can help you look at the image with fresh eyes and identify distractions. Another thing we did back when we had to enter physical prints was to have someone hold the image and flip it away, turn

it toward you for a few seconds only and then turn it away again – what did you see? Was it the subject that you intended to highlight or did something else overpower it? Once your choices are narrowed down, ask yourself – are the other 11 elements working together to support the initial impact? A merit image will contain some combination of all 12 elements…if you achieve the initial impact but there is obvious weakness in other areas, you may want to consider recreating the image and correcting those problems before submitting the image for competition. Competition is about becoming the best photographer you can be – but you must participate to reap the rewards. Let’s do this! Next month our topic will be Creativity.

“Pillars of Love” Jim Carpenter

“Elegance” Marceliano Munoz

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Southern Exposure January 2014  

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