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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

The Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers both amateur and professional that meets monthly to learn about photography and share images. Our members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides our monthly meetings the group takes field trips such as the Death Valley excursion, the Cambria excursion and participates in expositions at the Valencia Town Center and City Hall. Print and digital image competitions are held at least twice a year. The majority of our members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography however some members belong to the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and other organizations. Whether you are just starting out with your first camera or are a seasoned professional, SCVPA has much to offer.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45pm until 9:00pm (or so.)

We meet at:
Sierra Hills Clubhouse
         28616 Kenroy Ave.
         Canyon Country, Ca. 91387
Guests are always welcome, come to a meeting and check us out!

Are you on Facebook? We are!

Get notifications, share photos and join the conversations.
1.  Go to Facebook SCVPA page.
2.  Make sure you have "liked" the page.
3.  Click the down arrow next to "Liked".
4.  Under notifications, click the "All On" selection.

Member Gallery

2016 August Meeting Photos

August 9th Meeting Photos

President's Message

August 2016 President’s Message

   I just got back from Bridgeport where Robert Mance and I photographed the Chemung mine, the Sliverado mill site and the Milky Way from Mono Lake that included a brilliant rainbow which seemed to last for an hour. In fact, it only went away when the sun went down. We also did a bunch of 4x4 trails that followed along a river in Nevada and a mine at about 9000' where the road ended on the side of the mountain because of a massive landslide. It was a good trip, I wish more of you could have joined us.

     This month, Ed Freeman joins us at our August 9th meeting to judge our Folio Competition and talk about his "Homeless Project”. We will show photographs from the Sand Fire which several member contributed. Photographs from the Los Angeles River field trip and from the “Theme of the Month” which was water, will be shown.

     Next month, we are going to change things up a little bit and have a photo equipment workshop. If you have questions about gear, cameras, lenses, flashes, tripods etc. we will try tp answer them. We are also going to have a gear swap meet.  So if you have any gear that you would like to sell, bring it along and see if there are anyone who is willing to buy it. 

     We have put the rules for the Fall Digital Image Competition (FDIC) on the webpage, it is under the documents section. The FDIC will be held in November and is only three months away. Over the next few meetings, we will spend a few minutes on how to use the website, where items are located etc. 

     If you get a chance, check out the SCVPA Facebook page. We are making changes and hopefully you will find useful information about the club, including photo opportunities, photo discussions etc.

     I hope everyone has a good month!
     Keep Shooting,



Details and Announcements

Ron Gallmeier
The SCVPA Board is deeply saddened to share with you the news of the death of  Ron Gallmeier on Tuesday, September 20th. Ron was a member of the club from 2009 through 2015. Many of you may remember his wonderful photos that were shared in several competitions and meetings.
We ask that you include his wife Pat in your thoughts and prayers.
Gear Workshop
During the meeting, September 13th, we' discussed a lot of different subjects: Tripods, Lens Filters, shooting Macro and Landscapes and Mirrorless Camera Pros and Cons.  Several websites were suggested for members to check-out. I have added them to the Useful Links page:
Different blogs for different types of camera - David Busch
Fall Foliage Colors
Eastern Sierra Fall Color Report

Theme of the Month - Members only

Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm Friday October 7th.
September - Shadows
View upcoming Themes  Theme of the Month

Photo Opportunities

Many local and regional photo opportunities are listed on the Event Calendar, highlighted in light brown. Upcoming SCVPA member activities are listed here and on the Event Calendar.
The SCVPA Board is requesting that members & guests sign up for field trips and workshops so we can prepare for the correct number of participants. Sign-ups are done by clicking on the registration button and then selecting the Sign-Up options.
If there are no registered participants by the Wednesday before the field trip or workshop, the event will be canceled.
View future Club Field Trips  June 2016 to May 2017

Speaker Blog Links

Additional links are posted on the "Useful Links" page.
Wildlife photographer - Tin Man Lee

SCVPA Upcoming Activities

Monthly Meeting, Oct 11th
Guest Speaker - Tin Man Lee, wildlife photographer
The Getty Center, Oct 15th
Come, explore, photograph gardens, architecture, views and more.
Yosemite and Mono Lake trip, weekend of Oct 21st or 28th
A fantastic trip for fall colors, wildlife, night photography and incredible landscapes.
The date will be determined by the beginning of October, depends on weather, so register now so we know how many to plan for.
Monthly Meeting, Nov 8th
2016 Fall Digital Image Competition
El Matador State Beach Field Trip, Nov 12th
Great ocean views, lots of surfers and sea life to photograph.
Fossil Falls & Trona Pinnacles, Nov 18 - 20
Weekend rugged camping event or Hotel-it at nearby Ridgecrest.  Spectacular night photography!
Monthly Meeting, Dec 6th SCVPA
Holiday Party, come and enjoy the festivities!
Holiday Lights, Dec 17th
Details TBD,  we'll travel to some of the best Holiday decorated streets/areas in SCV.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Competition Events in 2016


November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition

Submit by October 31st, 5pm
Photos within 2 years
Categories:Animals, Architectural, Landscape, Nature and Photojournalism.

Rules updated on September 14. Make sure you have the current copy!

August 9 - Portfolio Competition
Submit at August 9th meeting between 6pm and 6:30pm
Please read the rules carefully as there have been changes from last year.


A “folio” is a collection of images that are unified around a theme. The theme is about something: a place, a person, a mood or feeling, or something else that ties the images together. Purely technical or descriptive themes like “My Best Black & White Images” are not permitted.

Judge - Ed Freeman

Rules and Entry


May 7 - Spring Print Competition
Submit by May 3
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Judges - Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins
Rules & Entry Form


February 9 – Winter Digital Image Competition

Submit by February 1
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.

Note: Read Carefully! The definitions of categories and the rules of submission have changed. This is not you grandfather's image competition.



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Please download and read the brief user's manual on the Documents page to help you manage your membership record. Our new website allows you to update your personal data including addresses, phone numbers, e-mail and personal website. It also allows you to specify which of your data is displayed on the Finding A Photographer Membership Directory page. Download  Member's User Manual here.