Welcome to the Alameda Photographic Society

We invite you to explore photography through friendship, workshops, competition and learning programs. Look around, get to know our photographers, our mission, places we visit and the excitement of expression; better yet come to one of our meetings and see for yourself.


Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

We meet semi-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. at 2441 San Jose Ave. in Alameda, CA (with the exception of December and the fourth Tuesday in July).  Look for the side door of the First Christian Church.  It says Fellowship Hall; just come up the stairs to find our group. 

To compete with your images and have trained judges provide feedback, join our ClubCLICK HERE to download the application, or CLICK HERE to pay your dues with PayPal.

You can also join our Meet-up to receive meeting announcements:  http://www.meetup.com/Alameda-Photographic-Society/

Competition nights are on 2nd Tuesdays (Not in December). Program nights are on the 4th Tuesdays (not in December).

Current News

Speeding up Competition Nights -- Beginning in February 2017, we will try something new to help keep competition nights to a reasonable duration.  We will not read aloud the image titles during the critique.  Due to the increasing number of categories per night (per N4C category scheduling), and the increase in the number of participants, we want to make sure the competitions do not go too long as well as giving our judges a bit more time to critique.

PSA Interclub Competition -- The competition for the first round in Creative is now open for entries via our APS website competition section.  To be considered for the competition you must submit your two images by midnight Monday January 9, 2016.

Field Trip Hold Harmless Agreement - In order to participate in APS Field Trips we are now requiring that each attendee have a signed Hold Harmless Agreement on file with the club's Treasurer.

IMPORTANT NEWS - We have changed the monthly APS Competition upload deadlines - To help keep the competition evenings running as smooth as possible and timely, we will be encouraging our guest judges to preview the competition images before the actual competition time.  It is thought that by previewing the images, the judge can better focus on the critiques in a more concise manner. In order to provide this early preview capability, we will need to close the competition upload center sooner to Monday night (midnight) for the next day’s Tuesday night competition.

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) Newsletter (currently on hiatus) -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE


January 2017

Tuesday, January 10: Competition Night - The categories are Pictorial, Travel, Journalism, Monochrome, and Cash for Images (the category is "Silhouettes".). Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed since the last competition night.  You may submit as many images as you would like for $1.00 each. Please pay the Club Treasurer (Paul) as soon as you arrive at the meeting.

Friday through Sunday, January 13 - 15: Piedras Blanca - San Simeon, CA - This is a spectacular weekend trip where we get a chance to see hundreds if not thousands of elephant seals up close during mating season.  Nearby day trips to either Hearst Castle tour, San Simeon State Beach, downtown Cambria or a visit to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.  On the way back on Sunday a visit to the King City /Fort Hunter Ligget San Antonio Mission.  See the Piedras Blancas – San Simeon flyer for more details and where to stay.

Saturday, January 14: Coffee Klatch- We'll meet at 10am at the former High Street Station in Alameda, now called The Black Pug. It is a chance for APS members to meet Meet-Up members to discuss various aspects of photography, provide free critiques on any images they bring and to talk about our club. If you are interested participating in this “meet and greet” in a casual atmosphere, just sign up on our Meetup site, www.meetup.com/alameda-photographic-society or just show up if you’d like. If you have questions, you can contact Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com. And keep in mind that the cafe always has something delicious to eat or drink while you meet.

Tuesday, January 24: Program NightMaking of Creative Images by Greg Edwards Come join us and Photographer Greg Edwards to discuss the making of creative images.

February 2017

Tuesday, February 14: Competition Night - The categories are Pictorial, Nature, Creative, and Cash for Images (the category is "Street Photography".). Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed since the last competition night.  You may submit as many images as you would like for $1.00 each. Please pay the Club Treasurer (Paul) as soon as you arrive at the meeting.

Thursday, February 9: Field Trip - Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - Moss Beach Get ready to hunt for sea creatures and sea life among the tide pools. Although it is on a weekday, we take advantage of the really low tide to walk among the exposed rocks. Location is 200 Nevada Ave at the beach. We start at 2 pm. Optional dinner afterwards. See additional trip details and carpool information in the APS Field Trip flyer.

Alameda Photographic Society Affiliations

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs

The Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) is the umbrella organization for 11 San Francisco Bay Area camera clubs, whose members comprise photography enthusiasts—beginners, amateurs and professionals. N4C provides an opportunity to grow photographically and compete at an inter-club level. Most individual member clubs hold their own local monthly judged competitions in two photographic mediums, Prints and Projected Images, and in various subject matter.

Join in the fun with N4C and their local camera clubs. Participate in field trips, seminars, and workshops, share learning experiences and camaraderie among fellow photographers in your area! We use the N4C competition definitions and rules for all of our competitions.

Click here for the N4C Competition definitions.

Read the Latest N4C Newsletter (currently on hiatus)

Click here for the latest N4C Competition Results.

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The Photographic Society of America 

The Alameda Photographic Society of America is also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and its local Yerba Buena chapter. The Photographic Society of America is a worldwide organization for anyone interested in photography. The society includes casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers. Founded in 1934, PSA has members in over 70 countries. Individual, club, and council memberships offer a wide variety of services and activities: a monthly magazine; online photo galleries, image evaluation, study groups, and courses; competitions; an annual conference; recognition; and discounts on photography-related products and services.

Contact: alamedaphotosociety@gmail.com


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