Grand photos

 The Photo Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ



We encourage our members to go beyond Grand Photos competitions and enter their best images in other events.  Here are some of the available opportunities offered through our affiliates:       


Arizona Camera Club Council (ACCC)          Grand Photos representative is Arnold Becker.

ACCC is composed photo clubs, and the Arizona Chapter of PSA (Photographic Society of America), from around Arizona. Most of the clubs are in the greater Phoenix area, however, some are from other areas of the State, hence it is a statewide photography organization. ACCC conducts two photographic competitions each year as part of its Spring and Fall “Roundups” (meetings) which gather photographers from around the state for a day of photography and instruction. Competition entries are displayed, and awards are presented, during the Roundups. Members of Grand Photos often enter images in these competitions and also attend the Roundups. Full information about the ACCC Roundups (including the dates, programs and registration information) and competitions (including rules, categories, entry methods and deadlines) can be found on the ACCC website at:   

The ACCC Spring 2022 Roundup will be a Virtual experience on March 19, 2022.  The Guest Speaker: will be announced early in 2022. There will be a Digital competition, but NO PRINT COMPETITION. The ACCC Digital Rotating category is “Portraits”.  For the latest information about registration and the digital competition for the upcoming virtual roundup please refer to: 

Click here for the results of the Fall 2021 ACCC digital competition for Grand Photos members.

The ACCC publishes a newsletter twice a year.  The latest issue is  January 2022 .   Click here for the January 2022 Chronical.

Any questions or comments regarding ACCC or Grand Photos participation in ACCC should be addressed to Grand Photos’ Representative to ACCC, .

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Small Print Competition

The Arizona Chapter of PSA announced that there will be no 2022 Small Print Circuit

All Arizona photographers are encouraged to participate in this circuit.  This is a “small print” exhibition (competition) meaning that prints are limited to a maximum of 8.5” x 12” and are not mounted, making it easy and inexpensive to prepare and mail prints.  In this circuit there will be six section, three in color and 3 in monochrome.  You can enter four images in each section, so you can enter up to 24 images and each image will be judged three times (the circuit) resulting in 72 opportunities for acceptance and/or awards. The Sections are:

·      Small Print Color Open

·      Small Print Color Scapes (A Scape is defined as an expanse of scenery. Scapes may be, but are not limited to landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, or cityscapes. Human elements are allowed).

·      Small Print Color Animals (Animals are defined as organisms that can move voluntarily and can find and digest food.  For purposes of this exhibition a human is excluded from this definition.)

·      Small Print Mono Open

·      Small Print Mono People (People in all different forms, such as people in their environment both inside and outside studio, tasteful nudes, street photography – creative treatments allowed. People must be the main subject.)

·      Small Print Mono Architecture (Architecture is defined as any structure or significant part of or detail of a structure, designed and built by humans that is fixed in one place.)

Additional Information:

Monochrome prints must not be entered in a color section.

The same image must not be submitted in more than one section.

The cutoff date for future competitions will be announced when the competition is announced.

Entry Fees are the following.  Assuming you are entering all sections with four images per section, this cost is less than the $1 per image judging.

·      $36 for one or two sections

·      $52 for three or four sections

·      $68 for five or six sections

Any Member of a club that is a member of ACCC will receive a 50% discount from these fees.  The cost is now less than ½ $.  All PSA members in Arizona are members of the Arizona PSA Chapter, which is a member of ACCC, therefore any PSA member in Arizona will receive this discount.

The next exhibition show will be announced when the competition is announced. 

Entry details can be found at the Arizona Chapter of PSA web site

For additional information contact 


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PSA (Photographic Society of America) is a worldwide photographic organization of which Grand Photos is a member.  An annual meeting, at a different location in the US, is held each fall. The 2022 Photo Festival will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado from September 21 - 24, 2022.  For further information, see the PSA website ( and the monthly magazine (PSA Journal) that is available in the Grand Photos Studio.

Besides competitions, a number of Grand Photos members are active in PSA activities.  Amongst them are Stan Bormann, Margaret (Peg) Boike, Shirley Bormann, Norm Johnson and Sheldon Wecker.

PSA – Photo Travel Interclub Competition

This competition is available free of charge to all clubs belonging to PSA.  Shirley Bormann is the Grand Photos Coordinator.  There are three competitions annually.  Each new competition year starts November 15, with the remaining competitions February 15 and April 15.  For each competition, each club is encouraged to submit 6 different images from 6 different photographers depicting Photo Travel from any geographical area.  Participants submit two 1400x1050 pixel photo travel images by email to the club coordinator at  several weeks before the competition due date.  Those interested individuals who are available will be notified of a meeting in the Grand Photos studio to narrow down the images from each photographer to one image.  Images are viewed by members and occasionally suggestions are made as to how to make an image even better.  Each persons’ best image is voted on later by email by the participants who choose which image they think will do best in competition.  When they are judged, they are awarded points which are cumulative for the club for the season and the winners are announced afterward.

Photo Travel Division Definition: A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must look natural. PSA has recently issued a special guide for images being submitted for this category.   This guide can be found by clicking here.

The date when images need to be submitted to will be announced.   Grand Photos hosts Photo Travel Competitions.  Please contact the PSA Travel Competition Coordinator if you have any questions.

PSA - Open Images Competition

Beginning in the Fall of 2021 Grand Photos will be participating in PSA's Open interclub competition. 

  • Submit two images (1400 x 1050) to Stan Bormann by TBA
  • There is no restriction on the content or processing of these images but all content must be from your original images. 
  • The Club will submit six images total to PSA  chosen from those received for the competition. 
  • Contact Stan with questions.

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Grand Canyon Circuit

This competition is currently not being conducted.  When it is again active an announcement will be made. Grand Photos also participates in the Grand Canyon Circuit.   The Grand Canyon Circuit is a PSA approved photographic exhibition (competition) that started in the Phoenix area.  The Phoenix clubs that are currently involved are Camera Guild (Sun City), Photography West (Sun City West), Grand Photos (Sun City Grand), Phoenix, Saguaro, Sun Lakes, Trilogy and Arizona Chapter of PSA.    There is generally a Fall and a Winter Circuit.  In each circuit, a total of six of the clubs participate and benefit financially from its share of the proceeds.  Several of our members act as judges.

The Fall circuit is normally Projected Image Division Open, Nature, and Photo Journalism, and the Winter circuit is normally Projected Image Division, Open, Nature and Photo Travel.  Each category has two sub-categories, for a total of 6 categories. details will be found at

The benefit to the participant of entering a Circuit instead of an ordinary competition is that the participant submits images which are then judged at least 3 times instead of one, thus enabling you to acquire more acceptances for the work and cost involved.  This is an international competition so entries come from around the globe.  It is fun to see how your own photography stacks up against other photographers and if you are a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), you are eligible to use your acceptances to apply towards stars to get other awards.

All ACCC club members of sponsoring clubs are eligible to enter for half price. Be sure to enter your club's name in the appropriate box on the entry form.  For more information and definitions of each category, see the website:  If you have any other questions, contact  .

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Arizona State Fair - Photographic Competition

This competition is currently not being conducted. Information will be posted as it becomes available. There website is:  

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A. Becker


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