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: www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org.

Two types of entries may be submitted to the Roundups – Prints and Digital images.  All Digital images are entered online, however, each club collects the prints, submitted by its members, about one month preceding each Roundup for entry. 

The 2019 Fall Roundup will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Sundial Recreation Center in Sun City.   For details, and to register, visit the ACCC website:  www.arizonacameraclubcouncil.org .  You can register and pay online, or if you prefer, you can download and mail the registration form to the ACCC treasurer.

Grand Photos print entries for the ACCC Fall 2019 Roundup will be collected on Monday, October 7th at the Grand Photos Studio between 10:00 and 11:30 am.  If you are the unable to download the required labels from the ACCC website, they will be available for you to fill out and place on the upper left-hand corner on the back of each print when you come to the turn-in.  $1.00 per print must be paid in cash or check, made out to ACCC, at the turn-in.  ACCC digital entries are due before 11:59 pm Friday, October 11, 2019.  The ACCC rotating category for the Fall Roundup is “High Key”.

Some Grand Photos members enter both Grand Photos competitions as well as ACCC competitions. Therefore the dates of Grand Photos competitions, and turn-ins, are adjusted so they do not overlap the ACCC dates. This allows time for Prints to be returned from ACCC in time to enter them in the Grand Photos competition.

Any questions or comments regarding ACCC or Grand Photos participation in ACCC should be addressed to 

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Small Print Competition

The Arizona Chapter of PSA announces the 2019 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.

Cutoff date for entry will be November 18, 2019.

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 2019 exhibition show will be held at the Colonnade in Surprise on February 22nd and 23rd, 2020.  There will be a meeting of the Arizona Chapter of PSA (includes all PSA members living in AZ) at the Colonnade the afternoon of February 22nd, time to be announced at a later date.

Entry details can be found at the Arizona Chapter of PSA web site https://www.psaarizonachapter.com.

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.  In 2019 it will be in Spokane in September.  For information, see the PSA website (www.psa-photo.org) and the monthly magazine (PSA Journal) that is in the Grand Photos library.

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

PSA – Photo Travel Interclub Competition

This competition is available free of charge to all clubs belonging to PSA.  Shirley Bormann is the G5rand Photos Coordinator.  There are three competitions annually.  Each new competition year starts November 15, with the remaining competitions February 15 and May 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 1024x768 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 everyone 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 will be found at the PSA website (www.psa-photo.org).  (Amongst the rules are: 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 allowed adjustments must appear natural – like you saw it.)

The date when images need to be submitted to will be announced.   Grand Photos hosts Photo Travel Competitions.

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Grand Canyon Circuit

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 (anything is allowed), Nature, and Photo Journalism, and the Winter circuit is normally Projected Image Division, Nature and Photo Travel.

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 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:  www.grandcanyoncircuit.org/.  If you have any other questions, contact  .

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Arizona State Fair - Photographic Competition

Information will be posted as it becomes available. There website is: https://azstatefair.com/competitive-entries-faqs.  

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