By Glenn Carpenter, UPAA President
Congratulations to Dawn Van Hall on receiving the 2012-13 Excellence in Professional Service Award from SUNY Cortland. I have known for a very long time that Dawn deserves this recognition because of her service on the Board, service as committee chair, and for her famous chocolate-chip cookies. Dawn has given of herself in order that UPAA, SUNY Cortland, and others may excel.
From the Cortland Website:
A long-time member of the College’s Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), Van Hall organizes and presents a Native American History Month film series in November on behalf of the center. Over the years, the digital-film acquisitions have formed the basis of a very complete collection representing the diverse lives of American Indians as well as Canadian First Peoples and Maori people.
The annual screenings, often accompanied by discussions with visiting filmmakers or cultural presenters, are awaited eagerly by a loyal following of students, staff and visitors.
“I don’t know (Van Hall’s) secret ingenuity of pulling together an impressive program and asking for only nominal support from CGIS,” the nominator wrote. “I can only imagine that she is well-known for her efforts, and that filmmakers happily comply with her request and give us an opportunity to ask about the making of the film, the cultural settings, etc.”
By Nick Romanenko, Rutgers University
- Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU
The hospitality room at the Miami Inn, Oxford Ohio, not in the southern climes of sunny Florida, was packed following the banquet that closed out another annual UPAA symposium. I was tending bar, making sure the guests were well tended to as they spent the waning hours of Friday night catching up with friends they probably wouldn’t see face to face for another year. Brigham Young University senior photographer Mark Philbrick had just captured his seventh Photographer of the Year award earlier in the evening, and was being approached with congratulations from colleagues as he made his way across the room.
By the time I saw Mark I was struck by the glazed look of euphoria on his face. He was obviously very happy, stunned, buzzed. Perhaps the reality of the moment was still sinking in, but then there’s no one else who has had his experience with this kind of moment in the thirty plus years he’d been a university photographer. He had won six times before, twice the number of any other photographer.
Aperture Magazine has joined the UPAA family and will be sponsoring an award for the Annual Print Competition (APC). Aperture Magazine will award a subscription to the photographer who has the highest scoring print in the Personal Vision category of the APC.
Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. In addition to publishing a quarterly magazine, Aperture also produces between twelve and fifteen new photobooks and books about photography each year. They also publish e-books, apps, and a daily blog, as well as online features on their website.
We are very excited about this relationship with one of the most prestigious photo magazines in the world. Members attending the Symposium in June will receive a copy of the latest issue of Aperture Magazine.
Chicago 2013 Preview
The 2013 UPAA Symposium will be held at Elgin Community College on June 17-21. Elgin is located about 40 miles northwest from downtown Chicago. The schedule is far from complete but I am happy to announce that Chicago based photographers Sandro Miller (sandrofilm.com) and Paul Natkin (natkin.net) will be part of the line up. Please check out their websites and read their bios. I am still working on more speakers will let everyone know as things develop. (pun intended)
The Nikon Shootout will be held in downtown Chicago. We will bus everyone downtown for the shootout. You will be able to explore the city as you wish as you search for your winning photo.
FOOD! Deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago style hot dogs will be on the menu during the week as with lot of other great food. I will also make sure that vegetarian options will be available at every meal.
The cost of the symposium will be under $400. The main hotel is all suites and will run $80-$90 a night. A few other options will also be available.
We will have the website up by December 1st. In the meantime I would like to hear from all of our members. What kind of speakers or topics would you like to see? If you have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions or recommendations, please contact me.
Electronic Imaging Specialist
Elgin Community College
- Best of Show – Photo by Mark A. Philbrick/BYU
It is hard to believe the week is already over! Below is a list of all of the winners for the Print and Publication Competitions…
Click here to see the winning photos from the 2012 Print Competition.
Click here to see the winning entries in the 2012 Publications Competition.
The 2012 Photographer of the Year is Mark Philbrick from BYU.
Best of Show comes out of the Sports Features category this year and also goes to Mark Philbrick.
The winner of the Nikon Shootout is Bruce Fox, Buffalo State College
2012 Print Competition
Sports Features & Illustrations Honorable Mention – Donny Crowe/Louisiana Tech University
Sports Features & Illustrations Honorable Mention – Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech
Sports Features & Illustrations Third Place – Vernon Doucette/Boston University
Sports Features & Illustrations Second Place – Mark Philbrick/Brigham Young University
Sports Features & Illustrations First Place – Eric Bronson/University of Michigan
Sports Action Honorable Mention – Eric Bronson/University of Michigan
Sports Action Honorable Mention – Eric Bronson/University of Michigan
Sports Action Third Place – Donny Crowe/Louisiana Tech University
Sports Action Second Place – Jaren Wilkey/Brigham Young University
Sports Action First Place – Martin Vloet/University of Michigan
People & Portraits Honorable Mention – Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University
People & Portraits Honorable Mention – Melody Komyerov/Boston University
People & Portraits Third Place – Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University
People & Portraits Second Place – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
People & Portraits First Place – Trice Megginson/University of Wyoming
Campus Environment Honorable Mention – Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin
Campus Environment Honorable Mention – Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University
Campus Environment Third Place – Scott Soderberg/University of Michigan
Campus Environment Second Place – Kevin Colton/Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Campus Environment First Place – Kevin Colton/Hobart and William Smith Colleges
News: Spot & Features Honorable Mention – Austin Thomason/University of Michigan
News: Spot & Features Honorable Mention – Will Jones/Wright State University
News: Spot & Features Third Place – Jaren Wilkey/Brigham Young University
News: Spot & Features Second Place – Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin
News: Spot & Features First Place – Vernon Doucette/Boston University
General Features & Illustrations Honorable Mention – Mark Philbrick/Brigham Young University
General Features & Illustrations Honorable Mention – Alan Magayne-Roshak/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
General Features & Illustrations Third Place – Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech
General Features & Illustrations Second Place – Jaren Wilkey/Brigham Young University
General Features & Illustrations Second Place – Rajah Bose/Gonzaga University
General Features & Illustrations First Place – Mark Philbrick/Brigham Young University
Science & Research Honorable Mention – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
Science & Research Honorable Mention – Scott Kissell/Miami University
Science & Research Third Place – Bob Elbert/Iowa State University
Science & Research Second Place – Andrew Tucker/University of Georgia
Science & Research First Place – Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech
Photo Essay Honorable Mention – Scott Soderberg/University of Michigan
Photo Essay Honorable Mention – Kurt Stepnitz/Michigan State University
Photo Essay Third Place – Andrew Tucker/University of Georgia
Photo Essay Second Place – Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech
Photo Essay First Place – Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University
Personal Vision Honorable Mention – Alan Magayne-Roshak/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Personal Vision Honorable Mention – Jim Dusen/SUNY Brockport
Personal Vision Third Place – Kevin Colton/Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Personal Vision Second Place – Alan Magayne-Roshak/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Personal Vision First Place – Jim Dusen/SUNY Brockport
2012 Publications Competition
General Publications Honorable Mention – Rajah Bose/Gonzaga University
General Publications Third Place – Glenn Carpenter/Moraine Valley Community College
General Publications Third Place – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
General Publications Second Place – Nancy Evelyn/University of Georgia
General Publications Second Place – Trice Megginson/University of Wyoming
General Publications First Place – Kelly Gorham/Montana State University
Publication Covers Honorable Mention – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
Publication Covers Third Place Kellie – Jo Brown/Humboldt State University
Publication Covers Second Place – Isabel Chenoweth/Southern Connecticut State University
Publication Covers Second Place – Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University
Publication Covers First Place – Nancy Evelyn/University of Georgia
Posters Third Place – Glenn Carpenter/Moraine Valley Community College
Posters Third Place – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
Posters Second Place – Martin Vloet/University of Michigan
Posters First Place – Rajah Bose/Gonzaga University
Viewbooks Honorable Mention – Joseph Pallen & Melissa Hartly/University of Idaho
Viewbooks Honorable Mention – Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University
Viewbooks Third Place – Kellie Jo Brown/Humboldt State University
Viewbooks Second Place – Kurt Stepnitz/Michigan State University
Viewbooks Second Place – Kelly Gorham/Montana State University
Viewbooks First Place – Andrew Daddio/Colgate University
Printed Advertisement Honorable Mention – Dani Machlis/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Printed Advertisement Third Place – Joseph Pallen/University of Idaho
Printed Advertisement Second Place – William Jones/Wright State University
Printed Advertisement First Place – Trice Megginson/University of Wyoming
Publications of Excellence Second Place – Peter Henshaw/Northwestern State University
Publications of Excellence First Place – Andrew Daddio/Colgate University
Congratulations to all of our winners!! Hope to see you all in 2013 at the Chicago Symposium!!
Trice Megginson, University of Wyoming
UPAA Print Competition Chair
We’re excited to announce that Radiopopper has decided to become a sponsor of the 2012 UPAA Symposium. RadioPopper makes wireless flash control systems that allow you to have ETTL control of your flashes wirelessly, without line of sight. Our own Mark Carriveau recently did a review of the RadioPoppers in the Contact Sheet.
For the Symposium they will be providing loaner units to test out during David Tejada’s lighting workshops. They have also provided a $250 door prize so that one lucky member will be able to pick up one of their flash systems. Check out their products at:
We are now just a little over one month away from the UPAA Symposium that takes place June 18-23, 2012 at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. It’s not too late to signup, but the deadline for registration is May 27.
I was excited to see that we have several members that will be attending their first symposium. Whether this is your first symposium or 20th we all have something to contribute and it is important for all of us to attend. Like I have stated before the UPAA symposium has become an annual reunion of professional university photographers who help each other grow and succeed, and it needs you to accomplish this mission. So I hope you will be attending.
I also wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for the print competition has been moved up to June 5, 2012. Make sure you read the rules for this years contest because some things have changed. As I mentioned before this years print competition will be held at the Miami University Art Museum. . The images will be on display for public viewing from June 14 – July 3. This is an exciting opportunity for UPAA photographers to have their work in a Museum gallery show open for public viewing.
If you come to the symposium I invite you to attend the preview of the print competition at the Art Museum Monday from 12-5 p.m. While your there be sure to check out the Leica camera display at the museum. It’s a little know fact that Miami Art Museum has the most complete privately assembled collection of Leica cameras in the country, and one of the largest in the world. The collection documents the intriguing history of Leica cameras through prototypes, special purpose and military cameras, gold-plated commemorative models and camera accessories. This is a must see for Leica camera lovers. Jeff and I look forward to seeing you this summer.
Miami University Senior Photographer
2012 UPAA Symposium Registration
2012 Symposium Schedule
2012 Print Competition
The 51st University Photographers Association of America (UPAA) Symposium will be held at the Miami University campus in Oxford, Ohio, June 18-23, 2012.
Your hosts at Miami University are Scott Kissell and Jeff Sabo—we look forward to seeing you and we hope you will enjoy your experience. Last year UPAA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in scenic Utah, hosted by Brigham Young University and organized by photographers Mark Philbrick and Jaren Wilkey. This memorable symposium was attended by creative university photographers from all over the country who were eager to learn and to share and to inspire each other with ideas and information. We all have something to contribute, and it is important for you to attend. The UPAA symposium has become an annual reunion of professionals who help each other grow and succeed, and it needs YOU to accomplish this!
- Past symposiums have had some great speakers, and this year will be no exception. Thanks to support from the UPAA board members, we were able to feature Annie Griffiths, who will surely inspire us all. One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than 100 countries during her illustrious career and worked on dozens of magazine and book projects. In 2008 Griffiths published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance and the joy of creating a meaningful life. Her newest book, Simply Beautiful Photographs, was published in October, 2010.
- Annie Griffiths has also agreed to do a critique of five images from the UPAA print competition during the question-and-answer portion of her talk. To learn more about Griffiths and see some of her photography, visit our symposium speaker page.
- Kelly Block, Specialist of Professional Marketing Support for Canon, will provide loaner Canon gear, and they will also have a clean and check technician on hand during the conference. Canon is also providing the Photographer of the Year prize, which will be an SLR & lens kit.
- We will kick off the 2012 symposium with a presentation from our own UPAA member Jim Stroup, the 2010 UPAA photographer of the Year. Jim is proof that we already have talented speakers in our own organization. If any other UPAA members are interested in presenting, please let us know.
- The 2012 Annual Print Competition judging will take place at the Miami University Art Museum. The images will be on display for public viewing at the museum from June 14 through July 8, 2012. This is an exciting opportunity for UPAA photographers to show their work in a museum gallery.
- Scott Glavin will show us how he sets up his remote cameras for sports–no one can do this better than Scott.
- David Tejada will be back to do a workshop on location lighting.
- There will be a video editing session for DSLR Cameras.
- Adobe will provide a workshop for our symposium, on Adobe Lightroom 3, and will provide us with some software to give away.
- In 2012 the Nikon shootout will be in Dayton at the National Air Force Museum, an amazing museum with airplanes from all eras of aviation history, including the Wright Brothers first military plane and modern military aircraft. Even if aviation history is not your passion, you will appreciate this museum!
- We will wrap up the symposium with Comedian, syndicated cartoonist, Aaron Johnson, who will surely make you laugh with his “What a Duck Live Tour”. Johnson produces the photo–centric comic strip “What a Duck” which he will use in his presentation to cover the all to familiar issues with the photographic industry and explains why sometimes the best thing we can do is shake our heads and laugh. See more about Johnson on the speaker page.
Start making your plans to be in Oxford, Ohio in June to make this, another great symposium! The cost of the symposium is only $375. Keep checking back for updates. We look forward to seeing you and hosting the 2012 UPAA conference at Miami University!
Click here to register for the 2012 UPAA Symposium.