We’re really excited to announce that Peter Read Miller will be one of our featured speakers at the 2013 UPAA Symposium. He’ll be speaking to us on Thursday June 20th from 2:45-5:30 at the Elgin Community College Business Conference Center. Check out the symposium page for his bio or check out his portfolio at www.PeterReadMiller.com.
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.
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.”
The March winners have been posted for the Monthly Image Competition. Check out all the winners on the MIC Site.
By Nick Romanenko, Rutgers University
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.
The Monthly Image Competition has posted the winners for February. Check out all the winning images at the UPAA MIC.
Our own Donald Page, staff shooter for the University of Tennessee Athletic Department, wrote a guest post on Scott Kelby’s Blog. He shared his insight on how to overcome the fear of failure in our photography. He also shared this video created by his university to showcase his work:
Photos and Text by Andrew M. Daddio/Colgate University
Full Disclosure: for the past twelve years all of my personal photo gear has been Canon bodies and lenses. I used to diss on Nikon, quite heavily I may add, until the introduction of the Nikon D3, which really leveled the playing field, if not taking a quantum leap forward. I shoot with Nikon for work, and I still retain and shoot with my Canon gear, but i do on occasion consider jumping ship to Nikon…
A great portrait session where you are able to break through your subjects’ apprehension and genuinely capture the personality of the individual you are photographing… Gaining access to environments and situations that many people will never see… Solving a technical challenge or exploring an untried technique that produces a new body of work… The rush of excitement you receive after seeing the image in the viewfinder as you click the shutter, or when it pops up on the back of the camera, and realizing that you have just captured a great and iconic portfolio shot… Continue reading
The November numbers are in for the Monthly Image Competition, click here to see the winning photos.
Our own Kurt Stepnitz just started a 7 week marathon trip around the world working on a multimedia project for Michigan State University. This is the first in a series of posts chronicling his journey:
To my colleagues and friends of the UPAA,
After months of planning and about a 30-person support crew behind us, there are 7 weeks of travel and story gathering ahead. Tonight begins a journey for a crew of 10, certainly like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Continue reading