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Our First Photo Competition

Let's have a competition! We have some amazing photographers in this group, so let's show what we can do.

On May 13th we will have the Katy Photography Meetup's first print competition.

For this first competition there will be no assigned categories, so anything goes. Bring us your best shot. We will divide the images into Color and Black and White, so there will be two winners.

Photos should have been taken in the last calendar year (no pulling out those great shots from the back of your portfolios.)

Images must be 8"x10" or larger and need to be matted but not framed.

No identification on the front of the image. No visible watermarks.

We will have a judge who will be choosing the winners.

To enter, you must bring the images with you to the meetup. There will be a fee of $5 for two entries and $7 for 4. You may enter a maximum of two photos in each category (Color/ B&W) for a total of 4. KAA members may enter 4 images at no charge (print competitions and the Portfolio Review are included in their annual dues.)

Because we will be taking up the back room at Babaloo's, it would be considerate to buy a drink or two and maybe order a little something to eat. Monday's are pretty quiet for them, so this is a great opportunity for us to get together, see what everyone is shooting and see how we can raise the bar on our own personal photography journey.

Feel free to bring guests. This should be a fun evening.

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  • Alex S.

    This was great. I enjoyed all of the images that were there. Now, when is the next one? LOL.

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Matt B.

      Training sessions would definitely be worth it. I know Ana mentioned the need for at least one lecture/discussion on matting & framing technique. Plus, I'd be interested in getting a printer to come in to discussion different printing methods (paper selection, matte vs glossy, etc).

      2 · May 14, 2013

    • Dolores P.

      Really like the idea of learning sessions.

      May 16, 2013

  • Debi

    What a great night! With over 40 folks in attendance and 55 entries, we saw some spectacular images. Ribbons were awarded in both color and black & white images. A special first place was awarded to an extraordinary portrait. Ana has challenged us to shoot for both Fotofest Katy and a special project with the EDC that she will be involved with. We have quite the challenge ahead of us, so get out there and start shooting!

    May 13, 2013

    • Nancy M.

      Thank you debi for a very nice event.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Debi

      Thanks, Nancy. I hope that you will join us on future adventures.

      May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great way to meet with each other and discuss post production and presentation!

    May 13, 2013

    • Nancy M.

      eddie, nice to meet you. thanks for the crab cake!

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My pleasure Fancy Nancy!

      May 15, 2013

  • Dolores P.

    Great evening and so much talent. What a great start and got to see so many great images! Thank you Ana and Debi!

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Nancy M.

      great to meet you Dolores. very nice to chat on the patio and get to know you.

      May 15, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Wonderful event. Great to see beautiful photos and meet welcoming and talented photographers. It was my first meetup with the group and I hope to attend more.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very Enjoyable!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Awesome time. Thanks Debi for the invite, had a great time. Good to see a lot of friendly and familiar faces after being out of the loop for about a month. Missed getting to see Gary W. though.

    May 14, 2013

  • Marisa H.

    Excellent turnout and gorgeous photos!

    May 14, 2013

  • Martin L.

    An enjoyable time. Interesting the diversity of subjects amongst our group.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Brad

    I learned a lot

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fun! Next time I'd like to know what the judge is looking for. I really started having fun when I asked people where their photographs were and had them discuss them. Thanx Debi!

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Debi

      I don't think we'll ever know what the judge is looking for. Just bring your best shot and stand back.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • James G.

    It was a lot of fun! A lot of great images.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Brett

    Google maps is not helping. Or at least I am not seeing it. Where is the place?

    May 13, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Can not come. Fridge went out and need to to buy new one.

    May 13, 2013

  • Alex S.

    Ok, who is the judge? Maybe I can make my famous Amaretto Cheesecake to get an advantage... LOL. Just kidding. Man, 6:00 pm doesn't get here fast enough! See you all there.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very excited! Like a kid before Christmas! C u soon. :-)

    May 13, 2013

  • Alcy N.

    working

    May 13, 2013

  • Amy James F.

    Debi, I have to cancel tonight due some unexpected stuff coming up. I have changed my RSVP...sorry!!!

    May 13, 2013

  • Amy James F.

    I'm forced to cancel due to the unexpected. I really, really, really was looking forward to this, so it's a little disappointing. :-(

    May 13, 2013

  • Debi

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. We've turned in the numbers to the restaurant, so please be sure that you honor your RSVP. Show up, buy a beverage and a little nosh, or stay for dinner afterwards.
    Remember to bring cash or a check (made out to KAA) if you need to pay an entry fee. KAA members do not have to pay for this competition, it is one of your member benefits.
    This is your night. Enjoy!

    May 13, 2013

  • Martin L.

    My wife will attend

    May 13, 2013

  • Brett

    My wife and kids will be coming with me

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Sorry, unable to make it.

    May 12, 2013

  • Martin L.

    Debi, if my pics are printed on thick foam board do they still need to be matted. Did not know if matting was for appearance or just for support.

    May 12, 2013

  • Bill T.

    Have ever entered any photos in a contest before, please describe what an 8 x 10 matted print is? :>(

    May 8, 2013

    • Gary W.

      Bill you can purchase 11x14 mats with an 8x10 opening, 16x20 with 8x10, 11x14, 12x17 openings; really great ones from Texas Art or other art supplies or less expensive ones from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. It may be best to purchase the mat prior to printing the photo to make sure that the mat is readily available. All might not be in stock all the time.

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Gary W.

      I got the cart before the horse. You need to determine the aspect ratio of your image and be sure you purchase a mat that matches that ratio. It is IMO better to have a smaller print that fits the aspect ratio of the image than a larger print that is partly obscured by mat.

      May 8, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Hey Debi. Do we have to submit a print to attend? Would like to come out and see/support folks. My therapist said find things to do outside the house. And to stop texting her every 10 minutes, but mostly to find something to do. All my photos suck and I don't print at 8x10, I never print under 30 inches. Let me know if I can still attend w/out submitting. Thanks. Cheers.

    May 7, 2013

    • Joe L.

      Thanks Debi and Gary. Not sure she would come if I invited. I could say it was therapy related because she's helping me not say things that are inappropriate. Plus she's a really hot chic. oh wait ....

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Debi

      Just a reminder Joe, if you bring your therapist, please adjust your RSVP accordingly.

      1 · May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi..I am a new member of the club.. While I don't have any picture for the competition.. Can I just come along and see the exhibits??
    Thanks

    May 7, 2013

  • Murali

    Debi - I won't able to make it as I will be traveling out.

    May 7, 2013

  • Debi

    How about a menu? http://www.babaloocafe.net/menu.html Check it out to see what you want to try at Babaloo's.

    May 7, 2013

  • Debi

    Please RSVP for friends so that we have enough seating for everyone. Check out the menu. You're going to love this place. If you have RSVP'd it's important to the group that you show up. Remember if you are NOT a member of KAA there is a small entrance fee for each image. If you do not see KAA by your name on the roster and you have mailed in your money, let me know so we can have everything ready to go on Monday night. This is going to be soooo Cool! Bring it on!

    May 7, 2013

  • Debi

    Please make sure that if your plans change, you need to change your RSVP. We will want to buy a drink or small plate of food to help offset the cost of the gallery/room. Let me know if there are more folks coming so that we can give the restaurant a heads up.
    See you soon.

    May 7, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Sadly, I'll be out of town.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is B&W a hard and fast rule? What about monochrome?

    April 30, 2013

    • Debi

      Lets play it loose the first time to see what we get.

      April 30, 2013

  • Antoinette Rincon C.

    Will be out of town. Maybe next time and good luck

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Debi

    Is anyone available to help set up panels on Friday evening?

    April 24, 2013

    • Debi

      Give Ana a quick note if you can help Friday evening around 4-6 pm

      April 24, 2013

    • Debi

      Eddie, no panels for the competition. We'll just display on tables.

      April 28, 2013

  • Antoinette Rincon C.

    I have never does this before but it sounds exciting.

    April 26, 2013

  • CordelleHD

    Is there money involved for the winner?

    April 25, 2013

    • Debi

      Ribbons and bragging rights are the only prizes being handed out. If we get enough participation we might be able to come up with some prizes for future competitions.

      2 · April 25, 2013

    • CordelleHD

      Nice, I look forward to the competition! =D

      April 25, 2013

  • Benjamin J.

    This sounds exciting and I'll be there.

    1 · April 23, 2013

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