Photographic Society of America
YOUTH SHOWCASE – 2012
Youth Showcase, an Updated Opportunity
Annually since the late 1990s, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) has sponsored an April competition for the prints of high school-aged photographers, sponsored by PSA member-clubs, PSA Chapters, and PSA –member camera club councils. Only sponsored photographers' images are eligible but any teacher may enquire of the chairman and a sponsoring group can be located (contact firstname.lastname@example.org if enquiring for a sponsor).
With a deadline of April 30th each year to the PSA chairman Kathy Braun, APSA, in Wisconsin, sponsoring organizations around the country begin working with their area schools, 4-H groups and similar, around the beginning of the schools' semesters or quarters. Given the final national deadline, each local sponsor must set its own deadline to allow time for an area competition or "run-off" and must then finally send up to six prints from each teacher's students. The PSA competition of Youth Showcase finalists is judged by three qualified photographers in a different geographical area each year.
The competition allows one print each in four categories (Architecture, People and/or Animals, 'Scapes, Photojournalism) plus two images in the Photographer's Choice category for a total of six print images. Rules are clear that pictures will not be returned without postage being provided to the national competition chairman.
Now with updated opportunities, a sponsoring group may instead or may also offer a Digital Projected Image section to schools! These will be two separate competitions. Not all sponsors will choose to manage two sections although they may make both available to schools in their respective areas. (Subject categories will be the same for digital images)
Cash prizes are offered, plus annual PSA memberships, to the makers of winning and honorable mention images. In addition to the winners and honorable mention images, an additional 25% approximately of the finalists' print images will hang at the annual PSA International Conference somewhere in North America (San Francisco area in 2012).
Jean Timmermeister, Hon PSA, FPSA, FCAPA
Chairman, Inland Empire Chapter;
Chairman, Youth Showcase for Inland Empire chapter
The 2012 rules are here.
The entry form is here.
The 2012 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Youth Showcase local print competition managed by Inland Empire Chapter is another success with 323 print images entered from six teachers in five area schools. (Finalists' prints went from the local competition on April 30th to Kathleen Z. Braun, APSA, in Wisconsin, who then prepares for the national judging some place in the US. Each teacher may be represented by up to six prints in five categories.)
High school teachers' students responding the this year's invitation and sending prints were Tim Cox, Ferris; Dirk Linton, West Valley; Tom Smith, Shadle Park; Alan Woodward, Central Valley; Mike McLauchlin, Ferris; and Tracey Delyea, Colville. (Ms. Delyea's students all enter prints made in the Colville school's black and white darkroom; all other entries are digital color prints.)
Area high school teachers are invited to take part in April of 2013 and may contact Inland Empire Chapter, PSA, for information.
After the local judging, each participating teacher is invited to have certificates presented to their school's local finalists. Additionally cash prizes from Inland Empire Chapter are presented to the local winners.
Students at Ferris High School were awarded their certificates plus finalists prize checks on 8th May in the school's photography department. Receiving cash prizes in the local competition were S. Zabala for Best of Show; K. Vo, second; E. Arnold, honorable mention; C. Hernandez and N. Nelson, both Judge's Choice awards.
Jean Timmermeister, Honorary PSA, FPSA, FCAPA, chairman;
Rodger Hartman, assistant.
Photo at Ferris High School, Spokane, WA, May 8, 2012.
Mr. McLauchlin's student winners to national judging April 1st (Wisconsin) and later to be judged somewhere in the US!
Left to right: Courtney Wendt; Eden Arnold; Inland Empire Chapter chairman Jean Timmermeister, Honorary PSA, FPSA, FCAPA; Madison Garcia; Best of show winner from Inland Empire run-off competition: Stephanie Zabela; also Amanda Novotney, and Coral Wilson