Competition Only Meeting, October 3, 2019

This meeting will be our monthly competition.  All photos (time permitting) will be critiqued.

Goose Island by Mary Day Long

Each member present can also join in by voting for his/her favorite two photos from each class.  See the instructions for “popular voting” below.

Photo Competition

Our September 5 meeting was the first time we held a critique-only meeting and it was a big success.  Mark Laussade moderated the four judges, all of whom are club members.  For each photo, three judges gave each photo a rating, and these ratings were used to determine the winners.  One of the three voting judges gave a critique of the photo.  The judges for each photo were chosen such that no judge critiques his/her own photo.

September Judges: Cat Smith, Carol Acurso, Allen Irby, and Mary Day Long

When all photos in each class were rated, the winners were chosen using their ratings.  In the case of a tie, the judges would vote again on the tied images.  In one case (class 2), the tie could not be resolved, so an additional award was issued.

Popular Voting

Clay Leben introduced another new concept which allowed the audience to vote for their favorite photos.  Anyone who wished to vote could download the Android or Apple app ““.  The app asked for a code which Clay supplied; the code for the September 5 meeting was “A364”.  For each class, people could vote for their two favorite photos using their smart phones or tablets.  When the judging for each class was done, Clay announced the results, which were also available on the app to everyone who voted.

The results of class 3 voting are shown in the screen shot below.

Keep in mind that the popular voting is for fun only; it is not used in the competition results.  The judges spend a lot of time before the meeting studying the photos for composition, focus, framing, white balance (on calibrated monitors), etc., and many of the details cannot be seen on the TV screen at the meeting.

Download the “” app and come prepared ready to vote!

Meeting Details

This is a free, public meeting so invite a buddy! but we encourage all to join the club if you regularly visit.  Because then you get to enter our competitions and participate in other club activities!

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 starting at 7 PM.

Location: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP


7:00-7:10 PM Meet & Greet
7:10-7:20 PM Meeting Announcements, Guest Introductions
7:20-9:15 PM Competition Critiques

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, September 28, 2019

September’s digital competition theme is Open.  Only NAPfS members can submit up to two images of your choice, provided the images were taken no earlier than 2 years ago.

Please review the new guidelines and select the class that you most closely qualify for. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS digital competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and will be a useful learning tool.

You must join NAPƒS to take part in 2019 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24, and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

2020 Officer Nominations

The North Austin Pƒotographic Society will be electing its 2020 Club Officers at an October or November meeting. Any 2019 club member in good standing may be nominated as an officer. To nominate yourself for a position, please email your contact info to The official description and duties for each officer can be found on the NAPƒS web site as part of the club bylaws. Positions open include:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary – Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Competition Coordinator
  • Marketing – PR Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator