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Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association

Who We Are

The Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association is a group of dedicated photographers both amateur and professional that meets monthly to learn about photography and share images. Our members are from Santa Clarita and adjoining communities. Besides our monthly meetings the group takes field trips such as the Death Valley excursion, the Cambria excursion and participates in expositions at the Valencia Town Center and City Hall. Print and digital image competitions are held at least twice a year. The majority of our members are amateurs at all skill levels of photography however some members belong to the Professional Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and other organizations. Whether you are just starting out with your first camera or are a seasoned professional, SCVPA has much to offer.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:45pm until 9:00pm (or so.)

We meet at:
Sierra Hills Clubhouse
         28616 Kenroy Ave.
         Canyon Country, Ca. 91387

Guests are welcome to attend a meeting and check us out.

Member Gallery

2016 June 14 Meeting Photos

June 14th Meeting Photos

President's Message

June 2016

     A few days into June and welcome to summer!! Temperatures into the 100’s already….ugh!!!
We have the videos of each category from the Spring Print Competition now up on the website. 
If you weren’t able to attend the judging do yourself a favor and view the videos. It is a great opportunity to learn from the judges. Their critiques are spot on and a great way to learn how to improve your photography. Not to brag or anything, but we had 29 out of 50 merit awards this year. That is outstanding!!! The quality of work that our members put out is remarkable. 

     I was really glad to see the great turnout at our Ventura Pier outing last month. Thank you to all who attended and made the trip a success. I was very excited when Milt and l left Santa Clarita as the sky was full of clouds and I was sure it was going to be a great sunset. But as we approached Santa Paula, I started to have my doubts. By the time we reached the pier the sky was clear as a bell, not a cloud in the sky!! It was very windy and all the clouds were pushed east. But everyone had a great time and I’ve seen some of the photographs and it looks like everyone got something. To those of you who attended and haven't sent me your photos, please do so by next Friday (June 10th) so I can include them at the June 14th meeting. 

     Speaking of the June 14th meeting, Steve McCrank will join us as our guest speaker. Steve and I worked together at the Signal nearly 20 years ago. He went onto work for the LA Times Community Papers and then to the Daily Breeze in Torrance, where he continues to work today. He is going to speak about story-telling with your photos. Hopefully this will help with the upcoming Folio competition in August. We are trying a new format this year as Shutterfly is giving away a free 8x8 book up to 20 pages all you do is pay for shipping. You have to do this  by June 26, 2016 so there is still plenty of time to get it together. We still have coupons and we will have them at the meeting. Ed Freeman will judge the competition again this year, I’m really looking forward to it. 

     We are still working on a list of day trips and multi-day photo trips for the upcoming year. If you have any suggestions please send them to me and we’ll get them on the list. This is your club and I’d like you all to participate in the planning. My email is

Lastly, I like to say Happy 25th Anniversary to my wife Wendy. She is the driving force of my passion for photography. Thank you Baby, I Love You!!

Keep shooting, 


Details and Announcements

The 2016 Folio Competition will be held during the August 9th meeting, Ed Freeman will be our judge. The rules are now posted so please review them.
Important information:
  • Folio competition is open to members only.
  • Your Folio must be presented in an 8X8 photobook from Shutterfly.
  • The photobook can contain up to 20 pages, in any layout, any number of images that are less than 5 years old.
  • Coupons for free printing are available from board members, you will pay tax and shipping only which will be generally lower than the cost of printing your images. The coupon expires June 26th. (This early ordering will allow sufficient time for shipping.)
Use your imagination, check your image files for a fabulous theme and start putting together your entry.

Theme of the Month - Members only

Please ensure you email your images to Kevin by 5pm the Friday before the meeting. For example, June's Storytelling images should be emailed by 5pm July 8th.
July- Storytelling multi images
View upcoming Themes  Theme of the Month

Photo Opportunities

Many local and regional photo opportunities are listed on the Event Calendar, highlighted in light brown. Upcoming SCVPA member activities are listed here and on the Event Calendar.
The SCVPA Board is requesting that members & guests sign up for field trips and classes so we can prepare for the correct number of participants. Sign-ups are done by clicking on the registration button and then selecting the Sign-Up options.
View future Club Field Trips  June 2016 to May 2017

Upcoming Activities


Monthly Meeting, July 12th
Guest Speaker - Tom Pavia, night photographer specialist
Upper LA River Field Trip, July 16th
Meet at the beginning of the LA River in Chatsworth and explore different locations down to the Sepulveda Basin.
Bodie Ghost Town Field Trip, July 29 thru 31
See the magnificent night sky, explore the fascinating Brodie Ghost Town and shoot amazing photos
Monthly Meeting, August 9th
2016 Folio Competition
Guest Speaker and Judge - Ed Freeman, fine art photographer
Griffith Observatory, August 13th
The view from the Observatory at night of Los Angeles to the ocean is fantastic!
Bristlecone Pine Forest, Sept 2nd through 4th
Truly special place among trees that are older than the Redwoods!
Monthly Meeting, Sept 13th
Guest Speaker - TBD

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

 Competition Events in 2016


November 8 - Fall Digital Image Competition



August 9 - Folio Competition
Submit at August 9th meeting between 6pm and 6:30pm
Please read the rules carefully as there have been changes from last year.


A “folio” is a collection of images that are unified around a theme. The theme is about something: a place, a person, a mood or feeling, or something else that ties the images together. Purely technical or descriptive themes like “My Best Black & White Images” are not permitted.

Judge - Ed Freeman

Rules and Entry


May 7 - Spring Print Competition
Submit by May 3
Photos within 1 year
Categories: Animals, Architecture, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle & Fine Art, Event & Editorial, Landscape, Macro & Close-up, Nature, Photojournalism, and Portrait
View the results of our 2016 Spring Print Competition, May 7th
Judges - Dan Holmes, Sharon Lobel and Michael Collins
Rules & Entry Form


February 9 – Winter Digital Image Competition

Submit by February 1
Photos within 2 years
Categories: Portrait, Event and Editorial, Landscape, Macro and Closeup, Digital Manipulation, Freestyle and Fine Art.

Note: Read Carefully! The definitions of categories and the rules of submission have changed. This is not you grandfather's image competition.



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