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Online Election of Officers - Now Thru April 17

CPS members have received an email invitation to cast their ballots for the slate of Officers and Board members who will lead the Club in the 2020-21 Club year, which begins June 1. Ballots can be cast until the end of the day on April 17th. Please take the time to vote! Proposed candidates are as follows:

President: Mike Kopkas
1st VP: Chuck Fitzgerald
2nd VP: Barb Cerrito
Secretary: Rob Erick
Treasurer: Vicki Wert

Board Members (3 year term ending in May, 2023):
Lori Culp
Bill Keaton
Barb Pennington
Kolman Rosenberg

Year-End Competition Entry Deadline is 4/10

Members and current students received an email last week, providing details for entering the 2019-20 Year-End competition. The competition WILL proceed virtually, with all images originally entered as prints judged in digital format. The entry deadline through Shutter Score remains April 10 at 9 pm. A reminder to members that a database of all competition entries in Excel spreadsheet format is available to help see all of your entries. The updated spreadsheet now contains all images entered in competition and photojournalism during the 2019-20 competition year. Good luck to all competitors!

Brunswick Library Exhibit Entry Deadline Extended!

The Brunswick Library exhibit originally scheduled to begin May 1st has been postponed. For this reason, the entry deadline has been extended to May 31st!. Actual dates of the Exhibition have not yet been established. Members can submit their images for consideration using the Shutter Score link.

Mansfield Reformatory Field Trip Moved to 8/1!

One of our most popular field trips has been re-scheduled from June 6th to August 1st. We're not quite ready to start accepting registrations but please save the date and refer to this homepage, The Weekly Snapshot newsletter and the calendar listing for all the details. This trip is open to EVERYONE, with both photographer and non-photographer admission fees. Hope YOU'LL plan to join us!

3/13 'B' Competition Results Posted

Results from the final 'B' competition (for newer photographers) of the year have now been posted and can be viewed in the Competition Results section of this website. Bookmark this page in order to quickly track updated results as the competition year unfolds. A slideshow of the winning images from this competition can be viewed here. A reminder to members that a database of all competition entries in Excel spreadsheet format is updated shortly after each competition.

CPS Photo Challenge #39 - My Space

CPS Challenge #39:  My Space - running until April 11 at 8:00 pm

The topic for this next challenge is “My Space” – not the old precursor to Facebook, but rather a closer look at your home and neighborhood.  With the current stay-at-home order in place, it is more difficult to get out and make the kind of images you’re used to making.  So, we want you to concentrate on making images of your daily surroundings - your home, your yard, or your immediate neighborhood.
This challenge is pretty wide open and affords you the opportunity to shoot whatever style of photograph you want – from macro to wide angle, reality to abstraction, color to black and white, daytime or nighttime.
Here are some suggestions:
Inside your home, look for new ways to view and photograph common and familiar objects.If you’re going outside to get some fresh air, take your camera with you and look for interesting objects or scenes in your yard or your neighborhood.
Like Mister Rogers, you can show us “a beautiful day in the neighborhood” or show us your neighborhood’s darker, more mysterious, or more unusual side.
Whatever you do, stay safe, stay socially distant, be creative, and have some fun.

About the CPS Photo Challenge

There's no reason to let your camera gather dust. The CPS Challenge is a great way for you to practice your passion for photography, especially during these crazy times. Creative motivation and inspiration is what the CPS Challenge provides, whether you are a beginning shutter bug or a veteran enthusiast. If you are already familiar with the CPS Challenge or if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, I urge you to (re)acquaint yourself with this long-standing feature of the Cleveland Photographic Society.

What is the CPS Challenge? It is an on-line forum in which different photographic methods and themes are introduced to the group. Participants then have two weeks to capture images that adhere to the assigned topic (new images only- no archived photos), and then share them with the rest of the group. This is not a competition. However, positive feedback and comments are offered on several of the submissions. The best thing about the ‘Challenge’ is that not only do you get to share your images with CPS community, you can also view images submitted by other group members and glean inspiration from their take on the same theme. The CPS Challenge is really an opportunity for you to exercise your creativity…and it is a lot of fun.

The CPS Challenge is located on the popular photo sharing platform Flickr. You must sign up with Flickr and then join the CPS Challenge group if you desire to participate. This is an easy and straight forward process. A detailed overview of the group’s description and rules, as well as the images by fellow CPS members can be found at the CPS Challenge group homepage. Here is the link.

Take a few hours to escape these troubled times by doing what you love; photography. I invite you to consider the CPS Challenge as a vehicle to expand and explore your photographic world. A brand new challenge will be introduced ever two weeks. The CPS Challenge is open to all CPS members and students. We hope to see many of you there.

CPS Suspends Friday Meetings Indefinitely

In order to protect the health of our members and friends, CPS has decided to suspend our Friday night meeting schedule indefinitely. Arrangements are being made to allow for Photojournalism images to be entered in time for year-end competition and for year-end print images to be submitted. To view the Club's complete Statement regarding our response to this continuing heath issue, click here.

Spring Classes Have Been Suspended Indefinitely

All classes scheduled to begin in April have been postponed indefinitely. Students who have previously-enrolled will be notified of the revised start dates once they are determined. Options are to attend the revised sessions, move enrollments to the fall (or later) or request a refund. Write to us with any questions. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

CANCELED - Playhouse Square Field Trip

Playhouse Square has indefinitely suspended operations due to a Governor's decree. We hope to reschedule the field trip for later in the summer.

Welcome to CPS!

The Cleveland Photographic Society is not your typical 'camera club'. Operating from our own full-time, ADA-friendly clubroom in Broadview Heights, Ohio, we are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offering a variety of activities for members and visitors alike - including our long-running School of Photography, with classes held throughout the year. Feel free to look around our website and learn a little more about us and how to find us on the All About CPS page. Visitors are always welcome to our Friday evening meetings and many other events - we hope YOU'LL plan to visit sometime soon! If you have a question or a comment, please Drop us a line

April 10
7:30 PM
POSTPONED - Open Critique Night
April 10
Deadline End-of-Year Submission
April 11
10:00 AM
POSTPONED - Fundamentals Class - Lenses & Filters and Composition & Tripods
April 14
7:30 PM
VIRTUAL - Board Meeting
April 15
7:30 PM
POSTPONED - Photoshop Editing Class - RAW Editor

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


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