Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Rockport Field Trip-May 3, 4, and 5, 2019

CAP is holding an exciting weekend field trip to the beautiful Cape Ann Peninsula!  Although it is early in the season and we won’t be swimming yet, there are numerous opportunities for photography in and around Rockport and Gloucester.  We will visit these locations in the best lighting conditions (primarily early morning and sunset).  Both towns have “downtown” areas with quaint shops which are fun to photograph.  Of course, shopping is always a possibility!  The group will be staying in a motel facing the beach which will provide even more opportunities for creative photography.  
HOWEVER - space is very limited – so if you are interested, please email Linda Thomas (humbrd001@yahoo.com) or Ann Yost (ayost4@aol.com) as soon as possible.  
We are looking forward to a fun and productive weekend!  

Monday, April 08, 2019

Thank You from the CAP President

April 8, 2019 

Dear Connecticut Association of Photographers Members,

I want to take a couple of moments of your time to say thank you!

Thank you to all of our CAP members and friends who entered the TOPS in CT competition for 2018. We had a great turnout for the winning images show and buffet dinner Saturday evening at The Whitney Center in Hamden. The members of the CAP Board wrote the critiques that were used for the commentary.  Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett, who were the co-chairs of this great event, deserve more than a simple ‘thank you’. 

For close to 20 years they have promoted this bi-annual event and turned it into one of the best photography events for Connecticut photographers. It has also become a great social event for the attendees who come to watch the show of amazing images. It is always good time when you get to catch up with friends in person. While social media is a great way to keep in touch, there is still something to be said about shaking hands, hugs and comradery.  

I especially want to thank Cynthia Gosselin, as she takes the position on the board as the immediate past president of CAP. Cindy was great help to me in my role of vice-president. Her leadership and attention to detail has made my transition into the position of President for the next two years much easier.

Another big thank you to Matt Collen for stepping up to join the board in the position of Vice President of CAP. I look forward to working with him on future photography events that we are looking to present to the CAP membership over the next two years.

And most of all, I want to say thank you to all of our other board members: Treasurer, Loretta Paul-Goldin; Secretary, Hazel Meredith; Membership Chair, James Dionne; Field Trip Committee, Linda Thomas, Art Yost & Ann Yost; Webmaster, Bill Barnett; NECCC Rep, Lisa Cuchara; and Directors: Bob Fedder, Collen Reilly, Scott Hudkins, Pat Benham & Donna Owens.

And one last big thank you to YOU, our CAP members. You are why we do what we do! If you have suggestions for events or field trips, feel free to contact me with your ideas.

Sincerely,

Dave Meredith, CAP President

Sunday, April 07, 2019

TOPS in CT 2020

TOPS in Connecticut is the premier venue for Connecticut photographers to share, exhibit and boast of their excellent work.  The TOPS competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP), is presented every two years.  For the 2018 event, about 125 Connecticut photographers entered the competition, competing with about 734 images!  
The Co-Chairs of TOPS, starting in 2006, have been Antoinette Gombeda and Bill Barnett. Antoinette and Bill would now like to pass along the management of this event to new Co-Chairmen.  At least two individuals will be needed to take over the obligations for the TOPS competition.  Some of the responsibilities include receipt of entries, organization of entries for the competition, obtaining judges for the event, reserving event venues for the competition and subsequent awards dinner, ordering awards, etc. 
The next TOPS competition is scheduled for the Fall of 2020 with the TOPS awards dinner scheduled for the Spring of 2021.  Antoinette and Bill will help the new Co-Chairmen for TOPS in Connecticut 2020 as they learn their new roles and will provide lots of templates and examples for rules, entry forms, etc. 
Please contact any of the individuals below if you have an interest in Co-Chairing future TOPS competitions.
Dave Meredith, CAP president, at racenfish@aol.com
Cindy Gosselin, past CAP president, at cgosselin@sbcglobal.net
Bill Barnett at WBBBarnett@gmail.com
Antoinette Gombeda at agombeda@optonline.net
Thank you,
Cindy Gosselin
Past President, Connecticut Association of Photographers 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Reminder to Make Reservation for CAP Dinner and Tops in CT Show

This is just a gentle reminder that the Tops in Connecticut show and CAP dinner are scheduled for April 6, 2019. Deadline for receipt of reservations is March 28, 2019. The show will contain 101 images selected at the judging last December along with commentary written by some of Connecticut's most experienced photographers. Come and see the excellent and varied work by many talented Connecticut Photographers.

Details
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Time: Show begins at 5 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and presentation of the awards followed by a buffet dinner
  • Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
  • Cost: $25 per person


Deadline for receipt of reservations is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Reminder, Tops in CT Show and Dinner Coming Soon

This is just a gentle reminder that the Tops in Connecticut show and CAP dinner are scheduled for April 6, 2019. Deadline for receipt of reservations is March 28, 2019. The show will contain 101 images selected at the judging last December along with commentary written by some of Connecticut's most experienced photographers. Come and see the excellent and varied work by many talented Connecticut Photographers.

Details
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Time: Show begins at 5 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and presentation of the awards followed by a buffet dinner
  • Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
  • Cost: $25 per person

Deadline for receipt of reservations is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

CAP Dinner and Tops in Connecticut Show

CAP is pleased to announce that the 2018 Tops in Connecticut acceptances will be shown at a dinner on April 6 2019, including commentary about the images. These 101 images from talented Connecticut photographers were chosen from more than 700 submitted images.

Details
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • Time: Show begins at 5 p.m. followed by a short business meeting and presentation of the awards followed by a buffet dinner
  • Location: Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Road, Hamden, CT
  • Cost: $25 per person
Click for a flyer and dinner reservation form. 

Deadline for receipt of reservations is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

NECCC Conference Courtesy Enrollment for a CAP Member

Here a chance for a CAP member to attend the NECCC Conference July 12, 13, and 14, 2019, with registration being free of charge if you have never attended before. It is a great weekend filled with exceptional presenters, timely topics, and many photo opportunities. For more information on the Conference go to http://www.neccc.org/p/2019-conference.html.

The New England Camera Club Council, Inc. invites each NECCC member camera club to select one of its members to receive free registration to the next annual NECCC conference, held at U-Mass, Amherst, Mass. on July 12-14, 2019. The complimentary registration gives the person submitted by the club (Connecticut Association of Photographers) all the learning experiences, photo opportunities and inspirational programs that go along with the conference. Please note, that the enrollment covers only the registration fee. The three day registration is $205.  The recipient will be responsible for his or her own room, meals and transportation.

Rules governing the courtesy enrollment:

1. Candidates must be at least eighteen years of age as of July 1, 2019.
2. A candidate must be a member of an NECCC member club (Connecticut Association of Photographers) in good standing (i.e. dues paid for the current year).
3. Candidates must have never attended a previous NECCC conference.
4. Selection of the candidate will be the responsibility of the individual clubs.
5. A $40 co-pay has been established for the Courtesy Enrollment, due at the time of the application.  CAP will pay this co-pay for the individual accepted to represent CAP at the 2019 conference.

CAP would like to give the opportunity to one of its members who has never attended the NECCC conference a chance to be part of this exceptional weekend. The dates are July 12, 13 and 14, 2019.  If you are interested in attending this conference (and follow the rules governing the courtesy enrollment) please submit your name, address, phone number and email address to Cynthia Gosselin at cgosselin@sbcglobal.net by December 14, 2018. Please put "Courtesy Enrollment" in the subject line.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Results of Tops in Connecticut 2018 Judging

The Tops in CT 2018 judging is complete. We received 734 images from 125 Connecticut photographers, a record participation. Of the 734 images, 101 were accepted into the show including 13 award winning images. The 101 accepted photographs will be organized into the "Tops in Connecticut 2018" program to be shown at the CAP Dinner on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517. This will be the only time to view the photographs and hear the commentary on this exceptional work by Connecticut photographers. Judging from the quality of the images selected it will be an outstanding show. Additional details about the dinner will be distributed via e-mail and on this blog closer to the date of the dinner. Be sure to put April 6th on your new 2019 calendar to save the date.

Judges

We had three outstanding judges: Deborah Lea Cohen, Stephen E. Morton, and Ron Wyatt.

Deborah Lea Cohen. She received artistic training at the HS of Music and Art in NYC, but chose not to pursue art as a career. However, expressing herself through the arts has always been important to her. Approximately 15 years ago she started photographing in earnest. For the first several years street photography was her passion which then expanded to abandoned places. After attending several workshops she added nature, landscapes, and macro to her repertoire. Her photography continues to be shown in group exhibits with the Westchester Photographic Society throughout Westchester County and in the Empire State Building as well as several successful solo shows in the Ossining Public Library and Croton-on-Hudson Public Library. In 2016, she judged for the CAP Invitational and is proud to be invited back.

Stephen E. Morton. Over the years, Stephen has developed a rich portfolio of images covering a broad range of subject matter.  He has created countless commercial images that were utilized by magazines, newspapers, corporations, and government agencies.  In addition, he has continuously expanded his collection of fine-art images, as this is his true passion and what drives his ongoing desire to grow as an artist. Stephen’s unique captures of flowers, classic cars, fireworks and environmental portraiture demonstrates his passion for diverse art.

Stephen is also an established fine-art body paint artist.  He creates incredible works by first applying his distinct painting techniques to the human canvas, and then leveraging his vast knowledge of lighting and composition to capture abstract poses for his final images. Stephen believes he is truly blessed possessing skills that allows him to both follow his passion and have a career, something that few people are ever successful in achieving.  Over the years he received many awards for his outstanding photography, while enjoying the personal satisfaction of selling his fine-art images around the country. His photographic work has been shown in numerous galleries over the years, including the Hudson River Museum, Gallery 66, and the OAC Gallery. 

Ron Wyatt. His first experience with photography was the unsuccessful photo documentation of his honeymoon. Armed with a borrowed Instamatic camera he learned that camera shake does not produce great photos. 

Ron, a self-taught photographer, has covered the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball and photographed two Summer Olympic Games. His photos have appeared in various publications including: USA Today, Black Enterprise Magazine, Time Magazine, Newsweek, TV Guide, ESPN, and others. He has also covered corporate assignments for, Six Flags, Eastman Kodak, Continental Airlines, CVS, Pepsico, Verizon and many others. His Photography has allowed him to travel to various parts of the world.

Award Winning Photographs

From the 101 accepted photographs the judges chose 13 award winning images: one best in show, nine best of... images, and three judges choice images, one by each judge.

Best in Show ~ "Hand-warmer" by Erik Landegren 
Best Cityscape ~ "Rain Lights Reflection" by Tom Cuchara
Best Creative ~ "I'm Out of Here" by Erik Landegren
Best Landscape ~ "Sunset Congregation" by Melanie Bradley
Best Monochrome ~ "Once Upon a Time" by Anne Eigen
Best Nature ~ "Mine!" by Sandy Schill
Best Photojournalism ~ "Her Fifth Avenue" by Megan Crandlemire
Best Portrait ~ "Unwilling" by Lisa Cuchara
Best Seascape ~ "Rocks and Mountains" by Simmie Reagor
Best Travel ~ "Myanmar Monk and Candles" by William Barnett
Judges Choice: Deborah Cohen ~ "Ghost Writer" by Rick Tyrseck
Judges Choice: Steve Morton ~ "The Heavy Lightness of Sleep" by Sue Fenton
Judges Choice: Ron Wyatt ~ "Piazza of St. Francis Basilica" by C. Peter Chow 




Friday, October 19, 2018

Tops in CT Competition Deadline approaching

The due date for entries to the 2018 Tops in Connecticut competition is October 29, 2018. As a result you have only two week ends left to select and send in your images. We suggest you do it soon so that you will have time to fix any errors we may find. 

Tops in Connecticut is a competition held every 2 years for Connecticut photographers. This competition accepts approximately 100 images that are assembled into a show to be presented at a meeting in the Spring of 2019. Save the date: the dinner will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Additional details will be published when all plans are finalized.

Among the 100 images will be 13 medal winning images:


  • Best in Show 
  • Best Cityscape
  • Best Creative
  • Best Landscape
  • Best Monochrome
  • Best Nature
  • Best Photojournalism
  • Best Portrait
  • Best Seascape
  • Best Travel
  • 3 Judges Choice awards


Select your six images and send them in soon. Almost 50 Connecticut photographers have already sent in their images.

Click to view or download the entry form with all the details.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tops in Connecticut Deadline Approaching

Just a gentle reminder that the due date for entries in the 2018 Tops in Connecticut competition is coming closer, October 29, 2018. Tops in Connecticut is a competition held every 2 years for Connecticut photographers. 

This competition accepts approximately 100 images that are assembled into a show to be presented at a meeting in the Spring of 2019. Save the date: the dinner will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Additional details will be published when all plans are finalized.

Select your six images and send them in soon. Twenty six Connecticut photographers have already sent in their images.

Click to view or download the entry form with all the details.