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Website updated May 27, 2015
22 competitions, 2 with deadline of May 31, members' workshops in Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, California and Mexico; and exhibits

Current TPS Exhibits, Call For Entries and Other News

TPS 24: The International Competition Award Winners
Dr. David Coleman, Director of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, and juror of TPS 24: The International Competition, has named the award winners for this year's competition. The show will open at the Witliff Gallery at Texas State University on June 1st.

Click here to view the photographs selected for the TPS 24 International Competition.
Mary Ellen MarkFirst Prize Winner: Thomas Foster of Friendwood, Texas for his image Tres Amigas (image left, top)

Second Place Winner: Leba Marquez of North Hollywood, CA for her image
Like Father, Like Son (image left, middle)

Third Place Winner: Jessie I. Eisner-Kleyle of Metairie, LA for her image Siren (image left, bottom)

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Pierre Cook, Tom Feher, Bernard Mendoza, Tom Morin, and Donna Rosser.

To learn more about this competition, visit this link.

Would you like your upcoming exhibit, competition and other photo related events included on the website or in the next Contact Sheet?
Please submit announcements for inclusion in the next Contact Sheet to TPS President Amy Holmes George at by April 30, 2015.

Alternative Processes Winners Announcement!Mary Ellen Mark
Congratulations to the following 30 photographers selected by Christopher James for Alternative Processes Show!
Our Alternative Processes Show will open on April 6th at Options Gallery in Odessa, TX. Stay tuned for the release of the exhibition catalog. First Prize goes to Hannah Neal. Second Prize: Nancy Goodrich. Third prize: Elizabeth Bauer

Contemporary alternative process artists, in the society of the antiquarian avant-garde, comprise a movement defined by humanistic sensibilities, cultural / critical perspectives, and craft in harmony with equally refined conceptual vision. In this light, alternative process image making, as a mode of artistic expression, is not about the technique used, the camera, or whether the original was the result of digital or film capture. ~ Christopher James

The view the selected winners for the Alternative Processes Competition, follow this link for an online gallery.

image left: Ema Montes Le Dome No. 18 2014 by Hannah Neal



TPS Presents the Print Program for 2015
TPS 2015 Print Program photographers for 2014 have been selected. Members joining at the Friend, or Benefactor levels may choose from an exclusive selection of fine prints by prominent, contemporary photographers. This year's artists are:Mitch Dobrowner (Studio City, CA), Carol Golemboski (Lakewood, CO), Joel Salcido (Austin, Texas),Deb Schweldhelm (Zushi, Japan), and Dianne Yudelson (Pleasanton, CA).

All images are signed by the artist and may be purchased through December 31, 2015. Please note that each print is part of a special limited edition. So, purchase your print before it is sold out! If you have any questions, you may email TPS President Amy Holmes George at See more prints.

Mary Ellen MarkKeith Carter Workshop and TPS Member's Discount
Imaging Paradise: San Miguel de Allende with Santa Fe Workshops
October 25-October 31, 2015

TPS has partnered with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops to bring you a very special offer. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is pleased to offer TPS members $150 off on Keith Carter's workshop Imagining Paradise: San Miguel de Allende.
Join Keith and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops for this week-long workshop in San Miguel, Mexico, and discover for yourself all this charming town has to offer photographers! Photographing in a foreign country is an exhilarating, and often even life-changing, experience. Keith has spent more than 25 years photographing in and around the lovely Mexican colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, and he has found that not a day goes by in this charming pueblito without something to delight the eye, tantalize the senses, or expand the consciousness. Just call 505-983-1400 ext 111 to register, and mention TPS Member as your code. You must call to receive this special discount.


Mary Ellen MarkShootapolooza Photographers' Retreat
The A.Smith Gallery Fifth Anniversary Celebration along with the Shootapalooza photographers' retreat is coming up! June 21 through June 28, 2015 in Johnson City, Texas.
The week of Shootapolooza consists of show and tells and workshops, and lots of opportunities to mingle with other photographers at cook outs and brewery tours.

Other towns include during this week are Luckenbach, Austin, and Hye Texas, the Bat Cave's for an evening, a few special photo exhibitions and so much more!

This is a wonderful opportunity. To learn more about this week long photography escape, visit the Shootapolooza webite.

Today, join 1,290 others following TPS on facebook. You may have missed the following stores: Costa Concordia salvage, When Age Produces Beauty: Photographs of Legends at Work, Day to Night: 24 Hours in One Photo, Timelapse video shows nine years of 9/11 reconstruction, and 34 Amazing Photos of American Cities From 100 Years Ago.


Recent Member's NewsMary Ellen Mark
Austin-based photographer, David Lykes Keenan, released his first book entitled Fair Witness: StreetPhotography for the 21st Century was released in March 2015. He conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign in July 2014 which led to the book's publication by the Italian publisher Damiani Editore of Bologna, Italy. You may purchase this book on Amazon by following this link.

Philip Goodman work was displayed at the PhotoPlace Gallery for the Portraiture: Expression and Gesture exhibit during February and March, 2015. Click here to view Philip Goodman's and the other accepted photographs.

Special Kickstarter with Mark Paulda in Bhutan
We have seen numerous photos of Bhutan, except rarely from the Bhutanese perspective. In fact, the majority of the Bhutanese have never held a camera in their own hands! During Summer of 2015 Mark Paulda, photographer, will teach a group of Bhutanese the art of photography, then share with the Western world the genuine story of Bhutan entirely from their point of view via a traveling exhibition, and a printed book. This project needs your help to be successful. Visit this project on Mary Ellen MarkKickstarter.

California & American Pride by Sandra Chen Weinstein will be featured in signature program by Auckland Festival of Photography (New Zealand's only photography festival) in June 2015.
image left: California & American Pride © Sandra Chen Weinstein

Hugh Adams won Second Place in the mobile category in the DMN Photographer of the Year Contest. You can see the winners at

More Members' News, click here.


Upcoming Member Exhibitions

Mary Ellen MarkA Smith Gallery. 105 N. Nugent. Johnson City, Texas. 512-422-4080.Water, juried by S. Gayle Stevens. Show opens May 22 thru June 28. Artist Receptions: May 30 & June 27, 4p-7p.

National Museum of Women in the ArtsMary Ellen Mark
1250 New York Avenue, 20005. Washington DC. 202.783.5000. Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun: Noon-5pm. Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015, including work by Ysabel LeMay. June 5 thru September 13, 2015.

Amazing Things Art Center. 160 Hollis Street, 01702. Framington ,MA. 508.405.2787. Cuba: Turning the Corner (14+ years of immersion in "cubanidad", highlighting Jewish & interfaith Cuban contemporary life), photographs by Linda J. Hirsch. Thru June 13, 2015.

image left: Carol Erb, Adrift, Water exhibition's Juror's Award Winner; image right: Reflections © Ysabel LeMay

More Members' Exhibits, click here

Upcoming Competition DeadlinesMary Ellen Mark
National Small Works Exhibition @ Washington Printmakers Gallery
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Eligible entries include hand-pulled prints, digital prints, and photographs. First prize winner receives a solo show at Washington Printmakers Gallery, located in the Book Hill Gallery District of Georgetown.
Juror: Greg Jecmen, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Print and Drawing, Study Room Supervisor, National Gallery of Art, Washington. This program is made possible by the support of the Washington Print Foundation. To learn more about this competition and exhibition, visit the Washington Printmakers Gallery site.

Second Annual Juried Exhibition @ Artspace 111 Gallery
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Artspace111 is dedicated to its vital role in the city of Fort Worth, and to making contemporary art approachable to individuals of all ages. With its sculpture gardens and distinctive architectural character, the gallery offers a striking setting to host corporate and private events, and is also available for tours and other social gatherings. This exhibition will be juried by Vernon Fisher. Over $1200 in prizes. To learn more about this competition and exhibition, visit the Artspace111 Gallery and Garden's site.

Travels with Santa Fe Workshops
Deadline: June 3, 2015

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops TRAVELS Contest is your opportunity to reveal your journeys, from the far-flung to just the around the corner, in color or in black-and-white, using tools that range from digital and film cameras to alternative processes, to iPhones. Join this international community of photographers and share your images with our distinguished judges. The prizes are terrific and the 50 winning images are featured in The Workshops online gallery. To view the panel of jurors, list of prizes and other other information, follow this link.

More Competitions and Exhibition opportunites, click here.

Workshop Opportunities

Photography and Personal Vision at Focus Ranch with Karen Schulman
Slater, Colorado on June 14-20, 2015

Join Karen Sschulman at Focus Ranch, a real working cattle ranch located on the western Colorado and Wyoming border in a section of the Northern Rocky Mountains about 50 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs. The ranch headquarters are nestled in the Upper Little Snake River Valley, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, providing incredible sunrises and sunsets. Karen's expertise includes use of digital cameras as well as various alternative photographic processes.

A. Smith Gallery and the Summer Workshop SeriesMary Ellen Mark
The workshops include two seperate Wet Plate workshops with S. Gayle Stevens on June 26th and 27th. Each workshop is $200 and is limited to 12 attendees.
The will be four opportunities to take an Encaustic workshops with Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully will cover the basics and one for those that are a little more experienced. These workshops are $150, including all supplies, but limited to 8. TO find out more about these workshops, visit or contact Amanda Smith

Cowboys and Indians: Photographing Faces of the American West
Discover the Wild West with You Camera with Eloquent Light Photography Workshops

September 1-4, 2015

Cowboys, Indians & Horses: Photographing Faces of the American West. The Old West is peopled with legends, but our West is full of vibrant and arresting people who are working and living under a glorious Western sky. New Mexican faces reflect both the intimate beauty and rough grandeur of this incredible land.
In this semi private workshop (limited to 6 photographers) you will be photographing people who make their living ranching, training horses, raising cattle — these individuals aren't models pretending — they're the real deal. Because we have for years established personal relationships where we will be photographing, you will be able to have unique experiences — from capturing roping practice at a local arena to photographing spectacular sunsets at a historic hacienda.
Complete information is available online at or contact the studio at (505) 983-2934 or


Mary Ellen MarkJackson Hole Photography Workshop with Nick Quinn, Henry Holdsworth and Alan Montgomery
October 8 - 11, 2015

With Alan Montgomery of Woodallen Photography, along with Henry Holdsworth of Wild by Nature Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Nick Quinn, the Photoshop Guru. The workshop will focus on both animal and landscape photography in the Jackson Hole area and in Grand Teton National Park.
The workshop fee is $1600.00 per person. Each person is responsible for payment of their own lodging, transportation and meals. We will share the cost of rental cars/vans. Our meals will be in town and we will carry snacks to sustain us in the field.
Contact Alan Montgomery at 713-526-1747 or to reserve your spot. Sign up today!





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