Monthly Image Themes for 2018-2019

September 2018 – Portland Skyline

  • Try for a unique view of the Portland skyline, either down town, stump town, or the east side.

October 2018 – Action

  • A depiction of dramatic movement. The subject could be animate or inanimate, and the movement could be imminent or ongoing, but it should be dramatic: something involving rapid motion, change in direction, or an emotional component.

November 2018 – Past Its Prime

  • Any subject that it starting to look a little shabby such as old cars, barns, old buildings, drooping flowers, people that look like they are on the downhill slide.

December 2018 – Rain Reflections

  • Night shots of lights, buildings etc reflected in the rain on streets and sidewalks

January 2019 – Curves

February 2019 – Multiple Exposures

  • Two or more unique exposures superimposed on each other either done in-camera or in post processing. Does not include HDR, focus stacking etc.

March 2019 – Deliberately breaking the rules of composition

  • For example, putting the primary subject somewhere other than the rule of thirds would suggest, or placing the horizon dead center vertically

April 2019 – Through Window

  • Could be night shots taken through windows from outside or daylight from inside to inside

May 2019 – At Night

  • Anything shot after dusk and before dawn. That includes but not limited to a Milky Way shoot, star trails, city skyline at night to that grungy back alley after dark (if you are brave enough).

Judging & Scoring Guidelines

On August 6, 2018, we had a workshop to help us all understand the judging and scoring system adhered to by the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs (4Cs). PPS is affiliated with 4Cs and many of our members enjoy the competition provided in this arena.

Beginning with the September 2018 season, we will be using this system for our project image scoring. Submissions to the Theme category will also be judged according to the description of the theme.

If you missed the workshop, please click here to download a PDF of the presentation!

2017-2018 Projected Image of the Year Competition

1st place - "Ghostly Tree" - copyright Karen McClymonds

1st place – “Ghostly Tree” – copyright Karen McClymonds

2nd place - "Crosswalk" - copyright Paula Burgess

2nd place – “Crosswalk” – copyright Paula Burgess

3rd place - "Mt. Angel" - copyright Mike Burgess

3rd place – “Mt. Angel” – copyright Mike Burgess




2017-2018 Best Nature Competition

1st Place - "Awe Spray" - copyright Karen McClymonds

1st Place – “Awe Spray” – copyright Karen McClymonds


2nd place - "Red Tailed Hawk" - copyright Victor Dallons

2nd place – “Red Tailed Hawk” – copyright Victor Dallons


3rd Place - "Linkwasha Sunset" - copyright Mike Baynes

3rd Place – “Linkwasha Sunset” – copyright Mike Baynes


How to shoot Star Trails presentation

Below is a link to our presentation on Star Trails photography, which is based on the many things we learned on field trips this spring.


You may also be interested in the presentations documents from our education class on the subject:



2016-2017 End of the Year Print Competition

Color Prints of the Year

1st place – “Crystal Quaze” – copyright Raychell Rohrwasser


2nd place – “Window Shopping” – copyright Mike Burgess


3rd place – “1926” – copyright Paula Burgess


Honorable Mention Winners:



Monochrome Prints of the Year

1st place – “Bamboo Samba” – copyright Mike Burgess


2nd place – “Roots” – copyright Easton Rankine


3rd place – “Perplexing Options” copyright Britta Heise


Honorable Mention Winners:

2016-2017 Projected Image of the Year Competition

First place: “Galen Rowell Tree” – copyright Pat Sotherlund

Second place: “Doktor’s First Snow” – copyright Karen McClymonds

Third place: “Leo the Rooster” – copyright Karen McClymonds


Honorable mention winners:

2016-2017 Best Nature Competition

First place: “Short-eared Owl” – copyright Victor Dallons

Second place: “Rough Legged Hawk” – copyright Victor Dallons

Third place: “Toketee Falls” – copyright Karen McClymonds


Honorable mention winners:

Roy Rodeo Field Trip Photos

The annual Roy Rodeo, in Roy, Washington is a fun and busy event that provides close up views of rodeo action!  We had quite a few people share their photos, so here are the images!

Steigerwald Lake Field Trip Photos

A group of photographers headed up to Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, on SR14 just east of Washougal.

Here are a few sample photos: