PSA Yerba Buena Chapter

The Yerba Buena Chapter of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) was founded in 1973 by Joseph P. Fallon, Jr. to bring closer ties with PSA into the Bay Area.  It comprises all PSA members in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. Membership in the Yerba Buena Chapter is free of charge.

Our purpose is to provide additional educational opportunities to photographers, whether PSA members or not, and to spread the word about our parent organization, PSA. To that end we sponsor two all-day Chapter programs during the year, featuring either well-known photographers or special hands-on workshops, which are always well attended. The fee structure is generally modest, and less for PSA members than non-members. Presenters of some of our past programs include Sam Abell, Huntington Witherill, André Gallant, Gary Crabbe, Brenda Tharp, Jeremy Sutton, and Steve Traudt. We also hold Judges Seminars, including one run in spring 2013 with the purpose of attracting new judges for the local club level, which was very successful.

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May 10, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Andrew Carnegie Lecture Hall
San Leandro Library
300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro

In its desire to provide exceptional programs for its members and the surrounding photographic community, Yerba Buena has convinced international award-winning and published architect, urban designer and photographer Rick Hurlbert to join us for a full-day presentation in San Leandro. A combination of street photography, building, and travel imaging is woven together to produce extraordinary "reality" or fine-art images. No longer will you foray into urban space or municipal travel adventures  to produce lackluster results with your camera. Rick's educational abilities are well-spelled out in recent testimonials.
In addition, Hurlbert will be offering a three-day workshop May 11 - 13  - "Making Great Urban Images - Turning Theory into Practice" for a maximum of 10 attendees. Here you will get that chance to work directly with Rick on site in San Francisco, including nightly critiques and the opportunity to review your portfolio.
For Testimonials about Rick, please click here:


Eight to Twelve New Judges
You Can Still Become a Judge by Contacting the Mentors Below!!!
     With much pressure to obtain new and younger judges to service the camera clubs in the Yerba Buena area, which includes the Peninsula, East Bay and some northern counties, Yerba Buena, with the help of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C), sponsored another Judging Workshop on May 19.
     Although there are many approaches to judging, the Chapter opted to choose Jon Fishback from Vancouver, WA as the presenter. Jon is currently in charge of Education Services for PSA and had given a two-day seminar at the San Francisco PSA Conference last year.
     Since our previous two judging seminars resulted in few attendees actually becoming judges, it was decided that the emphasis on this workshop would be for those who definitely planned to begin judging and would like mentoring as part of the process.  To show their commitment,  the prospective judges were asked to fill out a short biography and philosophy of judging essay which would ultimately end up on the Judges List run by Joe Hearst ( for N4C.  The updated Judges List will be distributed to clubs throughout the region, and the clubs will be encouraged to try out the rookie judges.
     The special divisions of Nature, Creative, Travel and Journalism have been covered by mentor judges who have hosted a number of judge trainees at their homes, using faux competitions so that the participants could obtain practice in these categories.
     Many mentors have already taken the trainee(s) with him/her to regular club competitions and have given them opportunity to judge on their own as part of the learning process.
     The final step is to become a judge by notifying Lois Shouse ( and Joe Hearst ( of your intention.
Those completing the sequence above will have their $50 workshop fee returned to them. We congratulate the seven who are already judging or have substantially completed the program!
    For further insights into becoming a judge, please read the Judges Manual located on the N4C website:
    For specific division information, please choose your preference below:



For prospective judges still interested in mentoring, please contact the following in advance to make reservations via their email address!

Name of Mentor                Divisions                Address                                         E-Mail                     

Joan Field                          T, J, N, C               Danville                              

Dan Katzman                   Pictorial                   Clayton                              

Claudia Peterson  
            P, N                         San Jose                           
Barrie Bieler                      P, N, C                    Walnut Creek (Rossmoor) 
Lois Shouse                    T, J, N, C                  Sunnyvale                              

Joe Hearst
                      P, T, C                      Danville                              

Gene Morita                    Pictorial, Prints         San Rafael                         
Burr Preston                   P, T, C, N, Prints        San Francisco                    

Alison Brooks                  Prints ,P, N, C            Hayward                            

Betty Toepfer                   All Categories         Meet at Saratoga Library    

P = Pictorial; PR = Prints; T = Travel; J = Journalism, N = Nature; C = Creative; PI = all projected image divisions
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