Photographic Society of America (PSA)
Ohio Stereo Photographic
Short History of the Ohio Stereo Exhibition
by George Themelis - October 2011
Back in April of 2001 we held the first OSPS International Stereo Exhibition. Jim Motley was the Chairman. We had 77 entrants entering 308 stereo slides from 18 different US states and 8 different countries. The judges (John Waldsmith, George Themelis, Ron Wilson) selected 149 stereo slides that made the exhibition. It took 8 people and 4-5 hours to complete the selection. The projection was done with a TDC projector. The PSA Gold Metal went to David Kesner for "Spike". Ron Fross won the "Best OSPS Entry". I helped Jim by taking care of the PSA requirements, preparing the entry forms, voting cards and catalogs. The experience is detailed in a 2 page article in the June 2001 (5.10) Stereogram by Jim and myself. It is quite interesting to read this, 9 years later: FirstOSPSExhibition.pdf.
2001 Exhibition Chairman Jim Motley, with
assistants Debbie and Mark Motley
2001 Judges: George Themelis,
John Waldsmith, Ron Wilson
2001 Projection Team: Ron Fross &
Mark Motley can testify that this was a LOT of hard work. So hard, that we skipped a year, and held the 2nd OSPS Stereo Exhibition in 2003. This time I was the Chairman. We had 212 slides from 53 entrants and accepted 95. The PSA Gold Metal went to Dennis Hanser for "Gull & Lighthouse". We only had two OSPS members enter this exhibition (Ron Wilson and Joe Hamblin, Joe won the "Best OSPS Entry" award.) We were able to show this exhibition in our first 3D Stereoscopic Weekend, which was held on May 3-4, 2003.
2003 Judges: Chuck Weiss, Dennis Petti, John Waldsmith.
Exhibition Chairman, George Themelis, is in the back.
And then... silence. No one wanted to Chair this event again because it was really a lot of work. You have to apply with PSA, find judges, set dates, create catalogs, accept entries by mail, organize them, organize the judging, select the accepted entries, show the exhibition in at least two different places (required by PSA), mail report cards, create and mail catalogs, return all entries by mail. A lot of work!
Skip 7 years forward. In the fall of 2010, with digital imaging making exhibition entry, organization, judging and presentation easier, OSPS decided to explore the possibility of resuming the Ohio Stereo Exhibition. OSPS worked with PSA to establish an April, 2011 judging date for the Exhibition that allowed the accepted and award-winning images to be shown at the annual NSA Regional 3D Weekend in Akron, OH in May. The 3rd Ohio International Stereo Exhibition was a great success, with over 262 images submitted from 66 entrants.
2011 Judging Crew (from left to right): Jay Horowitz, Barb Gauche, George Themelis
John Waldsmith, Paul Gauche. (John Bueche is not pictured)
We are now open for the 2012 Exhibition, with Paul Gauche serving as a chairman. I hope to see your entries soon!
Ohio Exhibition Summary & Statistics
Date Exhibition Exhibition Chairman Format Entries/Entrants/Accepted Gold Metal Silver Metal OSPS Metal Catalog/Report Apr 21, 2001 1 James R Motley Slides 308/18/149 David Kesner, "Spike" Dennis Hanser, "Neon Hall" Ron Fross, "Shep" PSA-Catalog-2001.pdf April 8, 2003 2 George Themelis Slides 212/53/95 Dennis Hanser, "Gull & Lighthouse" David W Allen, "Quality Watch Repair" Joe Hamblin, "Winter Walk: PSA-Catalog-2003.pdf April 23, 2011 3 George Themelis Digital 262/66/131 Bob Venezia, "Green Eyes" - Wayne Karberg, "Hocking Hills Winter" http://www.ohio3d.com/psa/2011/ April 21, 2012 4 Paul Gauche Digital
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