• The Biggest Game of the Season

    (text and photos by Fred Zwicky) When the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers played the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Oct. 19, 2019, Illinois photographer Fred Zwicky went to the game with the idea of making some good-weather game atmosphere stock photos at what was sure to be a lopsided win for the visiting team. Things changed. By the end of the game he found himself literally in the middle of history.

  • Four Faves from 2019

    This is the third installment of year-end mini reviews of gadgets, services or other products that members have used in the preceding year. (See 2018 Four Faves and 2017 Four Faves.) This year four different members each reviewed an item of their choosing.

  • Think Tank Emergency Rain Covers: A Cinch in a Pinch

    (text by Robert Jordan, above photo by Clarissa Jordan) Nowadays renowned for his pickleball skills, Robert Jordan was, prior to his 2017 retirement, director of photography at the University of Mississippi. He has done several articles and reviews for the UPAA blog and the Contact Sheet magazine.

  • Chris Hughes Distinguished Service Award

    Photos provided except where noted, text by Glenn Carpenter, Moraine Valley Community College, UPAA president. Above left, Chris Hughes with two unmistakably 1980s photographic tools: A medium format film camera and a Vivitar 285. Above right, a more contemporary photo of Chris, who passed away in 2016.

  • MIC Q&A-2019 November

    (text and photos by Fred Zwicky) Fred Zwicky’s Features & Illustrations category image “Mastering Energy and Matter” was voted Best in Show in the November 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

  • MIC Q&A-2019 October

    (photos by Rhett Butler) Jonathan Rhett Butler (He goes by “Rhett” and yes, Gone With the Wind fans, that’s really his middle name!) is a University Communications Photographer in the News Services office at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is a former newspaper photographer who has been at ECU for two and a half years and a UPAA member for just over a year.


    (photo by Don Rogers) 'Benificence' is a bronze statue on the campus of Ball State University. It is referred to by students as "Benny."

    This is a longer version of an article from The Contact Sheet, the UPAA annual magazine. It is the first of a new occasional series of member profiles, where we learn a little more about the staff and campuses of our member institutions.

  • "It never hurts to ask..."

    (text and photos by Kristen Grace) Kristen Grace is a staff photographer and digital asset manager at the University of Florida Museum of Natural History. In February of 2019 a photo from a self-assigned story in Mexico won Best in Show in the Monthly Image Competition.

  • MIC Q&A-2019 September

    (text and photos by Justin Hayworth) Justin Hayworth is the photographer at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. His photo in the General Features category, "Deep Space," was voted Best in Show in the September 2019 Monthly Image Competition.

    Quick tech stuff—camera model, focal length, exposure data, lighting used (if any):

    Canon 5d Mark IV; Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 @15mm

  • Be the director of your image

    Text and photos by Nate Edwards/BYU

    I have been asked on many occasions how I edit my photos and what my process is. We felt like it was a good idea to make a video that will walk you through four different editing scenarios in order to share some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years to help my photos come alive.

  • Ten Years Hence

    A lot can happen in a decade. Ten years ago, Vincent Laforet and the Canon 5D Mark II had just sparked the DSLR video revolution in earnest. The D3s had just been publicly announced as the newest Nikon flagship model. The DJI Phantom 1 drone was still 4 years away and Sports Illustrated was still a weekly magazine...