A letter from Mike Olliver, outgoing chair. March 1, 2013.

Dear photo community and esteemed creatives: 

This year marks a turning point for our local chapter of APA DC. 

I’m very happy to report that effective March 1st, we’ll have a new Chairman. Matthew Rakola will head a new guard of energetic and dedicated board members, who are already hard at work on this year’s programs and community outreach.

I believe the chapter is well positioned to provide continued support for photographers, creatives, educators, and other artists who wish to participate within the photo community. This chapter was formed by some exceptional volunteers — giving selflessly of their time and dedication.

I feel the same about APA DC as I did when I joined the board in 2004 — happy to be a part of an exceptional organization, and excited about its future. I believe in APA and its mission. The nine years I’ve spent as a board member have been quite valuable to me, both from a personal and professional standpoint. There are many successful local photographers who are APA members, and I would love to see them give back to their community. We would welcome your contribution of time and expertise in support of our local board.

APA DC has created a schedule of recurring monthly events, which will give photographers and creatives a chance to collaborate, and build working relationships over the course of 2013. We will continue to heed the requests for both seminars and workshops geared toward success in the contemporary markets. And, of course, we are always looking for the most inspirational artists to come and present their work and success stories.

It has been my privilege to serve the photo community, and I am much richer for the experience. Thank you for your support, and many thanks to Matthew and our new board members for carrying the torch.

All the best, 

Mike Olliver


[Thumbnail Photo by Amie Chou]

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