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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
April 2020. Vol. 47, No 3.


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Message from the President
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
VAPS Convention
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Your Invited
Exhibitions and What’s On
Things to Do

President Message

Greetings to all clubs and Societies in Victoria,

I have recently returned from Arctic Norway and now sit in Isolation at home. Thousands of individuals are in my position and we can only hope that everyone does their part in doing what they can to stop the spread of Covid 19.
These are surreal times indeed and it will be a trying time for many of us.
In keeping with the government announcements and new regulations, we will not be holding any public functions as a society and this issue of News-brief will give you a run-down on what the committee have implemented.
We could get somewhat negative about the whole scenario, but being responsible citizens and doing what we can will help it play out much more quickly and we can move on with our lives.
On a positive note, all of us can sort through our photo files and get them up to date! For many of us this a huge task and no doubt something we might have been putting off for a rainy day…well this is it! It has arrived!
Our convention plans are under way for 2021 and basically, we are arranging as much as possible to just move speakers and presentations from this year to the following year.
I hope all of you and your families and loved ones will stay safe and healthy in this serious period of time.
Warm regards
Ian Rolfe
(President VAPS)

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Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

If you have any hints or tips for members to try while everyone is self-isolating.
Please send them through to share.
Stay safe.

Happy photographing.
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Information
Interclub News
Several changes to the VAPS Interclub upload system have been made over the last few months that took a lot of testing to get it right.
  • As we have lost the facility to copy award winning prints for the catalogue all Clubs must upload digital copies of print images. This includes representative images of any AVs submitted.
  • In the event that a camera manufacturer again offers a prize for the best image taken with their brand of camera all members should include EXIF Metadata (specifically camera type) with their images. Missing EXIF Metadata will not affect the Interclub entry but will affect the chance of getting that prize.
  • The Interclub upload system also now has the facility for clubs to complete the AV ID Information and application form online.
  • Clubs are asked to use Wetransfer or Dropbox to send the AVs to instead of including a flash drive (memory stick) with the print bags.
  • All club logins older than 12 months will be removed. If you have to create a new login please ensure that you include the club name in your login ID. Club names should not be abbreviated, for example, to CCC for Casey Camera Club as we have several clubs that have similar abbreviations. The word “Casey” would be adequate or Casey CC. in 2021 we will remove all logins that do not have the club name in the Login ID.
  • Titles longer than 30 characters will be rejected by the upload system
  • Titles can only have letters, numbers and spaces. No special characters or punctuation marks will be accepted.

Attention to all club committees
Re: Meritorious and SSVAPS awards
Attention to all club committees: Re Meritorious and SSVAPS awards
Please go online (login and go to “Camera Clubs – Awards Information”), on the VAPS website, and complete your applications for Meritorious and State service awards by the 29th March which is the half yearly VAPS general meeting.  No costs in regard to the medals for these, but we need them in, by the due date, so that we can get citations written up and medals engraved.  Also please, please give lots of details to help me with writing the citations. Years of service in each category helps to correctly assess each application so send this information if you have it.  If not, give as much information as you can.

Also your applications for year bars are due by this date. 
They have been reduced and are $10.00 for each medal, but with a new design, we hope to reduce prices even further in the future. As for Meritorious and Service Awards the Year Bars application form is on the website. 

If paying by cheque, send it to:
The Treasurer
2 Marchiori Road
Blackburn North
VIC 3130
Margaret Zommers
Badges and Awards Director
VAPS Interclub Upload System
Most members are already aware the print section was cancelled, but the EDPI and AV competitions will continue. 
Clubs have an extension of time to submit/revise EDPI entries until 30th April. 
Revising EDPI entries may mean that clubs have to remove any print entries.
The EDPI and AV competitions will be judged remotely.
A PDF catalogue will be produced which will contain Year Bars lists and competition results. The Catalogue will be sent to all clubs by email. Meritorious and Service award citations will be published on the website. 
Alfred Zommers
Interclub Director. 
VAPS Website
The new website is now live.

Please explore the site so that you become familiar with it. We have tried to make it user friendly. The development of the site is an ongoing process and as we find issues will update them.

Some areas of the site require a login. These areas are used by relevant members of your club committee.
  • Uploading club member images to the club gallery
  • Annual Club Affiliation (membership renewal)
  • Application for Year Bars and Awards
  • Club contact details
  • Victoria Judges list - for use by your competition steward
So if you can't login, please don't contact us as it is more than likely that your club committee has not given you login details as you don't require them.

VAPS Convention
VAPS Convention 2020

has been postponed until 2021

Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

APJA - Judges Association
The APJA had planned to run a Level 5 on the 22nd March, we had good enrolment numbers and was all set to go, but as you would know it had to be cancelled due to the virus safety measures. We also planned two Image Evaluation workshops, one in April and one in June along with a Level 1 in May. Unfortunately unless there was a massive turnaround in the Virus issue these are all cancelled.

All events will be rescheduled to a time when safe to do so.

Some clubs are asking judges to judge images remotely either by writing comments or using some online means. Please be patient with judges in doing this, many judges may not be up to speed with online technologies. Please also be aware of the large amount of time it takes to type up comments (especially with 1 finger ). These are difficult times for all. We wish clubs all the best, we will come out the other end and get back to normal.

Rob Sloane
APJA Treasurer and marketing.
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Your Invited
Exhibitions and What's On
Things to Do
APS Information

VAPS, Organisational member of Australian Photographic Society
Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc Welcomes Epson Australia Pty Ltd
A new and valued sponsor for our members’ benefit.
Special Offer from Epson for VAPS Club Members
Register at the following link to receive a $20 online shop voucher as well as many offers from the Epson range of products.
We encourage our club members to support Epson in your next printer purchase. Visit their website at to get all of the information on the new Epson SureColor SC‐P600.
Thank you Epson for your support to the Camera Clubs of Victoria 
Any members of an accredited Camera Club or Society interested in evaluating images or judging are invited to apply to join the Australian Photographic Judges Association.
You do not need to be an active judge to be a member.
The prime objective of the Association is to help develop the evaluation and judging skills of members.
Further information contact:
Rob Sloane:   or 
Paul Robinson:

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Keep up with all of the announcements and news from the clubs.
Hard copy of Newsbrief are not available in 2020
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
Ian Rolfe 

Vice President/Chair Judging
Sub-Committee/Interclub Director/Webmaster 

Alfred Zommers

Vice President
Boris Struk

Tony Harding 

Joseph Maher 

Badges & Awards 
Newsbrief Editor 
Danielle LeGassick

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 

Theo van der Meulen 
Lisa Law


Victorian Association
of Photographic Societies Inc.

General Enquiries:
PO Box 2172, Caulfield Junction Victoria 3161
Tony Harding:
VAPS Objectives
  • To advance the art of photography.
  • To further the interests of affiliated bodies.
  • To draw up regulations governing exhibitions and inter-club competitions.
  • To arrange the exchange of guest lecturers and demonstrations on any subject relating to photography.
  • To arrange the exchange of prints between clubs.
  • To arrange periodical conventions for members of affiliated bodies and guests.
  • To arrange the publication of an official journal or news sheet .
A Brief History:
Camera clubs have existed in Melbourne since the 1890’s and an umbrella organisation called the Victorian Photographic Affiliation was formed in 1908. This guided amateur photography in Victoria for forty years. The Victorian Association of Photographic Societies was formed on 27 September 1952 and comprised of 12 clubs. This has grown to more than 70 clubs in Jan 2020. VAPS is a non-profit association that is entirely self-funded. The Association is run by an elected Committee of Management which is responsible for the operations of the Association, and for ensuring the Association fulfils the objectives.
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