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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
September 2019. Vol. 46, No 8.


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

President Message

Greetings Everyone
I have just recently returned from about 3 months overseas, conducting workshops, catching up with family and doing some personal photography in Europe too.

Coming back to winter in Melbourne was a bit of a shock, even though I enjoy the colder weather as the summer in England was one of the loveliest I have experienced.

During my time away, I still started to plan with our committee for next year’s convention which will be held in late June at Wangaratta in central Victoria.

I am thrilled to announce that we now have, even at this early stage a full line-up of professional speakers and the major theme of our 2020 convention will be Travel, Landscape and inspirational outdoor photography. In addition, we have booked a professional print worker who will present and run a workshop on unique printing processes in photography on the Sunday programme. In addition, three of our wonderful speakers will also run workshops for us Saturday afternoon and so we are in for a real treat. The hard thing for each of us is which workshop will we plan to attend. There will also be a free portrait workshop on the Saturday as well.

A great line-up of presenters, Five workshops, our usual amazing exhibition of Victorian clubs photography, the Annual dinner, awards, outdoor shoots and the Friday night cocktail party, so start planning to attend this great photographic event.

The sub-committee at Wangaratta has been working diligently behind the scenes to secure great facilities for this convention and it’s a pleasure to have such organisation and commitment to the successful planning of the convention.
My best to you all
Ian Rolfe
President VAPS

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Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Convention
VAPS Interclub
VAPS Website
A new website is currently being developed and is expected to be live within the next few months.

Stay tuned for further updates.
APJA - Judges Association
Committee for 2019-2020
Paul Robinson               President.                                                                                
JP Weibel                      Vice President
Paul Lucas                     Secretary
Rob Sloane                    Treasurer
Gary Smith                     Training
Ron Cork                        Web
Tony Harding                  Library
 Alfred Zommers             Honours                                                                               
Margaret Zommers         Committee

Thanks to Margaret Zommers for all her work over the past few years as APJA Secretary and also Tania Chalmers for her work as Treasurer.

The AGM was followed by a presentation by Ian Bock OAM on his career in photography and his take on the evolution of club judging.

Level 4  (Associate) training.
This was held at St.Peter’s on Sunday 18th Aug.  Fifteen members from VAPS clubs attended, (Essendon, Melbourne, Williamstown, Knox, Camberwell, Ivanhoe, Casey, Pt Cook, Caulfield).

Topics covered were: Evaluating/Judging Monochrome (Paul Robinson) Evaluating/Judging Abstract (Emma Gillette), Evaluating/ Judging Nature and Wildlife (Kim Wormald), Evaluating/ judging Digital Images (Ron Cork), Evaluating /Judging the Inner Cosmos of Images (Paul Robinson), and Evaluating / Judging Audio Visuals (Sue Rocco).

Thanks to Gary for securing the presenters and putting this day together,  Paul for catering, etc as well as presenting, and Alfred for taking care of the enrolements.

Thanks to the VAPS contribution we pretty well broke even on the day finance wise.

We had hoped to run a Level 5 this year but we have some difficulty in facilitating this at this stage and have tentatively postponed it to be first up around March 2020.

All going well we will have another General meeting this year.

This is scheduled for Sunday 24th November at St.Peter’s, we will send out more details a little closer to the time. Hopefully we will have a presenter, and there will be time for you to meet up with other judges over afternoon tea. Please try to come along and make this event worth while. It is these events that your fees cover.

Keep in mind Level 5 (Fellow) early 2020 that will include topics such as Judging/evaluating photo essays- series, understanding Art Elements, understanding Concept Design, and knowledge of aesthetics.

APSCON 2019 Judging
APSCON 2019 – Australian Photographic Judges Assocation
What: Exploratory meeting about photographic judging on a national basis. 

Where: Victoria Room 1 Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Golden Point

When: Friday 13 Sept between 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Who: The meeting is open to any APS and APJA members who have an interest in the judging fraternity in Australia but is especially aimed at members who are managing State conducted judging programs; their input towards discussing the issues would be appreciated.  Any prior communication to me about this meeting would be helpful. 
Aims: It is designed as an initial exploration of three key points about how to meet growing needs for:
1. Training judges nationally
2. Availability of trained judges for National and International Salons held in Australia
3. How to manage the long-term needs of photography judging in Australia
Time permitting two further topics to consider are:
  • Interstate clubs requesting judges from other States to judge their monthly competitions
  • Photography clubs along State borders needing judges who are more readily available from the neighbouring State 

The APS and convention organisers are thanked for the opportunity to hold this meeting in response to big picture issues facing photography judging in Australia.
Paul Robinson

From Clubs/Societies and Others
Melbourne Camera Club
For the 19th year, the Analogue Photography Group at The Melbourne Camera Club will have an exhibition under the title “Living in an Analogue World”. You may remember us as the Traditional Darkroom Printmakers Group. We have changed our name to fit with the terminology being used by many of the new film and darkroom users.

All the prints in the exhibition have been produced by analogue methods. Most will be silver-gelatin prints, but some will have been the product of alternative photography techniques, for example Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate and Carbon Printing.

“Living in an Analogue World”, will be open to the public on the weekends of Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September and Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Melbourne Camera Club.   Free admission, everyone very welcome.
Warragul Camera Club
The Warragul Camera Club are proud to offer you the opportunity to come to our full day of presentations on Sunday 3rd November 2019 by two amazing women.

Mieke Boynton you may have heard as she has been very busy presenting at many venues, please don’t let that put you off coming, as Mieke has absolutely assured us that her presentation on our day will be totally different to all the other presentations she has done prior.

Fiona Handbury is our other presenter and this will be totally exciting and different to the usual, as she is an expert in scientific photography, she holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Photography) RMIT AIPP Associate and she will be demonstrating high speed capture. 

We look forward to seeing you there please see the flyer for booking details.

Ruth Burleigh AAPS SSVAPS
Major Events Organiser for the Warragul Camera Club Inc.
Exhibitions and What's On

A whole range of activates are in place for this years APSCON, will you be there?
Print 2Metal are giving away 5, 20x30inch metal prints, full registrants to APSCON can submit one correctly sized image for selection in this amazing print offer.
A few images received to date, where are all the photographers? You also get a free display stand worth $40, so where are all the entries?

Please send your image to, direct, by WeTransfer or Dropbox by 1st August.
Photoshoot with the live Raptors at the Raptors Centre with Jay Collier from the Canon Collective, not to be missed opportunity to get up close with these magnificent birds, only a couple of seats left, strictly 15 maximum.
Thursday Night live photoshoot with the Knights of Kryal Castle, Valiant the fighting horse and maybe a wench or two, lots of fun bring your CAMERA, then we move into the Abbey for dinner and entertainment by the Kryal Castle actors, be prepared for a lively evening.!
Bus from Mercure and return is included, camera gear can be taken into the Abbey, please don’t leave anything on the bus.
Thursday, Punks in the Alley photoshoot in Ballarat CBD, great laneway photo shoot with costumed punks, capture the action and colour of this great alleyway in central Ballarat.
Another Thursday photo opportunity with a Bride and Groom in a picturesque setting at Kirk’s Reservoir, presented by Ballarat Camera House, quality time to capture those great moments await you.
Friday the actions takes off early with a Sunrise photoshoot out at Lake Burrumbeet with local photographer Andrew Thomas, places still available.
A special road trip up to Ararat and the infamous JWard Goal and following the included lunch the bus heads off to nearby Aradale Historic Lunatic Asylum, relive the past as you walk the many corridors, pathways and confined areas of this abandoned place, listen to the stories of despair and laughter that the 1000 odd inmates of Arndale endured for many years. Photo opportunities abound. ( Don’t get left behind locked doors )
See the full registration details on the APS website for all activities on the Thursday and Friday before the APSCON conference gets underway in the Eureka Ballroom of the Mercure Hotel Ballarat.
Top presenters to enlighten with their special presentations, some group presentations, general business and overall a great opportunity to relax and reacquaint with APS members in the lovely surrounds of the Mercure Hotel.
Free bus to Ballarat runs from Mercure and return each day, a great opportunity to explore Ballarat and take in the Biennale exhibitions, a free ticket to the Liu Bolin exhibition in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is included with each full registration, check out the Biennale, it also has so much to offer, don’t let this visit to Ballarat go past all of the great photographic opportunities open to you.
APSCON 2019 has so much to offer, too good to miss, check out the APS website for the full programme.
Training Videos - Member discount
David Harradine Photography & Training is proud to announce the launch of their Video Training website;
Lightroom Video Training
Starting with over 8 hours of Lightroom training videos which cover all the content from their two-day Mastering Lightroom class.
We are pleased to offer Camera Club members a discount of $200 on our Lightroom Video Training, making it just $95 for you to purchase over 8 hours of video training content covering everything we cover in our 2 day Mastering Lightroom class.

Please check it out - Lightroom Video Training - The first video in sessions 1, 2 & 3 are free to watch.

To redeem the offer simply enter the discount coupon VAPS when purchasing the bundle, which becomes available when you click Buy on any of the individual sessions.

 Photoshop videos are also in the works!

This photographic information is forwarded to VAPS clubs and members for interest and information. 
VAPS is not formally endorsing this event above any others. 
VAPS is circulating the information for the benefit of club members.

Things to Do
APS Information
The society is inviting nominations from Victorian APS members to fill the position of APS State Representative.
The State Representative reports to the Chair of the State Representatives Sub Committee and the role involves:
  • Being the local face of APS in their State
  • To promote the APS to non-members in the State
  • To support APS and its Management and Office in their endeavours to promote the APS and its activities at State level
  • To help with general photographic queries and direct members to relevant sources of advice including the APS website
  • To make access to APS easier, particularly for those living in regional areas
  • To assist and organise APS meetings, outings and workshops if there is sufficient interest
  • To provide an APS presence where possible at appropriate events such as Camera Club and State Camera Club Body events, major photographic exhibitions and events
  • To liaise with the Chair of the State Representatives committee and the APS President and to work in the best interests of the APS
There is a high level of support for the State representative through the APS Office and the provision of operational manuals and procedure documents.
Any Victorian APS member interested in being the State APS Rep please contact
Margaret O’Grady at or
APS President Peter Kewley at

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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Ian Rolfe

Vice President/Chair Judging

Alfred Zommers

Tony Harding

Joseph Maher

Badges & Awards 
Newsbrief Editor 
Danielle LeGassick

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 

Jeanette Colson
Danielle LeGassick
van der Meulen 
Gary Smith

Web Administrator/Convention 

Victorian Association
of Photographic Societies Inc.

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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 2016. 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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