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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
March 2017. Vol. 44, No 2.


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VAPS Convention 27-28 May 2017

VAPS Half-Year Meeting
VAPS Convention Interclub Deadline
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Meritorious Awards and SSVAPS applications
Annual Convention - Details
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
From Clubs/Societies

VAPS Half-Year Meeting
Sunday 19 March 2017. 1.30 pm
St Peter's Church
Crn Neerim Rd and Ames Av.
Murrumbeena (Melway: 88 K5)
 Print and AV Interclub entries to be delivered to this meeting. 
The Agenda has been circulated to Club/Societies. (Note: A supplementary note has gone to Clubs/Societies confirming the time of 1.30 pm. start.)
VAPS Half-Year Meeting - Invitation
A special invitation. At the Half-Year Meeting on Sunday 19 March, Margaret and Afred Zommers will be making a special presentation about their recent trip to Jordan and Egypt.
VAPS Convention Interclub Deadline
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Service Awards.
The year has started. Clubs are underway and working on their activities for 2017. Committees are active. One item that often goes undercover is recognising your members for Service Awards. We get involved in the usual activities but it takes someone deliberately directing their thoughts to check this. Has your club done this? Do you know who, in your club, has service awards? You know who deserves one. Download a list of recipients here. (Service and Year Bar Award Spreadsheet). Review the articles in the newsbrief and on the VAPS website.

Last month had a special reminder about affiliation fees with VAPS. Clubs have responded well in updating for 2017. Associated with this, the Treasurer and VAPS Editor have been updating emails to match the latest club/society contacts. The distribution of the Newsbrief depends on this data. If you have questions associated with the email for your formal contact with your club, contact the Treasurer or the Editor. Personal subscriptions are managed by you, subscribing and unsubscribing. You can subscribe on the VAPS website and unsubscribe via the link at the bottom of each newsbrief.

Again, just a special reminder that the VAPS Interclub Competition deadline is Sunday 19 March. This is the same day as the VAPS Half-Year Meeting to which VAPS representatives attend and members are invited. See details in this newsbrief.

The link to "Places to Photograph in Victoria" was very popular last month. A lot of members used the link. Were there any good places not on the list that you know about? Let me know.
Barry Povey (Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club)
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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Meritorious Awards and SSVAPS applications

This is a reminder to submit Meritorious and SSVAPS applications. Application forms are now on the website. Please note that they are not mailed out to Secretaries anymore.

Orders for Year Bars are also now being received. Keep them coming in, please. 

Year Bars are important to members. Starting at 10 years membership and available in 5-year increments, they are recognition of your member’s service and support for your club. They are $12.50 each but some clubs recycle them. Do you have accurate records of eligible members? If not you can see who has received what on the VAPS website.  If you spot any errors there, please let the Badges and Awards officer know.

Service Awards There are two levels of service awards that are available to club members.

Meritorious and State Service awards. Again these are important levels of recognition for your members’ efforts. Criteria apply to these awards and all information can be found on the VAPS website under Documents,

VAPS Annual Convention  27-28 May 2017.

Fantastic Speaker
Line up
 Tom Putt: outstanding Landscape photographer, Tom will take us on a surprising photographic journey.
 Darran and Pearce Leal: Photographic Travel adventures to places far afield, rare opportunity to have this dynamic Father and Son team together.
 Craig Wetjen: A Photographic Journey in what a personal project can do for you?, the making of his awarded book, “Men and their Sheds”.
 Roosters Overland: by motorbike to Iran, a photographic adventure to be told.
 Ballarat Biennale Creative Director: A new approach to the Biennale.
“Lunch included both days”
Friday Social Dinner Frankston RSL
Saturday Formal Awards Night Frankston Arts Centre
++ Plus more to come
The VAPS 2017 Convention and Interclub Exhibition will be a fantastic weekend, plan your visit now!

Registration forms are available on the VAPS website

Accommodation availability, see this newsbrief.
Updates in VAPS Newsbrief and on the website
Registration form and advance programme are now on the VAPS website
Under the Interclub tab.
Please distribute information to your club members.
The exhibition opens Friday 26th May at 12 pm, in W Building of the University Campus, refer to map.
Registrations open from 3 pm in that building Friday.
Registrations will then be open in the Auditorium Foyer F Building, from 8 am on Saturday morning.
Subject to change
VAPS Programme including update
Don't forget that you can zoom in to read detail.
Link to VAPS Programme
For you to Print
VAPS Presenters

Craig Wetjen - Convention Keynote Address

Craig will be a Keynote speaker on Saturday morning, he will deliver a compelling outline of his passion and creativity and of the personal journey that he has undertaken in his own photography.

A not to be missed presentation

Craig Wetjen is a professional photographic artist and author with 30 years’ experience. He began his career at the age of 16 as a photojournalist photographing for the local Newspapers in the tiny state of Connecticut USA. Moving to Santa Barbara Ca. where he received a Bachelor degree in Industrial Photography. His career highlights are shooting for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories documenting the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini projects. He then moved to Australia 20 years ago to play a pivotal role in establishing RMIT University’s digital imaging photography course. He has gone on to become a national and international award-winning photographer and has self-published two books of images of man’s best friend and his owner. He is now sharing his wealth of knowledge, passion and creativity teaching photography. However, the journey his photography has taken him on was far more personal.  A health scare in 2011, and ongoing consultations with health professionals has fuelled a desire to photograph environmental portraits, so he has initiated the Men’s Shed Photography Project. Its aim is to increase awareness of men’s health issues—mental and physical—by documenting how the iconic backyard shed is a space not only for fixing things but also the men inside them. Most of the men captured in these images struggled to articulate what their sheds mean to them. In these cases, images can speak more powerfully than words. The book Men and Their Sheds is a collection of 101 portraits and the stories of the men within the book.  HIs book is now a published book available in most bookstores across Australia.

Find out more about Craig at:

Matt Krumins - Convention Workshop Presenter

Matt is an experienced photographic educator having presented at many clubs. He is now establishing his own photographic business and will address the subject of composition and lead into a discussion on mirrorless cameras. Matt's presentation will be important to all photographers. We hope that you can attend this workshop on the Saturday.

A focus on simplicity: A foolproof approach to composition

Matt Krumins is a full-time photography educator, photographer and writer with a passion for getting the best results in the simplest manner. In this talk, his analogies and unorthodox approach to developing and refining compositions will take you on a journey through Ikea, a child’s mind and techniques on how to eat elephant all whilst giving you a tried and tested approach to better compositions. Matt will also be drawing on his experience as an Olympus & Nikon shooter presenting some pro’s and con’s of both systems, opening the conversation on mirrorless vs DSLR and how new technology can dramatically unlock your creativity.  

You can find Matt at

Tom Putt - Convention Keynote Address

Tom Putt is a passionate and wildly enthusiastic landscape photographer, having spent the last 20 years exploring all parts of Australia to photograph. Tom says, I first fell in love with photography at age 13. I photographed wildlife, following my love for ornithology, before leaving university to pursue a career in sports photography.

In 1998, I was fortunate enough to take the eye of Australia's leading sports photography agency, Sport the Library. From 1998 to 2001, I covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But my passion has always been in landscape photography. My first shoot was walking the Overland Track in 1997. Since then, I have travelled extensively across Australia pursuing landscape photography.

Now Tom engages in another exciting medium, Drone and Aerial photography, his keynote address on Saturday morning, 27th May will astound and excite you as Tom takes us to the skies for some unforgettable aerial landscape photography.

Don’t miss this special and fantastic opening to your 2017 convention programme, we know Tom will delight and enthral us all with his stories and photography.

You can find more about Tom and his photography workshops at

Darren and Pearce Leal - Convention Keynote/Workshop Presenters


1. Saturday Workshop 
Meet father and son team Darran and Pearce Leal for a unique workshop that will take you beyond point and shoot travel photos and offer you thought to provoke challenges to improve or adjust your photo interests. They will cover techniques, locations and offer you quality question time. Stunning example images will include locations in Antarctica, South America, Africa, Arctic and other locations around the world. Darran has over 300 articles published and is a current regular contributor to Australian Photography Magazine. Pearce has already been published in several magazines and self-published two books. The father and son team will also cover film, polaroid and of course a diverse range of digital subjects, linked to shooting and using your images. 

"Travel photography is not about the simple act of visiting a location and taking photos. Rather it is about immersing yourself in the locations culture, landscapes and nature. Then, to be creative, you need to open your mind and steer away from point and shoot images, challenging yourself to explore old and new concepts.”       Darran & Pearce

Join Darran and Pearce as they take you around the world in 90 minutes! 
2. Sunday Keynote Address 
Our Keynote Speakers are two of the most travelled photographers in the world. They meet a diverse range of cultures, explore amazing places and shoot with hundreds of photographers from all over the world each year. You can expect some funny stories, points to test your photographic interests and be amazed at the limitless options available to you today as a creative artist. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the same problems and opportunities apply. This motivating speech will touch on a very important question – Where is Photography Leading you?

Tell your friends these will be two special presentations not to be missed.
Darren Leal                                       Pearce Leal
Read more of our excellent presenters in next month's Newsbrief
VAPS Interclub

Don’t leave the upload to the last minute
Remember No Wooden Boxes when delivering prints
All related documents are on the
VAPS website under the Interclub Tab.
Read the Interclub and Audio Visual rules
Before uploading your work.
Complete the Record of Entry form and the AV
Entry form and include with your Prints and AV files

VAPS. Free Parking on the Weekend
Don't forget that you can zoom in to read detail.
VAPS Visiting Frankston
VAPS Accomodation
Welcome to Frankston
VAPS delegates please find listed below accommodation offerings around our beautiful city and just beyond
1.       Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway Frankston
9781 3444
Mention VAPS Rate.
Rates are based on Deluxe Rooms featuring Queen bed only or Queen and Single bed
Overnight = $153 per room  (rate includes breakfast)
3 night stay = $135 per night (minimum 3 night) rate includes breakfast
*rates are based on single or double occupancy – additional cost for 3rd person
*Executive and Luxury rooms available – rates can be quoted directly if required
2. Quest on the Bay ( Central City Area )
435 Nepean Highway Frankston
8765 2500
Mention VAPS rate
Studio apartment - $170 per night
Executive studio apartment - $189 per night
One bedroom apartment - $208 per night

3. Frankston Motel ( Near Monash University )
233 Frankston – Flinders Road
5971 1233

4. BIG4 Mornington Peninsular Holiday Park
( Near Monash University )
2 Robinsons Road
Frankston 5971 2333

5. Carrum Downs Holiday Park
1165 Frankston – Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
19 August - 17 September 2017

Their website is now active and is available here.


Ivanhoe Photographic Society

Ivanhoe Photographic Society has been invited to exhibit in the first exhibition for 2017 in the Banyule Council’s Art and Culture Program. The overall title of the exhibition is ‘Atmosphere and Environments’ and our specific theme is ‘ Exploration of Water’. There are over 60 of our photographs, which include everything from landscapes and seascapes to more contemporary interpretations of water. Landscape Art from the Banyule Art Collection by both leading and emerging artists will also be displayed in the gallery. We invite you to come and visit this unique exhibition.

Venue: Hatch Contemporary Art Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe 3079

Exhibition Dates: Until – 11 March 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am –5 pm
Contact if more information required: Sara Knight  Secretary  Ivanhoe Photographic Society ( )





15 Feb 2017 to 15 May 2017
Ann Britton Photography Gallery
55 Herbert Street
Boulia 4829
Victorian contact 04 19 592 859.
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Western Plains Photographic Club - Lismore
29TH APRIL 2017
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Entry $5 Adult/under 16yrs free
Lunch/afternoon & morning tea available
Lismore Community Centre 
Schedules available from 
Sec: Lorraine Graham 0407875102/
Download Entry Form: Click here for entry form:
Download Conditions: Click here for conditions:
Download Special Landcare Section Conditions: Click here for Landcare conditions:
Download other details: Click here for details.

Go to their link here. Western Plains Photographic Club - Lismore
Melbourne Camera Club
Warragul Camera Club
Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
Colac Camera Club
Berwick Viewfinders CAmera Club
Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club cordially invites you to join us for an inspiring presentation by Jeff Servaas of PROtog.

Jeff will bring along a wonderful range of lighting and studio equipment including mains powered and battery powered portable flashes, and lighting kits including flashes, modelling lamps, light stands, PC sync cables, and light modifiers such as umbrellas, and softboxes.
Come along and join in the fun, including live demos, take some portraits.

Venue: Starbright Theatre, Berwick Fields Primary School, Gwendoline Drive Berwick,
Date and Time: Monday, April 10, 7.30 pm
Light supper will be served

Email for further information   
VAPS Interclub 2017
Due to vehicle and storage and weight restrictions next year
we will not be able to accept club wooden boxes
for club prints.
Clubs are requested to use A2 folios that are available from
Office Works ($60), Riot Art Supplies and Seniors Art Supplies.


Adelaide AV Fest International 2017 - Closes 31 March - Information
APS AV Autumn National 2017 - Closes 24 March - Information
44th Warragul National Photographic Competition 5th April 2017 -  Information
Sydney Harbour International 16th April 2017 - Information
APSCON Image Competition 30th April 2017 - Information
Vigex 19th International Print Salon 8th May 2017 - Information
Australian Photographic Judges Association
APJA meets regularly to provide education and training as well as a forum for those persons interested in evaluating photographic images or judging photographic competitions.

APJA aims
- to improve the level of judging and provide a better service to VAPS clubs.
- to maintain and improve the pool of judges for VAPS clubs to choose from.
- to provide ongoing training and a structure for judges to improve their image evaluation abilities.
- to contribute to the Photography Artform.
Paul Robinson                         President
MargaretZommers                   Secretary
Sheryle Griffith                        Treasurer
Rob Sloane                              Marketing
Alfred Zommers                      Honours

Upcoming events
 There are over 40 members and meetings are usually held at St.Anthony’s Church Hall. cnr. Neerim and Grange Rd. Carnegie. Judges on the VAPS/APJA judges list, and any interested member of any VAPS affiliated club is welcome to come along.  The next two workshops are at St.Peter’s.
If you wish to join, the annual subscription to APJA is $40.
This is what we have planned but it could change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Sunday      April 23   Image Evaluation workshop #1   (see this article) St. Peters
Sunday      May 21    Image Evaluation Workshop #2  (see this article) St Peters
Sunday      July 2       General topic: Portraiture
Sunday      July 23     Level 2 Training (Registered participants only) at St Peters Hall.
Sunday      Aug 6      General topic: Photojournalism
Sunday     Aug 20     Level 3 Training (Registered participants only) at St Peters Hall.          
Sunday      Sept 10    General meeting: Topic Abstract.
Sunday      Sept 17    Level 4 Training (Registered participants only) at St Peters Hall.      
Sunday      Oct 22      General meeting: Topic Architecture.
Sunday      Nov 19     General meeting: Topic Nature.
Image Evaluation Workshops. #1 and #2
Dates:  Sunday  23 April and 21 May
Time:   Sunday Afternoon 1.45 pm to approx 4.45pm
Location: Peter's Church Hall, cnr Ames Ave and Neerim Rd., Murrumbeena. Parking available in surrounding streets
Eligibility to attend:     Any person on the VAPS/APJA Judges list or any person that has attended a APJA Level 1 Novice Training Course.
Cost:  Free     (Thanks to VAPS and APJA)
Content: Theory and practical Image Evaluation.
Registration:  Email Alfred before 16 April.
Workshop #1.  23 April       
Scoring systems.
Practical scoring
How to critique images.
Looking for positives and areas for improvement.
Workshop #2. 21st May
      1.         Practical critiques.
Image Evaluation and Judging Course.   (Level 1, Novice)
Date: Sunday 2 April
Time: 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
Location: Benalla. Avon Street Campus of Benalla P12 college. (Enter via Clarendon Street, comes off Bridge Street north of the shopping precinct).
Lots of parking available.
 Eligibility to attend:     Any person that is a member of a VAPS affiliated club.
Cost: APJA member:  $25.
Persons on the VAPS/APJA judges list:  $35.
Other:  $40

Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Bring your own lunch. (note: a packed lunch is recommended, purchasing lunch may be difficult, especially in the time frame of the lunch break).
This is our first attempt to run this course outside Melbourne.

Thanks to VAPS, the Benalla Camera Club, and the APJA for this initiative.  Camera Club members from Melbourne and Country areas are encouraged to make use of this opportunity. This course will not run in Melbourne in 2017. Our thanks also to the presenters willing to give their time and travel to facilitate this course.
Content:  Image Evaluation Education and Training Program.     Emma Gillette
                Judging Photography.                                                     Ron Cork
                Judging Styles.                                                                Sheryle Griffith
                Emotion In Images.                                                          Alfred Zommers (Ian Rolfe)
                Public Speaking. (Survival)                                              Rob Sloane
                Aesthetics vs Technical                                                   Emma Gillette
                Practical Evaluation
                Q & A
Please register with Alfred Zommers.  The sooner the better, but before 25th March.
Alfred: ,  0400 330 071
Note: This is the only Level 1 course scheduled this year.
Level 2  July 23,  Level 3 Aug. 20, and Level 4 Sept 17.
VAPS Affiliation Fees
Fees are now overdue.

 If your club has not paid the 2017 fees then your club is not covered by VAPS insurance.
 All forms are on the VAPS website as fully interactive PDF forms.
VAPS Downloadable Documents
VAPS Affiliation Forms here.
 Just fill them in, save them and then either print or email back to VAPS.
 Pay by cheque or by direct deposit as per the form.
 Please check that you are insured.
 Year Bar and Service Award forms should also be downloaded from the website and filled in and sent back to VAPS
 Forms were not mailed out this year due to the high cost of postage.
 ( If you have paid your fees please disregard this notice )

Check with the VAPS Secretary if you have questions.

VAPS, Organisational member of Australian Photographic Society
Victorian Associations of Photographic Societies Inc
Proudly acknowledges as a returning and valued sponsor
Imagebank Australia
At this year’s interclub competition, Imagebank Australia awarded vouchers to the value of $100 toward any size Acrylic print to 20 photographers selected from the AIPC Victorian print finalists.
The deadline that these vouchers must be used by is 1 September 2016.
The AIPC selection committee selected prints nominated to go on to the AIPC judging. Selected prints were  identified on the exhibition boards.
On behalf of the VAPS community, we would like to thank the management and staff of Imagebank Australia for their kind and generous sponsorship and we look forward to a long association.
We ask all our members to support Imagebank Australia by visiting their website at and utilising their expert services for your next important print work.
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:

or go to the VAPS Website at
Open the News tab and select Newsbrief newsletters.
There you can subscribe for a free email copy of Newsbrief.
Keep up with all of the announcements and news from the clubs.
Hard copy of Newsbrief is not be available in 2016
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
Ian Rolfe

Vice President/Chair Judging Sub-committee 
Alfred Zommers

Vice President /Interclub
Peter Kewley,
0429 826960

Tony Harding

Jeanette Colson

Badges & Awards 
Policy and Documentation
Newsbrief Editor 
Barry Povey
(03) 9798 7441

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 
Danielle LeGassick

Web Administrator/Convention 

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Victorian Association
of Photographic Societies Inc.

General Enquiries:
P.O. Box 2010, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205
Tony Holding:
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.
Victorian Association of Photographic Societies welcomes contributions from interested parties, however, Victorian Association of Photographic Societies accepts no responsibility for the content of these contributions and the views contained therein are not necessarily those of Victorian Association of Photographic Societies. While every care is taken with solicited and unsolicited materials supplied, Victorian Association of Photographic Societies does not accept any liability for loss or damage however caused. Victorian Association of Photographic Societies takes no responsibility for the claims made by advertisers or transactions by. Does not endorse the products sold on the website/Newsbrief or enter into any of the exchanges. Nor is the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies responsible for any exchanging of information or monetary amounts. All transactions are solely the responsibility of the advertiser and purchaser.
Material on the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies site or the Newsbrief may not be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written consent of the publisher, Victorian Association of Photographic Societies. All rights reserved. 
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