VAPS Newsbrief
View this email in your browser
Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
December 2018. Vol. 45, No 11.


Subscribe here:
Unsubscribe: See the link at the end of the email.

Message from the President
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Annual General Meeting
VAPS Information
Exhibitions and What’s On
Training Videos
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Things to Do

Message from the President
Hello Everyone,
As I write this I am just winding up another very successful photographic workshop in the Annapurna and Mustang regions of Nepal.
It will be brief as the internet is not as good as one would like.
Firstly, the AGM has been and gone with all committee members voted back in and current positions held.
I look forward to working with the committee again for another year and at this point I would like to extend a very warm welcome to two new members who have joined our ranks.
Theo Van Meulen and Gary Smith have been elected to work with the VAPS committee and we really welcome new blood and new ideas into the ranks.

Theo, who is a member of Traralgon camera club is currently heading the convention sub committee there for 2019 and is already put in place many of the venues and catering services required. Members of VAPS will be heading down to the Latrobe Valley very soon to liaise with the sub committee to ensure all is going well and verify the arrangements for next year.
I certainly appreciate the work and effort put in by our members so that VAPS runs smoothly.
Seasons Greetings: Enjoy our photography and all the best for the new year

Ian Rolfe
(President VAPS)
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

Have a very merry Christmas and l
ooking forward to seeing your articles for next year.

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
Return to Contents
Don't forget that you can zoom in to read the detail on any image in the Newsbrief.
VAPS Information
Mounting Techniques
Over the last few years we have had several issues with the mounting of prints for the annual Interclub competition and exhibition.
Poor mounting techniques
  • Insufficient tape mounting the print to the matboard
  • Insufficient double-sided tape where the backing board was the same size as the front mat board.
  • Sticky tape used to adhere the backing board to the front matboard instead of masking tape.-Total thickness greater than 5mm. Thick prints take up more total space and hence a transport problem.
Understandably members have been upset when their prints come back damaged. As prints get handled up to 18 times during the judging/exhibition process, it is necessary for both the exhibition personnel and the print owners to protect prints appropriately. With this in mind, it would be an excellent step if comp stewards could promote the following requirements, so that their members become familiar with what is expected for the VAPS exhibition.Some clubs have changed their club rules to comply with VAPS exhibition rules to achieve this.
Most clubs already use the A2 art folio/folder. These are available from Office Works at a cost of $60. (recommend: Jasart A2 College Portfolio). The cheaper ones tend to fall apart after a while. Fifteen prints, if mounted appropriately, will comfortably fit into this type of folder. For clubs that are unable to obtain this folder a suitable folder will be supplied free of charge after VAPSCON 2019.
Because of this need to fit the required sized folder, there is a problem with the thickness of the mounted prints.The problem arises when some members use 5mm foam core backing instead of a piece of matboard taped to the back. This makes the finished print thicker than 5mm and the total thickness of 15 prints is then about 90mm which will not fit into one folder. Hence some clubs have sent their prints in a cardboard box or Australia Post bag.
5mm foam core backing is banned from 2019.Those members who persist in using foam core backing, may use 3mm foam core backing which is readily available.Total thickness of 3mm foam core and 1mm matboard will be about 4mm.
To ensure print protection, please promote the following:
Prints must be mounted correctly so that the matboard does not separate from the print or from the backing board. If you use double sided tape it must be at least 20mm wide and completely taped around all four sides. 10 mm pieces of tape do not adhere long enough.

Good quality masking tape (not painters masking tape) is available from any hardware store. Framing tape is preferable for attaching the print along the whole top edge to the matboard.

Prints should not be wrapped in cellophane as it has to be removed for judging and therefore creates extra handling and work for the volunteers.
Prints that have backing thicker than 3mm, or start to fall apart because they are not mounted correctly, will be withdrawn from the judging and the exhibition.
We ask that clubs change their practices and rules so that members do not have to prepare their prints specially for the VAPS Interclub.
For Sale
For Sale

Lowepro Micro trekker 100 camera bag

Fits camera with lens and accessories


APJA - Judges Association

Image Evaluation / Judging courses for anyone who would like to improve their ability to evaluate a photographic image, and for those that think they may like to take on the role of a future judge, or anyone that would just like to help fellow club members, especially novices better evaluate their images.

Proposed Syllabus of APJA (Australian Photographic Judges Association Inc in 2019.

Please check VAPS Newsbrief and APJA Website for changes.

January 20th     Committee meeting and Image Evaluation Workshop Pt A
February 17th    Committee meeting and Image Evaluation Workshop Pt B
March 31st         Level 1 Training (Williamstown)
April 28th           Committee meeting and General Meeting
May                     No meeting      (VAPS Convention)
June 2nd            Level 2 training (location TBA)
July 28th            Committee meeting, AGM , and General meeting.
Aug 18th            Level 4  Training (Caulfield)
Sept 22nd          Committee and General Meeting
Oct 27th             Level 5 Training (Caulfield)
Nov 24th            Committee meeting and General Meeting.

APJA is an Incorporated Association made up and funded by the members.
APJA is managed by a committee, and meets about 8 times a year, usually on a Sunday afternoon.
In 2018 APJA meetings were held at St. Anthony’s cnr Grange and Neerim Rds. Caulfield.

APJA website is at –
APJA publishes a bi monthly newsletter to members.
APJA usually organizes 1 or 2 workshops per year and about 4 training events per year.
Training events are funded by: Participants, VAPS, and APJA.

APJA President        Paul Robinson      
APJA Secretary        Margaret Zommers
APJA Marketing       Rob Sloane            

Insider access to locations and experiences not open to the public.
What will you be photographing?
Great locations are in easy reach of the station, meaning less time traveling, more time shooting. You'll have time to extend your skills and capture the unique imagery of the Kimberley. 

Opportunities include the Cockburn Range, King River valley, Boab trees, waterlilies, wildlife, birdlife, young horses being worked, cattle, station workers, night sky, time lapse, photo essay, Kimberley sunsets and sunrises, colourful characters.

The workshop is fun, non-competitive and supportive.
You'll have your own comfortable Bush Hut or Bunkhouse room to retreat to each evening and spend a night camping out to take advantage of the vast night sky.
View the Kimberley itinerary and galleries at
YOUR TUTOR, Bewley Shaylor, is a patient and understanding instructor who will help you build camera skill by getting you out in the field taking shots, experimenting with your camera to see what it can really do. You'll benefit from Bewley's years of industry experience as he shares tricks of the trade around photo editing, light and composition.  Enjoy five days tuition over numerous locations and via fun activities.
Trip dates: May 11 – 17, 2019
Early Bird price is $3200.
Early bird period ends January 11, 2019.
Base Twin Share price is $3400pp. Single supplement is $250. Previous guests receive 10% OFF Twin Share price. VAPS members, couples and non-participating friends receive 5% OFF Twin Share price.

Registration before February 11 is essential.
Included - Most meals and six night’s accommodation in a bush hut or a/c room. Tuition by Bewley Shaylor. Wilderness Park Fees. Airport & hotel transfers. Short daily excursions to locations and activities. Champagne drinks and nibbles. Please check the itinerary on the website to see all the fabulous things we have planned for you.
Excluded – Your flights. 2 breakfast and 2 lunches are not included due to your being in transit. Travel insurance. Alcohol & mixers. Horse riding at the venue.
*A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place. Deposit can be paid by bank transfer.
For more information call Rachel on 0428 254 529 or request the info sheet via email:  
Tourism Accreditation No: TCWA-ANW-02-0395.
Exhibitions and What's On
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.

From Clubs/Societies and Others
Melbourne Camera Club
Doncaster Camera Club
EPSON PRINTER MODEL 3880 – A2+ FORMAT                       -           $500
One of Epson’s best ever Prosumer printers and  renowned for the printer heads not clogging even when left unused for weeks. For that reason the printer head has been re-used in the most recent replacement model – the P800 [that costs $1,995 RRP]. The 3880 has never clogged on me and an occasional printer head test to keep the “wheels turning” are all it has ever needed to turn out beautiful prints.
It is in excellent cosmetic condition and in perfect working order. It is only on it’s second set of cartridges of which approximately 25% [on average] remain. New waste tank just installed.
The tanks hold 80ml per cartridge so ink costs in comparison to an A3+ printer are about 50% – a benefit if you print a lot [or “experiment” a lot!] Of course you should remember that the ink lines are already charged so there is not the waste that would occur with the purchase of a new printer with initialization of the lines.
A feature of this particular model is that it records the exact amount of ink used on a print which is very handy if you are looking to charge for your work.
A review of the printer can be found here:
I am happy to demonstrate [at my place in Box Hill] and happy to deliver anywhere in the Melbourne Metro area.
Contact John Smith, Doncaster Camera Club on 9890 2957 or 0428678972
Things to Do

On behalf of the Victorian 3D Society and the Sydney Stereo Camera Club we would like to invite you to join us for a weekend exploring the broad-ranging expressions of the magic of stereo photography.  The 26th Australian National Stereo Convention will be held in the charming historical township Maldon, in North-Central Victoria. on Friday 10 May - Sunday 12 May, 2019.

Maldon is a lovely, picturesque little town in northern Victoria about 145 km north west of Melbourne and about 40 km south west of Bendigo.  Its origins as a gold-mining town have left a remarkable heritage - historically, culturally and architecturally; Maldon was the first to be named an Historical Town by the National Trust.  Within short distances are several old mines and various mining relics.  There are many other historical attractions which highlight Maldon’s history from gold-rush times, including a vintage machinery and vehicle museum.  Goldfields architecture and small town living are evident everywhere. There are loads of cafes and coffee shops, plenty of fine accommodation, lots of history, lots of modern amenities, a Christmas shop, a terrific mountaintop lookout and much more.

There’s a train direct from Melbourne to Castlemaine and a bus for the remaining 16 km to Maldon.  We will also be able to pick up people from the station at Castlemaine and bring them to Maldon.

There are countless apartments and bed and breakfast type accommodation in Maldon.  We are negotiating with a local agent who manages 12 of these and can help us coordinate the others. There is also a motel with 11 rooms and a caravan park with 11 fully self-contained cabins.  The rooms in the motel are very nice but we should point out that the bathroom in each unit has a shower over the bath, so you have to step up over the edge of the bath to get into the shower.  Both the motel and the caravan park have agreed to hold all the rooms for us on that weekend until the end of January.

The convention will include a ride on the vintage steam train that runs between Maldon and Castlemaine, a visit to the Maldon Sunday Market, loads of fabulous 3D shows and workshops, a sumptuous Convention Dinner and of course, the showing of the 2019 Southern Cross Exhibition of Stereo Photography.

To register your interest, or to get further information, please contact us at  We will send more detailed information about the accommodation and the program soon. More information is available on website


Terry O’Brien (On behalf of the Organising Committee)

Return to Contents

The Ballarat Biennale announces a new Photography Award
Check the links for the requirements and award information New Photography Award

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale have announced the launch of the New Photography Award. This award will place focus on young photographic artists working throughout the Asia Pacific region.
A selection of up to 6 artists will receive an exhibition within the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Core Program, 23rdAugust to 20thOctober 2019, have their work showcased in a venue with other finalists, and receive one-on-one support from BIFB curators in the realisation of their exhibition.
All applicants will have their submissions reviewed by an international jury of leading curators and gallery directors. Judges will award one cash prize of $10,000 to an overall winner.
Hurry, entries close 1stMarch 2019.
Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Entries are now open for the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize.
The Martin Kantor Portrait Prize is an acquisitive first prize of $15,000, generously supported by the Dara Foundation, showcasing the diversity and rich talent of photographic portraiture. The prize will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a living significant Australian, distinguished in art, letters, science, sports or politics. The exhibition is part of the Core Program in the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, 23rdAugust to 20thOctober 2019.
This award honours the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor.
Hurry, entries close 31stMay 2019.

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:

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 are not available in 2018
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
Ian Rolfe

Vice President/Chair Judging Sub-committee 
Alfred Zommers

Tony Harding

Joseph Maher

Badges & Awards 
Policy and Documentation
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.

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 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. 
Advertising in Newsbrief
Would you like to contribute to Newsbrief? If you do, then it would be helpful if you use the following.
  • Reformatting of text will occur (fonts and size) to suit the email format. (Paragraph 14, Heading 16-18, San serif fonts)
  • Images can be submitted as jpegs or png up to 300 ppi.
Images will be reduced in size as appropriate for email. Text submissions preferred in Microsoft Word format. Images are preferred as JPEG.
PDF files can be accommodated for text only.
Costs: Ads of any size.
Commercial $100 per issue
Commercial (Member discount) $50 per issue
Affiliated Clubs and their members, free.

Contact the editor if you have questions.
Danielle LeGassick:
Next Issue - February 2019
Newsbrief publication deadline 26 January. 
Newsbrief Editor: Danielle LeGassick:
Copyright © 2018 Victorian Association of Photographic Societies, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
canupdate your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp