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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
February 2019. Vol. 46, No 1.


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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 and a warm welcome to the start of 2019
Summer is really upon us now and am sweltering most days and so glad of air-conditioning in my home and office!
For those of you who know me well, I would much rather be up in the Arctic regions and I am counting the days to when I can fly out to run a photographic workshop in Lapland Sweden. Its minus 25 there currently and I cannot wait to get there.
The Aurora Borealis is beckoning once again!
Summer brings its own kind of photography and the some recent sunset and dusk opportunities have been outstanding. Brown dusty views and hazy landscapes have a kind of beauty of their own.. skill and perseverance will deliver some amazing results.
I bring you a special Presidents convention report in this issue, so please read it right through and get excited about the VAPSCON as it will be a fantastic weekend once again.

Ian Rolfe
(President VAPS)
From the President:
Special VAPS convention report for 2019
The VAPS convention committee in close liaison with Latrobe Valley Camera club’s convention committee has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you another outstanding programme for this year’s annual VAPSCON to be held at the Federal University Churchill campus from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th May.
Do not miss this convention! and plan now for 3 wonderful days of photographic presentations, workshops, outings and socialising.
Five Keynote presentations
Four professional Photographers
Five different Workshops featuring Portrait, Landscape, Food, and Macro
Friday night Cocktail party and opening of the annual interclub
Dawn shoot featuring light landscape and birdlife
The Annual Dinner and Awards presentations.
We have 4 major sponsors and are delighted to welcome them to VAPS

Our largest sponsor is OLYMPUS AUSTRALIA Who are providing a generous prize of camera kit valued at $2500.00 to be drawn at the convention. They are also offering a $1000.00 prize to the highest scoring image taken with an Olympus camera from the annual interclub competition. In addition, 2 free workshops will be offered by the Olympus team at the convention, with an informative presentation as one of our keynote subjects.

The local council, The CITY OF TRARALGON is also a major sponsor and we were delighted that they have supported us with an extremely generous grant so we can have top class facilities once again.

Adam Williams Photography is offering a free gift worth $149.00 The Essentials Workflow, which is a program designed for Landscape Photographer’s. This free gift will be given to every person who registers and attends the convention. In addition, Adam has offered 3 prizes of his Ultimate Workflow Landscape Bundle worth $249.00 to be drawn at the convention.

Also, GICLEE MEDIA SUPPLIES is supplying gifts of photographic paper and printing to our convention.
Our presenters are top class again this year with six professional photographers coming to the convention to speak and run workshops for us.

Adam Williams, A master AIPP Landscape photographer who has been the NSW Landscape photographer and Professional Photographer of the year for 2015, 2016 and 2017 will present the first Keynote address, which is his Formula of Interesting Photography, something he has developed and honed, enabling him to reach a higher level of photographic excellence. Adam will conduct an indoor workshop The Power of a Simple Photoshop Workflow, so join Adam as he demonstrates how the most basic photoshop skills can transform any ordinary photo into extraordinary Photographic masterpieces
Keren Dobia, an AIPP Associate, and current lecturer at the Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT, was also the 2017 AIPP Professional Photographer of the year. Keren, in her Keynote presentation, will take us on an inspirational journey of creativity. Keren will discuss the unique people and the stories behind her in progress series I AM. and the processes undertaken to create these very stylised portraits. Join Keren Dobia on a live shoot workshop, where she will share her thoughts process and demonstrate how she creates, styles and lights her stylised environmental portraits, with an emphasis on in camera craft. Keren’s techniques and approaches can easily be translated into your own work flow, whether you shoot on location or in a studio. The afternoon spent with Keren will be sure to grow your own creative experience.
Ewen Bell, is an awarded Professional Editorial Photographer, teacher, educator and workshop leader, with his work appearing in countless published articles such as National Geographic and Lonely planet.
Ewen is currently the Australian ambassador for Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras.
Ewen is a keynote speaker on both the Saturday and Sunday programs, with two entirely different subjects. Reality and Purpose is his first presentation, focusing on our experience of reality and how we capture it with our camera’s. On Sunday, Ewen will present his inspiring keynote talk on the Long and Short of Bird Photography. On Saturday afternoon, Ewen along with his wife Shellie, a professional photographer and food stylist, is all about real food and real photography. Emphasis is on the basics and some hand’s on with topics covered such as control of light and using the right lens. This workshop will show you how to turn great food into a great shot.
Karl Ludik is currently the Olympus Australia Professional Photography manager and will be presenting a keynote presentation on Macro photography. Along with Aaron Harivel, the Olympus Australia product and Education specialist they will run a portrait workshop on Saturday afternoon and a Macro hands on workshop on Sunday afternoon.

These workshops are both free and are available to all those who register for the weekend convention.
Don’t miss this convention, register early and if you want to take advantage of the wide range of workshops please register quickly… as the ones run by Adam Williams, Keren Dobia and Ewen Bell are strictly limited!

The very small fee for these workshops means they are heavily discounted and will fill up fast!
Please join us for the entire 3 days and socialize on the Friday night’s cocktail party, join the formal dinner on Saturday night and enjoy the whole program.
Registration forms will be on the VAPS website soon
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

Welcome to 2019, hope you all had a great break with lots of photography.
All ready for a new year with your club and competitions and l
ooking forward to seeing your articles for the coming year.

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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VAPS Half Yearly Meeting to be held on 17th March at
St Peters Church, Murrumbeena
Club Print Stewards need to log in and upload your digital images, print titles and makers and Audio-Visual entries, titles and makers.
Any club requiring a new login can request one from the front page of the entry system.
Prints must be delivered to the VAPS Half Year meeting on 17th MARCH at
St Peters Church

Check Newsbrief for times and further details.

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.
APJA - Judges Association
Best wishes to all the VAPS clubs for 2019.

By now your Image Stewards will have been busy securing judges for your Image Evaluation (Judging ) nights for the coming year.

With over 65 VAPS clubs (more than half are in the country), and many of them having about 10 image evaluation nights per year, worst case is we need to be able to full fill 600 + judging spots.

Many of the existing judges on the judges list have been there a long time, and are starting to limit their travels to clubs, or simply retiring from judging altogether. Travelling in unfamiliar suburbs or country roads at 10 pm at night, is a bit of a challenge for many.
So we have some challenges ahead of us. We need more judges, particularly younger judges with a modern outlook on photography. We especially need judges, or judging methods for country clubs.

Although there are more country clubs than Metro clubs, they tend to be smaller and of course much further apart. Remote judging, either using video, audio, or writing out comments is extremely time consuming.

Generally metro based judges that can travel to the country are retired, which automatically means, not so young, and mostly on lower incomes.
In the next few years it may become very difficult to get enough judges to fulfill your judging needs.
So what is the solution? We need to plan for the future. This needs to be a joint effort, but especially with major input from VAPS Clubs, VAPS Committee and APJA.
Right away we can work on getting more people willing to get involved in judging at clubs.
Twenty five or so years ago when I first joined a club, 15 to 30 member clubs were common, a 30 member club was considered a big club, but we still were able to get enough volunteers to take on judging rolls.

I don’t know what the average membership of VAPS clubs today would be, but it would be very much higher than 20.

It would be really wonderful if nearly every club had at least 1 trained judge and the larger clubs with a number of trained and willing judges.
Some clubs part pay (sponsor) members to do judging training, especially if they are willing to go on the VAPS judges list. At the very least we need clubs to encourage at least a couple of members to train and go on the list, to grow the pool of judges so there are a greater judging variety and judging skills, as well as making it easier for clubs to reliably secure judges.
APJA was formed to support existing judges as part of a judge’s community, and with some on going judging training. APJA also has a major focus on Training to make it easier for people to get involved in judging and overcoming the nerves of public speaking.

Each training event costs about $800 to $1000 to facilitate, with the majority of the costs being rent, travel, and mainly presenters. If all what we have planned for 2019 goes ahead we will have 4 one day major training events, so a cost of around $3000 to $4000 dollars.

Thankfully VAPS has put $1000 towards this, but the rest  needs to come from the participants.
Please encourage members to have a go at training, it is not mandatory that they take on a judging role, but if we don’t plan for the future we may have some real issues down the track.

The last two years Level 1 training has been in the country, this year it is in the city.
Committee & Presentation     Feb 17           (St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly)
Topic:  Tactovisual Prints and installations                                           
Level 1     (Novice Seminar)   March 31         (Williamstown CC hosting at the Altona Meadows Library, 2 Newham Way, Altona Meadows - Melway 53 E12)
Committee and General         April 28            (St. Anthony’s)
Level 2      (Intern)                   June 2              (TBA)
Committee and AGM             July 28              (St. Anthony’s)
Level 4      (Licentiate)             Aug 18             (Probably at Caulfield St.Peter’s)
Level 5      (Associate)            Oct 27               (Probably at Caulfield St.Peter’s)
Committee and General        Nov 24              (St. Anthony’s)
APJA has completed a “Dictionary of Definitions” for photography set subjects (about 60 pages of info) which is on their website now as a resource for clubs and is now considering a  “Photography Glossary of Terms” as well. APJA website is at  “
Upcoming:     Workshop.
Be on the VAPS judges list or have been judging at VAPS clubs over the past 12 months.
Two Part workshop, Part 1 Sunday 20th January, Part 2  Sunday 17th February 2019
Total cost for both workshops is:- $20,   APJA members are Free.
For all questions regarding training, especially registrations, contact: Alfred on  0414 336 234   

Rob Sloane
APJA marketing.

Please Note:

APJA would like to clarify information about its source of income as statements in the last edition of Newsbrief were misleading. 

APJA is an Incorporated Association made up and partly funded by the members.  Its income comes from membership fees, workshop fees and generous ongoing financial support from VAPS.  Donations are always welcome.

A Few Thoughts for Country Competition Stewards
A Few Thoughts for Country Competition Stewards. by Bob Thomas (Waverley CC)
Finding judges for country club competitions is complicated by the tyranny of distance, and often those clubs have to rely on judges who will assess their competition entries remotely. In these days of the Internet and electronic communication this isn’t a huge hurdle except for the limited number of remote judges. However, there are a few points that country competition stewards need to be aware of given that remote judging differs from live judging in several ways.
Firstly, you need to allow sufficient time for delivery if prints are involved. Clubs which only deal in digital images do not have this problem given the ease of file transfers via Dropbox, WeTransfer and the like. However, prints should be delivered in a sturdy and re-usable container with return labels and sufficient postage stamps to cover the return journey. This has not always been the case, and judges cannot be expected to make up the difference. Accompanying documentation should be clear and unambiguous.

Generally speaking it is recommended that clubs follow VAPS rules, image specifications and matting requirements as these are designed to facilitate overall compatibility and ensure that club entries will also qualify for VAPS competitions. Working within the same ecosystem makes life easier for everyone.

Entering low resolution digital images does your members no favours, and it limits the quality of images presented for judging. It is also suggested that exit data be retained with your member’s images wherever possible as this allows judges to make more informed constructive comments when they judge your work from afar. None of these are mandatory rules, simply common sense.

Unfortunately, not all clubs follow these suggestions.
Finally, recognition of judge’s work is no less important simply because a judge does not make a physical appearance at your club rooms. VAPS guidelines for payments to “live” judges recommend a payment of $40-$50 to metropolitan judges but are silent on the subject of remote judging. Judges do not undertake their role with a view to the monetary return, but it is nonetheless recognised that all judging involves a significant amount of time and effort, and this is equally true of remote judging. Generally, most country clubs recognise this effort either in the form of a monetary recompense or by way of gift vouchers or the like (Bunnings vouchers are a popular alternative).

Originally, the VAPS allowance was designed as a petrol allowance, but these days it is more a recognition of the hours involved. Remote judging can be more time consuming than “live” judging given that written comments on images can run to 5000 to 7000 words per judging, involving several hours of a judge’s time per competition.
Whichever system a country club chooses to adopt, it is important that feedback be provided to remote judges. “Live” judges receive feedback instantly by virtue of the fact that they appear in person, and members interact with them on the spot. Sometimes a remote judge is forgotten once the meeting is over and so no feedback is received. A good judge welcomes feedback, and without your club’s feedback there is no way a judge can evaluate his or her own performance. Each of us needs to continue to develop our skills, and judges are no exception.

Your feedback is an important part of this process.
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
Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club

It’s on 360º images.
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
For Sale
For Sale

Lowepro Micro trekker 100 camera bag

Fits camera with lens and accessories


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)

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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.
Australian Conceptual Photography Prize 2019
Hello. We're getting in touch because we thought you and your members/students might be interested in the Australian Weather Calendar photo competition. We're also running a live event on Facebook this Friday where you can ask questions about weather and photography— and you can read a blog article featuring top tips from previous competition winners. Check out their amazing photos while you're there. Please pass this email to anyone you think might be interested—and happy weather snapping!
DSLR camera with coloured sky showing in the LCD panel on the back of the camera
Australian Weather Calendar photo competition
If you'd like your photo to be in with a chance of appearing in Australia's bestselling weather calendar, you have until 31 March to get your entries into the competition.
Weather photography Q&A live on Facebook
Like weather? Like photography? Well you might like to join in when senior meteorologist Jenny Sturrock chats to photographer Andrew Thomas about how to put the two together to create beautiful images! 
This Facebook Live event is at 1 pm AEDT on Friday 18 January. Head to the Bureau of Meteorology Facebook page to watch and ask questions.
Join us on 18 January at 1pm AEDT for a Facebook Live event, the science behind taking phenomenal weather photos
Image: Andrew Thomas Photographer (Australian Weather Calendar 2019)
Image: Col Leonhardt, Birdseye View Photography (Australian Weather Calendar 2016)
How to take great weather photos
What's the best kind of cloud for producing spectacular sunrises and sunsets? How do you know where the lightning is and how to snap sharp pics of it? 
Competition-winning photographers and our weather experts team up to give you top tips for taking phenomenal photos of weather.
Australian Weather Calendar 2019
It's Australia's favourite weather calendar, showcasing our amazing weather across our magnificent landscape.
Get organised for 2019 with the Australian Weather Calendar—available now at, or call 1300 798 789.

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 2019
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
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.

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.
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