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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
April 2019. Vol. 46, No 3.


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

Message from the President
Greetings everyone,

I have just returned from Arctic Lapponia, in northern Sweden, another very successful workshop with a delightful bunch of participants in freezing temperatures, loads of fresh snow and magical light. I am back home now putting the finishing touches to what I feel will be a most superb and very informative convention at Traralgon in late May.

I Visited the Latrobe valley Camera club late last week to see the sub-committee for the convention and also a give a pep talk to the club on their role in being the hosts for the weekend event. The club has prepared well and you all can be rest assured that they have put their best effort forward, to ensure the smooth running of this first-rate convention.
Don’t miss this convention as it’s going to be a wonderful weekend! When filling out the registration forms that you download from the VAPS site…make sure it’s the current 2019 one in the menu.
One of our keynote speakers, Ewen Bell is actually going to release his newly published coffee table book over the weekend. I have read and own many many books on photography, and I have to say that this one is both remarkable in its content and probably one of the best books on the philosophical aspect of photography I have ever read.

Ewen’s approach to Travel photography is widely read, as thousands of people regularly go onto his Photography for Travellers web-page. This new book he will release is based on the many stories he has written and the experiences he has had over the years. A truly delightful book that all photographers would love to own and have at home on their shelves. This publication would also make a fabulous gift for someone very special in your life!
Another keynote speaker is a marvellous landscape photographer, Adam Williams, who has a unique approach to the scenery he shoots and then processes. Adam has very kindly donated a gift to every person who registers for this year’s convention!

Yes, all registered delegates will find in their convention bag a free gift worth $149.00. It’s Adam’s Easy way Photography Essentials Workflow program and is an online course designed to help you with your landscape work.
A free gift nearly equal to the registration costs, how good is that!
The VAPS committee, and the Latrobe Valley camera club committee have worked very hard to prepare this for us all, to make sure that when we attend we will have a delightful weekend together.
With Olympus camera Australia onboard, free workshops, the annual print exhibiton, AV presentations and wonderful speakers with photo presentations, none of us can really afford to miss this weekend of exhibitions, socialising, education and camaraderie. See you there!
All the best with your Autumn shooting too.

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 Federation University Gippsland Campus Churchill 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 LATROBE 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 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 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 two 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 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 are now on the VAPS website

Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

If you have any outings or an events happening at your club and would like to share please let us all know. Looking forward to seeing your articles for the coming year.

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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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 Information
VAPS Interclub

Thank you to the following who judged today and also those who assisted with the judging.

We had 712 digital images and 711 prints.
The largest number in VAPS Interclub history.
Judges Assistants
Marg Huxtable Margaret Zommers
Tony Harding Peter Kewley
Greg Earl Danielle LeGassick
Vicki Moritz Alan Wilson
David Norris Christa Tapping
Mario Mirabile Joseph Maher
Gary Smith Theo van der Meulen
  Lachlan Lawler
  Sally Rule
  Andrew Raff
  Andrea Maloney
A couple of images had problems with the tape on the back coming off, but these were easily repaired with some masking tape. A big thank you to all clubs who ensured that their members’ images complied with the rules, especially in regard to thickness.

We only had 7 images that did not comply (out of a total of 711 prints). All club comp stewards and/or members were able to be contacted.

Two were re matted with thinner backing board and one was replaced by the maker with the same image in time for the judging.

The compliance was an enormous help with logistics which was greatly appreciated by the organisers.  Again, a big thank you.
Now we need to sort them back into numerical and club order and get them ready for transport to the convention.
VAPS Convention
VAPS Workshops
Ewen Bell Food Photography Workshop
Indoor University classroom
Saturday, Maximum 20 attendees, cost $35
Adam Williams, The Power of a Simple Photoshop Workflow (Correction)
Indoor University classroom
Saturday, Maximum 40 attendees, cost $30
Keren Dobia, Portrait Photography, Live shoot and Enhanced lighting skills
Indoor University classroom with model and lighting
Saturday, Maximum 20 attendees, cost $35
Karl Ludik with Aaron Harivell
Saturday Afternoon, University Grounds
90-minute Off Camera speed-light workshop with 2 models
Free attendance to all delegates who attend the SATURDAY program
Olympus and Karl Ludik     SUNDAY Afternoon
60-minute practical Macro Photography Workshop
Main Auditorium
Free attendance to all Delegates who attend the SUNDAY program
See workshop overview in this Newsbrief for further details on the above workshops
VAPS Presenters
At the 2017 Australian Professional Photography Awards, a photographer and judge said of Keren’s work that “there are some portraits that simply say what we look like, and there are some that say who we are.”

This is the principle that has inspired Keren’s ongoing series of portraits depicting Australian artists and artisans, I AM. – four of which earnt her the distinction of being named the 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year. Keren recently exhibited 15 striking large scale images of this series at forty-five downstairs.

Keren is an accredited professional photographer and the  creative director of her theatrical compositions. Keren’s artwork is influenced by her background in painting, drawing, and fashion, and her images often blur the line between photography and illustration. Keren moulds her work from concept to completion.

With her inspirational vision, creativity and skill set, Keren designs and fabricates costumes and sets. With a natural attention to detail and her industry recognised postproduction skills Keren works her images to their final realization. Keren's distinctive approach and friendly and energetic personality attracts commissions equally from burlesque, circus, and theatre performers, as well as from public care providers.

Keren holds a Diploma of Photo Imaging from Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT), Alongside her creative and commercial work Keren lectures at Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT in the Photo Imaging courses.
Karl Ludik has had a long-standing association with the Photographic Industry. His job has taken him to many parts of the globe and he has seen great changes within the industry. The head office in Japan of the Olympus company have recently created a special new role for Karl which he is pursuing with great dedication and enthusiasm.

Karl is currently the Olympus Australia Professional Photography manager and given his vast experience in the industry will be presenting a wonderful keynote presentation on Macro photography. Karl will also head up two workshops at the convention with Saturday afternoon on Portraits and the Sunday afternoon on Macro photography.
Aaron Harivel, the Olympus Australia product and Education specialist from Sydney will help Karl run a portrait workshop on the Saturday afternoon and a Macro hands on workshop on Sunday afternoon.

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

Stay tuned for further updates.
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
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
Warragul Camera Club
Melbourne Camera Club
The Melbourne Camera Club’s Exhibition Program presents 
“Mat Hughes: Photographic Artist”
Join Mat for an informal discussion. Features work from his recent Gasworks Arts Park exhibition, “Quiet Time: Above Savage River & selected works”.

Mat visited the Tarkine in Tasmania’s north-west. He had been reading about Van Diemen’s Land and its past and connect with the landscape.

Mat’s works include large format, pinhole, digital negative and silver gelatin.

The Melbourne Camera Club gallery, cnr. Dorcas & Ferrars Streets, South Melbourne, Saturday and Sunday April 13 & 14, 11 am to 2 pm, artists talk 12.30 pm.

The exhibition is free.
Knox Photo Society
The Knox Photo Society along with members and family and friends recently sponsored KPS member Peter Knight as part of the Worlds Greatest Shave to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
In addition to sponsorship at supper time at a KPS March meeting we auctioned off turns with the clippers to fully effect the outcome.
Over the past few years, like many VAPS clubs, KPS has lost members to a variety of illnesses, this seemed a good way to help overcome some of these diseases.
Peter set an initial target of approximately $600 but ultimately raised around $2000.
We also had a lot of fun photographing the event, and not a drop of blood was spent.
SLOL030    Jane puts a few professional touches to peter's locks.
SLOL307    The smiling assassins.
SLOL315    Group enjoying the demise.
For Sale
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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Australian Conceptual Photography Prize 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:

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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:
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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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