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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
March 2020. Vol. 47, No 2.


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Message from the President
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
VAPS Convention
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Your Invited
Exhibitions and What’s On
Member Discount
Things to Do

President Message

Greetings all photographers!

I send you my Newsbrief message sitting in a cabin watching the snow flurries outside, on the Island of Ringvassoya in Arctic Norway.

I am up here in this magnificent place for another three weeks as we are just about to commence our 2020 photographic workshop.

I receive plenty of correspondence from the VAPS team as we hone the final details for the
Upcoming VAPS convention in June at Wangaratta.

Check out the new website, and see how easy it is to register online and make payments.
Look through all that is on offer this year at the convention and sign up for one of the many workshops available.

Plan now to be there sharing in the camaraderie and social events.
Autumn Is fast approaching and it’s time to think about the colours and textures that this wonderful season brings. Victoria has so many places that Autumn reveals itself beautifully, and no doubt many of our clubs are making plans for you as members, to join in a day out, or even a weekend together shooting.

Enjoy your photography as the warm summer passes slowly into the cooler season!
My best to all
Ian Rolfe
President VAPS

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Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Information
Interclub News
Several changes to the VAPS Interclub upload system have been made over the last few months that took a lot of testing to get it right.
  • As we have lost the facility to copy award winning prints for the catalogue all Clubs must upload digital copies of print images. This includes representative images of any AVs submitted.
  • In the event that a camera manufacturer again offers a prize for the best image taken with their brand of camera all members should include EXIF Metadata (specifically camera type) with their images. Missing EXIF Metadata will not affect the Interclub entry but will affect the chance of getting that prize.
  • The Interclub upload system also now has the facility for clubs to complete the AV ID Information and application form online.
  • Clubs are asked to use Wetransfer or Dropbox to send the AVs to instead of including a flash drive (memory stick) with the print bags.
  • All club logins older than 12 months will be removed. If you have to create a new login please ensure that you include the club name in your login ID. Club names should not be abbreviated, for example, to CCC for Casey Camera Club as we have several clubs that have similar abbreviations. The word “Casey” would be adequate or Casey CC. in 2021 we will remove all logins that do not have the club name in the Login ID.
  • Titles longer than 30 characters will be rejected by the upload system
  • Titles can only have letters, numbers and spaces. No special characters or punctuation marks will be accepted.

Attention to all club committees
Re: Meritorious and SSVAPS awards
Attention to all club committees: Re Meritorious and SSVAPS awards
Please go online (login and go to “Camera Clubs – Awards Information”), on the VAPS website, and complete your applications for Meritorious and State service awards by the 29th March which is the half yearly VAPS general meeting.  No costs in regard to the medals for these, but we need them in, by the due date, so that we can get citations written up and medals engraved.  Also please, please give lots of details to help me with writing the citations. Years of service in each category helps to correctly assess each application so send this information if you have it.  If not, give as much information as you can.

Also your applications for year bars are due by this date. 
They have been reduced and are $10.00 for each medal, but with a new design, we hope to reduce prices even further in the future. As for Meritorious and Service Awards the Year Bars application form is on the website. 

If paying by cheque, send it to:
The Treasurer
2 Marchiori Road
Blackburn North
VIC 3130
Margaret Zommers
Badges and Awards Director
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 mat board
  • 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 mat board 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.
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 mat board 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 mat board will be a bit over 4mm.
To ensure print protection, please promote the following:
Prints must be mounted correctly so that the mat board 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 cheap painters’ masking tape) is available from any hardware store. Framing tape is preferable for attaching the print along the whole top edge to the mat board.

Prints must 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. In 2019 seven prints were removed but three were replaced by the clubs in time.
We ask that clubs change their practices and rules so that members do not have to prepare their prints specially for the VAPS Interclub.
VAPS Interclub Upload System
The system will open on Monday 3rd of February.
Clubs must note that this year in addition to EDPI requiring an image to be uploaded Prints and Audio Visual entries also need to have a digital image of the print and a representative image of the AV uploaded.
If Clubs have lost their login or password, you can request a new one from the log in page.
The VAPS upload system can be found on the VAPS website under the Competitions tab, or directly at
The cut off for entries is Sunday 29th of MARCH, after that date the system automatically closes, and entries cannot be accepted online.
Prints must be delivered to the Half Year meeting on that date or by arrangement as previously advised to club Secretaries.
Note for convenience Audio Visuals can be sent by WeTransfer or Dropbox to at any time up until the close off date.
The AV ID and Information form must be completed and that can also be uploaded into the VAPS system when entering AV information.
Alternatively, it must be included with your AV entry sent vie the above Internet Upload system.
Any queries please contact the VAPS stewards via the upload system page
VAPS Website
The new website is now live.

Please explore the site so that you become familiar with it. We have tried to make it user friendly. The development of the site is an ongoing process and as we find issues will update them.

Some areas of the site require a login. These areas are used by relevant members of your club committee.
  • Uploading club member images to the club gallery
  • Annual Club Affiliation (membership renewal)
  • Application for Year Bars and Awards
  • Club contact details
  • Victoria Judges list - for use by your competition steward
So if you can't login, please don't contact us as it is more than likely that your club committee has not given you login details as you don't require them.

The 2020 convention programme has been finalised.
  • Accommodation
  • Local area Attractions
  • Dinner Information
  • Venue Details
  • Program
  • Dawn Shoot details
  • Presenters Bios
  • Workshops & Presentations summaries
  • President’s Welcome
Convention registration will be open 1st March

VAPS Convention
VAPS Convention 2020

Dates 26th - 28th June 2020

Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

Wangaratta will be the venue for the 2020 Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS) annual convention.

It is to be held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre over 3 days from Friday June 26th to Sunday June 28th 

Upwards of 250 delegates coming from the 75 Victorian Photographic clubs and societies will be present. Delegates will listen to professional experts in the fields of Landscape, Portraiture, Travel and Printing.

Workshops are offered for those interested in honing their skills in Photo software, composition, lighting and portrait. The Victorian 3D photo is also making a special contribution to this year’s convention.

Keynote speakers will include Mark Raynor from Queensland who is  well-known travel and wildlife photographer. Local professional Richard White, Tasmanian professional Landscape photographers Luke Tscharke and Paul Hoelen, a highly skilled photo print expert Silvi Glattauer and the Australian Professional Olympus representative Karl Ludik, with his team.

Upwards of 1500, Prints and Digital Images, from the best of all the Victorian clubs will be on display during the convention. This is one exhibition that no one should miss.

Registration to attend the weekend of learning and presentations are open on the Friday of the convention and free entry is open to all for the highly regarded print exhibition.

Throughout the weekend there will also be showings of the audio visual work done by various club members and in addition the finest digital images will be screened, again representing the top work from all Victorian clubs.

Delegates will be welcomed on the Friday night and a cocktail social night is planned, Saturday night is the formal dinner and awards night at the Wangaratta Turf club.

Much planning goes into an event like this and the VAPS committee are grateful for the wonderful work and effort put forward by the local Wangaratta Photographic club.

For more information about the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies, head for the website:

To contact your local photographic club head to:

Advice of VAPS-Clubs Half Year meeting

Location – St Peter’s Church, cnr Neerim Road & Ames Avenue, Carnegie
29th March 2020 12.30pm


Clubs are reminded that the VAPS half-year meeting is scheduled as per the above details.


Clubs are asked to bring their Interclub print entries to this meeting, unless, by exception, arrangements have been made with Alfred Zommers ( for alternative dispatch.


There will be presentations on photography topics by Margaret Zommers (“The Wow Factor Dissected - What Elements in an Image Stand Out for the Viewer”) and Boris Struk (“Photography in my Travels“) after the meeting.

An Agenda will be forwarded to all clubs closer to the meeting date in March.

Tony Harding
Secretary VAPS

APJA - Judges Association
Level 5 Training (Fellow)    
Level 5 (Fellow) training is scheduled for Sunday March 22nd at Boronia West Primary School Tormore Rd, Boronia Mel 64 J8 . Park in swimming pool car park, enter school grounds via the adjacent gate, first door on the left. 8.30am to 4.30pm,  BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon tea provided. There are no food outlets within walking distance.

Payment at the door on the day.  $45 APJA members / $100 all others.

Pre requisites:-  A member of a VAPS accredited club. Some other APJA training recommended, but not essential.

Level 5 includes topics :- Ethical, Legal and copyright issues, Judging a series /essay, Understanding Art Elements, Understanding design principles, Art movements and Photographic trends, Aesthetics in Philosophy and its application in judging. Judging Photo Essay, Art Elements, Design Principles, Design Concepts,

How to enrol: Preferred method.  Email:- Alfred Zommers.                    If necessary; 0414336234
Participants MUST register in advance with Alfred:, by Wed 18th March with:-
  1. Your Name, your club,  and  your contact phone number.
  2. What APJA level you have previously completed (if any).
  3. Are you a current financial APJA member.           
Other Training planned for 2020:
Note: all training participants must be a member of a VAPS affiliated Club.
Image evaluation workshop     Pt A and Pt B. 19 April and 14th June.   Boronia West .
Time 1.30 pm . APJA members - free, all others  $10+$10 ($20).
Register with Alfred as above by 15th April.
Level 1 (Novice) training.          17th May.  8.30am to 4.30pm Boronia West.   Member of a VAPS club.
Level 3 (Licentiate)                    13th Sept.  8.30am to 4.30pm. Boronia West. Member of a VAPS club
                        APJA Members             All others
Workshops:      Free                              $20 (A & B)
Level 1             $25                                $65
Level 2             $25                                $65
Level 3 and 4    $35                               $80
Level 5 and 6    $45                               $100

More information on anything above, other than actually enrolling,   
    email Rob:

From Clubs/Societies and Others
Frankston Photographic Club

Frankston Photographic Club has advised they will be running a series of specialised seminars over the next 12 months with some of the very best photographers presenting.

This is a great opportunity for club members to visit Frankston and experience these fantastic photographers through the new seminar series.

Details of these upcoming seminars are outlined below and also at the website in 2020

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Rosanna Photographic Club
Southern Suburbs Camera Club

Dear Fellow Photographers,

You are ALL warmly invited to attend a meeting at Southern Suburbs Photographic Society on TUESDAY 3RD MARCH,  to hear our Guest Speaker, Malcolm Fackender who is travelling down from Sydney especially.
Malcolm is well known for his Photographic tours including tours - "Spotlight on Asia" and "Spotlight on Africa" and many other places as well.

It should be a fantastic evening.

8pm start, St Matthews Anglican Church hall, Cnr Nepean Hwy and Park Rd, Cheltenham (enter off Nepean Highway service lane).

Please RSVP to if you intend coming along.


Marg Edwards

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Melbourne Camera Club
Melbourne Camera Club

The Melbourne Camera Club is thrilled to offer for a third year running a major photography exhibition at our South Melbourne club gallery featuring female photography to help celebrate International Women’s Day.

Exhibition Open to the public, free of charge over two weekends:

Saturday 29 February & Sunday 1 March 2020

Saturday 7 March, Sunday 8 March & Monday 9 March 2020 (Labour weekend)
Opening hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Melbourne Camera Club, cnr Ferrars & Dorcas Sts, South Melbourne (near South Melbourne Market)

Everyone is very welcome.
Waverley Camera Club
 Rural Rajasthan Photography Tour September 2020
Rich in history, steeped in tradition and hauntingly beautiful, Rajasthan awaits you and your camera on a 13 night all-inclusive tour including flights from Australia, accommodation, transport, gratuities, most meals and entry fees. AU$ 6785 twin share. AU$ 7580 Single Supplement. Group of 9 plus your leader Susan Moss member of WA Camera Club. 

Book before April 15 and receive a $250 bonus off your final payment due August 03.

On application, share accommodation can be arranged if possible.
Susan has led two tours to China over the past two years, the third in late October awaits resolution of the coronavirus. 

This will be Susan’s 4th visit to India and the 2nd to Rajasthan, two of these were photography tours with other leaders.

Whilst the group does not have a professional photographer to teach them, by sharing knowledge the photographers are able to assist each other, the networking that takes place is very rewarding.  Strong friendships are established, everyone loves to travel with a like-minded group of photographers.

Visit for full information, itinerary and booking form
Your Invited
Exhibitions and What's On
Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery is Geelong’s centre for photography and we would like to welcome groups from visiting camera clubs.
We have a new and exciting exhibition in our expansive gallery every month. Our reference library consists of almost 700 books on photography, and we have the largest and best-equipped public-access darkroom in Australia.
We are currently installing a small studio, which will be suitable for portraiture and product photography. The studio will be fully equipped and, best of all, will be available for hire from professionals and amateurs alike.
Groups are most welcome and we can tailor your visit to suit the needs of your members. We can include a workshop on darkroom techniques or film photography in general, or simply a demonstration of producing prints in the darkroom. If your members have no interest in the darkroom I’m sure you will enjoy the exhibitions in the gallery and we will put on morning or afternoon tea.
We can also host club exhibitions, events and meetings.
There are often other great photography exhibitions in Geelong, and the region is teaming with great photographic locations, so why not make a day or a weekend of coming to Geelong and include Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery in your itinerary.
Give us a call or send an email for more information on how we can welcome your group.
Craig Watson
Focal Point Darkroom & Gallery
46 Douro St
North Geelong, Vic. 3215
Ph: 03 4222 8359 or 0427 537 443
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APS Information

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 2020
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
Ian Rolfe 

Vice President/Chair Judging
Sub-Committee/Interclub Director/Webmaster 

Alfred Zommers

Vice President
Boris Struk

Tony Harding 

Joseph Maher 

Badges & Awards 
Newsbrief Editor 
Danielle LeGassick

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 

Theo van der Meulen 
Lisa Law


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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