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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
November 2019. Vol. 46, No 10.


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

President Message

Greetings all,

The VAPS committee recently met and the main agenda was to gel plans for our 2020 convention which is to be held in Wangaratta on the last weekend in June, as previously advised in Newsbrief.

Dates are Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Olympus Australia has offered to be our main sponsor again for this convention and will offer prizes and portrait workshops at the venue during the weekend.

We are also excited to announce our speakers and in the coming months we will tell you more about them and what they will present.

Our main keynote speaker is Mark Raynor from Trekabout Photography and he will present two different topics, one on each morning. Mark will also offer a workshop on the Saturday afternoon. Mark leads amazing workshops throughout the world and is a wonderful travel photographer with heaps of experience.

We also have the awesome talents of two leading Tasmanian Photographers, Luke Tscharke and Paul Hoelen. They will both present and also conduct a workshop. Be prepared to see and experience some awesome landscape and travel photography.

We also have the wonderful talent of Richard White, A monochrome expert and beautiful landscape photographer from Mansfield Victoria. Richard too, will be offering a workshop for those attending.

Karl Ludik will also, once again lead the Olympus team at our convention, including a free portrait workshop for those attending.

Five professional photographers in total will be there to share with us their expert advice and enthral us with their presentations. All five are AIPP accredited photographers and something we will not want to miss.

Want more, of course we do! A special treat on Sunday! We have invited Silvi Glattauer to speak to us about printing. Silvi is a practising photomedia artist and recognised as an authority on the Photopolymer Photogravure process as well as working in a range of other photographic processes. A true professional, Silvi’s work is held by the Victorian State Library and State Museum among many other institutions. She will offer us a wonderful presentation and a workshop we can book to attend.

On Sunday Bill Botterill is presenting on behalf of the Victorian 3D society so we can learn about the process of taking and showing stereo photographs.

This is going to be a fantastic convention, you will not want to miss it. Registration forms and other information are being prepared. These will be on the New VAPS website soon. All of us should spend a few moments looking at our new website, as it’s been completely re-designed and will be so easy to register and pay via this portal.

Finally, we can tell you that the VAPS committee was given an excellent presentation by the club that is organising the 2021 convention! Plans are nearly completed for this event as well. Our committee is dedicated to advancing photography and keeping you all informed. All members work hard on your behalf continually, with most of it behind the scenes. If any club members are interested in serving on our committee, please give it some serious thought. Please consider coming to the AGM in November. We would love to see a representation from every club in Victoria.

I will be away from this week for two months co-conducting a photographic forum in the Antarctic and then co-leading an adventure workshop in Himalayan Bhutan. I get home just in time for Christmas. For any additional information on VAPS matters, you can direct this to my very capable Vice President Alfred Zommers.
Warm regards to all
Ian Rolfe
(President VAPS)

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Hi all

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Website
The new website is now live.

VAPS Convention
VAPS Convention 2020

Dates 27th & 28th June 2020

Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

2019 Annual General Meeting
of the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
to be held on
Sunday 10th November 2019 at 1.00pm
The meeting will be held at ST ANTHONY’S CHURCH, GLEN ROOM,
Enter through school grounds, Corner Neerim and Grange Roads CARNEGIE

The meeting will be followed by a Presentation by Selby Markham on “Ansel Adams or – Man Ray who is better?” from Melbourne Camera Club.

St Anthony Glen Room Location
APJA - Judges Association
Committee for 2019-2020
Paul Robinson               President.                                                                                
JP Weibel                      Vice President
Paul Lucas                     Secretary
Rob Sloane                    Treasurer
Gary Smith                     Training
Ron Cork                        Web
Tony Harding                  Library
 Alfred Zommers             Honours                                                                               
Margaret Zommers         Committee

The final APJA event for 2019 will be a general meeting on
November 24th  held at St.Peter’s Murrumbeena.
Committee meeting at 12.15pm  and a General meeting at 1.30 pm. 

At the general meeting Ron Cork will give a short talk on, “What role (if any) should an image title play in judging or image evaluation”. This will be followed on a general discussion.
Then afternoon tea and fellowship. APJA and VAPS members welcome.

The schedule for 2020 is pretty well finalized, depending on venue and presenter availability we hope to run:-

Level 5            22nd March
Level 1            17th May
Level 3            13th September

Also Image Evaluation workshops:   Part 1, 19th April, and Part 2, 14th June.

From Clubs/Societies and Others
Photography Studies College
South Gippsland Camera Club
Yarra Ranges Photographic Society
Warragul Camera Club
The Warragul Camera Club are proud to offer you the opportunity to come to our full day of presentations on Sunday 3rd November 2019 by two amazing women.

Mieke Boynton you may have heard as she has been very busy presenting at many venues, please don’t let that put you off coming, as Mieke has absolutely assured us that her presentation on our day will be totally different to all the other presentations she has done prior.

Fiona Handbury is our other presenter and this will be totally exciting and different to the usual, as she is an expert in scientific photography, she holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Photography) RMIT AIPP Associate and she will be demonstrating high speed capture. 

We look forward to seeing you there please see the flyer for booking details.

Ruth Burleigh AAPS SSVAPS
Major Events Organiser for the Warragul Camera Club Inc.
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.

Things to Do
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, 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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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

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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