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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
August 2019. Vol. 46, No 7.


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

Vice President Message

Hi everyone to another information filled Newsbrief.

Initial preparations for the 2020 convention on the last weekend in June at Wangaratta have been finalised with the venues booked for the convention and the Saturday night dinner. Now we have to start organising speakers and workshop presenters which I have been assured that Ian Rolfe has in hand.

The new website is coming along really well. Not too long before we are able to release it. It may need some tweaking as we go, but that is the case for all websites. We have been very lucky with obtaining the development at a very good price ala ‘mates’ rates by the person who developed the APS website.

Clubs will have access to their own data and will be responsible for updating it when changes occur. Annual membership/affiliation fees will be completely online. No more paperwork to complete. Payment options will be Direct debit, cheque and Paypal. VAPS has applied for charity status which will significantly reduce the Paypal fee for the payer.

Convention registration and Year Bar applications will also be completely online and again various payment options will be available. Meritorious and Service award applications will continue as a downloaded document, but we are looking at putting them online also.

Each club will have a Gallery area which again will be managed by the clubs.
Victorian Judges list will be a downloadable document that each club and judge will be able to access. It will not be available to the general public for privacy issues.
That is all the news that I have to share with you all at the moment.

Alfred Zommers


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Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Convention
Meritorious Service Award.
Elaine Collier

Elaine's thirteen years with the Latrobe Valley Camera Club has found her to be a supportive and inclusive member of that club. Her commitment to and support play a big role in the ongoing “good community” feel within the club. She often assists less abled members with transport to and from club events. Elaine’s inclusiveness is often noticeable in her interactions at meetings and outings. Her quiet and efficient behind the scenes support is appreciated by all.

Her more formal roles include being Secretary and also editor of the Newsletter from 2010 to 2013 and a committee member until 2015. She assisted with the Gippy Interclub as a committee member, co-ordinated the club entries for VAPS, the GIPPY interclub, the Glennie and ‘ImagesInaction.’ She was the community liaison person between her club and Latrobe City Council.

She has provided assistance for the matting of competition entries for the Gippy Interclub and the delivery of entries to locations throughout Gippsland for both Latrobe Valley Camera Club and other clubs across the region. This includes the yearly co-ordination of the delivery of Gippy Interclub entries to different locations since its inception.

In regard to teaching Elaine has presented talks and workshops on back to basics techniques and pet photography hints to the club at meetings over the last 13 years and she gave a Steel Wool Night photography presentation in 2012 which was highly successful. Elaine consistently offers book resources on pet photography and location sites for optimum photographic opportunities to club members.

Elaine has supported the club’s public profile through the Summer Nights Festival, assisting in the set up logistics and the manning of the site. She was a major contributor with both time and photography to the ImageInaction Exhibition in 2015 assisting in the organisation, construction & hanging of the exhibition. Elaine often volunteers photography time and skills at a local community dog club and gifts the photos taken.

She has volunteered photography assistance for the Latrobe City Garden Competitions for four years. She has assisted photographically with the Latrobe City Australia Day Ceremony. Elaine has contributed entries to The Glennie, VAPS, Gippy Interclub, Warragul National Exhibition, Gippsland Cancer Care Centre (ongoing) and Latrobe Regional Hospital’s permanent display. She also made a photo donation for the 2008 Camera Club Auction which was a fundraising activity for cancer care.

Having travelled overseas with professional photographers, she is willing to present talks about the trips and show her work which has seen a number of members take up similar opportunities in travel photography. Forever the quiet achiever, she is an extremely valued volunteer within the club, assisting in the workings of the Latrobe Valley Camera Club in the many ways that she does so well, and in her quiet and competent manner. The VAPS committee and the members of her club are delighted to present her with the Meritorious Services award.
SARAH KNIGHT accepted the award on behalf of RITA BROWN
Rita Brown joined Ivanhoe Photographic Society in 2009 and instantly immersed herself in all general club activities before joining the Committee as Secretary the same year.
A regular contributor to the club’s and interclub competitions, she also participated in all IPS public exhibitions including the 2018 Banyule Council’s Art Space ‘Water’ exhibition. 
She has constantly encouraged and supported Committee members who arrange special events and she herself was a highly active member in organising the club’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.  At that event Rita had, through her family business, high quality polystyrene cameras made for the centre of each table at the celebratory dinner, in addition to a large standalone camera with the club logo in the ‘lens’ used as a focal display.
She has always volunteered as a mentor to students at the club’s basic photography course.  She enthusiastically organised club practical workshops like ‘Water Droplets’ despite her limited technical knowledge in the field.  She has regularly attended outings around the city, into the Yarra Valley and beyond.  She also has given great support at fundraising events such as Bunnings sausage sizzles.
For three years she was the Syllabus Convenor, securing some fantastic guest presenters.  It was not uncommon for her to quickly engage with VAPS speakers and secure them for presenting to club members the following year.  
In the life of many clubs there are times when someone needs to step in to steer the club through significant challenges.  This happened to Ivanhoe Photography Society in 2015. Rita accepted the position of President and guided IPS capably and expertly for two years.  Her knowledge of business and technical issues was a great help at that time when reorganisation was needed.
Through a huge investment of time and learning, Rita researched, prepared and rolled out the use of software for all club members to submit images to competitions through the Internet.  This task provided major benefits to the club members and Competitions Committee. The club is enormously in her debt for the huge amount of dedicated work she put in at this tumultuous time.
Rita has always displayed pride in being a member of Ivanhoe Photographic Society Inc. During her years as President, her fierce determination for the club to prosper and thrive for many years to come was strongly evident. 
The club and VAPS thank her for such commitment and gladly award her a Meritorious Service Award.
VAPS Interclub
VAPS Website
A new website is currently being developed and is expected to be live within the next few months.

Stay tuned for further updates.
APJA - Judges Association
August 2019
APJA so far this year has run two full day training events being Level 1 (at Williamstown with the help of the Williamstown Club) and Level 2 (at Wandin with the help of the Yarra Ranges Club).

Around 60 VAPS club members attended this training with approximately 30 attending each event. We hope that in the future some of these members will take up judging at clubs either individually or as part of club panels. Hopefully, also these members will take their knowledge back to their clubs and be able to help others in general with their photography.

Level 4 training is scheduled for 18th August, if you wish to enrol see further in this newsletter.

APJA is a small group with really just one aim- to improve through education the skills of existing judges, and to train others to maybe take up judging or to improve their photography skills through knowledge.

The development of the content of each of the 6 levels is still an ongoing project, securing, venues, and presenters is a task in itself. We do our best to keep the costs down, and really appreciate the help from VAPS.

Our thanks to Tania Chalmers (Williamstown)  for looking after the Treasurer’s role for the past couple of years and also Margaret Zommers for her work as Secretary.

The APJA AGM was held last month (July).

The committee for 2019-2020

President:                   Paul Robinson.
Vice President:           JP Weibel
Secretary:                   Paul Lucas
Treasurer:                   Rob Sloane
Training:                     Gary Smith
Honours:                     Alfred Zommers
Library:                       Tony Harding
Web:                           Ron Cork
Committee:                 Margaret Zommers
Level 4 Training (Licentiate)    
Level 4 (Licentiate) training.  Is scheduled for Sunday Aug 18 at  St. Peter’s Cnr Ames and Neerim Roads Murrumbeena.

8.30am to 4.30pm  BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Payment at the door on the day.

Pre requisites:- A member of a VAPS accredited club.

Level 4 includes topics :-
Judging Abstract                           What is abstract? How to compare and critique.
Judging Mono                                Definition, comparing and judging.
Judging Wildlife and Nature         Defining and definition of each. Elements to consider when judging.
Judging Digital Images                 What judges must be aware of.
Judging – The inner Cosmos       Judging conceptual, allegorical, symbolism and interpretative.
Judging Audio Visuals                  What to look for when judging AVs. AV rules.   
Training fees for 2018-19
                                      APJA Members             On VAPS Judges List         All others
   Level  4                      $35                                 $50                                       $80

How to enrol: Email Alfred Zommers.

Participants MUST register in advance with Alfred:
  1. Your Name
  2. The name of your club.
  3. Your contact phone number.
  4. What APJA level you have previously completed (if any)
  5. Are you a current financial APJA member or are you on the current VAPS judges list..
APSCON 2019 Judging
APSCON 2019 – Judging Presentation and Discussion with Paul Robinson

Victoria Room, Mercure Hotel, Ballarat

Friday 13th September

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Australian Photographic Judges Association Meeting
The APS and convention organisers are thanked for the opportunity to hold this meeting in response to big picture issues facing photography judging in Australia.

It is designed as an initial exploration of three key points about how to meet growing needs for:

1. Training judges nationally

2. Availability of trained judges for National and International Salons held in Australia

3. How to manage the long-term needs of photography judging in Australia

Time permitting two further topics to consider are:

. Interstate clubs requesting judges from other States to judge their monthly competitions
. Photography clubs along State borders needing judges who are more readily available from the neighbouring State 

The meeting is open to any APS members who have an interest in the judging fraternity in Australia but is especially aimed at members who are managing State conducted judging programs; their input to discussing the issues would be appreciated.

Any prior communication about this meeting would be helpful. 

Paul Robinson

From Clubs/Societies and Others
Melbourne Camera Club
For the 19th year, the Analogue Photography Group at The Melbourne Camera Club will have an exhibition under the title “Living in an Analogue World”. You may remember us as the Traditional Darkroom Printmakers Group. We have changed our name to fit with the terminology being used by many of the new film and darkroom users.

All the prints in the exhibition have been produced by analogue methods. Most will be silver-gelatin prints, but some will have been the product of alternative photography techniques, for example Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate and Carbon Printing.

“Living in an Analogue World”, will be open to the public on the weekends of Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September and Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Melbourne Camera Club.   Free admission, everyone very welcome.
Warragul Camera Club

South Gippsland Camera Club

The competition is run for all of August and includes World Photography Day on 19th August.
Competing clubs are
South Gippsland Camera Club
Warragul Camera Club
La Trobe valley Camera Club
Sale Camera Club
East Gippsland Photographic Society

Colac Camera Club

Colac Camera Club and
its win at the VAPS Convention in May 2019.
Ken Riches at the birdbath
Ken Riches, Lindy Fullarton and Janet Rogerson.
Kerrie Anderson

Lal Lal Moorabool
Photographic Group

Exhibitions and What's On

A whole range of activates are in place for this years APSCON, will you be there?
Print 2Metal are giving away 5, 20x30inch metal prints, full registrants to APSCON can submit one correctly sized image for selection in this amazing print offer.
A few images received to date, where are all the photographers? You also get a free display stand worth $40, so where are all the entries?

Please send your image to, direct, by WeTransfer or Dropbox by 1st August.
Photoshoot with the live Raptors at the Raptors Centre with Jay Collier from the Canon Collective, not to be missed opportunity to get up close with these magnificent birds, only a couple of seats left, strictly 15 maximum.
Thursday Night live photoshoot with the Knights of Kryal Castle, Valiant the fighting horse and maybe a wench or two, lots of fun bring your CAMERA, then we move into the Abbey for dinner and entertainment by the Kryal Castle actors, be prepared for a lively evening.!
Bus from Mercure and return is included, camera gear can be taken into the Abbey, please don’t leave anything on the bus.
Thursday, Punks in the Alley photoshoot in Ballarat CBD, great laneway photo shoot with costumed punks, capture the action and colour of this great alleyway in central Ballarat.
Another Thursday photo opportunity with a Bride and Groom in a picturesque setting at Kirk’s Reservoir, presented by Ballarat Camera House, quality time to capture those great moments await you.
Friday the actions takes off early with a Sunrise photoshoot out at Lake Burrumbeet with local photographer Andrew Thomas, places still available.
A special road trip up to Ararat and the infamous JWard Goal and following the included lunch the bus heads off to nearby Aradale Historic Lunatic Asylum, relive the past as you walk the many corridors, pathways and confined areas of this abandoned place, listen to the stories of despair and laughter that the 1000 odd inmates of Arndale endured for many years. Photo opportunities abound. ( Don’t get left behind locked doors )
See the full registration details on the APS website for all activities on the Thursday and Friday before the APSCON conference gets underway in the Eureka Ballroom of the Mercure Hotel Ballarat.
Top presenters to enlighten with their special presentations, some group presentations, general business and overall a great opportunity to relax and reacquaint with APS members in the lovely surrounds of the Mercure Hotel.
Free bus to Ballarat runs from Mercure and return each day, a great opportunity to explore Ballarat and take in the Biennale exhibitions, a free ticket to the Liu Bolin exhibition in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is included with each full registration, check out the Biennale, it also has so much to offer, don’t let this visit to Ballarat go past all of the great photographic opportunities open to you.
APSCON 2019 has so much to offer, too good to miss, check out the APS website for the full programme.
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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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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