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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
May 2016. Vol. 43, No 4.


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Message from the President
Message from the Newsbrief Editor
VAPS Convention
World Photographic Day
Emerald Camera Club?
Skipton Photographic Show
Horsham Area
Ballarat Camera Club

Wodonga Albury Camera Club

Message From the President 
President's Report. May 2016

The preparations for the annual VAPS convention is now well underway. The Interclub judging has been completed and you can be assured of inspiring and exceptional photography that will be on display at the Interclub exhibition in the Albury convention venue.
This is an opportunity for all the  club members to come together and view the collective Print, EDPI and Audio Visual entries from a good cross section of Victorian Clubs.
Our speakers and Workshop presenters are fine tuning their presentations to ensure that delegates get the very best value out of this years convention.”
•   Ian Rolfe,                “The Amplified Landscape”
•   Mark Galer,             “Creative workflows using Adobe Lightroom”
•   Steve Axford,          “Exceptional Macro Nature photography
•   David Anderson,     "From photographing the Queen to touring with the Rolling
                                    Stones, “War Stories” a personal perspective
•   David Taylor,          “Beauty of the Outback, an aerial perspective,
All exciting and enthusiastic presenters, plus we have organized excellent
Workshops, Model Shoot, Wetlands, City Architecture, the MAMA Museum of Art, excellent one stop venue, the Albury Convention has something for every photographer. So have you booked your place yet?
We have outlaid a considerable sum to make sure this convention is of a high standard and to date we are well short of the required registrations to break even. I encourage everyone who has not yet booked to please consider doing so. As photographer’s belonging to a Victorian club or society, this is your chance to Learn, experience and socialise with like- minded people.
I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new ones this year. Please join us early next month at the VAPS convention, until then, all the best.
Ian Rolfe
Message From the Newsbrief Editor

Opps! The colour has changed.
We have just matched the colour of the Newsbrief to that of the VAPS website. 

VAPS Convention
I have registered for the VAPS Convention. This will be my first. Members from my club have indicated that previous convensions have been excellent. They have been repeat attenders and hence I am looking forward to it. Check the section in Newsbrief where you have access to the registration forms. Looking forward to meeting some of you at the Convention.

World Photographic Day. You will see an insert further down about World Photo Day. Sale Camera Club has done some forward planning. See the insert for their Movie Night showing the movie "Salt of the Earth". This is a highly respected film depicting the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. It should be of interest of those in the Sale area. Below is a link to the trailer for the documentary. Thank you Lotje McDonald for sending this information.

Is any other club doing a World Photo Day Special Event?

"Salt of the Earth - Trailer"
Visit Sale Camera Club

Shrine of Rememberance - Photographic Exhibition.
4 April - 2 July 2016
A photographic exhibition has opened at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne called "1966": The year that changed the world, reflecting the Vietnam war 50 years on. 1966 was the year that Australia sent a Task Force to Vietnam, the year the first National Servicemen served in the war, and the year of the battle of Long Tan. Fifty years on, this exhibition tells the story of a year that changed Australia and the world.
"1966 - Exhibition"

Explore a Photographer. Steven Wilkes - one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.
His project Day to Night, began in 2009. These cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours capture moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of a day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. It makes you think.
Day to Night link.

New Camera Club - Emerald. You will see a notice in the newsbrief of a meeting to form a new camera club in the Emerald area. I hope augurs well.

The next Newsbrief will be delayed a week so that we can include some material from the Convention. The deadline for material for the next issue will be 10 June.

Barry Povey (Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club)
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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VAPS Convention
                 VAPS CONVENTION                    
              ALBURY 4, 5, 6 JUNE 2016             

Do your VAPS Convention Registration Here

Click below to be directed to the VAPS Convention Registration Forms or go to the VAPS website.
Registration Forms

Convention Albury 2016
Accommodation Note

We will advise, each month, of any accommodation bargains that we are able to obtain. In the meantime, for the early birds, may I suggest you check out the web booking site of "Hotels Combined".

Currently, there are some very good prices on offer for motels within walking distance of the convention venue, namely the Commercial Club, 618 Dean Street.

The Boomerang Hotel/Motel, 4 km north of the venue, is offering convention visitors special rates. Guests, who book through the Boomerang and state they are with the camera club, will receive a 10% discount on their rooms. Their rates do vary but if guests book early they are going to get a better rate.

Boomerang Hotel

312 Wagga Road 

Lavington, NSW 2641
P: 0260 251711       
F: 0260 258886

Motel "Quality on Olive" 4.5-star motel

Standard Double room. $135 per night. Mention the Camera Club Convention at the time of booking. Five-minute walk to Friday night function. Ten-minute walk to the main venue.

Address: 579 Olive St, Albury NSW 2641
Phone:(02) 6021 6100

Albury Tourist Park
372 Wagga Rd, Lavington, NSW. 2641
Ph: 02 6040 2999
Free call 1800 624 520

 We were advised by a local that this is a nice park and recommended. It is about 10 mins away from the Commercial club. You may find this better than ones closer in.

Kerrie, at the park, will give a 10% discount if you mention that you are attending the VAPS photography Convention.
From Clubs/Societies and Others

World Photographic Day 16 August 2016
World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World".

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn't the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as 'View from the Window at Le Gras' using a process called Heliography.

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:
- The Daguerreotype was the first practical photographic process.
- The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.

In 2009, Korske Ara, (an Australian) launched the World Photo Day Project.
On August19th
2010, World Photo Day hosted its
first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, this marked the first official, global World Photo Day.
Emerald Camera Club?

A number of people have expressed interest in forming a Camera Club in Emerald.  
A meeting to gauge interest will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday May 12th at Emerald U3A House, 
402 main St (old fire station) . This meeting is open to anyone interested in joining. The club would be affiliated 
with the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc. (VAPS). 
For more information call Paul Bianco on 9752 0148.
11th Skipton Photographic Show 2016

 Organised by the Skipton & District Photographic Club.

Date: 22 May 2016
Venue: Mechanics Hall
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Entries Close: Friday 12 May 2016
Sections: Novice, Youth - Primary, Youth - Secondary, Open.
Categories for each of the above: Pictorial, Creatures, Creative/Experimental, Photojournalism, Landscape/Seascape, Portrait of People, Skipton, Still Life, Monochrome.

Details, definitions, Conditions of entry, Trophies, ENTRY FORM are all available in the word document that can be downloaded.
Click here to download Details and Entry Form.

Enquires: Dorothy Dunn, 03 5350 7580, 0401 079 060.
Below is a small image of the details. Click on it to download the Entry Form
Horsham Area
The Horsham Regional Art Gallery is active at the moment. Are you in the area?
Dark Matters: Selected Photographs by Janina Green. A touring exhibition from the Centre of Contempory Photography, Melbourne. 6 May - 10 July 2016.

Beyond a Likeness: Portraits from their comunity. See how their community acts and reacts to being behind and in front of the camera. Photographs from the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection and their first workshop with Thea Jane Photography. The focus is on environmental portraiture. 6 May - 10 July 2016.
Ballarat Camera Club
On Sunday 28 February, 11 members and five guests ventured to Ararat to visit the J Ward museum. This facility was used to house the criminally insane. We had a private tour which I found to be very informative and interesting. Its hard to believe that men could be locked in a small room overnight with just a bed and a pot for a toilet. 
Some of these men spent a large part of their lives in J Ward and others were only there for a short period of time. We were told that at times there were children as young as 13 locked up there as they were said to be uncontrollable. These children were associating with mentally unstable murderers and the like. At the end of the tour we watched two videos highlighting what life was like at J Ward. 
The tour guide was excellent and let us spend all the time we wanted taking photos. Its great to see people volunteering their time and energy to keep these sort of places running to ensure our past history is preserved. 
After the tour some of the members went home and the rest of us enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Alexandra gardens and then had a look in the Ararat Art Gallery. 
Trevor Bibby (Workshop and outings co ordinator) 
Wodonga Albury Camera Club
Wodonga Albury Camera Club Annual Day Road Trip
The recent, annual day, road trip provided an interesting challenge for members.  This time members were given a number of topics to photograph that were dichotomies or opposites. This presented a unique challenge, unlike the scavenger hunt style of the past, and gave members the opportunity to look at the local area in a totally new way.
Purple and yellow were uncovered in more places than one expected and there were many interpretations of dead and alive. Open and closed, bright and dull, the list went on tenfold.
The lunch-stop at Pfeiffers Winery, Rutherglen, provided an excellent location for more photo opportunities not to mention a tasting or two.  A spectacular autumn day topped off a great social outing.
We now await the awards from the judging panel.
Brian Paatsch
Frankston Photographic Club
Photographic Bootcamp
Canon has just launched an online Canon Photography Bootcamp – a series of photography tips and tutorials from members of the Canon Collective.
From proper techniques to tips and tricks, these tutorials allow photographers to harness their skills and develop them further.  The Bootcamp tutorials include sunrise and sunset photography, black and white frames and light trails, portraits of our loved ones, and even one on making movies with a DSLR. 
Check out the tutorials via this link.


Australian Photographic Judges Association

  A training program to up skill and enhance the image evaluation
Mentoring and upskilling of those that want to continue past the beginners course, and have a go at judging.
Training for Beginners/Novice, folk who want to have a better understanding of how to judge/evaluate images.
abilitiesof existing judges.
This is a tall order and does not happen overnight. So far the APJA has managed to organize a couple of Beginner courses (Level 1) and a Level 2 course during 2015. There is always room for improvement and this is being worked on.
In 2016, it is planned to have (TBC):-

1.  Level 1  Intro to Image Evaluation (Beginners) Sunday 7 August. Open to any VAPS club members.
2. Level 2  Intern.  Sunday 4 September. Suggest for 2015 Beginners
3. Level 3  Licentiate. Sunday 10 July. Suggest for 2015 Interns
Each is a 1-day course held in Murrumbeena.
For more info, contact
The APJA is a small organization and driven by a very small but dedicated committee, VAPS has got behind the initiative but it is important for clubs and club members to support it as well.

Clubs, please encourage your members to have a go, especially if you are a club that does not have a Judge as a member, if you are already a Judge and not a member of APJA, consider joining, your experience and expertise will be of great value, you do not have to be a Judge to be a member of APJA, you just need to have
passionto promote photographic education.  
Rob Sloane APJA 
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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 

Affiliate of VAPS
-Australian Photographic Society 
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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Victorian Association
of Photographic Societies Inc.

General Enquiries:
P.O. Box 2010, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205
Lorraine Holden:
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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