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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
September 2018. Vol. 45, No 8.


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

Message from the President
Greetings everyone,
Winter still does not want to release its grip on us just yet, but still lovely to see some fine days now emerging as spring heads our way. Great to see many of you make the effort to attend parts of the AIPP National Judging event and the trade show at the Melbourne Park function centre.
A tremendous amount of work goes into the planning and running of this annual event and the professionalism of the whole program shows through. Fantastic to sit in each of the judging rooms for a while and see how 5 judges arrive at a decision on each prints merit.
We all know that photography is highly subjective and watching the different judges come to their decision shows that they don’t always get it right! This should help us have a much better Attitude to the visiting judges to our own clubs on competition night.

Don't be too harsh on them if you d
on’t agree. We don’t live in a perfect world!
I come away from these events with valuable lessons learned and an more open mind to every kind of photographic approach to every different subject.
All the best for your spring photography

Ian Rolfe
(President VAPS)

Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

If you have any events coming up in your clubs that might be of interest to the VAPS community, please send it through.

Happy photographing for the new season.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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18th NOVEMBER 2018

This time we are looking to have a guest speaker for the AGM
If you have any ideas for speakers or presentation please let us know.
VAPS Information
New Business
APJA - Judges Association
Image Evaluation / Judging courses for anyone who would like to improve their ability to evaluate a photographic image, and for those that think they may like to take on the role of a future judge, or anyone that would just like to help fellow club members, especially novices better evaluate their images.

How to enrol:
Send an email to Alfred Zommers  @   

What’s coming up.
(Note: there is no level 2 training scheduled in 2018).

Sunday 14th October           Level 5 training. Location yet to be finalized.
                                            Possibly St.Anthony’s. (10 minutes from St.Peter’s)

The Fox Darkroom is proud to announce our annual international photographic workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Dates: 21 – 28 November, 2018 2 places available

The tour is run by the founder of The Fox Darkroom & Gallery – Tom Goldner & Harriet Tarbuck. Tom & Harriet have 25 years of industry experience spanning art, documentary, portraiture and commercial projects including the Australian Photography Awards(APA).
“We are offering a wealth of experience to a small group of enthusiastic individuals seeking to get off the beaten track and explore a country beyond tourist attractions. Expect to travel with an open heart, open mind and go out of your way to seek authentic experiences with genuine people”.
Participants in 2018 can expect one-on-one guidance while working in the field, photographing some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and dynamic cultures.
The course consists of personalised assignment-based learning, group assignments and in-depth conversations designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of your photography practice and ambitions and get you understanding and shooting to brief.
Our aim is for you to return with a greater sense of direction and with clear and decisive steps towards reaching your photographic goals.  Expect to return with a strong series of images that you are truly proud of.  Both film and/or digital media welcome.
Our Cambodian partners are a big part of what makes our workshops unique. Our guides are there to keep you safe, act as translators, provide local knowledge and access to communities and situations that would otherwise be closed to travellers.
Our workshops are designed for adventurers. Expect to find yourself off-road and often on the back of a motorbike, boat and even the odd tractor. One evening is spent sleeping in hammocks in a remote village in the Cambodian countryside. After a long day of roughing it on the road, it’s nice to come back to the comfort of our base accommodation where you can expect air-conditioning, wifi, comfortable beds and even a pool where much of our debriefing takes place.
Cost: $2,800 AUD. Includes all workshop sessions, accommodation, internal transport and breakfasts. A non-refundable deposit of $650 AUD secures a place on the workshop; the remainder is payable no less than two months before the workshop starting date.
Please Note:  All participants are required to provide proof of medical/travel insurance.
It will be a life changing experience – it would be great to have you along!

Call Tom on +61 414 486 051 or send us a message below to talk and/or receive an information pack
NAMIBIA WORKSHOP 28th May – 11th June 2019
Rob Morgan at Rosanna Photographic Club has brought our attention to this Namibia photo workshop, to be run by well-known travel and wildlife photographer, Mark Rayner, based in Brisbane.
As Rob puts it: This is a small group tour (maximum of eight people). I’m booked and there are a couple of spaces left. Due to accommodation pressure in Namibia, bookings need to be confirmed ASAP. Workshops with Mark are always fun (This will be my fifth) and he is extremely knowledgeable about Nikon, Canon and just about all things photographic. If Namibia is on your list, I’d encourage you to get in touch right now.
Great images are just about assured: the trip includes Sossusvlei sand dunes, the Deadvlei trees, Etosha national park teeming with wildlife, Himba villages, desert-adapted elephants, Keetmanshoop Quiver Tree Forest, Kolmanskop ghost town, vast coastal sand dunes and much more.

Check the details at > International Photography Workshops, Tours and Adventures > Africa – Namibia.

For bookings and questions call Jonathon Wilson from Encompass Africa on 1300 988 378 or email or email Mark:  
Or phone me (Rob Morgan) on (03) 9850 3439 to discuss.
Exhibitions and What's On
VIGEX Digital Salon 2018
The VIGEX 2nd International Digital Photographic Salon 

There will be six sections: Monochrome Open, Colour Open, Nature, Creative, Photo Travel and Differences in Society. Th​is​ final section is a new category for images that reflect on human life in the modern world. 

A selection of the exhibition images ​which includes all awards and all Australian acceptances will be shown in three evening presentations:

Corio Bay Camera Club,
Centenary Hall, 1-9 Cox Rd, Norlane Victoria, Thursday 13 September, 7.45pm

Friends of VIGEX Subscriptions 2018-19

Friends of VIGEX subscriptions are used to support each print salon and these funds are not allocated towards the more financially robust digital salons in the alternate years. This means that the next FoV subscriptions will cover the two-year period 2018-19 leading up to the VIGEX 20th Print Salon 2019.
All Friends are invited to renew their subscription now and any new Friends will be especially welcome. Membership Forms for Individual Friends or Camera Club Friends are found on the Friends page of the VIGEX web-site – complete the form electronically for email return or print and post. Subscriptions may be paid using Direct Deposit via EFT
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
Melbourne Camera Club
Portrait Group Master Classes at The Melbourne Camera Club
10 photographers, 2 professional models, make-up artists and 3 hours of photography in The Melbourne Camera Club studios. If you are into portrait shooting then this is for you.

With a maximum of 5 shooters per group you will not only get plenty of shooting time but plenty of help from our experienced instructors in all aspects of portrait photography (or we can stay out of your way if you prefer).

Our models will wear a variety of outfits, and there will be ample opportunity to learn some new lighting set ups.

Suitable for experienced and novice portrait shooters.

Cost is $90 for Melbourne Camera Club members, and $130 for non-members.

Numbers are restricted so you must book in advance.

The Melbourne Camera Club will be offering Portrait Group Master Classes on the following dates in 2018:
Sunday 18 November
For further information, booking requests or any questions, please email
Pakenham Camera Club
Frankston Photographic Club
Digital Photography Course
This course is aimed at novice, amateur and emerging photographers
It provides an opportunity to be part of the exciting and creative world of digital photography.
Date: October 6th for 8 weeks
Cost: $275 and includes 6 months membership of the Frankston Photographic Club
Location: Course will be conducted at BSL Centre 26 High Street Frankston
Time: Saturdays 1pm to 3 pm
Participants will have weekly photography challenges and receive links to online information.
Bring your Camera manual, DSLR Camera and Tripod.
Book and pay on line at then click on “Photographic Course”
Master the basic principles and craft of photography, including: camera care,
the elements of composition, landscape, portrait, creative and night photography.
This course explores both the technical and creative requirements to make a good photograph.

Gippsland Interclub Photographic Exhibition
The Gippsland Interclub Photographic Exhibition.
The official opening will be 5.30-7.30pm on Friday 7th September at the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale the gallery will be open Saturday morning 8th until 15th September.

The Bairnsdale club are hoping that members from participating clubs will come down for the opening on the Friday night and join EGPS for a photography day on Saturday 8th September in Lakes Entrance. Everyone will need to organise their own accommodation - lots of places to stay in Bairnsdale and in Lakes Entrance including caravan parks with cabins and camp sites etc. Plans for Saturday 8th September we are planning a sunrise shoot in Lakes Entrance with our Judges.

The sunrises have been beautiful over the winter months - hopefully early September will not disappoint. There are plenty of cafes in Lakes Entrance for Brunch and the beach & jetties for long exposures etc after Brunch.

They are planning a boat trip with Lonsdale Eco Cruises on the Saturday afternoon 1pm - 4pm - $50 adults $45 concession. This is a fantastic boat trip including the plenty of wild life and great scones - website:

For those staying Saturday night we will organise somewhere for an early dinner on the Saturday evening”.
Things to Do
26th Australian National Stereo Convention
Maldon, Victoria 10-12 May 2019

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 145km NW 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.

Terry O’Brien
On behalf of the Organising Committee

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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Ian Rolfe

Vice President/Chair Judging Sub-committee 
Alfred Zommers

Tony Harding

Joseph Maher

Badges & Awards 
Policy and Documentation
Newsbrief Editor 

Danielle LeGassick

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 

Jeanette Colson
Danielle LeGassick

Web Administrator/Convention 
Rebecca Nicolandos

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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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