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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
June 2018. Vol. 45, No 5.


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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

Message from the President
Greetings everyone,

Well, no doubt many of you who attended the convention in Warrnambool will have returned home by now or continued on your journey to another destination.

I had the most marvellous time over the long weekend, meeting up with old friends, meeting newer members and thoroughly enjoying the presentations from the platform.

My sincere thanks to all the presenters and workshop leaders!

A lot of hard work and preparations went into the success of this convention and I again express my sincere thanks to first of all the team down there at Warrnambool for their total dedication to getting everything just right. A huge thanks to Stan McCullough, who lead the team in the planning and execution of a great weekend.

Massive thanks to our VAPS committee too for their participation and the host of volunteers whose help we certainly appreciated.  The great work done by Alfred and Margaret Zommers and team for the inter-club…huge to say the least. My special thanks to Peter Kewley, whose behind the scenes work was awesome. Easy to forget, that the smooth running of our convention, is in the work and planning beforehand.

What a fantastic weekend we had and here’s what our Keynote speaker, Joshua had to say in a note of thanks to me… Hi Ian, I just wanted to say that it was an absolute pleasure to come and speak at VAPS over the weekend. Thank you so much for having me as your keynote speaker on both days. I was really impressed at the professionalism, attention to detail and work all of you put into running such a successful event. And of course, you have a wonderful attentive and passionate audience!

Joshua is a consummate professional himself, so it was wonderful to receive such praise from such an amazing photographer who is so well regarded internationally.

Denis Smith, another great presenter was also suitably impressed… Hi Ian, Once again, I would like to say, thanks, for the invitation to present at VAPS this year... I had a ball. You all did such a great job with the conference.  A lot of people were asking about how to buy the light painting tools.
Here is the link:

 I have created a discount code for a 10% discount on any purchase. The code is VAPS10    I was approached by a bunch of people keen to see me at their clubs. My immediate response was, hell yes! I will be putting together a bit of a VAPS Tour that will take in a bunch of the larger clubs, and I spoke to a few people keen to bring their smaller clubs together as well. This is a great opportunity to get around the clubs, and I would promote the events in the general photography community, a great way for the clubs to get some reach. 
Any interested people can contact me at

 Some new distributors to the VAPS organization, of camera’s, photographic gear and supplies have approached us, and they will feature in our conventions and advertising here in newsbrief. These commercial entities are slowly realizing that the VAPS name and entity is very large and one of Australia’s best run photographic organizations.

For those who missed out on the convention, there is always next year, this time we head to Traralgon and the Latrobe Valley Camera Club is looking after us. Same last weekend in May, so start planning!

All the best for your winter photography everyone

Stay safe and healthy
Warm regards
Ian Rolfe

Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

A great convention was had by all. Hope everyone that attended enjoyed themselves.

If you have any feedback you would like to pass on.

Please send it through.

Happy photographing

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
VAPS Convention
Some Images from the VAPS Convention and also the Dinner and Awards
Jenny Colson

Special Award
Jenny joined the Essendon Camera Club early in 1993, with her girlfriend Sue Jackson. She fitted well into the club and was soon actively involved in its activities. She became secretary in 1997 and held that position till 2002. In 2003, she was elected as president. She held this position, initially for five years.  She resumed as president in 2009, and served another three years. She was also print and slide secretary for several years, which is an onerous job.  Jenny is a keen photographer and she was soon promoted from B-grade to A-grade photographer in the club. 

Jenny was at the forefront of organizing the yearly Melbourne Cup Weekend get-away. A number of members of the club would go away for the Cup “long-weekend”, e.g. to Echuca, Halls Gap, and so on. The idea was to enjoy the company of other club members, dress-up for a Cup sweep, and take some photographs. In recognition of her long and extensive service with the club, she was made a life member.

In 2006, she became treasurer of VAPS, and held that position for 12 years. She brought out her monthly treasurer’s report, which was clear and detailed, for all those years.  In VAPS, Jenny has attended the Convention each year, where she helped behind the counter, and was on hand to assist as required.  At committee meetings, Jenny also prepares the lunches. This is something she also does at VAPS judging events.

She is friendly, frank and full of common sense.  Not afraid to speak her mind, she a positive, lively, honest and forthright personality on the committee.  Thankfully, she is going to remain in a non-executive role, without the onerous duties of Treasurer. Her contribution to photography in general in the past 25 years has been enormous, and she is worthy of heartfelt thanks. 

She has already received the State Service Award and the Meritorious Award so in 2018, to mark her retirement as VAPS Treasurer, the VAPS committee wishes to confer on her a special medal of service in thanks for her extensive and exceptional service to photography. 
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Meritorious Award
Alan Cole
Alan Cole is a founding member of Yea Camera club and one of the people who form the backbone of the club.  He helped establish some of the basic structures for both the senior and junior camera clubs.  He has a passion for photography and encourages that in the membership through his many presentations on different topics. The club is frequently asked to photograph local events and Alan is often the Go-To man because of his keenness to participate.  He is enthusiastic as a photographer and because of his eagerness, he continually improve his skills.

He was Vice President from 2008 – 9 and Secretary from 2009 – 12.  In 2011, he established and taught the curriculum for Yea Junior Camera Club.  In 2013, he made a presentation to the senior club monthly meeting on sports photography.  He mentors members on how to photograph the Yea Tigers netball and football, the images being printed in the local paper.  From 2011 onwards, he made a presentation series on “Back to Basics’ and ‘Know Your Camera’.  Other presentations include ‘Stress Test Your Lens,’ in 2014, ‘Lightbox Use and Construction’ and ‘Flash photography’ in 2015.

He has entered many local competitions and performed consistently well so his skills are acknowledged by these ongoing successes in the competitions. He has won at Whittlesea and Berwick, been a section winner at the Yea Annual Show and scored well in the 2017 interclub.  He is repeatedly asked to take photos for politicians and local businesses.

Since the inception of the club, Alan has presented the Projected Image section of the club’s monthly meetings. He devised, and consistently revises, the I.T. Program for data entry of the exhibitions into the Annual Competition. He represents the club as a judge for Alexandra Camera Club and co-ordinates the judging of our competition on judging day. He has organised photo outings into the city.

Alan Cole continues to play a significant role in Yea Camera club so the club justifiably wishes to thank him for his substantial contribution. VAPS has no hesitation in presenting him the Meritorious Service Award.
New Business
Award pages and notice of the AIPC
The following Print images have been selected from the Interclub to represent Victoria in the AIPC competition
Colour Print Selection
1 Way Out Rose-Marie Burns Frankston Photographic Club
2 Wash Time Suzanne Calder Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
3 Who am I Maree Posthuma Mornington Peninsula Camera Club
4 Spoonbill Linda Keagle South Gippsland Camera Club
5 Hong Kong Skyline Paul Nador Eastern Suburbs Photographic Society
6 Rebecca Chris Crossley Ballarat Camera Club
7 Prickly Lunch Phil Mitchell Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club
8 Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater David Woolcock Wodonga Albury Camera Club
9 Making Rabbit Stew Heather Prince Geelong Camera Club
10 Succulents Veronica Curtis East Gippsland Photographic Society

Mono Print Section
1 Photographer’s Wife Greg Tate Ballarat Camera Club
2 Bill 1 Margaret Edwards Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
3 I am Fine Julie Begg Geelong Camera Club
4 Pierrot Jennie Tanner Pakenham Camera Club
5 Snow Queen Jenni Tanner Pakenham Camera Club
6 Sleeping Beauty Peter Elgar Casey Camera Club
7 Broken Lindy Fullarton Colac Camera Club
8 Sri Lankan Hobo Michael Minter Yea Camera Club
9 Viola Study Jane Clancy Melbourne Camera Club
10 Posing with Triangles Julie Begg Geelong Camera Club
In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Victoria won the Alan Moran National Trophy awarded for the top scoring state across the competition
In 2018 APSCON will be held on the Gold Coast, QLD, 11th to 16th September, see the APS website www.aps-org-au for all of the details.
Our state images will be judged and displayed alongside the other states entries, lets hope that we again show them that Victoria is the top photographic state and that we bring home the National trophy once again
Viv Ball Trophy for Best Australian Landscape Awarded to Allan Chellingworth, Macedon Ranges Photographic Society for the Image

“High Country Vista”

Place Title Maker Club
1st Pelican Landing Dennis Rickard Shepparton Camera Club
2nd Double Trouble Marg Huxtable Melbourne Camera club
3rd Astral Traveller Helen Warnod Waverley Camera Club
Merit Smile of a Child Jane Barnes Rosanna Photographic Club
Merit Serene Waters Barry Feldman Corio Bay Camera Club
Merit Alone at Geysir Marg Walton Doncaster Camera Club
Merit Sunrise Storm over the Boat Shed Wade Buchan Essendon Camera Club
Merit Tom Brett Ferguson Williamstown Camera Club
Merit Golden -headed Cisticola Andrew Haysom Craigieburn Camera Club
Merit Squirrel Monica Bonnici Essendon Camera Club
Open Prints
Place Title Maker Club
1st Way Out Rose-Marie Burns Frankston Photographic Club
2nd Wash Time Suzanne Calder Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
3rd Who Am I Maree Posthuma Mornington Peninsula Camera Club
Merit Photographers Wife Greg Tate Ballarat Camera Club
Merit Spiny-Cheeked Honey Eater David Woolcock Wodonga Albury Camera Club
Merit Prickly Lunch Phil Mitchell Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club
Merit Succulents Veronica Curtis East Gippsland Photographic Society
Merit Making Rabbit Stew Heather Prince Geelong Camera Club
Merit Hong Kong Skyline Paul Nador Eastern Suburbs Photographic Society
Merit Rebecca Chris Crossley Ballarat Camera Club
ALL AV Results
Open Section
Title Score Place Maker Club
Picture a Town 36 1st Place Sue Rocco Caulfield
Mount Inari—Sacred Place 35 2nd Place Wal Close Camberwell
Eulogy To the Un- known Solider 34 3rd Place John Spring Macedon
Port Arthur 33 Merit Allan Davis Bendigo
On The Fall of The Hammer 33 Merit Robert Cutting Melbourne
Girt By Sea 31   Allan Davis Bendigo
Baroque in Noto Sicily 31   Liesel Ingrassia Doncaster
Lest We Forget 31   Arthur Lilley Doncaster
Southern New Zea- land 30   John Varcoe- Cocks Camberwell
Subantarctic Islands 29   Cherry Cole Macedon
White Night 2017,
Painting Melbourne
29   Peter Tredrea Melbourne
Change Over Time, Inverloch 29   Sara Knight Ivanhoe
The Backyard 28   Anne Dakin Ivanhoe
Going Safari 26   Annabelle Harris Echuca Moama
Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart 25   Christa Tapping Frankston
Animal Wilderness 25   Chris King Diamond Valley
Not Another Sunrise Or Sunset 21   Christa Tapping Frankston

3.21 Section
Title Score Place Maker Club
The Desperados 35 1st Place Fred Seeber & Vira Vujovich Waverley
Canning Muse in Verse 34 2nd Place Glenn Mills Doncaster
Imagination 33 3rd Place Mike Gibson Camberwell
The Panda Story 32 Merit Ruth Goldwasser Camberwell
New Zealand Looking Down 31 Merit Charles Kosina Melbourne
The Magic of Zhangjiajie 31   Dale Murphy Ivanhoe
AH! I Needed That 30   Garry Patterson Bendigo
Fortuna 30   Allan Davis Bendigo
Antoinette and Luke Young 29   Amos Mills Echuca Moama
When Our Reality
Seems Unreal
29   Julie Bird Knox
Rechsteiner Farm 28   Bruce Langdon Warragul
Silo Art 27   Liz Dellar Echuca Moama
Interclub Award Winners Audio Visual Section
Audio Visual Open

Place Title Maker Club
1st Picture a Town Sue Rocco Caulfield Photographic Society
2nd Mount Inari—Sacred Place Wal Close Camberwell Camera Club
3rd Eulogy to the Unknown Solider John Spring Macedon Ranges Photographic Society
Merit Port Arthur Allan Davis Bendigo Camera Club
Merit On the fall of the Hammer Robert Cutting Melbourne Camera Club
Audio Visual 3.21
Place Title Maker Club
1st The Desperados Fred Seeber & Vira Vujovich Waverley Camera Club
2nd Canning Muse in Verse Glenn Mills Doncaster Camera Club
3rd Imagination Mike Gibson Camberwell Camera Club
Merit The Panda Story Ruth Goldwasser Camberwell Camera
Merit New Zealand—Looking Down Charles Kosina Melbourne Camera Club
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 17th June                Level 3 Training. Level 3 is a full day event and will be held at St. Peter's Church hall Murrumbeena. (Those that have completed Level 1 or Level 2 may register for the Level 3 course)
Sunday 15th July                  Level 4 training. A full day event. St. Peter’s

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

Exhibitions and What's On
Assistance for Disability Photography
Hi all, 

I’m interested in running a group for the inpatients who will likely have a spinal or brain injury.
Most of these patients use wheelchairs or walking aids and some have limited or impaired use of the fine motor skills in their hands.
I’m curious as to any contacts you may have who use a modified camera to cater for grip issues.
Would any members be open to helping me run the groups weekly here at Royal Talbot Rehab in Kew?
Please give me a call on 0405 696 701 to discuss.
Warm regards,
Tim Marchinton
Austin Health

Leisure Specialist - Community integration and Leisure
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:
Saturday 11 August
Sunday 18 November
For further information, booking requests or any questions, please email
Chinese Photography Association of Victoria
Warragul Camera Club
Warragul National News -- Thank you and Congratulations

Congratulations to everyone who was part of our club National Competition and Exhibition.
I was so happy to see so many people at the exhibition. Two years ago we had approximately 200 people attend, last year that leapt up to approximately 300 and this year again jumped up to about 400! Thank you to those who gave so much time to help organise the exhibition, bump in and bump out and man the desk every day.

Congratulations also to those who entered as well as those who received acceptances. Special congratulations to Linda Keagle on so many successful images. Very exciting to receive the most successful exhibitor in digital and the most successful local exhibitor.
Your work is amazing Linda, well deserved recognition.

Also, a big congratulation to Jake Trotman for receiving the most successful Warragul Camera Club member first time National entrant.

With gratitude to you all. Jane
Yea Camera Club
Our "annual" competition has been postponed until 2019

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 is not be available in 2018
VAPS Committee Listing and Support
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

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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