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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
December 2019. Vol. 46, No 11.


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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

Warm Greetings to all members,

I am currently sitting in my cabin watching the Storm Petrels, Black Browed Albatross and many other sea birds glide past my window in the Antarctic Peninsular. We have just left Deception Island and are heading for the Drake Passage.

I wanted to thank the many who attended the 2019 AGM and continue to support the committee of VAPS. We look forward as a team to provide good service to the Victorian Photographic community into 2020 and beyond.

As we wind down for Christmas and the holiday season of summer, let’s not just think about possible photographic opportunities but time with families and loved ones.

I am co-leading a photographic workshop into Bhutan on the back of this adventure, but will be home later in December, to share valuable time with my family.

Think about the planned convention for 2020 in Wangaratta in June and make arrangements to get there and share in the knowledge and talent and socializing that the VAPS committee have arranged for us all.

Enjoy summer with your camera and take plenty of memorable images!


Ian Rolfe

President VAPS



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Message from the Newsbrief Editor
Hi all

That time of year has come around again, the crazy season. Hope you achieved your photography goals for the year and more.

Have very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Enjoy your break and 
Happy photographing.

Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)

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VAPS Website
The new website is now live.

Please explore the site so that you become familiar with it. We have tried to make it user friendly. The development of the site is an ongoing process and as we find issues will update them.

Some area of the site require a login. These area are use by relevant members of your club committee.
  • Uploading club member images to the club gallery
  • Annual Club Affiliation (membership renewal)
  • Application for Year Bars and Awards
  • Club contact details
  • Victoria Judges list - for user by your competition steward
So if you can't login, please don't contact us as it is more than likely that your club committee has not given you login details as you don't require them.

The 2020 convention details will be updated as we develop and finalise the program and the convention fees. Some convention information has already been posted

VAPS Convention
VAPS Convention 2020

Dates 26th - 28th June 2020

Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

AGM Report

A highlight in 2019 was the successful VAPS Convention held in Churchill in partnership with Latrobe Valley Club. Thank you everyone associated with this informative and enjoyable event, and of course, all speakers and attendees too!

There remained a healthy bank balance at the end of this financial year when summing the VAPS financial accounts, year-end 31 July 2019, with the 2019 Convention a little less than break-even.
Ian Rolfe, President has secured several high-profile professional speakers for the next VAPS Convention to be held in Wangaratta. We look forward to this exciting Convention with presenters providing workshops as well as presentations this time.

Preparations are also well under way for the 2021 Convention to be held in Warragul and several VAPS Committee members and Warragul club representatives visited different locations in the region in November to assess the most compatible locations.

Committee members
A Committee with a few new Committee members was elected in at the AGM:
Ian Rolfe President
Alfred Zommers Vice President/Interclub
Boris Struk Vice President
Joseph Maher Treasurer
Tony Harding Secretary
Alan Wilson History & Archives
Margaret Zommers Badges & Awards
Danielle LeGassick Newsletter Editor
Gary Smith Committee Member
Theo Van der Meulen Committee Member
Lisa Law Committee Member
VAPS Interclub
A word on the VAPS Interclub next year. As outlined at the VAPS AGM, there will be a requirement for digital versions to be provided for all prints submitted as part of the VAPS Interclub in 2020. This is to facilitate production of the VAPS Interclub Catalogue for participating clubs and members. It is also to allow selection and confirmation of the specific camera used to create the images submitted as part of the Interclub competition categories.

VAPS is aware that image post-processing workflow settings can lead to removal of EXIF or metadata from images, depending on the particular post-processing software and methods used.

VAPS clubs are therefore asked to ensure that members are made aware that they should use image post-processing methods that retain the metadata against the digital images submitted. The process for ensuring retention of metadata within digital images will be proprietary software-specific.
If there are any questions in relation to the Interclub, please contact the Secretary, VAPS in the first instance.

New VAPS website
Last, but certainly not least, the new VAPS website is now live at Development had been cost-effective using Stella Fava who had experience both in the photographic world (APS) and web design and development. The new website now has online form options to facilitate re-affiliation, year bar and award submissions. Club ‘officials’ (ie President, Secretary & Steward) may login and authenticate to undertake various activities such as manage club details, re-affiliate, manage club gallery and sight the judges list.  

An interesting and stimulating presentation from Selby Markham followed the AGM. Selby presented a similar talk he had done at the Melbourne Camera Club where renowned photographers such as Ansel Adams, Man Ray and  number of others were discussed in terms of various elements of assessment. These elements included:
  • Attracting attention
  • Holding interest
  • Storyline
  • Sense of completion of realised idea
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

Over the past 12 months the APJA has run 3 full day training events (Level 1 – Novice, Level 2 – Intern and Level 4 – Associate). We would like to thank Williamstown, Yarra Ranges and Caulfield Camera Clubs for their help in facilitating this training. For a small group it is quite a big task to get these events to happen, including, securing a venue, getting equipment, organizing speakers, advertising, co-ordinating registrations, catering etc.

The major reason for the existance of the APJA is to provide education, support and guidance for existing judges, new judges and future judges.

As far as financing these training events, these events need to break even, dollar wise. Thanks to VAPS each training event is subsidised by about $330, however the average cost of a training event is around $1000. Levels 1,2,3 are a bit less, but Levels 4,5,6 are a bit more expensive as we need to get (and pay) more professional speakers/presenters. The difference of course needs to be made up from the course participants, and if we fall short, then made up from the pockets of the APJA members. The average number of participants in each course is probably between 25-30, more for Level 1,2,3 and maybe less for Levels 4,5,6.

Club secretaries, image stewards, etc are at this time of year trying to lock in judges for their Image Evaluation nights for 2020, it is getting more difficult, there are more clubs and less judges. Some of the older judges are retiring or cutting back on their judging commitments. There is no doubt that we are going to need some more judges over the next few years if clubs are going to continue to have the traditional once per month “Judging Night”. 

It is particularly difficult for country clubs, (there are about the same number of country clubs as there are city clubs). APJA can provide training and support, but not people, we have trained quite a few VAPS club members (at least to levels 1,2,3) over the past couple of years, but very few have yet to put their hand up to have a go at judging. At least one club is subsidising their members to attend judging courses, a few clubs have established Judging Panels that are available to judge at other clubs.

We would like encourage clubs to be pro active in helping  members to get involved in judging. Setting up club judging panel is a good way to start, especially if you already have an experienced judge to lead the panel.

Please remember that all judges are not the same, some you may consider to be better than others, but please remember that they they are volunteers, and they are doing their best, and in general, the more experience they have, the better they get.

In 2020 APJA is planning to run, hopefully these dates, but still depends on venues and speakers.

Level 5 – Fellow, Sunday 22nd March.  (day event)
 Level 1 – Novice, Sunday 17th May. (day event)
Level 3 –Licentiate. Sunday 13th September.  (day event)
As well as Image Evaluation workshops (1.5 hours each):
 Pt A  Sun afternoon 19th April.     Pt B Sun afternoon. 14th June .
APJA wishes you all best wishes for Christmas and 2020.

Rob Sloane APJA Treasurer and marketing.
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Photography Studies College
Melbourne Camera Club
The Melbourne Camera Club’s End of Year Exhibition brings together club member’s top images for the 2019 EOY competition and exhibition. The level of participation by members has been a feature of the year, with 64 members contributing 270 prints and 356 digital entries in the End of Year competition and exhibition.

The Exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December, and the weekend of 7th and 8th December, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm, at The Melbourne Camera Club, cnr. Ferrars and Dorcas St., South Melbourne.  

Everyone  is very welcome.
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:

or go to the VAPS Website at
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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

Vice President
Boris Struk

Tony Harding 

Joseph Maher 

Badges & Awards 
Newsbrief Editor 
Danielle LeGassick

History & Archives 
Alan Wilson

Committee Member 

Danielle LeGassick
van der Meulen 
Gary Smith
Lisa Law


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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