Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Blue Lotus Water Garden Outing 18th Feb

8 of us
Last Saturday 8 club members met at the Blue Lotus Water Garden near Yarra Junction.

Lotus flower by Ann no E
We all had a fantastic day of photographing the absolutely stunning display of a huge variety of water plants. The Lotus flowers were out en-mass giving us unlimited opportunity for great photos regardless of the overcast conditions.

Reflection by AlanS

Hello from Comedy Pets Photography Awards

I hope you are well? I just thought i would ping you an email introducing myself and our two competitions.
I started the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards comedywildlifephoto.com  in 2015 and we have had great coverage in Australia and this year we have just launched the Comedy Pet Photography Awards comedypetphoto.com 
Both competitions have amazing prizes, are Free to Enter, have strong conservation messages, and, most importantly, are Artists Bill of Rights Approved.
The Comedy Pets Photography Awards are live now and we are looking forward to some wonderful entries, and perhaps, you might like to let your members know about it?
With very best wishes
Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE
Co-founder, pet lover and wildlife photographer

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Kimberley Photography tour- special offer

We've recently added a 11 day and 12 night photography tour through the Kimberley to our 2017 touring program and we'd like to offer the Yea Camera Club a discount. The tour was arranged more last minute than we would have liked due to a last minute cancellation of a different tour in this period. Having already got the accommodation and activities booked, we decided to run a photography trip instead with a photographer we've worked with several times before, including through the Kimberley.

The tour includes 12 nights accommodation, most meals, 3 cruises and it's escorted by a professional photographer. The price is $6995pp twin share and $8444 single but we'd like to offer your members a discount of 15% when they call 08 8536 2234 or email info@sacredearthsafaris.com.au and quote VICPHOTOCLUB. This brings the price down to $5945pp twin share and $7175 single supplement.

The tour is already confirmed with a handful of seats remaining.

If you have an newsletter you could feature it in or any other forms of member communication, it would be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Danielle Mobbs

Sacred Earth Safaris Pty Ltd
GPO Box 2216, Darwin, NT 0801
ABN 45 129 055 269
Tel : 08 8536 2234 / 0415 692855

Here is a details itinerary of the tour.

11 Day / 12 night Darwin to Broome 4WD Kimberley Safari - 2017

Arrival day into Darwin– Tuesday 16th May (D)

On arrival into Darwin, please make your way to our accommodation, at your leisure. Taxis and shuttle buses are available at the airport.

The rest of your group, tour leader and driver guide will all be arriving at different times today, so once you’ve settled in, the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy this vibrant city !

This evening we’ll meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner and to go over the program for the next 11 days.

Overnight accommodation-  Double Tree by Hilton Darwin- hotel room with en-suite.

Touring Day 1 – Wednesday 17th May (B,L,D)

We depart at 7am this morning on our 11 day adventure through the Kimberley !

We head south along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine Township. En-route we have a leg stretch at the historic township of Adelaide River and then call into our first waterfall of the tour- Leilyn (Edith Falls). Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim.

We arrive in Katherine, check into our hotel and then make our way out to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, which is home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Late this afternoon you’ll cruise for 2 hours through the gorge, discovering the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people.
Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun.  Tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, tea and coffee.

Overnight accommodation in Katherine- Ibis Styles- motel room with en-suite

Day 2-  Thursday 18th May (B,L,D)

We travel west today. En-route, we can stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.

We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.

You have some free time when we arrive, to take a look around, before we join the sunset cruise on the lake. Cruise through some of the 90 islands and inlets and take in the magnificent scenery of the Carr Boyd Ranges. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and nibblies as the sun sets over the rugged red cliffs and azure blue water.

Overnight accommodation  - Lake Argyle Resort, in standard rooms with en-suites

Day 3 – Friday 19th May (B,L,D)

This morning we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) and for a look around before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.

Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old. The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !

This afternoon we can take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms.

Overnight accommodation – EKT Bungle Bungles safari camp in en-suite cabins on a DBB basis (2 night stay).

Day 4 – Saturday 20th May (B,L,D)

We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”.

We’ll play this afternoon by ear, depending on what we have already seen and done in the park. We might get another shot at a location or try something different, based on discussion with your tour leader and driver guide.

There’s time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).

Overnight accommodation – EKT Bungle Bungles safari camp in en-suite cabins on a DBB basis

Day 5 – Sunday 21st May (B,L)

After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again, to El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

En-route, we visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, which offers excellent bird watching in the comfort of the purpose built bird hide or from one of the walkways. We also stop to enjoy the breathtaking views from Telegraph Hill, over the billabong and wetlands.

We also head to Wyndham and drive up the bastion to take in the sensational views of the 5 rivers lookout and the Cambridge Gulf.

Our accommodation this evening is at Emma Gorge Resort, part of the El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites, pedestal fans and power (2 night stay)

Day 6 – Monday 22nd May (B,L)

We start today with a dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees.

Then we drive back to the resort and you have the option of taking the walk to the beautiful Emma Gorge. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites

Day 7 – Tuesday 23rd May (B,L,D)

Leaving El Questro, we head onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.

We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station.

This afternoon you have the option (additional cost) of taking a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast.

Your flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature
Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. The vast beautiful unspoilt coastline of the wilderness nature reserve is always a heart winner. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales.

Overnight accommodation – Drysdale River Station, in station rooms with fan, power and shared bathroom facilities, on a DBB basis

Day 8 – Wednesday 24th May (B,L,D)

This morning anyone who didn’t fly yesterday, will fly today at 6.30am and 9am if needed. There are only 3 daily flights, at 6.30am, 9am and 2.30pm.

Our destination today is Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family, who still own and run the property today. En-route we visit an art site in the Gibb River area.

Once we’ve checked into our Mt Elizabeth accommodation, you should have a couple of hours to take the station nature walk or relax and enjoy your surrounds, before dinner.

Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Elizabeth Station, on a DBB basis

Day 9 – Thursday 25th May (B,L,D)

Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a pretty gorge and plungepool, surrounded by boab trees. It also has some interesting rock art.

We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have lunch here and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the waterfall and plungepool.

Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation

Overnight permanent camp – Mt Hart Station, in fixed safari tents with proper beds and en-suites

Day 10 – Friday 26th May (B,L,D)

Today we pass through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges to Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We take a walk into Windjana gorge to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.

Then onto Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. As you walk through the tunnel, view stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.

Overnight accommodation- Fitzroy River Lodge, safari lodges with proper beds, en-suites, fridge, tea & coffee and power, on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (DBB) basis

Day 11 – Saturday 27th May (B,L)

This morning you’ll take a ranger lead boat cruise through Geike Gorge, where flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30-metre-deep Gorge through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie Ranges.

In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung out beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian reef. Here, layers of fossils and the limestone strata of an ancient reef are exposed in cross section, showing glimpses of life in the Devonian period before reptiles or mammals evolved.

The last leg of our journey takes us towards Broome and we’ll stop en-route at Willaire.

We arrive into Broome in the early evening and make our way to our accommodation, Beaches of Broome. Beaches of Broome is located in the Cable Beach area, only a few minutes walk from the famous Cable Beach itself (lovely for sunset photos) and has a bar as well as a café.

Overnight accommodation- Beaches of Broome, motel room with en-suite.

Departure Day – Sunday 28th May (B)

Self-serve toast and spreads are available from the communial kitchen this morning.

At your leisure, please make your way back to Broome airport from your onward flight. Alternatively you may like to stay in Broome for a day or 2 more and additional nights at Beaches of Broome can be included for an additional $180 per night.


B= Breakfast   L= Lunch   D= Dinner

Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris, subject to availability road, weather and cultural conditions


But for Victorian Camera Clubs- special price of $5945pp twin share and $1329 single supplement when you call      08 8536 2234 or email info@sacredearthsafaris.com.au and quote VICPHOTOCLUB

Minimum 10 guests, maximum 15 guests


  • Sole use of 26 seat  4WD tour bus, with air conditioning, tinted windows, reclining coach seats and speaker system  with professional driver guide & escorted by a professional photographer
  • Most meals, as stated.
  • Tour accommodation, as listed
  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Darwin and Broome for 1 night each end
  • Entry fees and El Questro Wilderness pass
  • Lake Argyle cruise
  • Sunset dinner Nitmiluk Gorge cruise
  • Geike Gorge cruise


  • Arrival/departure flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra optional activities, such as Bungle Bungles helicopter flight and the Mitchell Falls scenic flight (please request the flights upon booking to avoid disappointment).

Minutes of Meeting 8th Feb

General meeting of the Yea Camera Club in the RSL hall @ 7.00pm on Wednesday 8th February.

Present: Ann Anstey / John & Joy Clayton/ Alan Cole/ Stuart Mclennan/ Kerry Gouldthorpe / Phil Glowacki / Gidget Knight/ Ann & Andrew Potts/ Colin Whiteway.
Guest Desli
                Janine Harrison and sons, Jack and Liam.

Apologies Pauline Roberts Marie Hanby

1.                   Kerry introduced Desli – “The Photographer’s Toolbox.”
She and her brother bought the business approx. 2 yrs. ago. They have a retail presence off Canterbury Road at Southfork Drive. They specialise in Products / Gifts, but also backdrops (6m x 3m) stands and lights. Club members receive a discount.

2.                   Camera Club Outing to the Lotus Farm Saturday 18th Feb. Meet 9.30 am at the RSL or 11.00 am at the Lotus Farm.

3.                   Capture an Idea “ Circle/s/Round” There was a tie for 1st. place between # 18 and # 12. “Capture an Idea “ for March is Industry/Machinery.

4.                   Ann Potts/Joy Clayton/Alan Cole/Phil Glowacki will judge the submissions for the VAPS Interclub tomorrow Thursday 9th.

5.                   Ann Potts announced the first meeting of the midweek club, and it will meet on Tuesday 14th in the Y Water Discovery Centre car park at 9.30am. Note this car park is over the bridge on the left when heading to Alex.

6.                   Alan Cole made a terrific presentation on FOCUS.

7.                   He illustrated some of the science behind obtaining a focus and the differences between manual and auto focus, and the sub categories in auto. Some of the specifics were a bit difficult because of the range of camera manufacturers and models. Not all members had all the attributes mentioned because they had different cameras, but Alan made it instructional to all and finished with a practical exercise. Many thanks to Alan

1.        1 pic in sharp focus of a moving object.
2.        1 pic of a very small object using a large depth of field.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Feb 2017 meeting

The first meeting for the 2017 New Year will be Wednesday 8th February at 7.00pm in the RSL hall.

This is one of the most important meetings of the year because it is the opportunity to inform members and obtain feed back on the year's activities. Listed below in no particular order are some of the items to be brought up at the meeting.
1. Guest presenter Desli   - "The Photographer's Toolbox"
2. Presentation by Alan Cole in his Back to Basics series, this time on "Focus"
3. Canvas interest in the planned outing Sat.18th Feb to the Blue Lotus Farm. (Perfect venue for your Folio piece on Flora.)
4. Review our Display over the Australia weekend
5. Information on entering/in house judging of photos for the VAPS INTERCLUB COMPETITION. If you have photos that you would like to be considered ,and were not in the last display, please bring them on this night.
6. Camera Club"s Competition and Exhibition over the Melbourne Cup weekend. Who wants it and is prepared to take a role.
7. Capture an Idea – present your photo of Circle/s/Round.
Restatement of Rules for Capture an Idea.
There are two competitions using the one photo running concurrently within this framework – one to be judged by our Peers and one to be judged by an external judge.
A) The Peer Choice.
To be eligible to enter in any month, the member must be present.
The members will vote for a first place only. Do not vote for your own photo.The winner on the night will the member with the most 1st places .The result is totally independent of the number of voters.Monthly result could be announced on the night.  Results will be accumulated to the year end and the winner will be the member with the most 1st places. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the member with additionally the most 2nd places.
B) External Judged Choice
The same photo judged by our peers will be externally judged. In addition, members unable to be present on the night may enter their photo.
The judge will announce a winner and highly commended/ merit as they see fit. The scoring will be 4 points for winning, 3 points for HC , 2 points for merit and 1 point for entering. Points will accrue to the year end and the winner will be the member with the highest score.
General rules
1. Entrants must be a financial member to enter the competition.
2. Photos must have been taken during the year of the competition.
3. Digital alteration and editing is allowed.
4. Subject matter must be acceptable to be viewed by minors.
5. Each photo should have your unique number ( available from Ann Anstey ) in the bottom right hand corner.
6. Photos must have been taken by the member.

Check out the Club Rules page for an update to the Capture an Idea rules.

VAPS Newsbrief Feb 2017

VAPS Newsbrief
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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
February 2017. Vol. 44, No 1.

Web: www.vaps.org.au
Email: editor@vaps.org.au

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VAPS Convention 27-28 May 2017
Special Notice
Secretaries and Club Members
Is your club covered by VAPS Insurance?
Check now.
Fees are now overdue.
If your club has not paid the 2017 fees then your club is not covered by VAPS insurance.
All forms are on the VAPS website as fully interactive PDF forms.
VAPS Downloadable Documents
VAPS Affiliation Forms here.

Just fill them in, save them and then either print or email back to VAPS.
Pay by cheque or by direct deposit as per the form.
 Please check that you are insured.
Year Bar and Service Award forms should also be downloaded from the website and filled in and sent back to VAPS
Forms were not mailed out this year due to the high cost of postage.
( If you have paid your fees please disregard this notice )

Check with the VAPS Secretary if you have questions.
Message from the President

Greetings everyone,
I hope that we all had a safe holiday break and have started the new year in a positive way. It's always a good time to relax and catch up with friends and family. Some of us might even have had time to sort through those folders of images we took in 2016 and now have them all catalogued and safely archived!
This year we need to mark up on our calendars a few important events.
Firstly, keep in mind the upcoming 2017 VAPS convention and photographic interclub on the 27th and 28th May at the Monash University, Peninsula Campus.
Check the programme for all the good speakers and presentations. As its so close this year for the majority of club members, we should make every effort to attend.
Also, those of us who are considering doing one of the Judges seminars with the APJA this year, keep in mind that levels One Two and Three are being offered.
Check out too, the various Club and other organisational  Photographic competitions that are being offered this year. There is a comprehensive list on the VAPS website.
Later in the year, the Australian Photographic Society will hold its annual convention (APSCON) in the beautiful seaside location of Forster in Northern NSW. More details of this and the programme highlights can be found on the APS website for those that are interested in attending.
We are never short of events and things to do as photographers, and we will get so much more out of our passion the more we participate and involve ourselves in those events.
Enjoy your photography, all the best.

Ian Rolfe
President VAPS

Message from the Newsbrief Editor
2017 is here with heat and storms around Victoria. What fun. The Convention 2017 is on its way. Keep an eye on the Newsbriefs and the VAPS Website for updates and information.

Over the holidays I have had an opportunity to explore new image processing software that is emerging. I guess most of us use Lightroom and Photoshop and have worked out the way they work best for our interests, needs, skills and motivation. Luminar, Affinity Photo, Aurora HDR, and ON1 Raw have been further developed recently. It has been interesting to see if any of them suit my way of doing things or are there new ways of doing things. It is stunning to see what the software engineers are doing these days. We forget about them a bit and think that all the developments are in hardware. I have been jolted into new ways of thinking and am learning a lot. The more you learn, the more you realise there is still more to learn. Roll on 2017 with new horizons and even a few good sunsets.

I note that APSCON 2017 is at Foster (NSW) 18-22 Oct 2017.

Reflecting on how you get your copy of the VAPS Newsbrief. Building up to the VAPS Convention in May it's important that as many people get access to the information contained in the Newsbrief. There are several ways you can get access.
(a) By it being forwarded to you, as a member of an affiliated club/society, from your club/society secretary (or contact person)
(b) By your direct subscription. You can subscribe on the VAPS website or via links in the Newsbrief.
(c) By accessing it from the News Section on the VAPS website.
If you are the secretary of a club/society, are you forwarding it to your members?

Food Photography. I came across a short video on lighting food photography. I learnt a lot even when not thinking of wonderful food. It's sharing time. Video here.

Do you have difficulty reading on the screen? One of the advantages of delivering the Newsbrief in a web-browser is that you can use the browser's controls to zoom in and make the type larger. Don't forget that you can do that. Just make sure you use the instruction in the email to read it in a browser. Look for the zoom command in the browser's menu bar.
Barry Povey (Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club)
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
Return to Contents
Meritorious Awards and SSVAPS applications
Special Notice and New Procedures. Attention, Presidents and Secretaries
This is a reminder to submit Meritorious and SSVAPS applications. Application forms are now on the website. Please note that they are not mailed out to Secretaries anymore.
Orders for Year Bars are also now being received. Keep them coming in please.
Year Bars are important to members. Starting at 10 years membership and available in 5-year increments, they are recognition of your member's service and support for your club. They are $12.50 each but some clubs recycle them. Do you have accurate records of eligible members? If not you can see who has received what on the VAPS website.  If you spot any errors there, please let the Badges and Awards officer know.
Service Awards There are two levels of service awards that are available to club members.
Meritorious and State Service awards. Again these are important levels of recognition for your members' efforts. Criteria apply to these awards and all information can be found on the VAPS website under Documents, www.vaps.org.au/downloadable-docs
VAPS Annual Convention  27-28 May 2017.

Fantastic Speaker
Line up
 Tom Putt: outstanding Landscape photographer, Tom will take us on a surprising photographic journey.
 Darran and Pearce Leal: Photographic Travel adventures to places far afield, rare opportunity to have this dynamic Father and Son team together.
 Craig Wetjen: A Photographic Journey in what a personal project can do for you?, the making of his awarded book, "Men and their Sheds".
 Roosters Overland: by motorbike to Iran, a photographic adventure to be told.
 Ballarat Biennale Creative Director: A new approach to the Biennale.
"Lunch included both days"
Friday Social Dinner Frankston RSL
Saturday Formal Awards Night Frankston Arts Centre
++ Plus more to come

The VAPS 2017 Convention and Interclub Exhibition will be a fantastic weekend, plan your visit now!

Registration forms are available on the VAPS website http://www.vaps.org.au/competitions.

Accommodation availability, see this newsbrief.
Updates in VAPS Newsbrief and on the vaps.org.au website
Registration form and advance programme are now on the VAPS website
Under the Interclub tab.
Please distribute information to your club members.
The exhibition opens Friday 26th May at 12 pm, in W Building of the University Campus, refer to map.
Registrations open from 3 pm in that building Friday.
Registrations will then be open in the Auditorium Foyer F Building, from 8 am on Saturday morning.
Subject to change
VAPS Programme
Link to VAPS Programme
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VAPS Presenters

Tom Putt - Convention Presenter

Tom Putt is a passionate and wildly enthusiastic landscape photographer, having spent the last 20 years exploring all parts of Australia to photograph. Tom says, I first fell in love with photography at age 13. I photographed wildlife, following my love for ornithology, before leaving university to pursue a career in sports photography.

In 1998, I was fortunate enough to take the eye of Australia's leading sports photography agency, Sport the Library. From 1998 to 2001, I covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But my passion has always been in landscape photography. My first shoot was walking the Overland Track in 1997. Since then, I have travelled extensively across Australia pursuing landscape photography.

Now Tom engages in another exciting medium, Drone and Aerial photography, his keynote address on Saturday morning, 27th May will astound and excite you as Tom takes us to the skies for some unforgettable aerial landscape photography.

Don't miss this special and fantastic opening to your 2017 convention programme, we know Tom will delight and enthral us all with his stories and photography.

You can find more about Tom and his photography workshops at

Darren and Pearce Leal - Convention Presenters


1. Saturday Workshop
Meet father and son team Darran and Pearce Leal for a unique workshop that will take you beyond point and shoot travel photos and offer you thought to provoke challenges to improve or adjust your photo interests. They will cover techniques, locations and offer you quality question time. Stunning example images will include locations in Antarctica, South America, Africa, Arctic and other locations around the world. Darran has over 300 articles published and is a current regular contributor to Australian Photography Magazine. Pearce has already been published in several magazines and self-published two books. The father and son team will also cover film, polaroid and of course a diverse range of digital subjects, linked to shooting and using your images.

"Travel photography is not about the simple act of visiting a location and taking photos. Rather it is about immersing yourself in the locations culture, landscapes and nature. Then to be creative, you need to open your mind and steer away from point and shoot images, challenging yourself to explore old and new concepts."       Darran & Pearce

Join Darran and Pearce as they take you around the world in 90 minutes!
2. Sunday Keynote Address
Our Keynote Speakers are two of the most travelled photographers in the world. They meet a diverse range of cultures, explore amazing places and shoot with hundreds of photographers from all over the world each year. You can expect some funny stories, points to test your photographic interests and be amazed at the limitless options available to you today as a creative artist. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the same problems and opportunities apply. This motivating speech will touch on a very important question – Where is Photography Leading you?

Tell your friends these will be two special presentations not to be missed.
Darren Leal                                       Pearce Leal
Read more of our excellent presenters in next month's Newsbrief
VAPS Interclub


Are you getting your prints, Digital and
Audio Visual entries ready.

Don't leave the upload to the last minute


Remember No Wooden Boxes when delivering prints

All related documents are on the
VAPS website under the Interclub Tab.

Read the Interclub and Audio Visual rules
Before uploading your work.

Complete the Record of Entry form and the AV
Entry form and include with your Prints and AV files
VAPS. Free Parking on the Weekend
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VAPS Visiting Frankston
VAPS Accomodation
Welcome to Frankston
VAPS delegates please find listed below accommodation offerings around our beautiful city and just beyond
1.       Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway Frankston
9781 3444
Mention VAPS Rate.
Rates are based on Deluxe Rooms featuring Queen bed only or Queen and Single bed
Overnight = $153 per room  (rate includes breakfast)
3 night stay = $135 per night (minimum 3 night) rate includes breakfast
*rates are based on single or double occupancy – additional cost for 3rd person
*Executive and Luxury rooms available – rates can be quoted directly if required

2. Quest on the Bay ( Central City Area )
435 Nepean Highway Frankston
8765 2500
Mention VAPS rate
Studio apartment - $170 per night
Executive studio apartment - $189 per night
One bedroom apartment - $208 per night

3. Frankston Motel ( Near Monash University )
233 Frankston – Flinders Road
5971 1233

4. BIG4 Mornington Peninsular Holiday Park
( Near Monash University )
2 Robinsons Road
Frankston 5971 2333

5. Carrum Downs Holiday Park
1165 Frankston – Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs
Great Photography Adventures



Ivanhoe Photographic Society

Ivanhoe Photographic Society has been invited to exhibit in the first exhibition for 2017 in the Banyule Council's Art and Culture Program. The overall title of the exhibition is 'Atmosphere and Environments' and our specific theme is ' Exploration of Water'. There are over 60 of our photographs, which include everything from landscapes and seascapes to more contemporary interpretations of water. Landscape Art from the Banyule Art Collection by both leading and emerging artists will also be displayed in the gallery. We invite you to come and visit this unique exhibition.

Venue: Hatch Contemporary Art Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe 3079
Grand Opening: Wednesday 8 February
68 pm (refreshments will be served)
Exhibition Dates: 9 February – 11 March 2017

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am –5 pm

Contact if more information required: Sara Knight  Secretary  Ivanhoe Photographic Society ( contact@ips.org.au )





15 Feb 2017 to 15 May 2017
Ann Britton Photography Gallery
55 Herbert Street
Boulia 4829
Victorian contact 04 19 592 859.
From Clubs/Societies and Others
Melbourne Camera Club
Southern Suburbs Photographic Society
Colac Camera Club
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
19 August - 17 September 2017

More information.
Places to Photograph in Victoria
Alex has some great places for your club to put on a list.
Excellent places.
Excellent pictures for you.
Excellent commentary. (Editor)
See the list and comments here.
Lightroom - Did you know?

Sharpening in Lightroom - Did you know?

Use the Detail Module.
Set the Amount-slider to the amount required.
Hold the Option/Alt key down as you move the Masking slider.
Your image will turn to a dynamic black/white image.
Black = No sharpening in that region
White = Sharpening in that region.
It's a great way to protect skies from being sharpened and introducing artefacts.
Release the Option/Alt key and the image appears as normal.
VAPS Interclub 2017


Due to vehicle and storage and weight restrictions next year
we will not be able to accept club wooden boxes
for club prints.


Clubs are requested to use A2 folios that are available from
Office Works ($60), Riot Art Supplies and Seniors Art Supplies.
More information here: https://issuu.com/rivista.oasis

Fremantle International Portrait Prize

9th Australian Digital Photographic Awards - Closes 26 Feb - Information
Adelaide AV Fest International 2017 - Closes 31 March - Information
APS AV Autumn National 2017 - Closes 24 March - Information

Australian Photographic Judges Association

APJA training 2017 

Australian Photographic Judges Association is conducting training in 2017 for Levels 2, and 3 and 4.
If you are a judge then this training is for you. If you are interested in becoming a judge then this training is for you.
If you are just interested in learning more and improving your photography skills then this training is for you.

All are held at  St. Peters Anglican Church Hall
Cnr. Ames Ave & Neerim Rd Murrumbeena.  (Melway 68 K5)
BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon teas provided.
Cost:    APJA members                                       $25
            Persons on the current Judges List         $35
            Others                                                   $50

Details of training courses will be announced when finalised.


VAPS, Organisational member of Australian Photographic Society
Victorian Associations of Photographic Societies Inc
Proudly acknowledges as a returning and valued sponsor

Imagebank Australia

At this year's interclub competition, Imagebank Australia awarded vouchers to the value of $100 toward any size Acrylic print to 20 photographers selected from the AIPC Victorian print finalists.

The deadline that these vouchers must be used by is 1 September 2016.

The AIPC selection committee selected prints nominated to go on to the AIPC judging. Selected prints were  identified on the exhibition boards.

On behalf of the VAPS community, we would like to thank the management and staff of Imagebank Australia for their kind and generous sponsorship and we look forward to a long association.

We ask all our members to support Imagebank Australia by visiting their website at www.imagebankaustralia.com.au and utilising their expert services for your next important print work.
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 epson.com.au 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: msec@optusnet.com.au   or
Paul Robinson:  pr.artpics@gmail.com


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Victorian Association
of Photographic Societies Inc.

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

Tony Holding: secretary@vaps.com.au
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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Next Issue - March 2017
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