Monday, 4 September 2017

VAPS Newsbrief September 2017

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Victorian Association of Photographic Societies Inc.
September 2017. Vol. 44, No 8.


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Spring has sprung ... etc etc. I feel better already. A walk along the beach at Shoreham with my camera and friend got me going. What are you doing to celebrate Spring?

A visit to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale was worth it. There were some very interesting open-air postings of photographs and the main exhibition of David LaChapelle's work is visually stunning and mentally challenging/thought-provoking. I am very glad I made the trip. There is still time for a visit.

The Annual General Meeting for VAPS has had to be changed to 19th Nov 2017. Please note the change from the previous notified date.

I have been pondering over the balance between, time spent doing basic processing of my images and the time I spend doing excessive processing. I am always tempted to go crazy with processing and I have to remind myself to pull back and think it through again.
We get new tools that allow us to do new things in amazing ways and "off we go". It is only when our understanding of the tools has matured that we begin to think critically about what we do, and say, "Well, was it worth it?" I think we did the same thing when we got access to a word processor with all its fancy fonts. "Off we went!" using nearly a new font for every word. We thought that is was fantastic. Then, as our thoughts "matured", we realised that we forgot that it was the message that was important and not the bells and whistles. I now go right back to either a simple sans serif font for headings and serifs for the body of text. I do hear that sans serif fonts are easier to read on a screen though.

The same thing happened when we got access to video technology and slideshows. Put in a different transition between every slide as fast as we could. The slideshow became one of transitions rather than one where the content is the important thing. I don't think we have got over that one yet. Do you see many slideshows where the transitions are the surprise rather than the content?

I watched the judging of the landscapes for AIPP/APPA awards (Australian Institute on Professional Photograph - Australian Professional Photography Awards). They were streamed live on the internet. Drone photography was quite obviously playing a part. Drones are a new tool that allows us a way of viewing things differently. It will be interesting to see what direction it takes as our understanding matures. Will it enhance the message or be a gimmick?

Barry Povey (Berwick Viewfinders Camera Club)
Danielle Le Gassick (Pakenham Camera Club)
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Convention Catalogue May 2017
See the Convention Catalogue here.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
19 Nov 2017 (Note change of date)
2018 Affiliation forms, AGM Proxy forms, and 2018 Committee forms will be available on the website. Monitor this on the website. Two are below. Time and other details to be advised.

Committee Nomination.

We all get much out of photography and participating in the activities of our clubs. We also enjoy extending that network of friends when we have inter-club competitions and visit clubs for judging. Give some serious thought to putting back "a little something". Nominate for the VAPS committee. Meet new people and have your input on the ways VAPS can support the affiliated clubs. Committee meetings are held on a Sundays, when appropriate, throughout the year. The nomination forms are below.
Exhibitions and What's On
The Monash Gallery of Art (The Australian Home of Photograp[hy) continues to provide stimulation to our minds.

Bowness Prize

The MGA has announced the 2017 finalists.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
All the details are here.

The Martin Kantor Portrait Prize finalists announced
Julian Burnside AO QC, Ambassador of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will interview Artist-in-Residence Iranian-born, Maziar Morardi. Morardi's powerful exhibition Ich Werde Deutsch (I become German) is a collection of images exploring the experience of young people who were forced to leave their countries and start anew as immigrants in Germany. A not to be missed discussion.
Open to the public but registrations required.
Saturday 9 September
2pm – 4pm
Post Office Gallery, Camp Street Ballarat
Frankston Photographic Club


Bright Festival of Photography.

22 - 24 September 2017

Australian Photographic Society Convention

Click here.

VAPS Convention 2018 - Warrnambool

Weekend of 26 - 27 May 2018

Head on Photo Awards.


18-23 October Forster NSW
Australian Photography Society Convention
From Clubs/Societies and Others
The Diamond Valley Photographic Society - Photographic Exhibition
Diamond Valley Photographic Society's Photographic Exhibition. This is to be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017.

This event will take place at the Diamond Valley Lodge, 46 Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek, and will coincide with the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair which is being held on the Saturday 9th. 
Yea Camera Club
Pakenham Camera Club
Ballarat Camera Club
Ballarat Camera Club
The original Ballarat C.C. was formed c. 1893. The early records are
essentially lost but it seems that the early club had an interest in
astronomical photography. Lantern slides for astronomical photography were used back in those days.

The club survived in the early days to become a member of the Victorian
Photographical Federation but was not a founding member. The club was still quite active in 1908, as reported by the Australian Photographic Journal. The club ceased to exist in c.1918.

After a hiatus of about 20 years, the club reformed in early 1938. The club met monthly from 1938 to the mid-1940s, but, due to a shortage of materials because of WW2, it went into recess until 1947. After the war, a public meeting was held at the Ballarat YMCA. The club was reformed again, with the name Ballarat Photographic Society, but this soon reverted to the Ballarat Camera Club and by 1949 there were 22 members.

In 1952, colour slides were introduced into club competitions. VAPS
formed in this year also, and two members of the B.C.C. were elected to the VAPS committee, these being Harry McConnell and Herb Richmond. In March 1953, the club held the very successful Ballarat Begonia Festival Photographic Exhibition. Many had never seen a photographic exhibition before.

In March 1960, the club formed a movie group. In 1968, the club held the first of its national print-only exhibitions, known then as the "Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition". This competition is still going and is now quite famous in the photographic community.

Over the years, the club has had many moves. Through participating in monthly digital club meetings, judging nights, workshops and outings, members can learn new skills and understandings, such as how to operate their camera, understand light, process images on the computer, and so on.
"FILM TO DIGITAL", Paul Robinson
Warragul Camera Club
APS National Exhibition - Digital
Street Photography
If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it's a street photograph.

Has your club had a day out in the streets? Don't think of the city as the only place that has streets. Country towns have some amazing places.

Get motivated here. the site is closed for new entries for the awards but there is some motivation here.
Contemporary Photography
If you want to think about Contemporary Photography, have a look at some examples on the APS website. The link is below.
APS Photo Book Competition 2017.
25th Sept. Website

The 4 Nations competition. Website

LakeMacqaurie National Exhibition of Digital Photography.
12th Nov. Website

Human Right Photographic Competition.
30th September. Website.

APS Photo Book Competition 2017
25th September 2017 pdf Entry Form (1.64 MB) 
Competitions - VIGEX
You can view the 2017 Catalogue via the link above.

VIGEX are also preparing for the 2018 Salon (2nd VIGEX Digital)
Creswick Photographic Prize
It is organised by the CRWA Arts Group and supported by Patron Jeff Moorfoot OAM. This 2017 event is an open event and there is no particular theme, it features a Community Bank Award of $500 offered as the main prize. (thanks, Creswick & District Community Bank). Honourable Mentions & Peoples Choice Award too!

The exhibition will be accessible at the heritage Creswick Railway Station from 11 am - 4 pm Sat & Sun 2,3 and 9,10 September 2017. Email:

The Creswick Railway Workshop Association is a not for profit association that has been renovating the heritage listed Creswick Railway station and Goods shed as a community Arts, Learning & Cultural space since 2011.

The Facebook page for the CRWA has lots of images and info.
Australian Photographic Judges Association
   Level 4: Sunday 17th September 2017
Please register by email giving your Name, your club, and phone contact to:
Bill Millar - by Friday 15th September (Level 4)
We need to know if you are coming as we need to organise morning and afternoon tea.
Venue for all seminars: St. Peters Anglican Church Hall
Cnr. Ames Ave & Neerim Rd Murrumbeena.  (Melway 68 K5)
Lunch is BYO and there is no parking in the church grounds. Park in neighbouring streets.

Cost:    APJA members                                                         $25
            Non-APJA members on the current Judges List         $35
            Others                                                                      $40
For more information, contact or Paul Robinson 0409 425 700 or Rob Sloane 9761 2107 or or Bill Millar (Level 4) at 9728 5749 or

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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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 .
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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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