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T H E O F F I C I A L M A G A Z I N E O F T H E P H OT O G R A P H I C S O C I E T Y O F N E W Z E A L A N D I N C
June / July 2021
In This Issue By Mark Chamberlain LPSNZ
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25 July 2021 Email your contributions to the Subeditor. Editorial should be sent as Word or .txt files. JPEG images generally should be saved at 300 dpi, compressed to high to medium quality. Include return postage if you wish material to be returned. The opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Editor or of the Council of PSNZ.
ON THE COVER: Hard Life by Michael Byrne
Welcome to the June / July 2021 edition of CameraTalk. Firstly, we thank Paul Whitham LPSNZ for his hard work and dedication to CameraTalk over the last three years and wish him every success in his new challenging role as President of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. CameraTalk is now compiled by a team comprising Ana Stevens APSNZ (Graphic Design Editor), Lindsay Stockbridge LPSNZ (Subeditor), Mark Chamberlain (Editor), and overseen by Prue Scott (PSNZ Councillor for Publications). Lindsay has previously worked as Editor and Subeditor on CameraTalk for several years, and his input and guidance will be important in maintaining the continuity of the magazine. I hope you will cut us some slack as we familiarise ourselves with our new roles and the workings of the PSNZ. As Editor, I welcome all constructive feedback on CameraTalk, and I’m open to any suggestions on how we can improve your magazine in the months ahead. I welcome any submissions for article contributions. In addition to the usual reports on PSNZ sponsored events and workshops, I am looking to feature any exciting or unique photography projects by members that may have broad appeal to all our readers. Finally, we are all volunteers on the CameraTalk Team. I know our ex-President, Moira Blincoe LPSNZ, has made repeated similar appeals before. Please support PSNZ and your camera clubs around the country by volunteering for roles, no matter how small or large. We all lead busy lives with work and family commitments and our photography interests. However, our camera clubs and the PSNZ could not function without help from volunteers. Helping PSNZ has given me insights into how the organisation is run and placed me in contact with many interesting, like-minded photographers across New Zealand. In addition, editing CameraTalk gives me many valuable tips on improving my personal photography projects - so it can work both ways!
Content Key Dates for the Diary
Introducing the New CameraTalk Team
Vision-21 – An Outstanding Success
Vision-21 – A Personal View
Vision-21 – Attendee Reflections
2021 Honours Awards Recipients
Journey to a Fellowship
PSNZ Service Awards 2021
The New PSNZ Convention Model
Taupō. Regional Salon and Exhibition
Photojournalism and Street Photography
PSNZ Judge Accreditation Panel Update
Look Back: Graham Dainty Workshop
Look Back: Judy Stokes Workshop
Welcome to the New PSNZ Members
Remembering: N. Matheson Beaumont
PSNZ Canon Online – Results
A Note from the President Having been the CameraTalk editor for the last three years, it is quite surreal to be switching to write the President’s piece and not the editorial. I welcome the new team of Ana Stevens, Mark Chamberlain and Lindsay Stockbridge, under the guidance of Prue Scott as Councillor for Publications, and wish them all the best in producing the magazine. The National Convention in Christchurch was a great success and a tribute to the many hours of effort by Ian Walls FPSNZ and his dedicated team from Christchurch Photographic Society. After a year of disruption it was obvious right from the start that delegates had come to enjoy themselves, to reconnect with others, and to learn. The venue was superb and easily accommodated all our needs. The weather mostly played ball, apart from the sun not making an appearance at the dawn shoot and the wetlands being more wet than some people had anticipated. 3
... A Note from the President COVID still had an effect on the programme, as it forced keynote speaker Julieanne Kost to join via Zoom rather than in person. Fortunately the technology worked seamlessly and the presentation went without a hitch. It was almost as good as her being there. Julieanne is extremely keen to come back to New Zealand, so watch this space as we try to make it happen. The transitional cathedral was an interesting choice for the banquet venue. The night was quite a lengthy affair as we were presenting both the 2020 and 2021 Honours. It was great to be able to celebrate with those who were successful. The actual Presidential changeover occurred near the end of the evening. I had figured that no one would want to hear me giving a speech late at night, which was part of my decision to produce a video with my thoughts for the year. I thank those of you who have viewed the video, and especially those who have commented on it. For those that have not seen it you can find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD4d1K1laPQ As noted later in this edition, Christchurch is the last convention to be run under the old model of a host club, so it was a fitting conclusion to the way things had been done. A PSNZ committee is now hard at work putting the programme together for the next National Convention in Rotorua in April 2022.
The next major PSNZ gathering is the North Island regional convention in Taupō. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that we were blown away when registrations opened and convention places filled within 24 hours. I know this has meant that people have missed out, and we do apologise for this. I’m sure that people will say that we should have allowed for more people and booked a larger space.
This may be a valid comment but the reality is that regional conventions in the past have consistently had between 80 and 100 registrations; therefore, it was reasonable to anticipate a similar number. Councillor for Events Toya Heatley APSNZ and I recently visited Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre in Taupō to check out the facilities. We believe it is a great venue for a convention of this size and is very well located in terms of being able to easily explore Taupō. In Council news, it is with sadness that I report that for personal reasons Vice President Karen Lawton has resigned as a member of Council. Over the last three years Karen has made a huge contribution to PSNZ in her role of dealing with our trade partners. Until we are able to find a replacement, Moira Blincoe LPSNZ will be dealing with our partners directly. I thank Moira for being willing to step into this position. Finally I would like to thank our New Zealand Camera selection team of Toya Heatley APSNZ, Annette Johnston FPSNZ, Susie Whelan APSNZ and Daniel Wong APSNZ EFIAP. They had the unenviable task of curating the 754 images submitted into the final 160 that made the book. Having seen the draft I can definitely say that it will be another outstanding publication. All going well the books should be ready for distribution in September. Best regards, Paul Whitham LPSNZ President
Key Dates for the Diary June 12-13 June 18 June 19 June 25 June 30 July 17 July 25 July 27 July 26-28 July 31 August 1 August 22 August 24 August 25 August 27-28 August 28-29 August 31 September 24-26 October 30-31
Judge Training Auckland Entries for Trenna Packer Salver Competition close Entries for North Shore Salon close Entries for Canon online Round 3 close Entries for Creative Focus close Portraiture Workshop with Aaron Key Entries for North Island Regional Salon open Entries for Whanganui Salon open NZIPP Iris Awards online judging Entries for National Photojournalism Competition close Entries for Nelson Triptych Competition opens Entries for North Island Regional Salon close Entries for Whanganui Salon close Entries for Canon Online Round 4 close Landscape Workshop with Meghan Malony Judge training Taupō Entries for Nelson Triptych Competition close North Island Regional convention Judge training Dunedin
Club News If your club has information or events that you would like to share, email the details to Lindsay Stockbridge LPSNZ at email@example.com or Ana Stevens APSNZ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing the New CameraTalk Team… Mark Chamberlain LPSNZ (Editor)
Lindsay Stockbridge LPSNZ (Subeditor)
I am a relatively new member of PSNZ, joining three years ago after being washed up on the shores of Aotearoa, following a long career as a Petroleum Exploration Geologist in Southeast Asia. I came to your country with my beautiful Thai wife, Kanchana (Took), and we both love the outdoor life and landscape photography opportunities afforded by New Zealand. We consider ourselves very lucky to be in such a pristine, beautiful country.
Photography began for me with a Kodak box camera, initially snapping the family cat or my sister in her pushchair, but it soon gravitated to photographing trains. Now, all these years later, I find myself subediting The New Zealand Railway Observer as well as CameraTalk. I have no formal qualifications in the editorial field, but I’ve picked up a few skills that help me in this work.
My photographic interests are in travel photography, inspired by my thirty-year plus, nomadic life, living and working in Asia and Australia – including long stints in Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand. My photography objective is to tell stories of transient cultures, religions and lifestyles in Southeast Asia. My wife and I are building a small travel photography business. Once COVID-19 issues have passed, we hope to run small workshops for photographers in northern Thailand and other extraordinary regions of SE Asia familiar to us. Meanwhile, here in New Zealand, I spend much of my spare time improving my landscape photography skills. For me, photography is a journey of self-improvement, and I am happy to be contributing something to PSNZ.
Serious camera club involvement began in the late ‘eighties when I came to Whanganui, and PSNZ membership soon followed. I’ve attended many regional and national conventions, working on the organising committees for about half a dozen. I’ve also enjoyed working as club treasurer in Whanganui for several years. Soon after joining PSNZ, I became a member of Print Circle 7, beginning a long association with the Society’s print circles. These days I maintain a degree of oversight over our eight active print circles, two of them just new after a recruitment drive at the convention. We still have a few vacancies! As a railway buff, I just had to join the convention field trip to Ferrymead Historic Park. Exploring and photographing railwayana ‘around the back’ was going fine until a belligerent (almost), barrelchested, blue-overalled man with baritone intonations suggested that departure from the premises would be well advised. I acceded to his request, but only after I’d taken a last, lingering shot of a railway wheel...
Prue Scott (PSNZ Councillor for Publications) I am a freelance writer/ editor who works to fund overseas travel. Being in a new country inspires me, and I can while away for whole weeks just looking at the life around me. However, I must temper that enthusiasm with the reality: I admit to being an undisciplined photographer who desires to be more controlled, hence my membership of both the Auckland Photographic Society and PSNZ. It is far too easy to take far too many shots without giving them the required thought. I favour reflections, intentional camera movement (ICM) and Italian architecture, but I will always try something new. I have a newfound appreciation for those who can deliver a good bird shot - my first attempts were hilariously bad. My Lightroom and Photoshop skills could also do with some serious study. I relish my membership in both organisations; I get to learn new skills and see the work of some excellent photographers. My background includes radio in the good old days when it was modelled on the BBC, with time in Auckland, Palmerston North (hometown), Christchurch and Wellington. From there, I leapt into public relations as a writer and then account handler. Some other assignments followed, and I eventually landed in Auckland. I jumped ship from my thenemployer and became a freelance writer and Editor. Desirous of continuing my travel plans, I tried to convince various potential employers that I could work offshore. No, they all replied, you need to be in the office. Enter COVID-19, and the world changed. Interestingly, my freelance clients didn’t bat an eye when I spent three months in Lucca, Italy, in 2020, when I said I’d be heading off on 2 March 2020 for eight months of writing and photographic fun in Europe. We all know how that ended; I got eight months in Lucca, photographing laundry hanging opposite my apartment building, the sky (there’s
nothing like Tuscan blue), the buildings and, when we were allowed out, the glorious sight of lush spring grass on the city’s ancient walls, lines and trees bursting into leaf. I was enchanted by this bright blue/green world and plan to return for more photographic expeditions.
Ana Stevens APSNZ (Graphic Design Editor) My photography journey started around 2011 while taking photos of my children and making snippets of our everyday family life. I think I was desperately trying to slow down time and make those moments last forever. I am another relatively new member of the Christchurch Photographic Society and PSNZ. Even though I was not expecting my involvement with the societies to build up this quickly, I do enjoy it and I hope I do it justice. With an academic background in marketing communications, my work consists of developing marketing and promotional mix strategies. Along the way, I picked up graphic design skills that will now be monumentally tested working on CameraTalk layouts. I enjoy portraiture and fine art photography genres, aiming for thought-provoking portraits and leaning towards minimalist landscapes that accentuate colours, textures, or shapes. I love to study and explore new photographic and postproduction techniques and I favour working on personal projects, creating portfolios and sets that complete an idea or a theme. I’ve been told that my photography style is “moody and gloomy”. I hope that, one day, these words could translate into “pensive and emotive”. These descriptors are well aligned with my ultimate aspiration as a photographer and sum up all of my artistic ambitions.
Photography Demonstrating the Impact of Human Beings on, and their Interaction with, Our Planet The Whanganui Salon is back in 2021 and is an opportunity to use your photography to shine a light on issues of national and global significance. This year’s Salon has three categories: 1. HUMANITY AND THE NATURAL WORLD 2. THE WORKS OF HUMANKIND 3. LIVING IN A CHANGING WORLD
The overall Salon Winner will receive the very first Vonnie Cave Medal - in recognition of the outstanding contribution the late Vonnie Cave MNZM Hon FPSNZ FPSNZ made to photography in Whanganui and nationally over her lifetime. The Salon Winner will also receive a $1000 redeemable voucher from our lead sponsor, Progear Photographic, while the Category Winners will receive gifts donated by Wellington Photographic Supplies and Print Art. The Salon is open to all photographers living in New Zealand, with entries accepted from 27 July (closing on 24 August). It’s time to show us those meaningful images you have been taking over the past few years. You can read more about the Salon here: http://www.whanganuicameraclub.org.nz/ whanganui-salon-2021.html
The Cooling Tower, Jay Drew’s winning image from the 2019 Whanganui Salon
FIAP News - 29th FIAP Colour Biennial Judging, France 2021 Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in France, the in-person judging of the 29th FIAP Colour Biennial, which was to have taken place on 27 March, is postponed until conditions allow it to proceed. The judges were to travel to France from their respective countries, but it was not possible for this travel to be undertaken during March. Operational Members (PSNZ) who have sent an entry to this Biennial will be kept informed regarding a new judging date when it is possible to reschedule it. (FIAP are now considering setting up for appropriate online judging.)
COVID-19: Exceptional Measures Regarding FIAP The pandemic, with its mutations, has unfortunately rebounded. However, despite the different vaccines available worldwide, it will take a long time before we can recover our former way of life. FIAP is aware of the situation. Therefore, it is imperative to announce some more exceptional measures taken for our members – photographers.
1. Fees Reduction
2. FIAP Distinctions Regulations
• Fees for the first FIAP Photographers’ Card will be reduced from 50 to 25 euros for all applications submitted after 30 June 2021. This reduction will be valid untill 30 June 2023. After this date, fees for the first FIAP Photographers’ Card will be restored to the previous level of 50 euros.
• The proposals on the new FIAP Distinctions Regulations would have been presented during the Congress in India and, in any case, would not have been enforced before 1 January 2022. As the Congress in India has already been cancelled and the actual situation does not allow a Congress to take place during 2021, the new rules (DOC 31/2021) can no longer be applied on 1 January 2022, but can only be postponed after presentation at the future FIAP Congress.
• Fees for FIAP Distinctions will be reduced from 70 to 60 euros for all applications submitted after 30 June 2021. This reduction will be valid untill 30 June 2023. After this date, fees for FIAP Distinctions will be restored to the previous level of 70 euros.
• The temporary allowance for Distinctions Applications lodged in 2021, that there will be no requirement for acceptances in “print” salons, will be extended to Distinctions applications also lodged during 2022.
Nature rules revised Finally, FIAP and PSA have been in collaboration over the current ‘Nature Rules’. This has allowed them to approve the revision of the common nature regulation that will soon be published. 9
Creative Focus -
Hi everyone! It’s that time of year again, and time for all you creative people out there to show us what you can do. Entries open on 4 June. This year’s subjects should produce a lot of fun. Get your imagination and photographic talents into action and start creating! Eerie, Whimsical, Manmade – and our open subject, Creative Focus. Remember – these images don’t need to be created in Photoshop. Any creative ‘take’ on these subjects is acceptable. We look forward to seeing all your talented entries rolling in. Please don’t leave it until the last minute! Regards Robin Short APSNZ Creative Focus Committee
- Digital Photography Competition 2021 SUBJECTS: Creative Focus I Eerie I Man Made I Whimsical Opens 4th June 2021. Closes 30th June 2021. (Midnight NZ Time)
Supreme Award - Trophy + $ 500.00 2nd and 3rd Trophies
Entry fee - $ 20.00 for the first subject (up to 4 entriess) $ 15.00 for each additional subject (maximum 16 entries)
Email: email@example.com Website: www.creative-focus.co.nz
Quality catalogue of winning images $ 48.00 (includes postage) 11
...Vision-21 National Convention — An Outstanding Success By Moira Blincoe LPSNZ
Vision-21 was the end of an era for the Society’s national conventions as we have known them for so many years. For more than five years, it has been an increasing struggle for Council to get an affiliated club to take up the challenge and responsibility to organise and host a national convention. Consequently, the decision was made by Council two years ago, to change the structure of organising the conventions (regional and national) by bringing them under its own mantle, with a separate committee to undertake the task. The committee, however, reports to the Councillor of Events, now Toya Heatley APSNZ. This becomes effective for the 2022 National Convention, Off the Beaten Track, in Rotorua. That being said, now backtrack to 2019 when Christchurch Photographic Society (CPS) accepted the invitation to organise and host the 2020 National Convention. Who could have foreseen the disruption that COVID-19 would bring to us all? Not withstanding this disruption, CPS dusted off its blueprint, made some adjustments and refinements to the programme, and continued to work extra hard to deliver to us a convention that was an outstanding credit to the organising committee and CPS itself. The most significant refinement that the committee had to make was working around the unfortunate elimination of the drawcard keynote speaker, Julieanne Kost. After all, while most wouldn’t know it, Julieanne had indicated to us some years ago that she would “love to return to the South Island of our beautiful country, and if there was any opportunity to speak at a convention…..” The rest, as they say, is history… until COVID came along! 12
How fortuitous it was that the national convention was scheduled for the South Island in 2021. Under the guidance of the committee maestro Ian Walls FPSNZ, we had a convention that attracted record numbers in attendance; held in a venue that was an exceptional state of the art design and totally suitable for our needs, and a programme that delivered and met the Society’s mission statement of ‘Helping Photographers Grow’. There was something for everyone.
CameraTalk Editor, Mark Chamberlain in discussion with Ian Walls FPSNZ (Chair, Organising Committee) In discussion with Ian, it was immediately apparent that the Vision-21 Convention involved Herculean efforts from many people, dating back to 2019 from the cancelled Vision 2020 convention to the eventuality of Vision-21. “It was full-bore - lots of effort.” For two years, uncertainty was the critical challenge for two organising committees and over fifty volunteers from the Christchurch Photographic Society. For some people, including Ian, it was virtually a full-time job serving on both committees. The initial planning for Vision 2020 started brightly with sponsorship and funding from Adobe, securing crowd-pulling international speakers. As we all know, anticipation and excitement quickly turned to disappointment and worry as COVID-19 gripped the world in early 2020. By the end of 2020, New Zealand was one of the safest places globally, and planning and organising recommenced for the modified Vision-21 convention. Vision-21 eventually proved a success with a modified schedule, including replacing international keynote speakers with New Zealand photographers. However, uncertainty persisted as one New Zealand speaker had to cancel because of COVID-19 disrupting his business. More last-minute changes to the line-up.
As we know, national conventions are all about bringing members together to enjoy education, practical photography time, and camaraderie among friends and, after a 12-month hiatus,Vision-21 was truly embraced by all. From the moment delegates stepped into the college building at the start of each day, the ambience within its walls, in the auditorium or the trade area, produced a positive vibe that continued through to the conclusion on the Sunday. Not only were we in awe of the venue, but the CR Kennedy Honours Banquet at the Transitional (Cardboard) Cathedral was another feather in the organising committee’s cap.
Keynote speakers for Vision-21 covered different genres of photography. Still, all speakers presented a consistent theme on developing their personal vision in photography, providing the cohesive central message to the convention. A broad and diverse range of workshops, courses and photography field trips were on offer to participants. All genres of photography were covered. “If you didn’t find something of interest, then nothing will interest you.” Asking Ian how he felt in conclusion – after some quiet reflection, he modestly replied that he thought it was successful. Also, a sense of relief and finally … “Woah, how did we do it?” Well done, Ian, and congratulations to all committee members and volunteers.
...Vision-21 National Convention — An Outstanding Success Catering is often an understated issue at our conventions; however, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback about the food offered through the four days at the college and at the Honours Banquet. Sure, catering for nearly 250 guests from a mobile kitchen is not the optimum for chefs and kitchen staff, as they did for the banquet, but overall, it was pretty fantastic. While we couldn’t rub shoulders with Julieanne in person, it was rather exciting and amazing for everyone to have her join us from the United States via Zoom. I think we could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium while she delivered a first-class presentation, sharing her creative tips and techniques in her usual inspiring and professional style. When the borders re-open, I’m confident Julieanne will return ‘Down Under’ for another PSNZ national convention. For more than ten years now, when a club has agreed to organise and host a national convention on behalf of PSNZ, most committee members have never produced an event such as this before. It is baptism by fire, as Ian and his committee can attest, or any previous organising committee member as well. The learning curve is monumental; frustrations mount by the month, then by the week; panic and anxiety attacks occur as well. I can assure clubs and members that none of this has been taken lightly by any PSNZ President or Councillor. We have always been indebted and appreciative of the organising clubs’ commitments and enthusiasm to deliver a first-class event. It is under the guidance of a chairperson such as Ian, and those before him, that the organising committees can work their way through the quagmire of ‘PSNZ essential 14
items’, balanced with their wishes, and come out the other end in one piece. From a PSNZ perspective or from someone who has had almost daily communication with many chairpersons over the years, it is truly rewarding to see the acceptance of responsibility and growth in the people as they rise to the occasion, meet the expectations and deliver first-class events. My impression of Vision-21 was of delegates always smiling and feeling energised and happy. I believe there was a ‘higher than usual’ level of excitement, happiness and enthusiasm among the delegates. Whether or not that was because we hadn’t seen our friends or trade partners or got out of our hometowns for over a year, I don’t know. But the energy was palpable, and that sentiment was shared to me by many others as well. Council has gleaned much from the organising committees over the past five to eight years, all of which has been developed into a blueprint for future conventions that will now be managed through PSNZ, in association with a local club within the chosen geographic location for each convention (regional and national). On behalf of Council, once again, I extend our gratitude and appreciation to Chairman Ian Walls FPSNZ and his accomplished committee of John Hawkins, Mike White APSNZ, Jo Curtis APSNZ, John Hunt, Nelson Boustead, Diana Andrews LPSNZ and all of the CPS volunteersYou did an outstanding job which at times you probably thought was thankless. Still, I hope that you all take great pride in knowing that you delivered a very memorable and successful event in the history of PSNZ national conventions.
Our thanks also go out to all those who gave their time to present a keynote presentation and/ or lead a workshop, whether it be on or off-site. Within the PSNZ family, we are fortunate to have a rich pool of talented and creative photographers who are not only skilled with the camera but have the ability to be informative and entertaining as they share their wisdom. For those combined talents, we salute you too.
By Paul Whitham
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Vision-21–A Personal View Text and Photos by Paul Whitham LPSNZ
After being convention chair for the 2019 National Convention in Lower Hutt, I looked forward to Vision 2020. At the 2017 and 2018 events, I had been more focused on planning for 2019. And then, in 2019, I was too busy running the event to truly enjoy what we had on offer.
COVID was still the deciding factor, and so there was a mild panic two weeks before the start when a notification came up on my newsfeed that an unexpected news conference had been called for 1.00 pm on a Saturday. Oh no, I thought here we go again.
2020 was going to be a year when I could essentially rock up and enjoy myself. I had even managed to secure spots in all of the workshops that I wanted to get into. It was, therefore, a bitter blow when the convention was cancelled.
Fortunately, it was not an announcement of another lockdown, so we flew to Christchurch.
After all the disruption brought about by COVID-19 in 2020, there was a lot of uncertainty when approaching Vision-21. 1. Would people want to gather in large numbers? 2. Would there be a reluctance to register early? 3. Would COVID rear its head again? When Council met with Convention Director Ian Walls FPSNZ in September 2020, the country was just coming out of the August lockdown. I had never seen the airports, or Christchurch city, so deserted. Between Council and the COC, a plan was hatched should COVID reappear, and planning continued. Obviously, with borders closed, there was no way that international speakers could attend, but there was a cunning plan to get around that issue as well. As it turned out, when registrations opened in January 2021, there was no hesitancy by members, and the registrations poured in. Maybe I have the luck of the Irish or quick on the trigger, but I again managed to get the workshop options I wanted and, while I was not standing for President, I was determined to enjoy myself thoroughly.
For members of the PSNZ Council, the year’s final meeting is held just before the convention starts. Council members were staying at the Pavilions Hotel on Papanui Road, really handy to the convention venue. It was so close that the walk from the school gate to the hall was longer than the walk to the school. Council started on Thursday morning with the final Council meeting of the year. This meeting is always a bittersweet event as we say farewell to any Council members that have decided not to carry on. However, this year, it was even more sad than usual as a councillor for events, Colin Kropach, lost his battle with cancer and died earlier in the week. Colin had been the primary liaison between Council and the convention committee and had been really looking forward to attending. Convention started with the usual pomp and ceremony in the main auditorium. Following the earthquakes, this part of the school had been extensively rebuilt, and it was an excellent venue. One of the things you learn when organising conventions is that you have to roll with the punches when things go wrong, and the opening night was definitely an example of that. Shortly before the convention, their opening night speaker pulled out. He was replaced by Loren Heaphy from the Christchurch City Council.
She talked about how Christchurch was developing post-earthquake and what the Council was doing to encourage development in the city. While the talk was interesting, I’m not sure how relevant it was to a photographic convention. She kept hinting at these tremendous photographic opportunities in the city but never actually told us where they were. To be honest, I’ve never gone to a PSNZ convention to listen to the speaker programme. The reality is that we tend to have speakers on genres that, while I can appreciate, I don’t shoot. It was very much the same with the Christchurch programme. While I enjoyed each of the speakers, apart from the Zoom session with Julieanne Kost, I really can’t say with honesty that I remember what they spoke about. The one thing I do remember was that there was a common theme of finding your passion. There was no doubt that they were all exceptional photographers and artists in their own right. Julieanne was scheduled as the main speaker for the 2020 convention. When the convention was rescheduled, she couldn’t visit in person. Fortunately, the technology that we’ve become familiar with came to the party, and she was beamed into the main auditorium via Zoom. In many ways, it gave the impression of her being there. She spoke about personal projects, and the one that resonated with me was what she referred to as Springboard. In this project, she took either a photograph or a piece of art that she admired and then tried to recreate it. Once she had mastered that, she took the techniques learned to spring forward and create a piece of her own. It is certainly something that I plan to do, although I haven’t managed to find the time yet.
The main reason I go to conventions is for the workshops and the field trips, and, as I said before, I was fortunate to receive my first options. The first one on Friday was dog photography with Craig Turner-Bullock. I had met Craig previously at NZIPP events, so I knew something of his personality. When we got to the classroom, his dog greeted each of us. As the participants arrived, we all compared registration numbers on our tags, as this had been one of the most popular sessions. For the record, 36 was the highest number. After an introduction in the classroom about his approach to photographing animals, we headed outside. Craig’s dog became a willing model, and later we were joined by two greyhounds from the Greyhound Rescue Association and, towards the end, a couple of chihuahuas. Most of what Craig talked about is very similar to the approach needed for photographing children. Get down low and shoot at the animal’s level. On Saturday morning, some intrepid individuals headed off for a dawn shoot on a day when the dawn never arrived while the rest of us stayed in bed a little bit longer. One of the things I enjoy about conventions is when they put items on the programme that enable you to shoot in otherwise inaccessible locations. Such was the case with the Industrial Imagery workshop, held in a civil engineering workshop. There was a bit of fun on the way to the location when our bus driver got lost, but fortunately, with GPS on our phones, we were able to help him navigate.
...Vision-21–A Personal View The three guys from Ewing Engineering couldn’t have been more obliging. I think the guy on the gas cutter was enjoying producing the maximum possible quantity of sparks. One of the shoot locations was planned to take part inside a large steel pipe at the back of the yard. As it turned out, the heavens opened and, rather than force us out into the rain, they went and picked up the pipe with a forklift and brought it so that the end of the pipe was sitting in the loading bay. The workers’ efforts meant that we stayed dry, and the guy inside the pipe was also not subject to the weather. Everybody in this workshop appeared to enjoy themselves and managed to get some really good images. Also noteworthy was that with the limited participant numbers, we didn’t have people wandering in front of other shooters (which frequently happens at PSNZ events). The final workshop I attended was a sports workshop with Kevin Clarke on Sunday morning. This workshop was somewhat
shorter than the other two at only two hours and meant that going to a sports field was out of the question. So, the group headed off to Hagley Park to photograph runners. The sight of a large group of photographers standing there waiting to capture people’s photos was off-putting for the runners. After seeing several runners change direction when they saw us, Kevin went down the path and talked people into helping out. The participants included a large group heading to a game based on their gear. They willingly took part, much to the amusement of their partners waiting on the path. For many, especially those who have achieved their PSNZ Honours, the highlight for the convention is the CR Kennedy Honours Banquet. This year it had an added attraction of being held in the Transitional Cathedral, more commonly referred to as the cardboard cathedral. It certainly was a unique venue, and the decorations added a certain ambience
to a very interesting structure. As a Council member, I was in the privileged position to have a table at the front. For me, this meant that we could hear the entertainment provided in the form of a barbershop quartet, unlike the people down the back who clearly couldn’t and therefore continued to talk during their entertainment. It was an enjoyable evening with a nice meal and good company around the table. Towards the end of the evening is the point where the President’s chain is passed on. Traditionally, presidents say a few words after they’re handed the chain.
As it turned out I was correct, and it was 10.30 pm before the actual handover of the chain occurred. Before we knew it, the convention was over, and people headed away back to their respective parts of the country, some with new skills and some with new gear bought in the trade area which appeared to be busy throughout the convention.
Now, we look forward to the next event – the regional convention at Taupō.
However, knowing that both 2020 and 2021 Honours were being presented, I figured it would be a longer than usual evening. In addition, I thought that nobody would want to listen to me by the time they got to the transfer of the chain. So instead, I produced the video, which was sent out to all members.
Look back: Vision-21 Attendee Reflections
Out of My Comfort Zone! Text and Photos by Anna Heasley
This was my first convention. I’m a ‘newbie’ and I didn’t know what to expect. When I went to pick up my registration information I wondered, “What am I doing here? I don’t know anyone and I’m a bit out of my league. There are some pretty amazing photographers here.” Anyway I rocked up the next morning to listen to the speakers. Once it started it was awesome, and I met lots of friendly likeminded people. I really enjoyed all the speakers but Bruce Girdwood’s FPSNZ talk was the most inspiring for me. I liked his approach to photography: a personal expression of who you are and to create photos that convey a feeling. His talk was just what I needed to hear; I realised that I do photography for me, and it is the process and the creativity that I love. Yes, I have entered competitions, but the fun starts when I stop trying to create that perfect photo and stop comparing my photos to the work of others. This approach is more sustainable for my photography because it encourages creative growth. I chose the Ferrymead Heritage Park trip because I have fond memories of the place. As a kid we spent many weekends wandering around Ferrymead with our Grandma, Mum and Aunty Marg. Grandma lived in Heathcote her whole life so the trip was pretty nostalgic for me. When I was at Ferrymead I wanted my pics to show feelings or ideas of ‘old, heritage, cluttered, handmade and crafted’.
Workshop - Photo by Gail Stent
Bird Photography Workshop - Photo by John Miles
Convention Hopes! Text and Photos by Jane Muller
What are you hoping for when you sign up for a workshop at a PSNZ national or regional convention? For me, it’s to learn, to have fun, and to get some good images. I’m not mad about having a setup all ready for us, and we all shoot and get the same or similar shots, and I’m not a fan of sitting watching PowerPoint presentations about ‘how to’. It’s the doing it that does it for me. So, the highlight of the convention for me was the Industrial Imagery workshop – thanks to James Gibson APSNZ EFIAP for organising it, Ewing Engineering Contractors for hosting it, and to the guys who came in on their day off and were incredibly obliging about welding and grinding bits of metal for us to shoot. James sent a single page of how-to tips for shooting welding sparks, gear to bring, etc., to all the participants in advance. It was short and to the point. Then, when we arrived at the venue, all we had to do was have an essential health and safety briefing, and we were set loose. Four ‘stations’ were set up with the Ewing chaps working and obligingly moving their gear, themselves, and their sparks into whatever poses we requested. The shoot even went as far as using a forklift to bring a huge metal tube in from the rain so A Ewing worker could climb into it to grind – for us to photograph the sparks. One of these images even won Round Two of the Canon Online Competition – well done, Gordon Speed. We all got into it straight away. James circulated to give pertinent and much appreciated help to those of us who requested it. I found having one or two comments on my images a couple of times throughout the shooting to be worth more than hours of PowerPoint presentations. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy this workshop, but I came away with some shots I am happy with and a clearer idea of which workshops I will sign up for in the future. 21
2021 Honours Award Recipients List
Jane Mark Pete Kerensa Paul Val John Elenor Paul Nick Perry Helen Nicola Dianne Shirley Rebecca Waverley Fredrik Ross Lindsay Racel Jason David Rosemary David Sarah Derek Sue
Barnes Burgess Cernis Clark Conroy Fabling Ford Gill Glenton Hampson Hoffman Howie Jackson Kelsey Kerr King Klein Ovink Moell Muir Muir O'Carroll Retter Scarisbrick Simpson Skinner Smith Teague Wilkins
Noelle Annemarie Jo Melanie Dianna Simone Anna Julia Kathy Martin John Sara Ana Karl
Bennett Clinton Curtis Dick Hambleton Jackson Mandeno Rae Richards Richardson Smart Spurr Stevens Tretheway
Annette Anita Kirsteen
Johnston Kirkpatrick Redshaw
Our sincere congratulations and our best wishes for your future success. We hope you will continue your photographic development through your ongoing membership of the PSNZ and its affiliated clubs.
My Journey...to a Fellowship! By Annette Johnston FPSNZ
A very good friend of mine once said, “Don’t worry about the inspiration for a Fellowship set; one day, it will just arrive.” I did not believe him. To attain the status of Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand had long felt like something near to the unattainable. Fellows are extraordinary intellects; they know lots, they are experts in their fields; they come up with astonishing concepts and then have the skill to develop these concepts in photography. I did eventually take my friend’s advice to heart, in part I think, because the year 2020 had a way of changing our previously held perceptions of what is actually important. My journey into the realms of a potential Fellowship set began when I gave myself permission: not to do one.
The journey… In August 2020, my husband and I exchanged 18 days in Europe for 18 days in the South Island of New Zealand. We were treated to days of quiet and beauty, simple living, and the joy of exploring our wonderful country in mid-winter. It was a time of reflection, healing, and a growing realisation of what is ‘important’ and what is enduring. The original concept for this panel was to express, through the art of photography, a sense of the fragmentation, the disconnection, the many separations, disappointments and fears we had each experienced in a year when the (presumed) unthinkable - a worldwide pandemic, actually happened. With this concept in mind, I began deconstructing and then reconstructing the various landscapes captured over the 18-day tour. I soon became aware of an inner compulsion to render these scenes with balance, symmetry and harmony, whilst expressing the idea that to view the essential, the noise around must be marginalised. My concept had shifted; the substance that is essentially ‘me’ won out over the original intent. It was only after laying out the nearly completed work, however, that I fully realised I had produced an alternate, nearly complete opposite narrative to the original. I had reworked scenes as if they contained players in an orchestra. Portions that had seemed redundant became a counterpoint: a plain white canvas. The segments that inspired wonder became the soloists: the bright colours, the many visual textures. I became conscious that a memory starts with just a fragment, which then allows the rest of the story, the scene, the emotions, the many feelings to come to the fore; all the various parts eventually making a whole.
I realised: it is how I weave memories…
The fabric of life is woven by memories. Touch, feel, smell, sight. Vertical strands intersect the horizontal, their woven accents, dotted notes of delicacy and pause. A bed of white canvas becomes the spaces that are in between, a melodic counterpoint, caesura for the eye. A misty morn, minus five and frosty. Yesterday’s landscape, so ordinary; today, transformed. I am cocooned in a diaphanous world, wrapped in gossamer threads of soft white grey. A light breeze becomes a conjurer, revealing brief apparitions of lone trees, a ruined hut, grasses festooned in sequins of ice, two swans upon a pond; their bugling a discordant note from beyond.
MY STATEMENT OF INTENT
My world has become patterns to be discovered, gazed upon, explored. The texture upon a tree, jagged rocks, braided rivers viewed from on high. Icebergs freed from glacial flows, mirrored upon a warp of blue, a weft of green. Other dawns break, what discoveries will each day make? Clear blue skies, winter colours of denuded willows. Golden tussock, blowing to-and-fro. Mountains kissed by light; others dusted in snow. The fabric of my life is woven by memories. The warp and weft record a reverie, an ineffable testament to what is me. 25
In Summary After being notified that I had been awarded the distinction of Fellowship of the Photographic Society of New Zealand, the initial delight was closely followed by a sense of relief that this particular journey was complete. I also came to the realisation that with photography, as with life in general, we pass milestones, markers on a journey. I now think of myself as a photographic apprentice. I have climbed some mountains but as I look ahead there are many more to traverse. Photography is about the gaining of knowledge, about the practice of failure and success, risk and reward. 38
The challenge to myself is to keep on learning, to attempt new genre, to ask questions, to remain curious. To allow myself to be inspired, by nature, by art, by the contemplation of the work of others, to consider life from a new perspective, and hopefully to continue the journey of valleys and mountains that lie before me. And, by the way, my friend was correct; the inspiration for my Fellowship did just arrive! Annette Johnston | FPSNZ 39
Summary of PSNZ Service Awards 2021 At the PSNZ Vision-21Convention held in Christchurch, six service awards were presented by PSNZ President Moira Blincoe LPSNZ. These include one Honorary Life membership, four service medals and one memorial award. The following citations are edited and condensed versions of Paul’s originals.
Ann Bastion FPSNZ EFIAP MFIAP – Honorary Life Membership They say when you want something done, ask a busy person. The busy person often needs no direction; they don’t create a fuss, have the right attitude, and just get on with what is required. Christchurch based Ann Bastion fits this description. Ann joined the editorial team of the Society’s flagship publication, NZ Camera, in 2014. Using her initiative, she quickly developed many timesaving improvements, positively impacting production processes, many still being used today. Ann’s attention to detail is exemplary. In 2016 Ann joined the PSNZ Council as Councillor for the New Zealand International Salon and the 4 Nations competition. Ann resurrected this dormant International Salon of meeting the strict criteria of the Fédération Internationale de l’ Art Photographique (FIAP) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA). Between 2017 and 2019, she recruited and worked with committees, organising and hosting three salons. Ann achieved her photography distinctions in quick succession with Licentiate in 2011, AFIAP in 2013, APSNZ in 2014, and FPSNZ and EFIAP in 2015. In 2019 she achieved the status of Master with the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), becoming only the second PSNZ member and person in New Zealand to become a FIAP Master. As FIAP Liaison Officer, Ann represents New Zealand at FIAP Congress, and Photo meetings held worldwide. In addition, Ann is the person with whom our members liaise to ensure their FIAP applications are completed smoothly and successfully through a complex spreadsheet system keeping track of the many acceptances one requires to receive any FIAP distinction. Ann retired from Council in 2020 – the year that COVID-19 disrupted our events and workflow. However, she was quickly invited to join the Honours Board and has just completed her first assessment. Ann is also a competent judge and mentor who willingly shares her knowledge and technical skills. She epitomises the Society’s ethos of ‘helping photographers grow’.
Bruce Burgess FPSNZ – PSNZ Service Medal Bruce Burgess has been a member of PSNZ for more than 30 years, involved with both national and local organisations. Bruce is a Life Member and Patron of the Henderson Photographic Society, for which he has served as a committee member for many years, including President for two years. As a Fellow of PSNZ, Bruce was elected to the Honours Board in 2012 and held the position for eight years, the last year as Chairman. Bruce successfully mentored many applicants for their Honours applications, including producing and presenting a workshop to many clubs on constructing photographic sets for PSNZ Honours applications. In addition, Bruce is a PSNZ accredited judge for many local Auckland clubs and further afield. As a keen AudioVisual worker, Bruce has judged the Jack Sprosen and Tauranga AV competitions and the Adelaide International AV Competition, and will shortly judge the South African AV competition. Bruce has been on the selection panel for many National Exhibitions, PSNZ Interclub competitions, and the North Shore Salon. He was also on the steering committee setting up the International Salon of New Zealand and produced a budget submission to PSNZ Council. Bruce is very generous with his time and enthusiastic about photography. He has led workshops in many clubs, encouraging and inspiring members to develop their skills. He is passionate about promoting photography and is always happy to help anyone learn about getting the best out of their camera.
Paul Ryder – Emma and William McPherson Memorial Award Paul Ryder has been a member of the South Waikato Camera Club for many years. Since 2015 he has completed two terms as President and has also been the competition secretary for many years. For the past 12 months, Paul has personally hosted all monthly club meetings. As there were no nominations for President or Vice President at this year’s Annual General Meeting, Paul yet again stepped up to fulfil the role of President. Paul personally provides many tutorials downloaded from the web to use as teaching models at club nights to assist club members in developing their photographic knowledge and skills. These tutorials include basic camera usage to more in-depth techniques, from basic editing to using layers and more in Photoshop. Paul also wrote an online programme for monthly assignments to enable all members to go online themselves to practise adjudicating all the entries, thus gaining valuable experience and learning the principles of good photography and then discussing the following club night. His generosity does not stop there. He offers club members the opportunity to have their images printed to A3 size for display each night for comments and exhibition. Members pay a nominal fee of $1.00 per print through his own publishing company. 41
Summary of PSNZ Service Awards 2021
Janice McKenna – PSNZ Service Award Janice McKenna has been a dedicated and committed volunteer for the PSNZ for almost seven years, despite wanting to retire. This convention is likely to be her last as a volunteer. Janice is our Trophies and Awards Coordinator with the unenviable task of keeping track of all the trophies dispersed after the National Exhibition, National Convention and Regional Conventions. She says emails and spreadsheets are her friends, but she has many friends worldwide through her love of wildlife photography. Janice’s employment with New Zealand Couriers has saved the Society storage space and courier costs each year. Multiply that over the past five years or so - Janice and New Zealand Couriers have saved PSNZ a considerable amount of money. At all times, liaising with Janice has been a delight. Her attention to detail and punctuality are paramount to the way she works. She is friendly, polite, efficient and well organised. Nothing has been too much trouble, even when deadlines have been tight. She has retained her cool with the organising committees and hopefully her engraver! Janice is a very keen traveller and excellent wildlife photographer and enjoys combining both when time and money allow. Unfortunately, for now, she waits patiently for our borders to re-open while the polar bears she is desperate to photograph wait for her. Janice’s passion for wildlife extends to conservation, and through her photography, she wants to showcase the extraordinary work in this area. She has been a regular attendee at many national conventions and likes nothing more than soaking up the learning experiences and opportunities the Society presents. “Learning and continuing to grow and improve is a never-ending journey, but an enjoyable one,” says Janice. The Photographic Society of New Zealand has significantly benefitted from Janice’s commitment of time, attention to detail and her place of work, and the Society is indebted to her for her generous contributions.
Paul Willyams APSNZ AFIAP MNZIPP – PSNZ Service Medal Paul Willyams has been a member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand since 2010. In 2015 he joined the New Zealand Camera book selection panel and coordinated the publication for the 2016 and 2017 editions. At the end of his tenure, he rewrote the NZC manual to help transition the role to the next person. In 2019 Paul assumed the coordinator’s role for the Society’s popular digital competition Canon Online and continues in this role today. Beyond PSNZ, Paul is an exceptionally talented photographer specialising in portraiture. He is an active member of the Christchurch Photographic Society and has volunteered for CPS as a competition secretary and running many tutorials on various photographic topics. He is incredibly generous and sharing with his time and knowledge.
Val Wardell APSNZ – PSNZ Service Medal Busy people with a full plate are often the ones to take on more tasks. This member is one such person. A member of the Southland Photographic Society for more than 30 years,Val Wardell, has served committees for most of those years and served three terms as club President. Val’s dedication to photography and the club has seen her play a significant role in raising the club’s profile in the community and among club members. She has a passion for photography and is always willing to give her time to share her knowledge, help other club members and provide presentations at club meetings. Val has been a club programme planning committee member and representative on the Southern Institute of Technology Creative Media Advisory Committee for several years. She is a group of senior club members who provide comment and feedback on images for newer members. She can be relied on to fill in at club meetings when needed and has supported the facilitators of the club’s Photography Basics group, which provides information and learning opportunities for club members who are new to photography. On a national level,Val has been on the organising committee of two National Conventions and at least two Southern Regional Conventions. She chaired the organising committee for the very successful 2012 PSNZ National Convention and was Secretary of the committee organising the 2019 Southern Regional Convention. She has also helped at two National Exhibition selection weekends and two Southern Regional Salon selection days. With the PSNZ Honours Awards now taking place in Invercargill, for the past two years,Val has given her time to assist in the ‘back room’ work. But, of course, no task is beyond Val, who offers assistance with a friendly smile and willing attitude. 43
The New PSNZ Convention Model By Toya Heatley APSNZ, Councillor for Events
The national convention in Christchurch marked an end to the way that such events were organised. Prior to, and including Christchurch, the convention has been organised solely by a host club, with some guidance from the PSNZ Councillor for Events. The host club had overall responsibility for the programme right from the start, including recruiting speakers, booking venues, setting budgets, and processing all of the financial transactions. In return, any surplus made by the convention was shared 50:50 between PSNZ and the host club. While this proved to be very profitable for several clubs, the reality was that it was getting harder and harder to find clubs willing to take it on. Many clubs did not feel that they had the expertise or manpower to take on such an enormous task. In addition, there was a lot of inefficiency in the process as there were many elements that were being recreated every time a convention was held. As conventions are the principal way that PSNZ members can get together, the PSNZ Council had to deal with the issue of finding a way to make the events happen. As a result, PSNZ decided to change the model. The upcoming regional convention to be held in Taupō has been largely organised by a committee reporting directly to the Councillor for Events, with the Taupō Camera Club assisting at the actual event. This model is also being used to host the 2022 National Convention in Rotorua.
Conventions will still involve a host club that will work alongside the committee in planning the event; however, the responsibilities of the host clubs have been significantly reduced. The host club will primarily be involved in the following activities: • Nominate a member to act as a liaison with the PSNZ committee. • Suggest items that will put a local feel to the event, such as options for field trips and workshops. (PSNZ will handle the actual booking of the events.) • Provide logistical support on the convention days, such as manning the registration desks and assisting with the workshops and field trips where necessary. • Assist with the hanging of the Honours sets and Salons. In return for this assistance, the host club will be paid a flat fee that will be paid regardless of the event’s financial success. We are currently in the process of looking for host clubs for the 2022 Southern Regional and the 2023 National Convention (which will be held in the South Island). If your club is interested in learning more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speed it up… Slow it down. A Fresh Look! Regional Salon and Exhibition.
With a view to creating for members, both a challenge and some excitement, the organising committee of this year’s regional salon have opted for a fresh approach. We are hoping that this challenge will be seen as an opportunity to explore and discover new photographic techniques, new genres, and to develop new skills. Therefore, we ask you to submit only images that have not been entered in any other New Zealand salon. They may, however, have been submitted to a club for evaluation. Your submissions to this salon may be brand new, or they may be a fresh take on an old image; the choice is yours.
Who may enter?
• Convention attendees
• Speed: fast or slow, your choice
• PSNZ members, or PSNZ Affiliated Club members residing in the North Island
• A serendipitous moment: An unplanned (or maybe planned) fortunate experience
You may enter a maximum of four print images and/or four digital images. Price $7.00 per image. All images will be judged as Open, but additional awards will be given for images under the following themes.
• An unexpected angle or view. Challenge the way you capture a scene; try different angles, different
Exhibition • Accepted print images will be exhibited. • Accepted digital images will be displayed on a High-Definition screen, as part of the exhibition. An e-book will be compiled and distributed free of charge to all Regional Salon entrants.
Judging Judging will take place on 4 and 5 September. The judges will be Paul Byrne FPSNZ ARPS AFIAP, Meg Lipscombe FPSNZ and Matt Leamy LPSNZ.
perspectives, or perhaps a different lens.
Awards Gold Medals will be awarded for: Champion Print Image, Champion Digital Image, Best ‘Speed’ Image, Best Image of a ‘Serendipitous Moment’, Best Image depicting an ‘Unexpected Angle or View’ Honours Certificates will be awarded to a maximum of: Four Open Print Images, Four Open Digital Images, Two ‘Speed’ Images (digital and print),Two Images depicting a ‘Serendipitous Moment’ (digital and print)
Entry Details: 1. ENTRIES OPEN ON 25 JULY 2021. 2. ENTRIES CLOSE ON 22 AUGUST 2021. (No late entries will be accepted. ) Print entries must be received by the Print Secretary, at the address below, by 22 August 2021. 3. PRINT ENTRY ADDRESS: Annemarie Clinton APSNZ, 1026B Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga 3118 4. PRINT IMAGES Print and mat sizing. Images submitted must meet the following requirements: • Have a minimum print size of 200 mm on the long side, excluding surrounding mat • Have a maximum overall size of 510 mm v 410 mm, including surrounding mat • Prints must not be under glass or framed. • On the back of each print the entrant must put his/her name and address. 5. DIGITAL IMAGE • Digital images will be judged on a calibrated High-Definition television • Digital images submitted for evaluation should be saved as JPEG files with the size for: • Landscape Digital Images up to a maximum size of 1620px on the horizontal width and 1080px on the vertical side, at 72dpi. • Portrait Digital Images up to a maximum size of 1080px on the vertical side at 72dpi. • Images must be saved in the sRGB colour space. 6. TITLES Every image must have a title. The title must not include the author’s name and be no longer than 35 characters. No title, logo or identification of the author shall be written anywhere on the face of an image. 7. Both print and digital entries MUST be entered using the online form found at https://regional.photography.org.nz/salons/ 47
Photojournalism and Street Photography By Mark Chamberlain LPSNZ
Image post-processing, how far do we go? Last year, it was refreshing to come across a competition run by the New Brighton Photographic Club in Christchurch, open to all PSNZ members and NZ Residents – The Annual New Zealand Photojournalism Competition. The 30th annual competition opens again this year on 6 June and closes on 31 July 2021. The judges include a former newspaper photojournalist who should provide very useful feedback. The competition will be a refreshing change from many competitions relying on heavy image post-processing. As a primarily landscape photographer living in New Zealand, I spend an unhealthy amount of time doing image post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. This competition persuaded me to try something different. One can invest as little or as much time as one chooses on post-processing. It’s a personal choice on time investment, and it depends on the photographer’s overall objectives.
Most photographs do require some postprocessing, especially if shooting in RAW format (recommended). Post-processing, in this competition, permits only minor editing – removal of dust spots, colour conversion (if choosing black & white), contrast and sharpening tweaks, and image cropping. No object removal from images, use of filters, vignetting or extensive pixel manipulation in Photoshop layers! This competition forces a different approach – enjoying photography on the streets or at community events. The competition has two categories: • Sports / Action • Street / Social Entries may also include travel and documentary photography in more exotic overseas locations (current COVID-19 issues aside).
The New Zealand PJ competition has strict rules, ensuring only minimal image postprocessing.
Images by Pixabay
Photographs and background stories Let’s look at just a few of the best photographs from the 2020 National PJ Competition and their background stories. For a complete list of last year’s photos, use the following link: https://www.newbrightonphotoclub.org.nz/national-pj-2020-results/
Hongi by Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ This image really grabs the viewer’s attention and deservedly won 1st place and Honours in the Street / Social category. Lynn says: “In my day job, I am the proud Deputy Principal of a primary school in Manurewa, South Auckland. This moment of respect and reverence was captured before lifting a hangi at my school in celebration of Matariki. “With the voucher won in the National PJ Competition, I had it printed on a canvas for the boy and his whanau to thank them for letting me use the image. I also wanted the young boy to remember how he felt on that day, at that time. The print now hangs proudly in their home.” - Nice touch, Lynn; I’m sure it means a lot to the boy.
by Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ Another compelling photograph by Lynn, this time in the Sports/action category, receiving 2nd place and Honours. For this photograph, Lynn says: “I love the chase of a good action shot, and Polocrosse is certainly a game that calls for that. It’s incredibly fastpaced and super exciting to watch and photograph. This particular frame was taken at the ‘line up’ when the ball is thrown to start a chukka or restart. All kinds of mayhem and expressions to capture! The dry, dusty environment added to the dynamism of the shot.”
Salt Workers by Dorothy Walker A documentary style travel photograph from India, it highlights the hardships and endurance of many people in this region. Dorothy gained 2nd place in the Street category of the competition. Dorothy says: “I was on a trip in India and was going from Chennai to Puducherry, and upon seeing the salt pans, we asked our guide if we could pull over for some photographs. We walked into the area where bags are loaded, and the men were more than happy to allow us to photograph. We did not ask them to pose. They were natural, especially with their lovely smiles. So lucky to pass the saltpans and permitted to take the photos. It was a boiling hot day, and those men were amazing, filling and carrying the bags as they did.”
Racing the Rain by Pauline Allen I like this photograph – the facial expressions clearly show both the camaraderie and rivalry between the boys. The rainfall also adds to the picture. Pauline gained joint 2nd place in the Sports category. Pauline says: “I usually watch my grandchildren when they are having school sports days. This photo is of my grandson and his friend, racing in the final of the 50m race. I find the smiles on their faces tell the story even in the rain. “Where only friendly competition matters.”
London - Hong Kong Protest by Mark Chamberlain LPSNZ This photograph is a chance shot taken whilst visiting London in 2019. My London photographs had been sitting on a memory card for over a year, forgotten – it was only the adverts for the National PJ competition that encouraged me to go digging for the images. While my wife was serially abusing the credit card in the West End department stores, I decided to remain outside and enjoy the rare British sunshine. Suddenly, a large protest crowd approached – primarily young people and students from Hong Kong. The protest crowd extended the entire length of Oxford and Bond Streets. The protesters were angry about the current political situation with China in their homeland. With my camera already slung over my shoulder, I decided to take some photographs as the crowds passed. After a few warm-up shots, I became increasingly involved, mingling with the protesters and using my feet to take close-up shots with a fixed focal 35mm lens. This particular photograph catches the moment’s mood with the focal point on the protester’s eyes and distinctive mask. The protest banners and surrounding crowds give context and show the intensity of the situation. 51
There are also lessons to be gained from this kind of street photography. While this may have been a break from tedious shopping and camera fun for me, it was certainly not the case for the protesters. They were wearing masks and dark sunglasses for a reason – they didn’t want to be recognised. The protesters were observed, photographed and filmed by anonymous people (not tourists or passers-by) in the background. The students likely feared possible reprisals and consequences in their homeland. Despite my actions, I would generally advise photographers to avoid or keep a distance from political protests, unless working in a professional capacity or have experience in such situations. The Hong Kong protest was a peaceful, controlled event in London. However, I lived for many years in Southeast Asia, and I can personally testify to seemingly peaceful and friendly protests suddenly escalating and turning very nasty and violent. Use your common sense, particularly when travelling overseas.
Give it a go! Why not enter this year? The competition opens for entries on 6 June and closes on 31 July. Background to the competition, rules, last year’s photographs, along with details and entry forms for this year’s competition, can be found on: https://www.newbrightonphotoclub.org.nz/ national-pj-2021/
A man distributing bed nets throws his hands to his head in frustration as women wait to receive free bed nets in Kano state, Nigeria. The distribution became increasingly fraught as beneficiaries worried that there would not be enough nets for everybody – Photo by William Daniels. Source: https://docfieldbarcelona.org/en/interview-to-william-daniels-a-good-photographer-is-the-one-who-becomes-invisible/
The photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind in Ukraine. The artist planned to photograph a series about the declining population in the country, but quickly realized that the protests were her story. Source: https://blog.ted.com/intimate-portraitsof-the-men-and-women-caught-up-inrevolution-in-ukraine/
“Matthieu Paley... His interest and the curiosity for humankind has taken him to the most remote areas in the world. In his images, we can see isolated communities but also people climbing the highest mountains in the world!...” Source: https://www.exodusaveirofest.com/ member/16254-2/
““Under The Same Stars” by photographer Acacia Johnson is a series of images taken in the winter months of 2014-2015 in and around the Arctic Bay community...” Source: https://plainmagazine.com/stunningimages-acacia-johnson-life-arctic-circle/
New Brighton Photographic Club The 30th National Photojournalism Competition. Once again you are invited to present your best PJ images and compete for the prestigious Ted Walker Trophy (overall champion) and Maree Turner Trophy (Street Photography and/or Social Commentary section). Entry is open to ALL New Zealand photographers and PSNZ members who reside outside of New Zealand Entries Open June 6th – Closing 31st July Head to the New Brighton Photographic club website for the rules and entry form and get your images submitted before the closing date. www.newbrightonphotoclub.org.nz You could be this year’s grand champion! 2020 Winning Images
1st Sport/Action “Throwing The Fleece” Anne Lambe
1st Street/Social Commentary & Champion 2020 “Hongi” Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ
“Documentary photographer Rena Effendi describes herself as a “global storyteller”. Her work centres on themes of social justice, conflict and the environment, at once evoking both a distinct sense of place and questions of universal significance...” Source: https://hundredheroines.org/featured/ breaking-boundaries/
By Krisanne Johnson - an American photojournalist who presents her signature candid, black & white photography emphasising the emotions and movements. Source: https://www.instagram.com/ krisannejohnson/
“On the eve of October 1st, China’s national day - hundreds of Hong Kongers form a Pepe-the-frog human chain starting from Victoria Harbour, all the way into Kowloon.” By Marcus Yam Source: https://twitter.com/yamphoto/
Audio-Visual News By Trish McAuslan APSNZ EFIAP/b FAPS AV-AAPS AV Co-ordinator for PSNZ
Which Application? Information for Both Windows and Mac Users I am still getting requests from people who find that once they have a problem with ProShow, there is no longer support to solve whatever issue they are having. Reluctantly people are coming to the conclusion that they will have to invest time and money to learn a replacement programme. The question is — which one?
Option 1: Photopia The producers say it “is the next generation of slideshow software and takes slideshow creation to all new heights. All new from the ground-up, Photopia was built using many of the ideas Photodex had developed for the next generation of ProShow.” This is subscription software — which means that you don’t own it but rather you pay a fee to use it — currently about $NZ13 a month or about $135 for the annual subscription. Some of our members are happy to do this and have found that the programme has similarities to ProShow which they are happy with.
Option 2: PTE AV Studio 10 This version replaces an older programme called PicturesToExe. It is the programme used by most of the AV workers in Australia, South Africa and Britain. At the beginning of April this year the company released a version of the programme for Mac workers. I have started learning it on my Mac, using the tutorials originally created for the Windows users, without any problems. Recently John Hodgson EFIAP/b AV-AFIAP FAPS AV-FAPS ESFIAP Hon.FAP ran a workshop for AV beginners and he asked them all to download the trial version of PTE Studio 10.5. He said that several people had Macs and there really didn’t seem to be any significant differences between the Mac and PC versions. From a teaching point of view or from a group or club viewpoint there is an advantage in everyone using the same programme as they can help each other.
When you purchase PTE AV Studio, you own it. This is available as PTE AV Studio (approx NZ $100) or PTE AV Studio Pro (approx NZ $200). These are one-off costs and include free upgrades for the first year. NB The Pro version is the only one available for Mac users while PC workers have the option of the cheaper standard version or the Pro version. There is a comparison of the two versions on the website: https://www.wnsoft.com/en/ pte-av-studio/compare
Option 3: Other There are several applications which allow you to make AVs which meet the competition requirements. For Apple users, iMovie is pre-installed on most new Macs or is available free from the App store. For either PC or Mac there is Premiere Elements which you can buy or Premiere Pro which is the subscription version. DaVinci Resolve is very well recommended by video editors and can be used to make audio-visuals as we know them. It requires a lot of processing power and some people who have tried it found that their computer couldn’t cope — so check it out first. I have not tried it but understand that it has quite a steep learning curve. DaVinci Resolve has a paid Studio version and a free version, available for both Mac and Windows.
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Audio-Visual News Judging the 321 Competition The 321 is an international competition which is currently organised by a team of three AV workers from Germany. The Tauranga AV Group decided to become one of the judging teams again this year. The big difference was that we were able to meet together to judge while many of the other groups had to judge remotely for the second year. Our challenge was to judge 95 AVs during the day with frequent breaks for a snack and a brief chat.
Front Row: Elaine Ashford APSNZ LRPS, Adele Ashford APSNZ LRPS, Barb Lewis and Trish McAuslan APSNZ EFIAP/b FAPS AV-AAPS; Back Row: Richard Baldwin LPSNZ, Vivianne Baldwin APSNZ, Elizabeth Carruthers FPSNZ AFIAP, Dave Riddleston and Alistair McAuslan APSNZ AV-AAPS
Not surprisingly there were not a lot of travel programmes but there was a significant number of stories related to COVID. One story, that has remained with me, told how we thought we were all invincible until 2020 when we understood that we had to learn to live…with death always a possibility. It reminded me again just how lucky we have been in New Zealand.
Image by Guillermo Descortés, Pixabay
Preparing a Narration There is no hard and fast rule about when you should prepare the narration. In some situations it may be the first thing you do; then you will choose the images to support that story. In other cases you may use the narration to explain the story told by your images. Some Tips for Writing a Voice Over or Narration: • Write out a clear copy of the narration so you are not fumbling around trying to remember what you were going to say. • Use an easy to read font in its normal form - don’t use capital letters as they are harder to read fluently. • It is important to give the audience information they cannot easily see from the photos. Avoid telling them what they can see on the screen.
• Use short sentences and words which are easily understood by your likely audience. • Use punctuation to ensure that the reader pauses when you want them to pause. Use underlining or bold letters if something has to be emphasised strongly, but do not use it very often or it will lose its impact. • Avoid phrases and words that are hard to pronounce. Read your script aloud and if you stumble over any words or phrases, change that part to something that is easier to read. • Break the narration into segments and give your audience time to think about what you have said. • Good pacing is a balancing act between narration and visuals. Work carefully with timing; the pacing of your video dictates when to use narration and when it is not needed. Use words only when you have to; otherwise, let the visuals send the message. If you find you are talking quickly from beginning to end of the AV, rewrite the narration removing some of the less important information. • If you are reading it, try to make it sound like a conversation with your audience. • Concentrate on getting expression into your voice and not talking too quickly. This may be very difficult to start with but keep on trying because it will get easier. If someone else is reading it for you, explain or show them how you want it read.
PSNZ Workshop Series 2021
Judge Training in Taupō: 28 & 29 August 2021 By Shona Jaray APSNZ Judge Accreditation Panel
Venue: Taupō Vintage Car Clubrooms, Hickling Park, A C Baths Avenue, Tauhara Taupō 3330 The start time will be advised nearer the date but has generally been around 10.00 am. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are provided on both days. A comprehensive manual is also provided. This year we are charging PSNZ members $25.00. The charge for those who are not PSNZ members but are members of affiliated clubs remains at $60.00. This charge will become non refundable after 27 July 2021. Click on this https://photography.org.nz/salons-galleries/judge-training-weekend-registration/ to register. The class is limited to 30 people and we often have a waiting list, so book your place now!
Photo by Callum Parker, Unsplash
PSNZ Judge Accreditation Panel Update By Caroline Ludford LPSNZ LRPS, Panel Chairperson
Shona Jaray APSNZ, who has been on the PSNZ Judge Accreditation Panel both as chairperson and panel member, has stood down from that role. She will continue as the main presenter for the Judge Training weekends and is looking forward to meeting prospective trainees in the coming months. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Shona for her many years of hard work and dedication to the Judge Accreditation Panel.
The panel now consists of the following people: Annette Johnston FPSNZ is the latest person to join the panel. “I have been an apprentice photographer now for a little over ten years. I say apprentice as the more I think I am learning, the sheer magnitude of the things still to learn keeps growing.” Throughout this journey the evaluation process in Annette’s local camera club, Tauranga Photographic Society, has been her training ground. The challenge and discipline of meeting monthly submissions, followed by the informed evaluation received from experienced and qualified PSNZ accredited assessors, has been invaluable. It is Annette’s hope that in being part of the Judges Accreditation Panel, she can encourage and support other photographers to become part of, and comfortable in, their roles as photographic assessors dedicated to providing informed and encouraging critique to photographic club members throughout New Zealand. Paul Byrne FPSNZ AFAIP ARPS has been a member of the Tauranga Photographic Society since 2008. He is a PSNZ accredited judge and frequently evaluates club competitions. He was also one of the judges for the Laurie Thomas Competition in 2015 and the Natex Exhibition in 2016. 2016 was a great year for Paul. In January he achieved recognition from the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique [FIAP] when he was awarded an Associateship. In May, he was awarded an Associateship from PSNZ for his humorous panel of caricature prints.
In 2018 Paul was awarded a Fellowship of the Society for his panel of monochrome images which depicted the lives of Cambodians. He enjoys making short AVs and has been one of the judges of the Tauranga AV Competition for the many years. Paul is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and contributes to their Documentary Group. He was appointed to the PSNZ Honours Board in 2020. His photographic passions are portraiture, street photography, action (particularly rally sport) and documentary. John Reid APSNZ ANPSNZ AFIAP In the 1980s John’s passion for photography developed when he started working in Westland National Park as a Ranger. “I was working and playing in an incredible environment, big mountains, amazing light; and photography gave me the format to capture some of these scenes forever.” John lives in Greymouth and is currently working for the Department of Conservation, based in Hokitika. He is a member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and the Nature Photographic Society of New Zealand. John enjoys landscape, macro, wildlife and photojournalism photography. A highlight of John’s photographic career has been to photograph wildlife in Botswana, in different parts of the Okavango Delta, in 2014. This was followed by a second trip to the African continent in 2016, visiting Namibia and photographing wildlife, landscapes and some of the Namibian culture. John has been a PSNZ accredited judge for a number of years and judges in the Open and Nature categories.
Newell Grenfell Hon PSNZ FPSNZ FNPSNZ
For him, ‘competitive art’ makes little sense.
Newell grew up surrounded by photography. His Kiwi father was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a popular judge in the UK. Newell has been entering (and enjoying) photographic competitions for around 60 years. After returning to New Zealand in 1977 he gained his PSNZ Fellowship in 1994 and was on the PSNZ Honours Board for 12 years, succeeding Matheson Beaumont as chair in 2005. He has been president and patron of the Christchurch Photographic Society (CPS) and is a life member of both CPS and PSNZ.
“That said, the advantage of frequent competitions is that club members regularly have their work critiqued. When handled well this sort of critique gives a developing artist an understanding of how their work is perceived and can lead to rapid improvement of their image making.
Caroline Ludford LPSNZ LRPS took over as chairperson of the panel in 2020. Her passion is bird, wildlife and landscape photography, although she loves to learn new genres. She has been an accredited PSNZ judge for a few years and enjoys the variety of images that she assesses from many clubs around the country. She is a member of the Kapiti Coast Photographic Society and looks forward to welcoming some new trainees to the Judge Accreditation scheme. Ian Walls FPSNZ became an accredited judge in 2014 and has regularly judged at both club level and for salons and exhibitions. He joined the judge accreditation panel in 2016. He has always been uncomfortable with the way photographic organisations tend to emphasise competition.
“This is where the judge accreditation programme comes into the picture. New judges are trained and encouraged to make sympathetic and thoughtful comments that encourage improvement to photographic technique and vision.” Jenny Dey APSNZ is secretary of the panel. She worked in the photographic industry for over 25 years. For the last 10 years of her career, she worked at Imagelab in Wellington, managing an online image management software application. Recreational photography has been a lifelong interest and she has been active in the broader photographic community. She is a Life Member of the Wellington Photographic Society and was on PSNZ Council from 2007 until 2015, managing the Sponsorship Portfolio. Jenny has exhibited her photographs in solo and group exhibitions.
Autumn Landscapes Photography Workshop with Graham Dainty FPSNZ By Craig McKenzie. Photos by Graham Dainty.
Early on Friday afternoon, I found the venue for the Autumn Landscapes workshop with Graham Dainty, in a nearly new building at the edge of Alexandra, right beside the rail trail. At the other end of the building, there was a bustling cafe. A promising sign, as Industrial Lane Eatery provided our refreshments. The location of the seminar room was not obvious. Soon after, Graham arrived, and by the start time everyone else had found the room. This boded well for people being able to find their way to and from our photography locations. A relief, as I was determined not to lose anyone on this workshop! After introductions, our first classroom session introduced landscape photography, followed by an afternoon tea. The food didn’t disappoint. Our first location was the lookout above Clyde. The signpost was missing. Still, everyone managed to find the location and enjoy the marvellous light, changing cloud patterns and setting sun. Then it was off to Montieth’s Brewery Bar for our pre-selected meals. The dawn start on the following morning was at Butcher’s Dam, a few kilometres away. Great light again, then back to town for a warmup before meeting for more classroom tuition. More in-depth lessons this time. It was time to put our new knowledge into practice with an early afternoon trip to the top of the Manuherikia Valley, below the photographically famous Hawkdun Range.
The first photographic stop was the rustic fishing huts at the top of Falls Dam. Time seemed to rush by, and soon it was time to leave and go to our sunset location at Blue Lake, St Bathans, stopping at sites of photographic interest along the road. As cars in front stopped, those following had to decide whether to stop too or continue in the hope of finding something better. We eventually made it to St Bathans in time for a few quick photos before dark. A quick count of widely scattered photographers accounted for everyone. Phew! After changing a punctured tyre, it was back to town for a final meal together. The workshop finished with a sunrise shoot the next morning at the Lower Manorburn Dam. A bit crisper this morning, with good frost and ice, to add a foreground element. From there, the group of 16 dispersed. I know; I counted them. Thanks to Graham for generously sharing his accumulated wisdom.
“Graham gave us tremendous detail about how to create fantastic landscapes. Alexandra was a wonderful base for the workshop, with so many close-by scenic locations. It’s up to us now to go out and practise - and enjoy the journey!” Linley Earnshaw
Testimonials by Participants Autumn Landscapes 2021 Photography Workshop with Graham Dainty FPSNZ
“I really enjoyed the workshop, and it is wonderful that PSNZ is offering them at such a reasonable cost to members. Graham was a very informative and knowledgeable tutor. A big takeout was the importance of recognising the elements you wanted in the image and then working to place them to tell the story you want.” Jo Broadhead LPSNZ
“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Graham is a great presenter, giving an insight into several tricks to capture a landscape image and showing that breaking compositional rules can make for much more interesting results. I love the fact that he works to create images in-camera without relying on post-processing.” Wendy Fell
“An excellent weekend. Graham was a wonderful teacher, showing us many inspiring images, and I learned a lot from him. Mother Nature turned on beautiful weather, and Central Otago was cloaked in gold for the occasion. It couldn’t have been better.” Kathy Richards APSNZ
First Light, Gaynor Hurst
Early Light Frosty Morning, Lester Hurst
By Miriam Godfrey LPSNZ
By Kathy Richards
By Miriam Godfrey
Cool Little Workshop in a Cool Little Town By Karen Lawton. Photos by Judy Stokes APSNZ
Hokitika is a South Island, West Coast town, known for its iconic driftwood beach sign and its catchy marketing phrase, a “Cool Little Town”. Some might say Hoki is a wee bit off the beaten track. Yet Saturday 15 May 2021 saw eighteen keen PSNZ members finding their way to the end of that track, congregating at the PSNZ Workshop venue. They enjoyed a full day of inspirational education provided by presenter Judy Stokes APSNZ. The workshop was offered to PSNZ members as part of the 2021 Workshop series and was supported by Canon NZ who provided a hard case chock full of very tempting gear for participants to trial. Judy Stokes is an Auckland based photographer, based for many years at Muriwai Beach. She has always been very willing to share her knowledge and skills with others, and this approach epitomised the workshop presented in Hoki. The subject was Creative Photography, supported by another catchy phrase: Intentional Camera Movement or ICM. Judy is first and foremost an artist, and her approach to using the camera and lens as an artist’s tool to ‘paint with your camera’ was challenging and almost confrontational. She wove her way through the names in art history that have inspired her and explained the means by which she drew inspiration from them.
From Impressionism and expressionism, abstract and cubism, through to gestural photography which describes camera movement purely for movement’s sake – participants were reminded that a preconceived idea of outcome is not required to create art with your camera. She illustrated techniques through her existing imagery that described an artistic style that seeks to capture and evoke the feeling of the moment and stepped participants through carefully orchestrated post-production techniques, giving away all her ‘secrets’. The images made in just a couple of brief forays to Hoki beach and beyond to Lake Mahinapua are the best means to describe the outcomes of this awesome workshop. Personally I know that I will utilise Judy’s “Tips for Nurturing Creativity” and moving forward will make sure I cherish the days “when magic happens”.
Photos by Participants Intentional Camera Movement, 2021 Photography Workshop in Hokitika with Judy Stokes APSNZ
A Silence, Janice Brockett
Kissed by Gold, Franky Malone
Hokitika Beach, Inger Perkins
Meeting Waves, Alice Dupont FPSNZ ANPSNZ
By Nicole Tai
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Photos by Participants Intentional Camera Movement, 2021 Photography Workshop with Judy Stokes, Hokitika
By Pam Cumming APSNZ
Tutor, Janice Brockett
Workshop Participants, Karen Lawton
Bush Walk, Alice Dupont
By Pam Cumming
Yellow Jacket, Franky Malone
Chatham Island Photo Tour 2021 8 Days, 7 Nights on Chatham Islands ex Wellington 10 – 17 September 2021
Professional Photographer Tutors teach at your pace with location shoots, workshops \ critique sessions and 1 -1 assistance.
Local Guides show you their island. Onsite Tour Leader manages the tour full time from
departure to return to Wellington.
All Meals and Transport Included. Optional side trips include a day on Pitt Island, Fishing, the outer Islands of the Chathams archipelago.
Return flights on Air Chathams, accommodation at Hotel Chathams
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Welcome to Our New PSNZ Members! Hamish Kara Robert Amilie Danny Tony Jennifer & Lindsay Geoff Michael Rodney R. Robert Megan Stephen Jo Paul Gary Steve Julie Henrik Shannon Mike Erin Kate Tony Eva Dennis Wendy Lynne Kimberley Cornelia Sharon Deborah Shao-Yang Grant Gretta
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Nelson National Triptych Salon 2021 Entries open on 1 August Your triptych photographic entry can be of people, photojournalism, landscape, nature, tabletop, abstract, marine, aerial, food, fashion, pets, creative… you name it, you can triptych it! Think and plan your triptych before you capture your images. Your three images will more likely fit together better. For those who like a project to get their teeth into, try one or all of the three Special Awards: • Power - Illustrate power in some way. • Love - Convey a message of love in some form. • Monochrome - This ever popular medium in black and white or one colour can work wonders for the right images. All entries including those intended for Special Awards will be entered in an “Open” category. Only digitally projected triptych entries will be allowed for this salon, but we will make prints of the entries gaining High Awards and display these at the Presentation Evening in October.
There are some important rules to remember for this event: • Your three images must be separated from each other with a clear division between each image. • Background colours and shades are allowed but they must not constitute a fourth image to the subject matter. • There must be no text on the background but text within any of the three images is allowed. Your triptych can tell a story, compare three similar subjects, depict a captivating design with the use of texture or colour, or be a combination of all the above. Please visit www.nelsoncameraclub.co.nz/salon-information.html for the full set of rules and other info concerning this salon.
Pole Positions Liz Hardley FPSNZ EFIAP/b LRPS
N. Matheson Beaumont ONZM Hon FPSNZ FRPS FPSA Born in Dunedin 3/12/1926 – Died 19/4/2021 Internationally acclaimed photographer Matheson Beaumont, a Foundation Member of PSNZ, passed away in Havelock North aged 94. By occupation he had been an optometrist and had a very successful business in South Dunedin for 46 years before retiring in 2001. He had married Ruth Lepine in 1957 and they had one daughter, Louise. Matheson became interested in photography while at high school and joined Dunedin Photographic Society in 1948. This was the start of an extraordinary record of national and international photographic successes and recognition. Within two years of joining DPS he had gained more than 40 acceptances and awards in international exhibitions in 12 countries, and since the founding of PSNZ he had won most of that Society’s trophies, including the George Chance Trophy for Champion Colour Print no fewer than five times. Few who saw Matheson’s wide screen multi-projector audiovisual Something Special at the 1972 Queenstown Convention will ever forget it. Its development was something new for New Zealand and it became in demand overseas. Other AVs followed. Although Matheson photographed in several genres and was always at the forefront, his deep love of the New Zealand landscape is especially evident in his legacy of images and was the subject of his 2006 book, Chasing the Southern Light. His images were very much in demand and some are housed in public collections in the USA, UK, Singapore, Brazil and China, and in private collections in many other countries. His works have appeared in many books. While Matheson’s sensitive and insightful picture-making was always at the forefront, his associated contribution to photography was huge. At Dunedin PS he had acted as a judge, mentor, lecturer and office bearer, serving three terms as President. They elected him a Life Member in 1973. He was always very involved in the Society, including chairing various National Convention organising committees. On the national stage, he judged and lectured for many clubs, was for some years on the Honours Board of the Nature PSNZ, served on many National and International judging panels, spoke at conventions and seminars both here and in Australia as well as writing a regular column for the PSNZ magazine, NZ Camera.
John Boyd Hon FPSNZ Hon PSNZ APSNZ With special thanks to Dr Terry Maguire Hon PSNZ ESFIAP
The Dunedin City Council recognised the major contribution Matheson had made to the art of photography in the city with the awarding of the Otago Visual Arts Award in 1972. In 1974 he gained his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society and his Fellowship of the Photographic Society of America.
Matheson was a person of warmth, wit, charm and integrity. Our elder statesman and a true photographic artist has left us, but his work will live on. He is survived by his daughter Louise.
Outside of photography, Matheson made big contributions to the community including, in Rotary twice receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his initiatives and work, had been Chairman of the Dunedin Festival Road Race and on the Board of the Hocken Library.
In 1979 he was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. He was a Founding Trustee of the New Zealand Centre for Photography in 1985 and its Chairman in 1988. The Royal Photographic Society further honoured Matheson for his contributions to Australasian photography with the award of the prestigious Fenton Medal in 1994, the only time it has been awarded in Australasia, and made him an Honorary Life Member in 2005. In 2006 Matheson was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to photography and the community.
He was a member of the PSNZ Honours Board for 25 years, 15 as Chairman, President twice, Patron for 10 years from 1994 and a generous benefactor. He contributed 22 of his own prints to the Permanent Collection, and for it also obtained seven Brian Brake prints, plus numerous images from overseas photographers as a result of his acting as an Overseas Corresponding Member for the Council of the Royal Photographic Society.
PSNZ Canon Online - Results Round 2, 2021 By Paul Willyams APSNZ AFIAP MNZIPP, Canon PSNZ Online Coordinator
Wow! We had a record 193 entries for Round 2 of Canon Online. There has to be a winner, and this round it’s Gordon Speed from Dunedin Photographic Society. Gordon tells me that, “This image was taken at the ‘Industrial Imagery’ workshop during the PSNZ Vision-21 Convention in Christchurch. The workshop was run by James Gibson APSNZ EFIAP at Ewings Engineering, and they set up several points for taking shots of welding and grinding. They did a great job, with skilled workers giving up their Saturday morning for us. This included moving the large pipe seen in the image as it had been set up outside but it was raining as we arrived. They just got the forklift out and moved the pipe to a covered area so we could take the shots in the dry! “James had given some tips on how to get a good shot. I used the live composite mode on my Olympus E-M1 Mk2 camera, which allowed me to make the sparks look more impressive without having to merge multiple images. Following the convention we have been touring the West Coast, taking a lot more photographs, so a little post processing was done on my laptop in a motel to get my entry in on time. Big thanks go to Vision-21, James Gibson and Ewings Engineering for the opportunity.” The judge this round was Marie Bilodeau LPSNZ, a PSNZ accredited judge. She did a fantastic job assessing this huge round and selecting the top ten. Marie achieved two top ten placings last year. You will find larger versions of the images on this link: https://photography.org.nz/ canon-online-current-results/ Enter online in the PSNZ members area or click on this https://photography.org.nz/canon-
Comments from the Judge Thank you so much for asking me to judge Canon Online this month. It was a huge honour and a humbling experience. It was always exciting for me to get an image in the top ten of this competition. This month I had 193 images to choose from. It was far from easy. Too many of them were exceptional. The most important thing I look for in an image is a good story. Then I examine how effective the supporting elements relate to and support the story. I feel I have chosen a good variety in this body of work. I hope you agree. A little about myself. I’m originally from Canada, have lived in New Zealand for 21 years, but I still hang on to my accent. I am fortunate to live on Tauranga Harbour. This gives me access to a number of New Zealand birds. One of my favourite activities is posting on local websites and letting my neighbours know what birds we have in the vicinity. At club and competition level I have a varied portfolio. If you’d like a peek of my work my Facebook page is Marie Bilodeau Photography.
1st In the Arc by Gordon Speed This image had my imagination working overtime. I see a cosmonaut repairing his spacecraft. I love everything about this image: the circular composition encased by a square, the vibrant colours, beautiful light and wonderful story. Well done!
2nd Godwit Preening by Glenda Rees The more I look at this image, the more I’m captivated by it. Sharing this private ritual was very special. My eye is taken on a journey from the bottom wing feather, up his pink bill to his eye. The detail and light is exceptional.
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3rd Face Painting by Bob Pullein I love the way this wee girl’s big, beautiful eyes were transfixed, trying not to move a muscle. She is framed by the artist’s skilled hands. Her skin tones are delicate and beautiful. This is an image you can’t help but love.
4th Enter the Flow by Roger Ball I find this image tells a very powerful, inspirational story. Through life we encounter many challenging obstacles. By tackling them one by one, we arrive triumphantly at the end of our journey. This is a great abstract. I love the light and colours. It would look great on my wall.
online-submission/ 5th Wet and Wild by Jeanette Elaine Nee APSNZ Looks like this feral cat has found a safe place to secure his catch. You can almost feel the cold rain pelting down. We can see every drop of water on his fur. He stands out nicely against the blurred background. Good capture.
6th Winery by Night by James King-Turner Who would know that tanks, pipes and lights together would make such a dynamic image? Gold, bronze, and silver against the black night sky, perfect. The central placement really works. The details are amazing. Great place to visit, especially during serving time.
PSNZ Canon Online 7th Reflection by Tom Wilkinson APSNZ Instantly, I am drawn into this image. The leading lines take me past buildings, water, boats and bridges. So much delicious detail to look at. It keeps me coming back for more. Great image.
8th Easter Indulgence by Annemarie Clinton APSNZ These hot crossed buns make me salivate, especially the one smothered with butter. We have everything we need for an Easter treat. Content, composition and lighting are spot on. I hope these weren’t only for show.
9th Hard Life by Michael Byrne The lady peers into the distance, possibly dreaming of a simpler, happier time. Right now, she has a lot of dishes to do. Perhaps her dreams are all she has to keep her going. Brilliant story, excellent image.
10th Holy Night by Isaac Khasawneh Through the dark, stary night appears this lovely, wee church, welcoming us. Its beauty is in its simplicity, with limited elements and colours. Nicely done.
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PSNZ Membership Benefits As a PSNZ member you can enjoy a range of benefits, including: • Expert advice to help improve your photography. • The opportunity to achieve a higher Society distinction (LPSNZ, APSNZ, FPSNZ). • A complimentary copy of New Zealand Camera, and the ability to submit your images for selection in this annual publication. • Access to member only resources, including a member only PSNZ Facebook page for social chat and updates with other members. • The opportunity to enter the Canon Online Competition, with trophies for each round and for the overall winner each year. • Discounts for Society activities, such as the annual PSNZ national convention, special workshops, international competitions and much more. • The opportunity to participate in regional club meetings and events, including the PSNZ Workshop Series. • A copy of our bimonthly magazine – CameraTalk, with news, reviews, events and some of the best photography around. • The opportunity to exhibit your work in exhibitions such as the PSNZ Canon National Exhibition, Regional Salons and other member only online competitions. • Access to judge training workshops at a reduced rate for PSNZ members. • Ability to promote your website on our website. • Receive our regular blog posts to stay up to date with the latest news on events, activities and special offers. • Product discounts and savings when they are offered from our corporate partners and associated companies. • Discounts for major NZIPP events as a PSNZ member.
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