Category: <span>Club Night</span>

Certificate Night and Final Night

The last two club nights in the year are dedicated to celebrating the members successes. As there were so many, we had to distribute the event to two nights since last year, the first one is for displaying all entries to the end-of-year (EoY) competitions and the awarded honours images. Certificates for the awarded honours images are handed out that evening. We had a total of 92 honours images!

Among the honours images there was one image selected to be the champion image per competition. The EoY competitions are:

Field Trip
C Grade Unseen
Natural History

So we had 16 champion images selected (8 digital projected images, 8 prints), but they were only revealed at the final night one week later, to keep the tension. In addition to the EoY competitions, we also had the Highland Trophy competition images on show, also leaving the announcement of the winner to the next week.

The final night then revealed the champions, grade advancements and Cup/Trophy winners. We had a total of 32 Cups/Trophies to award to the successful club members. 16 are from the EoY competitions, and then we have a number of additional trophies for e.g. accumulated points during the year or special achievements.

First time this year we also had a competition for the new A+ Grade, for which A Grade members had to fulfill a number of requirements and had to present a portfolio of 8 images (digital or print). The 4 successful A+ grade members for the next year 2020 are

Nadine Campbell
Frithjof Moritzen LPSNZ
Tracey Perrin
Rosemary Simpson

And congratulations to all members who participated in the various competitions throughout the year! You all deserve a pat on the back, and with every image you enter you put a bit of yourselve out there for all to see and for judges to assess. A special thank you goes out to the judges who spent their free time (a lot of it!) to assess our images and give their opinion! Also a big “Thank You!” to the committee and President who work tirelessly in the background to keep the club running smoothly.

Well done all!

We have now a break until first Tuesday of February 2020, so time to think about your plans for the next year.

Merry Christmas and a happy new Year!

PSNZ Judging workshop and inhouse judging night

PSNZ Judging workshop and inhouse judging night

Another eventful week and weekend lies behind us. It was all about assessing images and how to do it. First we had another round of inhouse judging on Tuesday night (club evening), following for some of us (actually, quite a lot of us) this weekend with a full-on PSNZ Judging Workshop weekend.

I think the workshop was very successful in driving home some key messages, and it gave us a renewed appreciation of what the judges do for our club when they assess our images. Well done, Bruce and Shona, I think you did a great job!

Eventful week

Eventful week

This week is full of events for the club. We already had our Midwinter Brunch last Sunday after a lovely Sunrise trip to Godley Head. Tuesday was club night with the presentation of the 3rd Open Club Competition results (thank you Julia Home for assessing over 100 images for us!), the awarded images are in the Gallery section here:

Next Sunday is another Field Trip in the CBD area, details to be announced.

Stay warm!

Simon Runting (Guest Speaker)

Simon Runting (Guest Speaker)

A wonderful evening full of awesome bird photography is behind us. We had guest speaker Simon Runting visiting us, to tell us all about the bird photography he does. If you want to get an impression of the images shown, have a look at his Facebook page for his commercial images, where he also has some of the bird images:

So get your bird hide, drop to worm level and fire your off-camera flash to try to get the early bird on to your memory card. Ah, and you need this:

Well, not quite, but a long lens is needed to get close. You shouldn’t be afraid of mud and dirt, put your camera into silent shutter mode, shutter priority with 1/2000s and whatever ISO crank up you need for that speed. Good luck!

Thank you, Simon, for the evening!

Inhouse Judging Night

Last Tuesday we had another inhouse judging night, a bit different from what we had last time. Our external competition sub-committee assembled print-outs from the various external print and digital competitions we entered (as a club), together with the top three results of that competition. It was really good to see where we stand among the other clubs, and that we are doing well for such a small club. Well done all, and thanks again to the sub-committe (Jill, Rosemary and Katrina) for putting this together!

The remainder of the evening was then in the (now) common format of having three more or less 🙂 voluntary club members voicing their thoughts about other full voluntary club member image submissions, in an effort to practice taking and giving critique. I think there were some good lessons in there to learn. And Nadine got probably most out of it, as she had the lion share of the images submitted. Sorry Darren for your images not shown, your USB stick was hidden. My fault.

Next week is no club night, it’s committee meeting time. If you want to be more involved into what’s happening behind the scenes, think about joining the committee and help with a very diverse set of tasks. Talk to anybody on the committee if you are keen.