This weekend, we finally managed to run our annual photo scavenger hunt, after postponing due to threatened bad weather (that never eventuated), then changing our venue at the last minute due to some semi-bad weather…but luckily we had an excellent turnout of members. Even though I greedily demanded a very quick turn-around of images, so we could fit the slideshow into the last meeting of the year, I received a whopping 108 photos, making this the longest photo walk/field trip slideshow of the year – it’s so long, I had to find three totally irrelevant songs to accompany it!
The themes were:
Thanks to everyone who submitted their images so quickly!
As most of our members will know, after we’ve run an exhibition, a field trip, a photo walk, or a big trip away, we usually gather images from those who participated to make a slideshow. Although we haven’t had many trips over the last year or two, we’re still collecting the slideshows, and you can view them any time, along with our seasonal and Festival exhibitions on our YouTube channel. For those who missed our slideshow of Arthur’s Pass, here you go!
The results of the Projected Image Exhibition for 2018 were announced and presented at the meeting on Monday 12 November. The Open Section images were selected by Trish and Alistair McAuslan. They were not present at the meeting, but their comments were read out by Melanie Middlemiss. The Natural History Section images were selected by Craig McKenzie who commented on each of the images as they were projected.
The awards, which are summarised below, were presented by our Patron, Ian Wyllie. Congratulations to all ten members of the Society who had images accepted for the exhibition, and to the six who also received Honours awards. Special recognition went to Andre Koschinowski, who received the Champion Award in the Open category, and to Gary McClintock, who received the Champion Award in the Natural History category. Gary was also awarded the F.H. Williams Memorial Trophy. Special thanks to Trish and Alistair McAuslan and Craig McKenzie for their careful selection and the insightful and constructive comments. Videos of past exhibitions and field trips can be seen here.
This resource from Northrup’s website has tutorials on many modern cameras, covering the basics through to more advanced features. So if you can’t find a feature on a camera you’ve owned for a few years or you’ve just bought a new camera, have a look and see if there is a tutorial for you.
The Nikon/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards 2018 were judged a few weekends ago in Wellington. The judging of each category has been recorded and uploaded to YouTube at the link below. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from professional work and judging. All categories require a physical print submission, there are no projected image categories.
Congratulations to DPS member Simone Jackson who was a finalist in the Nature category and received awards in others sections, including the image above from the Documentary category.
Note: The judging may not start until some time into the recording so fast forward to find the beginning.
Print Scoring Table:
95 – 100
Gold with Distinction
● Exceptional vision, creativity & innovation
● Exceptional visual communication & interpretation of
● High level of originality of thought/concept
● Invokes a superior emotional response
● Has an enduring quality
● Exceptional mastery in all areas of creative &
90 – 94
● Outstanding level of imagination & creativity
● Outstanding visual communication, interpretation of
subject &/or emotion
● Originality of thought/concept
● Outstanding mastery across all areas of technique, craft,
production & print quality
85 – 89
Silver with Distinction
● Excellent level of imagination & creativity
● Excellent visual communication, interpretation of subject
● Excellent level of technique, craft, production &
80 – 84
● High level of imagination &/or creativity
● High level of visual communication, interpretation of
subject &/or emotion
● Very high level of craft, skill and technique
70 – 79
● Very high standard of professional practice, craft, skill &
● Exceeds the normal level expected of professional
60 – 69
● Approaching award level
● Well executed, appropriate professional level of craft
● Good standard of professional practice – what a
professional is expected to produce day to day
50 – 59
● Does not yet exhibit the standards required of
● May show proficiency in some areas
Links below to a BBC documentary you should find interesting. The content is from Youtube so may be removed at some point in the future. If you search for ‘Eamonn McCabe’ it should be hosted somewhere else on YouTube.
‘…Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.’