Exhibition: Winged Wonders

Another member exhibition is coming up this week.  Paul Sorrell is having an exhibition of “Winged Wonders” at Orokonui Ecosanctuary as part of the Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature. This is bound to be a beautiful exhibition of stunning bird life and will be well worth the short trip out to the Orokonui Visitors Centre.  Don’t forget your camera, as you are bound to be inspired to try and capture your own images of the winged wonders out there.

The exhibition is on 22-24th April from 9.30 – 4.30pm at Orokonui Ecosanctuary Visitors Centre. More info: https://hail.to/wild-dunedin/publication/fiIPqzG/article/h7bNpkO

Photo Credit: Paul Sorrell, Robin at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Exhibition: Carnaval de Oruro

One of our newer members, Carlos Biggemann, currently has an exhibition on at the Dunedin Art Station.  This is a wonderful, colourful display of images from the famous Carnaval de Oruro, in Bolivia.

The exhibition is on from 13-17th April.  More info: http://www.otagoartsociety.co.nz/exhibitions

As a special bonus, Raimo Kuparinen is the artist in residence during this week as well.

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Photo Credit: Carlos Biggemann

Field Trip: April 10th

Our next field trip will be held on Sunday 10th April.  We will be heading to Oamaru and Clarks Mill.  There is a $10 entry charge for Clarks Mill.
We will meet at 8.30am at the Railway Station carpark and sort out carpooling from there.  We will head to Oamaru first for a wander around the old part of town and then after lunch visit Clarks Mill.
Please indicate to the Field Trip Coordinator (via email: fieldtrips.DPSNZ@gmail.com) if you intend to come along.


Source: Timaru Herald

Society Competitions

The Dunedin Photographic Society runs three kinds of competition throughout the year.

Print & Projected Image of the Month (Monthly Competitions)– These are an opportunity to submit work for critique. The critique is intended to be constructive and give you suggestions on how to improve and grow as a photographer. It’s amazing how often someone may point out something such as a distracting patch of light that you hadn’t noticed…. now it’s obvious and all you can see!

The varying themes encourage members to try something different and are open to interpretation, ‘open’ means you can submit anything you like. Any degree of processing will be considered. The only subjects which tend to be stricter are Natural History and Photojournalism. These should accurately represent the subject/event.

This is a good place to start showing your work. All images will be commented on.  Points are awarded to everyone who submits an image and extra points are awarded for the top three images on the night.  Points standings can be found here: Standings.

Successful images from this competition should be considered for the seasonal exhibitions.

Seasonal Exhibitions (Seasonal Exhibitions)– The club runs four seasonal exhibitions Spring and Autumn Print, and Winter and Summer Projected Image.   You can enter up to 6 images in each of the the Open and Natural History sections (note: the seasons are just to indicate the time of the year the exhibition is held – it is not a restriction on the type of image you can enter).  The images entered are submitted to accredited judges or ‘experts’ for appraisal. The purpose of these is to produce an exhibition of quality work, and therefore not all images will be accepted. The judges are directed to accept a percentage of the images submitted and will provide comment on only those that have been accepted.

While it can be disappointing not to have images accepted, it is important to realise that judging can be subjective; an image accepted by one judge may have been rejected by another.

Successful images from the seasonal exhibitions should be considered for the Festival.

Dunedin Festival of Photography (Festival)The Festival is run once a year by the Society and is open to any NZ resident or society member to enter. This competition attracts a large number of entrants including those with photographic honours and professional photographers, and as such the standard is high. Acceptance into the festival should be seen as an impressive achievement and a stepping stone to the PSNZ Regional or National exhibitions. These images are not critiqued but are displayed in a local gallery for a week where they can be viewed by the public.

For new members, entering your images for the first time is always the hardest.  You do need to have a bit of a thick skin, but positive feedback feels good and shows you a way forward.  So don’t be shy, start entering now.