Knox Monochrome Interclub 2022 results

In what was a tough competition, with many very high calibre images, last night WCC came in 3rd overall behind Knox (2nd) and Rosana (1st) at the 2022 monochrome interclub run by the Knox Photographic Society

We had some award winners…

Julie Madders - THE MESSENGER
Third place EDI: Julie Madders – THE MESSENGER

Sim Chong - Hallway
Second place EDI: Sim Chong – Hallway

… and …

Trace O'Rourke - Path to where
First place print: Trace O’Rourke – Path to where

Well done to all involved, and congratulations to the award winners.

All of our entries can be viewed in the EDI and Print galleries.

Display at local government event

Monash City Council offered us the opportunity to setup a display for a Greater South Eastern Melbourne local government event held at the MWCC. We were proud to display a cross-section of our member’s images, mostly from our recent monthly competition.

Our colourful display attracted plenty of attention, and it’s always great to have the opportunity to represent our craft at the local government level. Thanks to Monash Council for the opportunity, and Vicki for her assistance with the setup and representation.

Portrait Photography with Craig Wetjen

On Tuesday March 15 we have our monthly workshop being held at the Mount Waverley Community Centre in the main hall commencing at 7:30PM. This month our guest will be Craig Wetjen presenting Portrait Photography.

You are right to be thinking that Craig’s name seems familiar to you – he was our judge for the club’s end of year competitions last year. Craig has over three decades of experience in the industry and has won countless awards. He has published his own book in the portrait genre, Men and Their Sheds, and has been involved in teaching at a tertiary level for many years. Craig is an enthusiastic and engaging presenter and we are thrilled that Craig is joining us again for this workshop.

You may note that our set subject for the club’s May competition (due for submission on April 5th) is “Portrait”, making this a very timely workshop and I am sure Craig will be providing plenty of valuable tips.

With regards to COVID-19, Monash Council have advised that masks are no longer mandatory in the Hall, although other restrictions are still in place:

  1. Attendees must be fully vaccinated to enter a community facility & provide proof to your group representative;
  2. attendees must check into the facility via the QR Code or register via the manual registration provided; and
  3. use hand sanitiser on entry & through your occupation of the facility.

We hope to see you there from 7:30PM tomorrow (March 15).

Visiting the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

WCC members (and a few partners) visited the Ballarat International Foto Biennale today.

Starting with a coffee briefing, we visited several exhibitions ranging from Steven Arnold’s “Notes from a Queer Mystic” to the highlight, “Linda McCartney: Retrospective”. Many of us also took the opportunity to photograph the textures and interiors of the historic buildings which house the exhibitions.

A great program and a terrific day. Many thanks to Vicki who organised the day with Fiona Sweet (Artistic Director), and Danielle Barth (from Spicers, Lead Partner of the Biennale).

Don’t forget to share photos… here are a limited few “rushes” from me…

10 Club Portrait Competition 2021 results

For those of you who missed the 10 Club Portrait Competition presentation event last Tuesday evening, and would like to view it at your leisure, the recording of the event is available on YouTube at CCC 10 Clubs Portrait Judging 24th Aug 2021

Please join me in congratulating Angela McLeod for her awarded image “Evil”, which gained an Honorable Mention in the Creative section. Well done, Angela!

Angela McLeod - Evil

And well done to all the makers of images the WCC submitted! Our club did well to come 4th. Contrary to what Ken Spence said on Tuesday night, our club did have to stick to the “100 Members” rule as we had 102 members on the deadline. This meant that we could not double up on makers and were forced to submit images from 25% of our membership. To come fourth against larger clubs was very well done!

Our entries and their scores can be viewed in our Camberwell Portrait 2021 galleries.

I also want to take the opportunity to thank Helen Warnod, who was our designated steward for this competition. This was a challenging comp to manage as there were a larger-than-normal set of rules to navigate, and Helen did a great job for us. So, thank you Helen, and the selection team, for a great job.

Reminder: Workshop & AGM Tonight

We have a couple of things happening tonight over Zoom.

First up, we have the club’s AGM commencing at 7:30PM. I appreciate this may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, but it is an important event on the club calendar.

The AGM will be immediately followed by a workshop on post-processing software options led by Geoff Shaw, and ably assisted by John Noble on this occasion. This is the first part of a two-part series looking at alternatives to the usual Adobe suite of products (Bridge, Camera Raw, Photoshop, Lightroom etc.). The second part will be presented later in the year.

See you tonight.
Cheers, Russell.

COVID & WCC Activities

As we are all in lockdown for the next 7 days, it probably goes without saying, but all in-person WCC activities are now suspended until further notice.

Where practical and possible, club meetings, workshops etc. will be conducted via Zoom. This will commence with the June Competition Night next Tuesday, June 1st, at 7:30PM, on Zoom.

At our committee meeting tonight, we decided that while we will proceed with the judging of prints submitted this month (for June 1 judging), we intend to put these prints out for display at the July meeting (assuming we can meet in-person by then). There will be no print competition in July and you will not submit prints, or EDIs of same, by June 1 (for the July comp).

We are hoping that this will be a short interruption to our in-person activities and print comp. We will keep you informed via email, the website, and Facebook as we work through this together.

Please read our weekly WCC Watson Emails where we will confirm proceedings for the next week and whether they are via Zoom or in-person (if restrictions permit), as well as the details for each specific session.

Please stay safe and stay well.

New Year Event – Picnic-In-The-Park

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a terrific festive season and, notwithstanding the continuing annoyance that COVID brings, I hope you managed to spend some special moments with family and friends.

We are planning a Picnic-In-The-Park event on Tuesday January 12th, starting at 5:30PM at Jells Park. Note that this event will only proceed if current restrictions remain in place and the weather cooperates. It is important that you monitor your email for any updates on the Tuesday.

This will be a catered-for event (with the option to BYO food if you prefer). To make this as easy as possible in the event of a cancellation, we are planning to cater with pizzas, a simple green side-salad, and a choice of two desserts. This approach means we do not have to order anything until the day of the event.

If you have decided to join us, the most important thing is that you must register for the event for the purposes of contact tracing and catering.

And don’t forget, we want to get our print competition up and running again in 2021, so please bring along your prints to the picnic event to submit for the February competition night.

I hope to see you at Jells Park on the 12th.

Suspension of all meetings until further notice

We have all been inundated with information around the escalating COVID-19 virus, and today the Premier of Victoria declared a state of emergency.

Today’s statement accompanying the state of emergency declaration included words to the effect that “clubs” should avoid “non-essential” gatherings. And while the context of that sentence refers to “bans” outlined in the previous paragraph (gatherings of 500+ people), it is also clear that our governments intend to take further action.

The WCC Committee is focused on putting the health and safety of our members first. We note that a reasonable proportion of our membership is in the older “at risk” age group. It is clear that conducting meetings (of any sort) would be taking on unnecessary risk with our member’s health. Finally, we note that VAPS have cancelled meetings and have discontinued handling prints.

For all these reasons the WCC Committee has decided that the club will suspend ALL meetings, workshops, outings and any other gatherings until further notice.

Also note the following:

  1. The InFocus Exhibition will continue until it’s scheduled finish date (March 22). This is held in a very large space and we only have a couple visitors at any time. If you are scheduled to be a monitor at the gallery, we ask you to please attend. If you have concerns for your health in attending, please contact either Vicki Moritz or myself.
  2. In an effort to stagger picking up prints from the InFocus Exhibition, please arrive any time after 12 noon – we would like to avoid everyone arriving at 3pm.
  3. The April 7 Competition Night will NOT proceed. We will announce winners electronically. We will work through print collection at a later time.
  4. We intend to continue to accept EDI images for monthly competitions and have them judged (our print section, in all groups, is suspended from next month onwards)
  5. For April and subsequent months, we will work with judges to see if we can distribute judge’s comments.
  6. We understand there are a couple of “special” workshops and events scheduled, some of which we have accepted payment for. We will work through that shortly. The fate of these may be decided at the next committee meeting.
  7. Please take advantage of social media and networking in these uncertain times. Join the club’s Facebook group and/or the WhatsApp community. This is a great way to stay connected.
  8. The committee is looking at other measures to improve our ability to stay connected and mentor each other.

As regrettable and painful as this decision is, we hope that this decision makes sense to our members. Hopefully we can all get through this health event with limited additional disruption. We will continue to update members via our website and the weekly Watson emails. We will also provide additional updates (such as this one) as required. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or another Committee member

Take care and stay healthy.
Kind regards, Russell