First Honours SIG meeting for 2021

The first of the 2021 honours meetings will be held on Wednesday 10th February 2021, 7.30 pm via Zoom.

New members are very welcome and we will start the year with an overview of the various systems, and a discussion about why you would want to take this step!

Please send your award winning images from the last year or two through. We can all learn from what has done well! Also any images you are thinking of submitting for critique

Returning to in-person meetings

We will now be holding a mix of in-person and online meetings. In general the competition night and workshop will be in-person at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, while our special interest groups will generally be online using Zoom but may use the craft room or Wadham House. Check the weekly Waverley Watson email or the calendar for details.

For in-person meetings we will be taking the following COVID safe precautions:

  • Do not attend if you feel unwell.
  • All attendees over 18 years of age must carry a mask indoors and wear these on entry and when not seated. BYO mask, although we will have some (cheap & nasty) ones if you forget.
  • We will provide sanitiser & ensure attendees use on entry & through attendance.
  • There will be several people on the front table, one of whom must record your attendance.
  • The seating layout will be done by Monash Council staff to ensure COVID distancing. Number of attendees must not exceed 70 in the main hall.
  • We have decided not to do Tea/ Coffee until further notice. If you like, you could bring your own drink in a bottle or Thermos.

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.

Monthly competitions in 2021

February – Still Life

Judge: Julie Powell
Entries due: Tuesday 12 January 2021
Judged: Tuesday 2 February 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. One example is food photography.
This genre gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition compared to other photographic genres, such as landscape or portrait photography. Lighting and framing are important aspects of still life photography composition.
Popular still life images include groups of flowers, food, and desk space, but still life photography is not limited to those 3 categories. Every object can be arranged into a Fine Art still life composition.
Typically, a still life is not close up to the subject nor far away, but at a very medium angle. The art in still life photography is often in the choice of objects that are being arranged and the lighting rather than the skill of the photographer.

March – Portrait

Judge: Alan Moyle
Entries due: Tuesday 2 February 2021
Judged: Tuesday 2 March 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Creative EDI
Set subject definition: Portraits of people of all colours, races, religions, the whole range of human feelings. Live photography, outdoor photography as well as studio portraits. Men, women, or children. The human face as a reflection of emotion and life experience. Images entered into this category must be portraits of a person or a group of no more than three people.

April – Structures (monochrome)

Judge: Peter Clarke
Entries due: Tuesday 2 March 2021
Judged: Tuesday 6 April 2021
Sections: Monochrome open print
Monochrome open EDI
Monochrome set subject EDI
Set subject definition: This subject requires a structure that is created, constructed or modified by the human hand or by animals. The subject affords a broad range of subject opportunities and requires a major focus on the subject constructed. The subject allows for human, or animal or a construction that contains intervention by both human and animal.

May – Landscape/Seascape

Judge: David Norris
Entries due: Tuesday 6 April 2021
Judged: Tuesday 4 May 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: A landscape is a photograph of natural scenery with land and sky based elements displayed in a pictorial fashion. It may include evidence of man, people, animals, even part of the sea provided that none of these additional elements dominate the photograph. A seascape is a photograph of natural coastal scenery, a wave study, or a picture of the open sea, provided always that the sea is the centre of interest of the photograph. People, boats and man-made structures may be present as incidental to the photograph. Cityscapes are excluded from this competition.

June – Abstract

Judge: Mieke Boynton
Entries due: Tuesday 4 May 2021
Judged: Tuesday 1 June 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Creative EDI
Set subject definition: Abstract photography, sometimes called non-objective, experimental or conceptual photography, is a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials. An abstract photograph may isolate a fragment of a natural scene in order to remove its inherent context from the viewer, it may be purposely staged to create a seemingly unreal appearance from real objects, or it may involve the use of color, light, shadow, texture, shape and/or form to convey a feeling, sensation or impression. The image may be produced using traditional photographic equipment like a camera, darkroom or computer, or it may be created without using a camera by directly manipulating film, paper or other photographic media.

July – Storyline (photojournalism)

Judge: Robyn Campbell
Entries due: Tuesday 1 June 2021
Judged: Tuesday 6 July 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Storytelling photography is an image that captures a moment with tension, inspiration, and emotions. It tells the story of your subject matter without using motion pictures or words. Unlike a simple image that only gives random data or facts, a storytelling image inspires people, makes them think, and invoke their emotions. In other words, it can have a bigger impact. While it is more challenging to create such an image, these moments can help you to deliver how you feel about something, send an important message or show an idea with your photography.

August – Minimalism

Judge: Mario Mirabile
Entries due: Tuesday 6 July 2021
Judged: Tuesday 3 August 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Creative EDI
Set subject definition: Minimalist photography is a form of photography that is distinguished by extreme, austere simplicity. It emphasizes spareness and focuses solely on the smallest number of objects in the composition process.

September – At work (monochrome)

Judge: Gaynor Robson
Entries due: Tuesday 3 August 2021
Judged: Tuesday 7 September 2021
Sections: Monochrome open print
Monochrome open EDI
Monochrome set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Images of workplaces whether indoors or outdoors. The images can broad views of workplaces without people or can contain one or more people in their workplace – or may be close up images showing work being executed.

October – Travel

Judge: Christopher Ian
Entries due: Tuesday 7 September 2021
Judged: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Creative EDI
Set subject definition: A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location.
Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must look natural.

November – Patterns (manmade or nature)

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Judged: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Sections: Open print
Open EDI
Set subject EDI
Set subject definition: Pattern photography is the concept of integrating a repetition of elements into a photograph. Patterns surround us and can be found in the natural world or generated by the activities of humans, animals or the natural world. Photographs that capture pattern will contain repetitive elements such as shapes, colours or textures. Photographs may be up-close or wide angle compositions.
This subject does not include digitally generated patterns created by apps or software.

December – End of year

Judge: TBA
Entries due: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Judged: Tuesday 7 December 2021
Sections: Colour EDI
Monochrome EDI
Creative EDI
President’s trophy

End of Year Results 2020

End of year competitions

Best Colour EDI

Fred Seeber - Four down into the mist

1st – Fred Seeber – Four down into the mist
2nd – Sim Chong – Hope
3rd – Joe Battista – MY 488
HM – Sim Chong – Shine From Within
HM – Felix Shparberg – Expressivity

Best Monochrome EDI

Felix Shparberg - Only forward

1st – Felix Shparberg – Only forward
2nd – Vicki Moritz – Urban canyon7
3rd – Geoff Shaw – Sam Bell at Moomba 2019
HM – Marlene Chaitra – Vietnamese Gardener
HM – Angela McLeod – Pride and Prejudice

Best Creative EDI

Bob Thomas - Hand-some

1st – Bob Thomas – Hand-some
2nd – Sim Chong – Looking Back At 2020
3rd – Anthony Yap – Stand Guard

Aggregate awards

Set Subject EDI – Advanced

1st – Trace O’Rourke – 16 points
2nd – Jen Fawkes – 14 points
3rd – Helen Warnod – 11 points
3rd – Felix Shparberg – 11 points
3rd – Rosie Hughes – 11 points
3rd – Geoff Shaw – 11 points

Set Subject EDI – Intermediate

1st – Steve Hilton – 18 points
2nd – Sim Chong – 15 points
3rd – Hans Huysmans – 14 points

Open EDI – Advanced

1st – Geoff Shaw – 18 points
2nd – Alan Bennett- 17 points
3rd – Dianne Willis – 15 points
3rd – Angela McLeod – 15 points

Open EDI – Intermediate

1st – Sim Chong – 20 points
1st – Hans Huysmans – 20 points
2nd – Phillip Harris – 17 points
3rd – Daren Fawkes – 15 points

Creative EDI

1st – Bob Thomas – 13 points
2nd – Rosie Hughes – 10 points
2nd – Trace O’Rourke – 10 points
3rd – Sim Chong – 9 points

Top Scorer (across all sections and groups)

Sim Chong – 44 points

President’s trophy

Felix Shparberg - Glowing fountains
Felix Shparberg – Glowing fountains