Hi everyone – last message of this year!

Update on AGM and following Committee meeting:

At the AGM we elected a full committee, except for a President! (Alison is not able to do a further year as president, according to the club rules.) The committee have decided to have a “rolling presidency,” with each member taking a turn for a month to chair the committee meeting and the two main club meetings. Alison has taken the role of Secretary, and so all routine business and communication can be handled by her.

The committee members for 2017 are:

Secretary and Immediate Past President – Alison Viskovic

Treasurer and Membership – Jo Goudsblom

Competition Secretary and Hostess – Karyn Crocker

Committee members – Sharon Burleigh, Gavin Klee, Rachel Stevens, Greg Whitfield.

We have finished the year on a high note: 

  • The end-of year dinner was a very successful occasion;
  • The Mahara exhibition of BW portraits of retired members of the community received a lot of positive feedback; and
  • The Kapiti calendar has been selling well – net profit to date is just over $2000 with only 40 left to sell. Those last few will be sold through the i-Site in Paraparaumu, if you want to buy any more. The calendar proceeds will enable us to fund things to benefit all members such fees for a special speaker or workshop,  or the costs of prints sets and exhibitions.

Looking forward to 2017: the committee are planning a range of activities similar to this year, including a field trip, probably in May and probably to Hawkes Bay.  Development sessions will be a “Topic of the Night” series, suited to both less and more experienced photographers. More details of all meetings will be in the club brochure, available at the first main meeting on Monday 13 February.

2017 National Interclub  Salons: One early activity will be putting together club sets to enter in these Salons –  Wiltshire Open Digital, Bledisloe Open Prints (NZ subjects), Bowron Landscape Digital and George Chance Landscape Prints.  We have decided to base our sets on images taken in the area from Lake Ferry to Cape Palliser, starting with some from the 2016 field trip but asking all club members to submit other images they have taken in the area.  While the Bowron and Chance sets need to be land or sea scapes, the open sets could be of buildings, vehicles, activities, wildlife, vegetation etc in that area…. So if you are over in the Wairarapa over the summer, do look for opportunities for new images.  In late January we will ask you to submit digital copies initially for a selection panel, then we will arrange printing of those chosen for print sets.  The sets have to be submitted in February, to be judged so the winners can be shown at Natex.

PSNZ 2017 National Convention “Photography on the Edge” will be in Auckland, 6 to 9 April. Information and registration at

2017 National Exhibition: Entries opened on 1 December and close on 10 February. Information and entry process are on the Convention website (see above).

The committee wish you all the best for the festive season, and happy image-hunting!