Field Trip 2017

Hi Everyone

Below are the details for our weekend away from Friday 3th to Sunday 5th November in Napier. The Hawkes Bay area has lots of  opportunities for landscape, wildlife, architecture and people photography.

If you are not on the list and would like to go please let Rachel know.

Pot luck dinner Friday Night at the Motel & Saturday dinner or lunch with the Hawkes Bay Photographic Society.

Rhythm & Booms which is a performing arts, music and fireworks festival in Waipukerau on the Saturday the 4th (unfortunately you will miss the dinner) but there will be heaps of photo opportunities and yummy food. $15pp – tickets have to be purchased prior. See

The Gannet Safaris which everyone has said yes to going (we are just deciding between dawn and sunset) is $81.20 per person.

A dawn run to Te Mata Peak is also being organised but it will depend on the Gannets whether it will be Saturday or Sunday morning.


I’ve made the following booking at Deco City Motor Lodge

Twin Room – $77.50 per night per person Total $155 to pay the hotel

(One bedroom units with queen in the lounge and twin singles in the bedroom, kitchenette and spa bath/shower.)

Double room – $125.00 night per couple Total $250 to pay to the hotel

(Double Studios with queen bed, kitchenette and spa bath/shower.)



KCPS Wins the Wellington Interclub Print Battle

A small but enthusiastic group from KCPS was at the Karori Arts Centre last night for the annual Wellington Interclub Print Battle.  Bruce Girdwood did an excellent job as guest judge, with a helpful constructive critique of each print.  That’s a hard thing to do when you’ve only just seen the prints and are in front of a partisan audience!

The way it works is that each print gets a score of 1 point for first, 2 points for second, and so on.  And then the lowest total for all ten print categories wins.

This picture tells the story – we blew away the competition with a total of 21 points.   Hutt Camera Club and Johnsonville Camera Club (formerly Aotearoa Philippines Photographic Society) came second equal with 34 points.



Here are the scores for the individual prints, and who they were from:

Category Score Print From
Abstract 2 Neil Gordon
Graffiti 2 Neil Gordon
Silhouette 2 Katrina Magill
Zoo Animals 3 Hugh Scott
Rocks 1 Rachel Stevens
Pattern and/or Texture 4 Dave Yockney
Multiple Exposure 1 Jo Goudsblom
Body Parts 2 Alison Viskovic
Hands 2 Shona Jaray
Rainy Days 2 Gavin Klee

So we had very consistent high scoring with many second places, and congratulations to Rachel and Jo for coming first with their prints.

At the end of the evening,  Karyn Crocker, President of KCPS, was presented with the trophy by Mark Robinson, the President of the Karori Camera Club who were the kind hosts on the night. She also received the “Wolf in the Snow Picture” – see for the history of this.



It’s great to have “our” trophy back.  We donated the trophy when we hosted the event in 2008 and haven’t won it back since, although we have come second several times.   We last won ten years ago in 2007, as the Waikanae Camera Club.

Well done all!

Club Successes

Our Club Successes

A big congrats to our Club President Karyn who recently won a national Women’s Institute photo competition judged by Lance Lawson.

Karyn June 2017

KCPS came in third place (our best ever) in the Trenna Packer interclub nature competition, with this set of six images, including Neil Gordon’s “Fog Bow and Glory” top middle. The two images bottom left are by Gavin Klee, top right by Roger Brent Smith, and top left and bottom right by Carol Molineux. You can view the wining sets HERE.

Well done everyone.


Frank Hinchcliff Due 10th July

On Monday 10 July Neil Gordon will give a presentation on taking photos from planes (not drones!) and we will also have a demonstration of the Spyder the club has bought for members to borrow to colour calibrate their monitors.
That Monday is also the night to hand in print entries for the Frank Hinchcliffe Trophy – this is awarded only for prints, and commemorates a founder member of the Waikanae Camera Club that became KCPS.
Please note these special rules –
  • For the Frank Hinchcliff competition in July a member may submit one or two Prints.
  • There is no set theme.
  • The entries must not have been submitted to a previous KCPS Salon or Frank Hinchcliff competition, and cannot be submitted to subsequent KCPS Salons.
  • The images must also have been captured within the last two years. 
Your Hinchcliff entries can of course still be entered in any external salons, such as the Central Regional later this year.
The HInchcliff images will be judged in 24 July by Shona Jaray – our own club member and one of the PSNZ National Judge Trainers.

Athol McCredie Guest Speaker

Hi everyone

Just a reminder that our speaker tonight is Athol McCredie, curator of photography at Te Papa,  and author of New Zealand Photography Collected, which was published last year. He will talk about the museum’s collection of photography, especially the New Zealand works.
Hope to see you all there for a very interesting evening

Facebook for KCPS

Hi everyone,

Ive just re-established our KCPS Facebook page for KCPS members only (you will need to request to join).

Feel free to post photos you’ve taken or inform us of a photography related events. I will be posting notifications, reminders and anything photography both on the blog and Facebook.

The Facebook page can be found HERE



Street Photography 1st May – Development Night

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that our development night is this Monday the 1st of May and is on Street Photography.

It would be a good idea to bring your camera so we can help set up useful settings combinations, etc.

This will be followed by a Meetup on the 13th May in Wellington to practice what we have learnt. It just so happens that the LUX Light Festival is on that day so we should be able to get some interesting shots. To RSVP to the Meetup please click HERE

See you all Monday 🙂

Night Photography Workshop

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HURRY Tickets are going fast!

Click HERE to book.

To celebrate Matariki we have decided to run a Night Photography class with national award-winning photographer Simon Neale!

Ever wanted to capture those stunning night shots of the stars or moving lights? Bring along your DSLR and learn to take the perfect pic!

Handy but not mandatory: Touch, tripod and shutter release device.

Tue 27 June 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM NZST

Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.

Tickets $20.

Tonight’s Meeting & Other Stuff

Just a reminder that at tonight’s meeting Barry Culling, Colin McKenzie and Scott Stevenson will be showing their images and talking about them. It’s the first Member Exhibition of the year.
See you there!

PSNZ Service Award

We are delighted to hear that Shona Jaray, member and former President of KCPS, and former President of PSNZ (recently Immediate Past President of PSNZ), was presented with a PSNZ Service Award at the PSNZ Convention.
Congratulations to Shona from all of us.

Bledisloe and Wiltshire Cup Results

These are the two sets, one prints one digital, that the club entered this year in the national Bledisloe and Wiltshire
Unfortunately we were not placed in the first three for either of them.
The photographers are:
Bledisloe: Craig Burleigh, Gavin Klee, Hugh Scott and Jo Goudsblom.
Wiltshire: Carol Molineux, Jacky Challis, Neil Gordon and Jo Goudsblom.
KCPS Bledisloe 2017



KCPS Wiltshire 2017

Palliser Bay


NZ Camera

Submissions for New Zealand Camera 2017 close this Friday, April 14. This is your last chance to have one of your best images included in this flagship publication, which showcases outstanding photography from PSNZ members.

The themed section this year the theme is “Putting People in their Places” – environmental portraits. That is, portraits of people (or pets) in their work or life environment, where the environment brings out the story. We have a fairly open mind about this definition – we are looking for quality and interest above all else.

You can submit for the general section or the themed section, or both. You can submit two images. These are submitted online via the PSNZ website.

Terms and conditions:

Entry form:

Laurie Thomas Salon

Christchurch Photographic Society is pleased to welcome back previous and longstanding participants and to invite new competitors to the 21st annual Laurie Thomas New Zealand Landscape Salon; the pre-eminent yearly landscape salon held in New Zealand.
Opened 1st March 2017 and closes 26th May 2017

Tauranga Audio Visual Salon

Tuaranga Audio Visual

Canon Online

There are just two weeks left to get your entries in for this round of the Canon Online competition.  Please don’t leave it until the last minute to enter.  Entries close on the 25th!

It is simple to enter this competition, just log into the members area of the PSNZ website,, and click on Canon Online Submission and follow the entry form.

Please ensure that the image size is no greater than 1620px on the horizontal side and 1080px on the vertical side. Only one entry per person please.