First KCPS Meeting of the New Year

Happy New Year to all our members. Our first meeting will be on February 14th and will include one of the features of the year – the Photography Quiz! This has always been a challenge and great fun.

Also on the action packed agenda will be the President’s welcome, Jim Embury will be showing images from the Subantarctic Islands, and members are invited to submit images with the theme “Why I Love Photography” which is wholly appropriate for a Valentines Day meeting. These can be images you have seen or taken yourself. We will be showing all the images entered and you are invited to talk about them on the night.

The entry form is the Holiday Image Challenge and can be found on the Salon and Competition Entry page. Or follow this link:

2021 Annual Awards Dinner

KCPS rounded off another active year with the annual awards dinner, held at the Paraparaumu Golf Club. The presentations of the annual club awards for best overall salon results was topped off with the Best of Year competition judged by Chris Parkin.

The photographers who had most overall points across the four 2021 salons in each grade and category were:

TrophyWinnerRunner Up
Novice Combined Print & DigitalAni McManawayMalcolm Bayliss
Intermediate DigitalGraham LonsdaleIan Yeoman
Intermediate PrintIan YeomanEva Petro
Advanced DigitalJacky ChallisCarol Molineux
Advanced PrintCarol MolineuxGreg Whitfield

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up, and of course to the entire membership for creating such a great set of images over the year.

The highlight of the evening was the Best of Year competition, where club members submit their best print and digital image for commentary and ranking by the guest judge. In addition to deciding the winners and runners up, Chris included a few special mentions while delivering his comments:

  • Carol Molineux for “Dispute” – Print
  • Alison Viskovic for “Grey Power” – Print
  • Eva Petro for “Hellebore Triptych” – Digital
  • Neil Gordon for “Morning Shower” – Digital

And on to the winners and runners up:

Best of Year AwardPhotographerImage Title
Print WinnerDavid YockneyInto the Desert
Print Runner UpBarry CullingHeron Pair
Digital WinnerCarol MolineuxGodwits Return
Digital Runner UpGreg WhitfieldOffice Construction

The evening rounded off what has been a very active year for KCPS with field trips, salons, workshops, and a wider variety of speakers. Below are a few images from the night.

Spring Salon 2021 Results Gallery

The gallery of the Spring 2021 Salon entries that were awarded Highly Commended or Honours has been published. You can find the link to it here. Alternatively, select the Galleries menu from the top of the page and navigate to the page from there.

into the desert

“Into the desert” – Honours, Advanced Print – ©David Yockney

Regional Print Battle Goes to the Wire

The 2021 Regional Print Battle this year was a very closely fought affair. Last years’s winners – KCPS – were joint runners up.

Impromptu Pop Up Exhibition after the judging

Judged by Bruce Girdwood FPSNZ, the battle was between the hosts Hutt Camera Club, Johnsonville Camera Club, Kapiti Coast Photographic Society, Wellington Photographic Society and Kapiti Camera Club. The format of the competition is that there are ten rounds, each of a different theme. Each club enters a photo in each round, and the judge orders them from best to least favourite. Points are given based on position – 1 point for 1st, 2 for second and so on. The club with the least number of points by the end of the evening takes the glory of winning the trophy.

The themes this year were:

  • Blur
  • Framed
  • H is for…
  • In the City
  • Multiple Exposure
  • Symmetry
  • Triptych
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Wet
  • What we do in the Shadows

As you can see from the scoreboard, it was an incredibly tight and exciting competition – only four points between first and last. The lead changed several times as each round unfolded.

Hutt and Johnsonville camera clubs took joint first place, the two Kapiti’s were joint runners up, with Wellington just one point behind. Bruce Girdwood commented that he had not seen such a strong set of fifty images all in one place for a very long time – all his decisions were very close.

A nice touch to round off the evening was with an impromptu pop up exhibition of all the entries across the clubs, giving everyone a good chance to browse some fantastic and inspiring images.

The committee had a tough time selecting images to represent the club from a large set submitted by the KCPS photographers. Our entries are in the gallery below, listing the theme and author.

Bowron and Wiltshire 2022

KCPS will be entering the Bowron Landscape Trophy and the Wiltshire Digital Image Cup in 2022. Online entry forms are now open for you to submit images to be considered for our entries.

The forms will remain open until 1 February. They both contain links to information relevant to the competitions.

Go to the Salon and Competition Entry page.

Winter Themed Salon 2021 Results Gallery

The gallery of the Winter 2021 Themed Salon entries that were awarded Highly Commended or Honours has been published. You can find the link to it here. Alternatively, select the Galleries menu from the top of the page and navigate to the page from there.


“Vanilla-Mating Pied Oystercatchers” – Honours, Advanced Themed Print – ©Carol Molineux

KCPS Wins 2021 Trenna Packer Salver

The objective of the national PSNZ Trenna Packer Salver Competition is to illustrate the diversity of the natural world in New Zealand and its off shore islands, with images that are of a very high standard. There were sets entered from twenty once camera clubs across the country, and this year the winner of the competition was – us!

 Contributors to the winning set were:

  1. Anthornis melanura – Gavin Klee
  2. Geum uniflora – Carol Molineux
  3. Metrosideros umbellata – Carol Molineux
  4. Scutellinia colensoi – Rhonda Billington
  5. Stalactite Patuna Chasm – Neil Gordon
  6. Female Ischnura aurora – Rhonda Billington

And special congratulations to Rhonda and Gavin who  were awarded honours for their images. A great result all round for the club.

This is what the judge, Bob McCree FPSNZ had to say about the Kapiti Coast Photogrphic Society’s entry:

An excellent, diverse and consistent set of natural history images. This is certainly one of the best sets here with each image nicely notated with the Latin names for the species. The set is well book ended by two very strong images nicely positioned – the first looking into the set at the start, and the sixth looking back into the set at the end. There is a very pleasing tonal flow and mixture of images here. The consistent high quality of each individual image together with their placement within the set and the overall high quality of the set’s presentation, all adds up to a very pleasing set to view.

2021 Frank Hinchcliff Award

The 2021 Frank Hinchcliff Award was judged by Bruce Girdwood, who did his usual excellent job in providing thoughtful and insightful comments on this year’s entries.

The competition is for prints only and commemorates a founder member of the Waikanae Camera Club that was a forebear of the Kapiti Coast Photographic Society.

Congratulations to this year’s winner Ian Yeoman, with “New Zealand Dotterel”

Ian Yeoman (L) and Bruce Girdwood (R)

The evening was completed with an excellent talk by Brendan Gully describing his adventures in taking photographs of storms in the USA’s tornado season. Visit his website for some stunning imagery.