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This will be the last newsletter for the year. A year full of challenges. The Club has chugged along despite the challenges helped by the support and enthusiasm of all its members. The silly season arrives with a new twist this year. Mask wearing, scanning in, vaccine certificates and a traffic 
light system.  Poor Santa won't know whether to stop, pause or go!
The last club night of the year will be a busy one.  We have our AGM , the results of 5 competitions and the ever popular Hooper Trophy (with lollies).

Members should take particular note of the AGM item as there is important information for members.
So see you:
Thursday 2 December 2021 starting at 7.30pm
NOTE NEW VENUE: The Catholic Church Hall. Driveway entrance to car park is at 63 Park Ave Kensington
Our AGM meeting is 2 December 2021 7.30pm
At St Francis Xavier hall, Park Ave, Kensington
Vaccination is mandatory

Here is an opportunity to try out your vaccine certificate.
For the protection of our more vulnerable members, your committee has made the decision members attending meetings need to be fully vaccinated. Under the new traffic light system being introduced soon, this means our club will be able to return to holding meetings at our normal club rooms as well as having no limits on numbers.

On arrival at the meeting members are requested to provide proof they are fully vaccinated. This will become effective on 2 December 2021, the night of the AGM.

A committee member has the NZ Pass Verifier app on their phone which will allow us to scan your vaccine certificate on your phone or your printed certificate.

Get your certificate
My Vaccine Pass | Unite against COVID-19 (

Why are we doing this?
Another weapon in the defence against Covid – like face masks, scanning and hand sanitiser – this new pass will become part of life just like fastening your seat belt when you get into your car.
We feel it is our collective responsibility to provide as safe an environment as possible for everyone to reduce the risk of ill health from the Covid-19 virus. Unvaccinated people are most at risk from the virus. Under the traffic light system mask wearing is still recommended.
Your cooperation on this matter will be very much appreciated.
Once the AGM formalities and Election of Officers are over we will view and hear the results of the Print & Projected image of the year, Salon Portfolio Trophy, Open and the results of the Gisborne Exchange held earlier this year. The Judge for the Salon Portfolio has expressed the wish to read out her results at the meeting.  Prints for the Hooper Trophy will be on display and voted for. All that and supper too.
Due 2 December
Presidents Challenge
  Subject: Opposites. 
Follow the link for ideas and tips.

 Hooper Trophy
Don't forget to upload an image of your print to gain your points
The Hooper Trophy is a fun event judged on the floor by Club members.
One colour print, 4x6, of club member/s. To be taken outside anywhere, does not have to be taken on a club outing.  No Black and White prints. Not to be taken at any Workshop. 

Due February 2022:
  • Self Assignment, 3-5 prints with a theme. Upload an image of your assignment. 
  • Open
  • Best Holiday Shots (Colour prints only)
Heads Up
Some things to keep in mind for subjects next year 
 Doubtless you will all be out and about with your cameras enjoying the summer weather. If you are intent on taking images for the Landscape Trophy (Northland next year) the club has adopted the following guidelines on how the image should be constructed. These guidelines/definition fall in line with the PSNZ definition"Photographs which capture a sense of space and place and tell a story of the scene before the camera. A Landscape will typically combine elements of earth, sea or sky". The image may include human elements for scale and context but not to the extent they become the prominent element. Creative enhancement of the image is acceptable providing the resulting image still reflects the essential story of what is seen in the landscape.”  Auckland Camera Centre in their recent competition have included Seascape, cityscape, scenery and astro under the Landscape heading.

Sporting Moments: This will be one of the subjects next year.  Julie has thoughtfully provided some dates of sporting events due in the coming months.
Ray White Hatea Loop Challenge with a splash of colour.
5.30pm - 8pm Town Basin 9 December
Volleyball - Ruakaka Beach
9am on 15 and 16 January
Sailing - CRC Bay of Islands Sailing week - OPUA
Jan 25th 4pm - 6pm and 26-28th Jan 10am - 11pm
Cycling - Bike Northland or Whangarei BMX Club or Whangarei Mountain Bike club
(No event dates, but looks like the clubs meet regularly).

It will be wise to check with the providers before attending any event. As you know they get rearranged and cancelled due to weather and or Covid. 

Gisborne Exchange: The subject next year is Wabi-Sabi. What is that I hear you all cry! Wabi-sabi is a Japanese word roughly translating as "imperfect aged beauty". Wabi-sabi in photography can be split into 3 main types, photography of the overlooked beauty, photography of worn and weathered beauty and adding imperfections to staged images to make them seem more real. Follow this link to get a better idea of this subject.
Our Club Exhibition  
15 November to 5 December  2021
Our Exhibition is now on show at Reyburn House.  If you haven't already do make a visit with your friends or family to view work presented by our members.  It is well worth a visit.  The images displayed are impressive!
Final Fling
Thursday 16 December
For a Photographic Treasure Hunt
Where: Town Basin
Meet: at The Seed (see photo)

Time: 6pm
Bring your cameras
Each person will be given a list of clues. The area for the treasure hunt will start at The Seed, extends no further than the canopy bridge one way and no further than the park the other way.
Members then try to solve the clue and photograph item/place relating to the clue. The person who gets the closest to/best image of most of the clues gets to pull a prize from the Christmas bag and will win a very coveted trophy too. Consolation prizes to those who aren't so lucky to find all the clues.  After we've finished hunting for treasure we will meet at McDonald's, Bank St for some much needed refreshment.
This 'n That

6th International Photographic Exhibition Vernon in Normandy 
 Paper and digital photo contest 

Paper sections
A : Monochrome         General theme (PPD-Large) 
B : Color                     General theme (PPD-Large)

Digital sections
C : Monochrome         General theme (PIDM Monochrome) 
D : Color                     General theme (PIDC Color) 
E : Monochrome         Photojournalism theme (PJD Photojournalism) 

Closing date for receipt : 12 February 2022 

For full details visit:

Looking for a Photographer
The Club has received an email from T Wiid looking for an amateur photographer to take photos for their website & social media at a Marsden Point-based business. They are not looking for perfect, posed or formal pictures. Payment for the photographer's time is being offered. If interested please contact Theunie Wiid email


Note your dairies
for a proposed picnic trip to Mangawhai 12/13 February. Which date will depend on the weather.


And last but not least

 Happy Christmas Everybody

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