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Happy New Year everyone. January has flashed past and February looks to do the same. There is plenty to read about in the first newsletter for the year and an interesting programme planned  to challenge and improve your skills.
A warm welcome to new members and welcome back to existing members. If you are interested in joining, don't hesitate to come along and join the fun.
See you there at Classroom 1, St John Ambulance Station,
Thursday 4 February 2021 starting at 7.30pm
In the meantime keep well and safe.
Congratulations !!

To all of the following members who have been recently promoted.
To Salon Worker: Jack Horlock
 To Intermediate:  Steve Harper, Stacey Townsend, Julie Horlock, Michael Sullivan, Aaron Skelton and Phillip Shaw. 
Well done everybody.

Due 4th February
Self Assignment (Prints Only)
3-5 prints with a theme. Any size but must be well presented together on card no greater than 50x40 cm (16x20 inches).


Best Holiday Shot (Color Prints Only)
Will be judged on Club night

Remember to upload an image of your assignment and holiday shot to gain your points.
The Club Rule Book is being  updated and will be loaded to the web site in due course so all members can make themselves familiar with the rules. In the mean time rules attached to each competition will be added to this section of the newsletter.
 Show and Tell
(A little fun extra on Club night)
Did Santa bring you that piece of camera gear you have had your eye on or did you do something exciting over the holidays. Take a couple of minutes to show or tell us what was special for you.
Attention  Intermediate Workers
Would you like the opportunity to increase your photography knowledge and skills?
Consider joining the Judging Panel.
Ruth is need of more names to call on for the Open competitions. It is an excellent way to learn what to look for and what to avoid in an image, then apply that knowledge to your own photography.
Please contact Ruth at for further information and to register your interest. 
Christmas Do
We went Ten Pin bowling
Our final fling for 2020 was attended by 16 members at the Action Center in Port Road.  A very good turn out. We divided into 3 lanes with mostly 4 people per team. It soon became apparent the gutters needed to be raised as balls started in one lane and ended up in another and the skittles still stayed upright!
Some people did really well and got good scores, some did ok and others well..... better luck next time. Along with a lot of enjoyment and hilarity there was some frustration when that ball didn't travel down that lane just how you wanted to!
Best scorer: Bruce Dorsett
Second: John Richards
Third: Christine Anderson followed very closely by Judy Dorset.
A very credible score was also made byRuth Mooney, her very first time at Ten Pin Bowling.
A thoroughly enjoyable end to our year and a great idea Pam.

Our annual prize-giving will be held 18th February.  Come along and see who wins those coveted trophies. 

We will also see Barbara's flashbacks, all the images entered for competitions in 2020.
It's that time of year again
Subscription fees are now due:
  • Single member $65,
  • Double or Family membership $85,
  • Junior member (to 18 years) $45.
Fees can be paid to the treasurer on club night or can be paid directly into the
club bank account. ASB 12-3093- 0144102- 00 
If fees are paid directly to the club account, please include your name and club number in the details. 
ALSO please send an email to confirming your payment has been made.

Club Outings

First up for the year is Waipu Caves.  This replaces the programme trip to Abbey Caves as Waipu has easier access into the caves.
Date: 27th February
Time: Meet 4pm.  A later time this year to miss the crowds
What to Bring: Torch, Camera, Tripod, Food for a BBQ, Sensible footwear that can get wet. Warm clothing.

Houhora Heads, Wagener Holiday Park. Weekend 12-14 March
Only 75 km from Cape Reinga this holiday park makes a great base for the proposed trip to the Far North.  Further details to follow.
Check out their website 

Kawau Island
Unfortunately the proposed trip to Great Barrier Island has to be postponed due to the lack of accommodation on the island.  It appears those who didn't go overseas for their holidays went "overseas" to the Hauraki Gulf islands. Kawau Island is the proposed alternative over a weekend in April.  Dates and further details to follow once information on accommodation options , ferry timetables etc has been collated.
Wildlife photography at it's best
If you would like to see some truly amazing photography tune into A Perfect Planet, TV1 Sunday 7.30pm, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Each episode ends with a "behind the scenes look" at what the photographers have to go through to get those incredible shots.  Certainly not for the faint hearted.
March Competitions
Double Exposure (Gisborne Exchange & Interclub)
Triptych photography: might involve taking one picture and splitting it into three different parts or shooting three separate photos that are related.
Rose discovered the Nelson Camera Club website who have a national Triptych competition every year. The link below will take you to the results for 2020 and a 25 min slide show.  Well worth a look for ideas and how to put together your images. Rose also downloaded from the PSNZ website tips on constructing a triptych using Photoshop. Hard copies will be available on Club night.
Double Exposure
Sure to be challenging.  Explore the following links for ideas and the how to. The first link is a step by step guide using Photoshop. 


To keep up with the latest news, events and competitions with PSNZ visit the link to their magazine Camera Talk.

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