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Annual Convention 2018

Click here to download the 2018 VAPS Warrnambool Convention Catalogue

The 2018 VAPS Convention and Interclub exhibition will be held at Deakin University Campus in Warrnambool this year. Hosted by the Warrnambool Camera Club it promises to be a fantastic weekend full of learning and photographic opportunities.

Commencing on Friday 25th May through to Monday 28th May the convention will kick off with an official welcome cocktail party and viewing of the Interclub print exhibition on the Friday night.

The Saturday and Sunday programmes are full of excellent speakers and workshops that will have everyone engaged in informative photographic sessions along with photographic opportunities on Monday to round off a great long weekend of photography.

Headlined by renowned Arctic and Photographer of the Year, Joshua Holko, who will present two outstanding talks on his amazing Arctic Circle photography, and Glyn Lavender well known Australian and International photographic coach who will steer us through “Refining our vision among the Chaos” before embarking on a live model shoot to demonstrate the techniques of model lighting.

Denis Smith known as one of the world’s most prolific light painters will enthral with his talk and exclusive workshop on the Sunday night. This is an opportunity not to be missed, full details are in the programme and registration forms.

Local speakers and photographers have not been forgotten either with Oat Vaiyaboon aka HangingPixels will present on the latest trend in Drone photography. Another fantastic local is Elizabeth O’Callaghan local author and historian. Elizabeth with take us through the history of photography in Warrnambool and the many changes that this interesting city has experienced.

Photographic opportunities will also be high on the agenda with Ian Rolfe conducting two open landscape workshops and the Warrnambool Camera Club presenting an open Model shoot nearby for all of those who like to just get out and capture great images. Ian will also hold a photoshoot of the iconic Childers Cove on Monday morning.  The finish off the weekend you will also have the opportunity to visit one of Warrnambool’s favourite attractions, Flagstaff Hill. On the Sunday night you have the option of attending the Light & Sound show, for a small additional cost. On the Monday all delegates and their families will have free entry to Flagstaff Hill.  We even have people in period costume walking around the venue.

Deakin University has really great facilities for our 2018 convention, plus the Warrnambool Bowls Club will be the location for the Saturday night Awards Dinner.

Check out the next edition of VAPS Newsbrief for a full run down on the convention, accommodation offers and all of the great 2018 presenters.

All of the links to the programme and registration form can be found here.

VAPS Convention Bendigo 2015 - Past Convention Article

Written by Betty Bibby - Ballarat Camera Club and VAPS web-administrator

WOW! Where to start?

What an impressive line up of guest speakers!

Firstly thanks needs to go to the VAPS Convention team, especially Peter Kewley and Ron Speed for being the chief organisers of the Convention. What a mammoth job and all done with such grace and finesse. They were ably assisted by Alfred and Margaret Zommers, the Bendigo Photographic Club and also the other VAPS committee members. Bendigo Photographic club’s dedication to manning the information and registration table was very well orchestrated.

The La Trobe Bendigo University Campus was the ideal place for such a large gathering of like minded photographers. The auditorium was comfortable and viewing was made easy with the use of six large television screens. A separate room for the Audio Visuals and the display area for the prints was spacious and inviting.

The function venues, The National Hotel and The Bendigo Club were excellent and the service, quality and variety of food was pleasing.

Guest Speakers

Julieanne Kost : A Principal Digital Imaging Adobe Evangelist, ‘Through the Eyes of Julieanne Kost’

Julieanne’s portfolio of aerial photography was inspirational. The patterns, colours and design were incredible. Her creative image compositing, was awe inspiring. She willingly shared and demonstrated her craft in both Lightroom and Photoshop with the attendees. She spoke about image compositing techniques and the application of diptych arrangements for image presentation. Julieanne’s second lecture was a two hour practical explanation of Lightroom, then using layers and masks in Photoshop. Her tutorials can be viewed by following this link

Allen Kleiman: Photography mentor and coach, ‘Big Pictures from Small Cameras and Smart Phones’

Small cameras can take big pictures! His instructive explanations on the variety of small cameras, their strengths, weakness’s, anonymity, portability and his “Eight Small Camera Essentials” gave the audience an insight into these cameras. His second lecture ran through the Nik Software collection, giving people an insight into their use.

Shireen Hammond : Master Of Photography III, ‘Rekindling the Fire - Overcoming Hardship and the Importance of Personal Projects’

Skills, passion and a very emotional story about her survival through a life threatening illness was beautifully presented with grace, humour and exceptional photography. This was teamed with two spectacular audio visuals of Shireen’s work. The main message that came from her presentation was to spend more time with family, take more family photos and finish your personal photography projects, whatever they may be. Her workshop the following day, at the historic Shamrock Hotel, explored boudoir photography, posing, lighting and business advice. It was a great insight into the complexities of this specialised business and the skills one would need to create such beautiful intimate photography.

Derek Mobbs: Epson Presenter ‘Work Flow to Print’

The auditorium was full for Derek’s talk, no doubt partly due to his company’s generous gift of a P600 Epson printer. Derek detailed the workflow necessary to produce beautiful prints from home.
He began with the essential step of calibrating your monitor on a regular basis, following on with soft proofing and profile printing. One lucky photographer received a Spyder4 calibrator. The winner of the Epsom printer was Dennis Nolan, from the Frankston Photographic Club. The company is also offering deals for members of camera clubs. 

Hope to see you at the convention next year!

Betty Bibby
VAPS Committee Member
Ballarat Camera Club

Here are some other images from the convention. . .

Social Night Fun! Thanks for organising the games Vera!

Morning walk around Bendigo.

Portrait workshops


The V.A.P.S Annual Convention 2014 - Article

If you have never made it to a V.A.P.S Annual Photography Convention then it's about time that you considered coming along!

One of my favourite parts, beside the amazing speakers and photography opportunities, is catching up with like-minded photographers. Conversations range from latest gear, to tip sharing and the latest news in camera clubs Victoria wide!

What a great weekend with just on 200 members registered.  This year the Geelong Camera Club hosted the annual convention and also celebrated their 125th year of camera club service. A display of camera club memorabilia and imagery was on display.  The year's biggest camera club Interclub event was in full swing with many, many hours of work going into the organisation of images and setting up of the space. 

From the onset the program, venue, outings and food lived up to the high expectations the VAPS committee set.  Friday evening was the official start of the convention with photo groups taking advantage of Geelong’s wonderful foreshore.


Official opening : Heather Prince-Geelong Camera Club President, Ron Speed -VAPS President, Darryn Lyons -Geelong Mayor.

Saturday morning started off with Peter Kewley’s presentation about a recent trip to Iceland, which was excellent. Wonderful photography, storytelling plus some insight into his photographic techniques and style.

The newly created Photo book project for clubs was introduced. While this is still in the trial stage, hopefully by next year it will be up and running. More about this at the general camera club meeting on Wednesday. It sounds a very interesting idea.  The project is sponsored by PhotoBookShop, the CEO Peter Thomas informed us of this unique offer to kick start our exploration into running photobook competitions.


Michael Norton’s presentation of “Developing your creative gift through photography” had everybody spell bound and thinking. It was really interesting to see the work of an accomplished award winning landscape photographer. His top 7 tips for success (which evolved into 10) were very interesting.


Michael Norton and fellow photographers visualising images, as you can see we had a lot of fun!

Saturday afternoon’s workshop included a portrait shoot at Barwon Grange and provided photographers with tips about using flash as a fill or main light source..
The indoor sessions included iPhone photography with Kerry Spokes. It was an interactive workshop utilising apps on the iPhone or iPad devices. It was fun, interesting and very educational. If anyone wishes to know more, it is a subject suitable for a workshop one Digital evening.

Beth Jennings also ran a session on “Documenting Family Life”, an overview of her photographic techniques and storytelling through photography. She ran us through the ways she visualizes, sorts and organizes her workflow.  She was also promoting her book titled, "Memories at Your fingertips: How to organise your digital photos like a pro."

The evening formal dinner was outstanding. Plenty of awards given out and year badges presented.
An early morning photo session on Sunday morning at Balyang sanctuary turned out to be damp, but interesting.
Sunday morning talks began with John Conway showed his images of Geelong. His excellent photography showed Geelong and surrounds at its best. Geelong would make a great place for a club camp in the future. From Dog Rocks to the Bellarine foreshore there are plenty of great photo spots to keep us busy for a week.
While many might had been a bit unsure about the next guest speaker, which was Andrew Harrison from Passion8 on The Fine Art of Nude, he was one definitely not a presenter to miss! He is an award winning Master of Photography, his work is very tasteful and his skills in professional photography were outstanding.

Lunch was at the Barwon Rowing club followed by the viewing of the prize winning Audio Visual presentations. I’m always amazed at the time, skills, imagination and effort those participants put into their work. After collecting the club images which were displayed very professionally on the VAPS new stands we headed for Ballarat once again.

Betty Bibby - Ballarat Camera Club

Photographs supplied by Rebecca Nicolandos.



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