Awards Information

 

Applications are closed for all awards for 2020.

 

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Year Bars
Clubs award year bars to members in recognition of their years of active involvement with their club.
They are presented at the Annual VAPS Convention and are available for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 years.

Membership does not have to be with the same club and breaks through ill health and overseas trips are acceptable. Concurrent membership of several clubs does not count.
Year bars cost $10.00 each with the VAPS logo.

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Meritorious Service Award
The VAPS Meritorious Service Award is an honour given for significant services to a member’s local club and local community for a period of not less than eight (8) years.
The award consists of a Red and Gold bar with the VAPS logo attached and is presented at the Annual VAPS Convention accompanied by a written citation.

Application Criteria
All possible details must be stated on the application form, as this is the only information used by the VAPS Committee in deciding whether an award is to be granted.

  1. The nominee must be a financial member of a VAPS affiliated club however life members may also be nominated for this award.
  2. The nominee must have had at least eight (8) years of membership, not concurrent, with one or more VAPS affiliated clubs.
  3. During the eight-year time frame whilst being a member of a VAPS affiliated club, the nominee must have performed in at least three (3) of the criteria below.

Assessment will be based on continuous and constructive work over a period of eight (8) years, though the applicant does not have to have worked in a minimum of three areas throughout that whole period. Rather the applicant must have worked in a minimum of three areas altogether but must be involved in at least one every year for the period of eight years. They can, of course, do much more than these minimum requirements.

In the opinion of the VAPS Committee where a member has contributed reliably and for many years to the smooth functioning of club nights, such as meeting and greeting newcomers, doing the supper, etc., this could entitle them to a club honour such as a Special Performance Award, Member of the Year Award, or even, in very exceptional circumstances, life membership. The VAPS Meritorious Award is for more than that. It is for contributions that help the club function, develop and perform in several areas, not just on club nights.
In exceptional circumstances where a nominee has rendered outstanding service to his/her club but does not come within the laid down criteria, the VAPS Committee reserves the right to accept an award nomination.

The VAPS Committee reserves the right to amend these criteria. All clubs will be notified of any changes at the AGM preceding the closing date for nominations.

Conditions for the Award

  1. Each nomination must be sponsored by two committee members of a VAPS affiliated club OR by two members of the VAPS Committee.
  2. All nominations are confidential.
  3. The VAPS Committee will advise sponsors whether nominations are successful or not prior to the Annual Convention. Reasons will be given if nominations are unsuccessful and these may be re-submitted for further consideration.
  4. The closing date for nominations is the Half Yearly Meeting, usually held in March.

 

VAPS Service Award – SSVAPS
The award of SSVAPS is given for exceptional service to promote the growth and the advancement of photography in the State of Victoria for a period of not less than eight (8) years.
The award, which is presented at the Annual VAPS Convention, consists of a Blue & Gold bar with the VAPS logo attached, an engraved Gold VAPS Medallion and a written citation.

Application Criteria
All possible details must be stated on the application form, as this is the only information used by the VAPS Committee in deciding whether an award is to be granted.

  1. The nominee must be a financial member of a VAPS affiliated club; however, life members may also be nominated for this award.
  2. The nominee must have had at least eight (8) years of membership, not concurrent, with one or more VAPS affiliated clubs and must have been actively involved in the club during that time.
  3. The nominee should be an active practising photographer, exhibiting in club competitions.
  4. The nominee must have performed in at least four (4) of the criteria below for at least the periods stated whilst being a member of a VAPS affiliated club. Supply details for all categories.

Assessment will be based on continuous and constructive work over a period of eight (8) years, though the applicant does not have to work in a minimum of four (4) areas throughout that period. Rather the applicant must have worked in a minimum of four (4) areas altogether but must be doing at least one every year for the period of eight (8) years. They can, of course, do much more than these minimum requirements.

Please note that where a member has mainly contributed to the organisation and functioning of their club in the opinion of the VAPS Committee, this will entitle them to a VAPS Meritorious Service Award, not an SSVAPS award. This SSVAPS award recognises contributions to photography at a State level.
In exceptional circumstances where a nominee has rendered outstanding service but does not come within the above criteria, the VAPS Committee reserves the right to accept an award nomination.

The VAPS Committee reserves the right to change or amend these award conditions or criteria. All clubs will be notified of any changes at the AGM preceding the closing date for nominations.

Conditions for the Award

  1. Each nomination must be sponsored by two committee members of a VAPS affiliated club OR by two members of the VAPS Committee.
  2. All nominations are confidential.
  3. The VAPS Committee will advise sponsors whether nominations are successful or not prior to the Annual Convention. Unsuccessful nominations will be given reasons and maybe resubmitted for further consideration.
  4. All successful nominees are entitled to use the letters SSVAPS (State Service Victorian Association of Photographic Societies) after their names.
  5. The closing date for nominations is the Half Yearly Meeting, usually held in March.