Diamond Valley Photographic Society

Diamond Valley Photographic Society Inc.

The club has continued to maintain a strong membership with numbers now in the Fifties, with most being active contributors to both club in-house competitions and extending into inter-club competitions and VAPS Interclub.

Strong representation from our female members is very evident and all members are producing extremely high-quality work, both in printed format and digital images.

2018 saw the clubs first entry into Audio Visual competitions and this section is now showing interest and growth.

Following on in the role of president from Allan Burfitt, have been Damien Lewis and Leanne Robson who handed the reins over to Ross Kimber in 2018.

Our presidents have shown strong direction and innovative techniques in image-making which keeps member interest and interaction high.

Annual field trips are now extending deeper into Victoria and even interstate, and again attract a good number of members.

On the International scene, Kaye Kelly has now accrued sufficient acceptances on the European and local circuits to have the honour of being able to have letters after her name, our first club member to achieve this milestone.

Until recently when Fred Mitchell, a very longstanding member of our club, passed away, we had 3 life Members.
Fred was a stalwart for things he believed in and initiated many meetings and promotions for the club and VAPS in the newer technology of digital photography. He was responsible for Michaels Camera House and Epson sending representatives to the club, showcasing digital cameras, software, and printers, with the mystery those items presented to film enthusiasts being unravelled before our eyes. Fred, an avid fan of slide film, spent many of his later years converting these slides into digital files and entering competitions with them successfully. These images caught the eye of a publisher who talked Fred into allowing them to produce a book of Retro Melbourne, of which Fred and the club are very proud. May his memory and teachings to all be long remembered.

As hall availability and especially the hall rented by the club became uncertain, our committee sought out and found a new home for the club in 2018, which saw it return to the Greensborough Senior Citizens Hall adjacent to War Memorial Park in Greensborough. These premises had been rented by the club over 10 years earlier, having to vacate to provide facilities for Meals on Wheels organisation, only to have council build on the back of that hall after tenants had moved on.

Diamond Valley is a member club of Victorian Association of Photographic Societies and has two representatives nominated as delegates to that body’s meetings.
Thus, all rules, judging criteria, and teaching aids offered are available to it and we are very grateful for the hard work put in by that organisation for clubs.
Let us all look to the future and have our medium embraced by technologies now being put before us: watch cameras maybe?


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