In the wake of the pandemic and the need to ensure the safety of our members, we will be meeting virtually – via ZOOM – until further notice. All standard competition submission processes are to be followed as usual, with the exception of prints which will be excluded from competitions for now.
Please refer to the communication sent to members. Please contact the committee for further information.
Welcome to the Tygerberg Photographic Society Website
The Tygerberg Photographic Society (TPS) is based in Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa.
The aim of the club is promote photography, by bringing together photographers who wish to express their love for photography by taking photographs and by showing, sharing, evaluating and discussing with friends who share the same interests – those willing to learn more about photography from experts willing to share their knowledge – and those willing to share their expertise with others willing to learn more about photography.
Our mission for 2021 is to honour COMMUNITY BEFORE COMPETITION, with the emphasis on member support, education and encouragement while still maintaining the very high standard of work we have become known for!
Monthly competition meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month, January to November at All Saints Anglican Church, Durbanville. (Off Durban Road, into Baxter Avenue.)
Winning Image – “Media in a Mess” by Gary Scholtz
- Frik Heine
From the desk of the chairperson
We’ve just blinked, and 2021 is already in February! The pandemic has just seen it’s “second wave”, and those who are in the know are predicting a “third” in the next couple of months. We face the year filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Our schools have delayed the start to the academic year, parents are trying to balance childcare and working from home, many of us are operating under severely stressful conditions as we watch and pray for those family members and friends who have fallen prey to this virus.
Even more of us are faced with job uncertainty, some of us pushed way out of our comfort
zone in trying to pivot our businesses so that we can keep at it as our world changes before our eyes. In quiet moments, I wonder if all those futuristic science-fiction movie script-writers had any idea that they had forecast a world unthinkable. And yet, there is always hope. Us humans are resilient, stronger than we know. The random acts of kindness, the glimpses of compassion, the previously undiscovered steely backbone of the many who selflessly stand between us and the virus, gives us hope. The determination to find that silver lining, the intentional decision to always choose to do good, to do right, to be better… that is what makes us creatures of wonder.
So, how does this relate to us here at TPS? I am so glad you asked, let me tell
In 2020, most of us were pushed into a new virtual world, whether we wanted to, or not. For most of us, platforms like Zoom and Teams were the stuff of movies, and we had to get on board very quickly or lose ourselves in the era of disconnectedness that came about with Lockdown. We trialed, we errored, but we got there. We sat out a month or two of club competitions, and then realised that this “thing” was not going away in a hurry. So we got on board. Tentatively at first, and then like a kid entering a swimming pool in the middle of summer, we just canon-balled our way into this incredible virtual world. Even our not-so-tech-savvy members are now experts at logging in to these virtual get-togethers. They have figured out webcams and microphones, chat boxes and sharing screens… they have shown resilience. I raise this specifically because we have accepted this new virtual world as normal now, but we need to acknowledge what it has taken for most of us to get there.
We have understood the accessibility that this allows us, to be able to engage with our members who live far away, to be able to offer more and more to you, at no extra cost or inconvenience, and for that I want to express huge admiration to the committee for understanding and taking on the possibilities that became available to us. So please, take advantage of the fact that for the foreseeable future, our get-togethers are hosted in the
comfort of your own home. You can pour a shot of your favourite tipple, get out the snacks and spend some time connecting with fellow photographers from your armchair!
Through this convenience, we have included the extra Image Review evening, which happens the Thursday evening right after the Monthly Competition Evening. We have about 30% attending to the tally of the monthly meeting at the moment. I would urge you to join in!! At no other meeting do we have the time to allow for conversation around images. We discuss, ask, question and comment on the images of the night before, we look at the genre and whether we managed to interpret that properly. In other words, we have
created the space to hang out and chat photography! Pop in!
JAP (judging Accreditation Programme) also kicks off virtually this month! The introductory meeting happens this Saturday, 6th February at 9am via Zoom. This 2 year programme is an absolute must for anyone wanting to get into the photographic judging arena, as well as for those who are interested in growing their knowledge in the different genres. All 3-star (and above) members are invited to sign up, even those who have done the course before
and are wanting a refresher! The cost is R150 per session and is hosted on the first Saturday of every month except for December and January.
I also just want to highlight again our change from 4 submissions per competition month to a maximum of 3 entries. Please refer to the email sent out last week if you are unsure.
The salon calendar for the year is up on the PSSA website, and I want to encourage our members to participate and enter! The salon results and information are included in this newsletter, so please do have a look at that. I just would like to highlight our newest Husband-and-Wife team, Frik and Alida Heine. Frik joined TPS late last year, and only uses his cellphone for photography at this point, and has already entered salons and RECEIVED TWOACCEPTANCES!!!!
No excuses chaps, you can do this!! Alida has also recently walked away with an International Silver Medal, so this dynamic duo is to be congratulated for their contribution to TPS.
Huge thanks to Marleen la Grange for managing the stats and putting together our results each month!
On another note, I would also like to pay tribute to Martin Kleingeld and David Barnes for the smooth handling of the transition of the Photovault responsibility. As always, Bennie Vivier is hidden behind the scenes from where he offers advice, support and encouragement. Thank you gentlemen, your effort is noted and appreciated!
Stephen Burgstahler has also been rather busy putting together an amazing lineup on the education side! Please do look out for the outings and Learn & Share events in our calendar! The next outing takes place on Sunday. 7th of February at Vergelegen in Somerset West. John Read will be conducting a 50mm challenge (so you will need either a fixed 50mm lens or a zoom lens that you can set at 50mm) that will be explained when you get there. Please come prepared for great fun and fellowship! On Thursday, 11th of February, we will have the Learn & Share session via Zoom, and the topic is Portraiture- which will be hosted by yours truly!
And not to leave out Ohna and Michael, I want to remind everyone that the annual fees are due so please get in touch with them to arrange. The fees remain unchanged for 2021 and are as follows: R275 for members, R200 for scholars and those over 60, R75 for social members. Please also let them know, as a matter of urgency, should TPS NOT be your main club for 2021. This is important as it impacts whether we, as a club, are allowed to use your images for inter-club competitions or not.
As I end off this report today, it is with fondness that I remember Ivor Thompson, who passed away recently. Ivor, and his wife Helene, have been long-standing members of our TPS family. They were always present at our meetings in the hall, always supportive and always ready with a kind word and smile. Ivor was 82 at the time of his passing, and right up to lockdown they were regular attendees as our meetings and events, sharing our love for photography and the joy that the camaraderie of fellow photographers bring. Helene, you have our love and support, always.
In conclusion, I would like to encourage you to keep shooting and to keep creating, despite the challenges we all face at this time. Please reach out to each other should you feel overwhelmed or isolated, we are a family and are here for each other.