JULY MONTHLY COMPETITION MEETING – FORMAT TO BE ANNOUNCED
In the wake of the National Disaster that is the Corona Virus, we have decided that it would be prudent to cancel our meetings for the foreseeable future. Judging will still take place remotely and club members should submit their entries as usual.
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.
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 – “Bear with salmon” by Johan Beyers
- Kobus Mouton
From the desk of the chairman
As I prepare this report, we are now on DAY 95 of our national lockdown. We find
ourselves more stressed and panicked than ever before. The statistics are scary
with the infection numbers ever-increasing, and yet we still do not have a firm
grasp on this virus. So, let me prevail on you to be sensible – regardless whether
you think this is all a giant hoax or not. Please practice safety first. Please consider
those who are vulnerable and more susceptible than you. Wear your mask in
public. Wash your hands and sanitise whenever possible, and most important of
all – KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!!! I know that restaurants are back and all shops are
trading, and on the surface it appears that we are “business as normal”, BUT
remember that just because we are all sick and tired of lockdown and social distancing, the virus is not. It
does not discriminate in who or where it’s host may be. By this time, it is highly likely that each of us knows
someone who has tested positive, or even succumbed, so please, please, please, take care out there.
And yet, even during this time, we have reasons to celebrate 🙂
We congratulate Clifford Wyeth and Stephen Burgstahler for achieving their AFIAP distinctions!!! This is only as a result of very hard work over a long period of time. And yet, once again, Marleen la Grange shows us how to step up! Marleen has just achieved the phenomenal EFIAP title that follows only after having achieved AFIAP – Huge congrats Marleen, very well done!
Thank you Clifford, Stephen and Marleen for leading the way, inspiring us and proudly flying the TPS flag!
This month also saw us hosting our first ever Zoom club competition. This was a wonderful achievement that allowed us to connect online, see and chat to each other, and host our club competition. Huge thanks to Michael and Martin for getting this set up and hosting the event. It was amazing to have Kim Stevens as our judge who handled the setup with finesse. Thanks to everyone who was able to log on and connect live with us!
The end of June also marks the end of the annual PSSA salon calendar, and based on preliminary figures, TPS, ONCE AGAIN, leads the Western Cape club ranking by being over double the acceptances ahead of our nearest runner-up! I have no doubt that the official figures will confirm this testament to the commitment of our members. The commitment to entering salons, the commitment to working on your craft and your commitment to making TPS proud! Thank you TygerTogs for each and every single salon acceptance, every COM and every precious medal. Congratulations!
The Western Cape Photographic Forum (WCPF) held its Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Saturday, and a new Executive Committee was elected. Nicol du Toit was unanimously voted in again as chairperson, Francois du Bois was re-elected as the treasurer, and Jane Bursey of Creative Camera Club was elected as the secretary. We wish the team well for their term in office and affirm our commitment to work with them for the development of photography in the Western Cape.
JAP (Judging Accreditation Programme) is on the cards for next year. This 2-year programme is the place to be if you want to learn more about genres, attend excellent presentations by experts in their fields, understand not only the nuances of judging but also the ethics and guidelines that frame opinion and shape feedback. I urge you to consider committing to the programme – it is usually held on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 1pm at a venue in Pinelands. Should you be keen, drop me a line and I will start the list for TPS. Numbers are limited, so get in there fast!
As this year is passing it’s halfway mark, I want to also urge you to consider participating in TPS at committee level. Several roles become available at the end of the year, but there are also huge support roles that will need to be filled. Over the next few weeks, we will set out who on the current committee will be available for reelection, as well as all the jobs that will need doing to ensure the effective and smooth running of our club.
On this note, Rob Minter has indicated that he intends to hand over the reigns of his brilliant newsletter, and we have found a worthy and willing successor in Alida Heine, who has volunteered to step up and into this role. Rob and Alida will work side-by-side for the next couple of editions before they do a final handover. While premature, I do however want to thank Rob for the incredible job he has done with this newsletter!
From me, I want to encourage everyone to tackle the Set Subject for this month (Patterns and Shapes). This can easily be done at home so no need to travel or put yourself at risk in order to take the shot. We have made provision for 1 Set Subject entry and 3 Open entries on Photovault.
From me, take care and stay safe!