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 – “Bonded” by Carolyn Kewley
- Johan Viljoen
From the desk of the chairman
I think that most of us will shake our heads when we look back at these past 12 months. There was absolutely no way we could possibly have predicted the events that have so radically changed the world as we know it. From exciting and challenging New Year’s Resolutions to a complete and total lockdown mirroring the house arrest of virtually the entire planet, to slowly being allowed out and about again but with masks being the latest necessary fashion accessory. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in so
many ways, and the psychological effects of this will only fully be understood
in time to come.
However, as always, if we look for it – we can certainly find the silver lining in all of this. Many of us got to work from home, we are forced to spend time with our families, we had no option but to confront ourselves – our needs, wants, priorities – and re-evaluate them. We had to find new ways of doing things, we were forced to innovate and make huge changes in our daily lives. We also had to find new ways of staying in touch with family and friends, with our clients and our vendors. We had to adapt.
One of the adaptions we made at TPS was the embracing of technology and hosting our meetings online. This innovation opened doors for many of us, particularly those who live far away and are hesitant to travel back and forth – especially at night. The Zoom platform allowed us to finally have Josie Norfolk and Robert Johnson present at club events several times a month. Rob Minter was able to attend loads of events as he didn’t have to travel all
the way from Somerset West each time. Our members from Malmesbury and Mooreesburg are also able to join in comfortably.
This technology has also allowed us to introduce an additional learning platform each month, the Image Review night – a great initiative that has allowed for real learning amongst us. The questions going forward is how do we continue to integrate events so that everyone may attend and benefit? That will be a priority in the discussion at our committee Strategy Meeting in December.
And yet, despite the lockdown challenges, we have so much to celebrate:
Salons: Tygerberg Photographic Society has once again dominated the salon rankings in the Western Cape this last salon calendar year. Nationally, we ended 5th in the country, which is an incredible achievement indeed! Many of our members have also raked in medals, COM’s and special mentions both nationally and internationally over the last salon year. Quite a few members also reached a few milestones on the PSSA Honours List.
- Sonja Grunbauer LPSSA
- Stephen Burgstahler APSSA, FIAP, QPSA
- Mariana Visser DPSSA
- Lynne Kruger-Haye DPSSA
- Neels Beyers EPSSA(Mille)
Education: With the lockdown restrictions in place, getting going on the education side took a little bit of work, and during the last few months we have had great presentations by Stephen Burgstahler on both local and international salon participation, which I think will certainly play a role in our bid for a spot in the top 3 on the national ladder. Once again, making use of the Zoom platform here has allowed us to continue offering our members valuable learning events.
With lockdown easing to Level One from late September, the excitement is on to host real outings and workshops, with our first post-lockdown outing taking place in Kirstenbosch early in October. Stephen and his team have great ideas in the pipeline.
The Judging Accreditation Programme kicks off again on the first Saturday of February in 2021, and already I have several TPS members on the list of candidates. The next 2-year cycle promises to be even better than the last.
For those of you that may have noticed a little video doing the rounds on our WhatsApp and Email channels yesterday, showcasing #LEVEL.UP programme, I invite you to consider participating in this unprecedented programme where we take club photography to the next level! We will be discussing this in greater detail in our meeting following the AGM.
With Gratitude: With the pressures of various kinds over the last few months, I want to thank Rob Minter, Andre Stipp and Joe Inns for their assistance on the committee, and the valuable contribution made by each of them. Huge gratitude also goes to Alida Heine for taking over the editing of the newsletter from Rob, and to Stephen Burgstahler who stepped in to take over from Andre and Joe. David Barnes has been shadowing Martin Kleingeld on Photovault and will assist with that in the new year. Martin also has been minding the housekeeping portfolio and for that we are deeply grateful.
To Michael and Ohna, my heartfelt gratitude for your support – and patience – in managing our admin and our finances.
In 2 days time, we face the annual Western Cape Interclub Competition, and the result of months of hard work behind the scenes by Martin Kleingeld and the selection committee will see our very best efforts put to the test. I would like to thank Robert Johnson, Clifford Wyeth, Bennie Vivier, Frans du Bois, Stephen Burgstahler, Ohna Nel, Michael West, David Barnes and Alida Heine for assisting me with this process.
Looking ahead to 2021:
The newly appointed committee will meet on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, for a Strategic Planning Session to prepare our way forward for the next year. The outcome of this meeting will be presented to everyone in the start of the new year.
We have had our salon request approved, and TPS will host a salon in the beginning of May 2021. Frans du Bois will manage this on our behalf.
The committee has also decided to introduce an award in honour of the late Christo la Grange, which will honour the member who has gone over and above in terms of assistance and behind-the-scenes work that is invaluable to the smooth running and efficiency of the club. This award summarises the nature and contribution of the dynamic la Grange duo of Christo and Marleen, who have selflessly given of their time and effort over many years, to make TPS the outstanding club it is. Christo has left a huge hole in our hearts, and we thank Marleen for stepping in and taking over some of his duties.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Year-End function, and to celebrating your successes with you.
On behalf of the committee and myself, I thank you again for your courage and commitment during this unbelievable year and wish you everything of the best for 2021.