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From the President’s

It is pleasing to say that our membership is on the rise.

Statistics indicate a rise in membership from November 2018 to May 2019;

in fact 139 new members joined in that period, compared to 71 in same period 2017/2018 ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี.

In May we had 23 new members versus five new members in May 2018.

Yes, there were some losses but the gains are considerably more. We are attributing the increase to several components: as a consequence of changing

 the subscription to a pure 12 month period from the date of joining; the advertising campaign currently running

in D-Photo magazine which commenced in November 2018; and the new Workshop Series initative, which is only for members.

The first workshop was held at the end of May in Napier and was an outstanding success. You can read all about it on page 24.

My thanks to Bruce Girdwood FPSNZ for hosting this most enjoyable and successful day.

While some may think it is easy to run a workshop, there is an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes work done by Councillor for Membership James Gibson APSNZ AFIAP,

other councillors and not to mention the presenters themselves. Recently there have been a number of other salons and competitions

and it was exciting to see the success of so many PSNZ members in the North Shore Salon of Photography. Congratulations to all of you.

This year the organisers of the salon made significant changes to the rules of entry.

While these were received with mixed feelings from various parties, feedback from the organising team and the judges indicate an extremely positive uptake by photographers.

Looking at many of the winning images definitely shows a selection of refreshing, vibrant and creative photographs.

In October I head to Invercargill for the Southern Regional Convention, from 11 to 13 October 2019, hosted by the Southland Photographic Society (SPS).

I’m very much looking forward to going back to the Deep South as that is where my journey with PSNZ Council began,

thanks to an inviation from former president Shona Jaray APSNZ!

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