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Sitting in the Water by Scott Fowler FPSNZ EFIAP GPSA EPSA, featuring model Georgia Baynon.

WE ARE NOW entering what are typically the coldest and wettest two months of the year, and I hope everyone has been keeping warm, dry and safe.

 It has been great to see that many members have embraced the effects of winter on our landscapes and surrounding areas and made some very beautiful photographs.

The hoar frost that hit Southland at the end of July gave many of you

the opportunity to make what I can only refer to as ‘picture postcard’ images

and I felt quite jealous while we endured some harsh wind and rain in Auckland. In July most clubs returned to ‘normal transmission’.

It is encouraging to hear that members have enjoyed returning to ‘live’ meetings and the ability to enter prints again.

 Last week the PSNZ Honours Board met in their new location of Invercargill to assess the 2020

honours submissions, albeit four months behind schedule!

While some of the judging extended well into the evenings, everything ran like a Swiss clock – smoothly

and efficiently, thanks to Secretary Stephanie Forrester APSNZ and her efficient ‘behind the scenes’ team of helpers.

The 2020 assessments were the first for new Chairman, Bruce Girdwood FPSNZ. With two new members Paul Byrne FPSNZ ARPS AFIAP and Helen McLeod FPSNZ GPSA ARPS joining the Board,

Bruce gave a half day workshop to ensure that Board members understood the submission requirements within each distinction.

As Bruce has spent considerable time updating members on the guidelines for achieving an honours distinction through regular presentations at clubs and conventions,

plus a very detailed article in the December 2019 issue of CameraTalk, he spent time to ensure everyone understood the same messaging.

Once again I was fortunate to witness the judging and I am always left in awe at the calibre of people’s work.

When a member submits a portfolio for an honours distinction, I believe we witness the ‘heart and soul’ of that photographer, and it is often where we will see members’ best work.

In creating portfolios photographers challenge their own creativity, techniques and processes in order to produce their best work.

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