PSQ Regional Mini Convention 11 & 12 Nov 2017

Photographic Society of Queensland –  REGIONAL BBQ / MINI CONVENTION
Our hosts are the Townsville Photography Club.
11th and 12th November 2017
Venue – South Townsville Bowls Club, 2C Bell Street, South Townsville
Download your Weekend Program and Registration Form – Townsville 2017 for members who wish to attend. A few members have indicated they will be attending and driving down on Friday 10th November, staying at various hotels in Palmer Street in Townsville. Apparently the place to walk about with an abundance of lovely restaurants.


October Field Trip and titbits

Outings – Herberton & Irvinebank
Our next outing is scheduled for Sunday 29th October.
An early stopover in Herberton is recommended for those who want to photograph the flowering trees – Jacaranda and Flame Trees (Brachychiton aceriflorius) which will be in full bloom. Herberton is 97km from Cairns via the Gillies Highway and you would need to allow 1hr 50m for the trip.
Irvinebank is a further 25km from Herberton and the road is mainly gravel. One of our members has recently traveled this road and reports that it is in good to fair condition. Some members have expressed concern that Irvinebank may be too hot for an October outing. The township is 750m above sea level (about the same as Atherton) and as such, we should expect temperatures about 5 degrees cooler than Cairns. Continue Reading →

September additional outing – Saturday 23rd

For members who are not going to the Cooktown weekend, we have an wonderful alternative outing for you to attend.  We had fun photographing previous years and it is promising to be bigger and better this year.  Want a refresh then check out one of our slideshows from past years.

SAT 23 SEP 2017
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale.
There will be entertainment for the kids, such as a jumping castle, massive slide, Bucking Bull, petting zoos,  painting and balloon twisting, etc. to photograph.
Of course there will also be food vans, snow-cones, coffee, and much, much more!
This event will feature some market stalls, as well as most of the animal organisations of the Cairns region. And don’t forget to bring your happy, crowd-friendly pet as we will have a dress-up parade for kids and pets. Continue Reading →

September Happenings – Cooktown Weekend

September 23rd & 24th – Cooktown Weekend

A number of members have indicated they will drive up on the Friday and stay for two nights.
Here is an informal schedule for the weekend. Whilst there are plenty of photographic opportunities in Cooktown and we will all be tempted to do our own thing, there will be a few group activities which we hope will be attended by as many people as possible.

Cooktown is located 260km north of Cairns by the coastal road (unsealed and recommended for 4WD vehicles only) and 350 km by the inland road (accessible by conventional vehicles).The Cape York Peninsula begins north of Cairns, extending almost 1000 kms to the geographical tip of Australia in the north. It covers about 137,000 square kilometres -the Coral Sea is to the east of the Peninsula, the Torres Strait to the north, and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west.

Friday 22nd – Drive to Cooktown
Photo opportunities on the drive up, via Mulligan Highway: Continue Reading →

August Field Trip – Sunday 27th

Come and enjoy a wonderful tropical Winter Day at Munro Martin Parkland and The Esplanade.

Meet at 9am at the Florence St entrance of Munro Martin Park. Hopefully the trellises of Flame of the Forest (Mucuna bennettii) and Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) will be in bloom. If not, there is plenty of interest in the parkland.
Click on image to view large.After photography in the parklands then to coffee/brunch at the RSL Club and afterwards, walk the Esplanade. Pop up steel bands will be playing as part of Festival Cairns’ Panzfest. It should be a good opportunity for people, music and dance shots and perhaps to capture the winning image for our February competition.



Cairns Show 2017 Results

Please see attached the results of the  CPS Results of Photography Cairns Show 2017 CPS Members have been highlighted in yellow & as you can see, the members have done very well indeed.
There were also quite a number of High Commended awards given, these are displayed with the awarded images at the Show Grounds Photography Display.
Biggest congratulations to Corinne Bramwell for winning Champion Print of Show & the $ 500.00 prize sponsored by J & R Refrigeration Pty Ltd, owned by Rob & Sonja Williamson.
Corinne was also the winner of Champion Colour Print  and the Grand Champion Print of Show and Ingrid Douglas was the winner of the Champion Monochrome Print. Congratulations ladies.

1st Colour Open – Rhythm in Timber

1st Mono Nature Discussion Time.

Click on images to view large.

For the first time in my experience, the Champion Photographer of the Show on Aggregate Points, was Heather York with 16 points. (Congratulations to Heather)

The standard of the images overall was excellent & very good to see an excellent Junior entry in the 12 years & Under age group and 13 to 16 years age group. I was particularly thrilled to see a large number of entries from the Yarrabah State Primary School. The first time they had entered & some students gained some Highly Commended Awards in very esteemed company.

Thanks must go to my assistant Stewards Corinne, Laurie & Alex who were invaluable in so many ways. From the accepting day, to the hanging day & judging day, hanging the award cards & ribbons, preparing the Photography Display Room for the three days of he Cairns Show, and so much more.

A huge thanks to all the CPS Members who also assisted on the accepting & hanging days. Repositioning class cards, remounting images, repairing images etc… is not much fun, but once again this was done with a smile by Grant, Graeme, Glenis & Ken along with my assistant Stewards. Hanging day was a lot of fun as well, hanging & rehanging the 407 images in total, on the walls. Again, this was performed with enthusiasm & endless patience by the assistant stewards and Grant, Terry & Glenis. The resulting display is a credit to the photographers of Cairns who entered the Cairns Show 2017.
Special thanks must go to Ingrid Douglas who very kindly, at the 11th hour, put together a “CPS Flyer” with the new logo, meeting dates & venue to be handed out to people visiting the Photography Display. You just never know who will join the club or come along to meetings to find out how to be better photographers or learn how to start on the journey to photography. If the quality of images on display are anything to go by, we should expect quite an influx of interested people.
Thank you once again to all those CPS Members giving their time to man the Photography Display during the three days of the Cairns Show, we could not manage without you.
Lastly, thank you to the three wonderful judges who worked so well together deciding on the winning images. It is always interesting for we stewards to witness the judging, there is always much to learn how better to present your images for future Cairns Shows or other competitions. For the first time I believe, we had two lady judges & one man – all very experienced photographers, two PSQ Accredited & the third judge a very accomplished photographer national & internationally. I feel certain the three judges, Terry Power, Jackie Hammer & Maureen Carthy from Townsville, enjoyed their day judging the images, and all were impressed with the standard overall presented to them.
If I have forgotten to mention anyone, my apologies. Please be assured everyone’s time & efforts in making the Cairns Show Photography Section a success, is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
Heather York.
Photography Steward Cairns Show 2017

ps our apologies we omitted an image from Hans Schmidt – Street Of Lights – 2nd Mono Scapes.
Also Highly Commended images have not been included.  And many of our members did receive these awards as well.