Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Hibiscus Coast Photographic Society celebrated a spectacular 2017 at their end-of-year awards dinner at St Michaelâ€™s Hotel on Saturday.
The club well and truly put the South Coast on the map this year, both with its stunning imagery of particularly the picturesque local landscape, and by snapping up two top achievements.
The club finished as the runners-up in the annual Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) National Club Championships, cementing themselves as the second-best out of well over 150 PSSA-affiliated clubs across the country, as well as the top club in KwaZulu-Natal.
â€śWe were so delighted with our double take,â€ť Hibiscus Coast Photographic Society chairperson Kathy Kay told eHowzit.
â€śWe worked hard on improving the quality of photography of our members. We held monthly judging and comment evenings, workshops and photo shoots and started a judgesâ€™ training course, and itâ€™s paying off in leaps and bounds.â€ť
The clubâ€™s feats are even more impressive considering it almost closed down in 2009 due to lack of interest and membership.
â€śHenry Oppel, Ari du Toit, Jenni Williams and I agreed to take over the reins and attempt to grow the club, which we did. With passion, enthusiasm, advertising, teaching and encouragement, we grew our membership to over 50 members,â€ť explained Kay.
Itâ€™s a close-knit club, Kay said, consisting of camera lovers of all levels and walks of life.
â€śOur members consist of professionals, amateurs, seniors and juniors all with the same goal in mind – to share and enjoy our passion. We really do have amazing photographers and thereâ€™s such enthusiasm and passion in the clubâ€¦itâ€™s fantastic.â€ť
She stressed the clubâ€™s main aim is â€śto help people improve their photography and above all, have fun doing it.â€ť
Elaborating on how the club goes about nurturing the talent of its members, she said, â€śWe meet once a month on the first Wednesday at St Mikeâ€™s Hotel. Members start at one-star level and progress up the ladder to master star.
â€śEach month, members may enter up to four images, which are projected onto a large screen, judged and a short comment is given on how to possibly improve the image etc.
â€śEach award is worth points and these points enable members to advance up the ladder. Our club evening is primarily about enjoying one anotherâ€™s art and where necessary, teaching individual members how to improve their image.â€ť
Nerissa Naidoo was the big winner at Saturdayâ€™s awards function, walking away with the prestigious Photographer of the Year award, with Malcolm Sutton scooping the Junior Photographer of the Year award.
The proudly South Coast club enjoys capturing and exhibiting the natural beauty of the region, most beautifully highlighted through its Local is Lekker competition earlier this year.
In a year in which the South Coast has made headlines for all the wrong reasons, the success of the club is a picture-perfect piece of positivity.
Kay concluded that new members (who pay a low annual membership fee to cover the cost of teas, equipment etc.) are welcome and invite anyone interested to attend one of the clubâ€™s monthly evenings.
Hibiscus Coast Photographic Society information and contact details:
Chairperson: Kathy Kay (APSSA/EPSSA) 082 820 0868 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Evelyn Veringa: 060 785 8020 email@example.com
Print Steward: Henry Oppel: (LPSSA) 082 492 1634 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the top entries in the Local is Lekker competition:
Individual star ratings
One star – Runner up – Carlien Oberholzer
One star – Winner in star – Ken Edberg
Two star – Runner up – Akash Basday
Two star – Winner in star – Tanya Nadauld
Three star – Runner up – Toi Skellern
Three star – Winner in star – Malcolm Sutton
Four star – Runner up – Rhona Sellschop
Four star – Winner in star – Ian Taylor
Five star – Runner up – Dave Mullin
Five star – Winner in star – Nerissa Naidoo
M Bronze – Runner up – Tom Prins
M Bronze – Winner in star – Jacques Sellschop
a) Most salon acceptances â€“ Two star â€“ Ken Etberg
b) Most salon acceptances â€“ Three Star â€“ Malcolm Sutton
c) Most salon acceptances â€“ Four star â€“ Ian Taylor
d) Most salon acceptances â€“ Five star â€“ Nerissa Naidoo
e) Most salon acceptances â€“ Five star MB Jacques Sellschop
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Junior â€“ Carlien Oberholzer – Silver Medal
Senior â€“ Jacques Sellschop – Silver medal
a) Runner up overall â€“ juniors â€“ Tanya Nadauld – HCPS Silver medal
b) Runner up overall â€“ seniors â€“ Nerissa Naidoo – HCPS Silver medal
c) Winner overall â€“ juniors â€“ Malcolm Sutton – HCPS Gold Medal
d) Winner overall â€“ seniors â€“ Jacques Sellschop – HCPS Gold Medal
Print Steward Award â€“ Gold Medal
Joint runners up – Malcolm Sutton and Ken Etberg
Winner – Jacques Sellschop
Photographer of the Year
Winner – Nerissa Naidoo
Junior – Malcolm Sutton