In December, the Stawell Camera Club completed a very busy year of activities with its annual dinner and awards night.
Competition activities during the year are fiercely contested. There is a monthly competition with set subjects and then an aggregate score is given.
Bruce Thomas won this and was presented with the perpetual trophy for Best Photographer of the Year. Greg Gorter and Lyn MacKenzie were placed equal second.
Wayne Skinner was placed third. On the night, a competition for Your Best Print for 2019 was won by Rodney Baxendale who received a $50 voucher from Horsham Camera House.
An inaugural competition for The TruLyn Tree perpetual trophy for the best Wimmera Night Sky photograph of the Year was won by Lyn MacKenzie. This competition will now be held annually.
A new competition was introduced this year as a team challenge. There were seven teams with four members in each team who were challenged to pick a subject and each takes a photo in November.
This competition was then judged by Greg Deutscher and Daryl Sinclair, from Horsham Camera Club. HCPro in Horsham very kindly donated the cost of printing for the judging.
There were several winners.
Best Team Captain: 1st Greg Gorter, 2nd Trudy Russell, 3rd Wayne Skinner.
Best Team Member: 1st Karl Meyer, 2nd Axel Meumann, 3rd Bev Gordon.
Best Overall Team: Greg Gorter, Axel Meumann, Karl Meyer, Belinda Reading. They were called the Pixel Peepers and their subject was Birds and Wildlife.
Best Novice: 1st Belinda Reading, 2nd Anne Hayes, 3rd Denise Squire.
Best Creative Team: Trudy Russell, Bev Gordon, Alan Kettle, Sharyn Neill. They were called the ISOlated and their subject was 'Photographing the Senses".
Overall, the activities and the exhibitions the club participated in during the year have generated a lot of interest and helped to maintain a healthy, fun, and active club.
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