June brings in a very active month for the Hermanus Photographic Society (HPS). It kicked off early on 2 June when the club hosted its first physical (other than Zoom) monthly competition for many months.
Ably judged by club members Phil Sturgess and Carina de Klerk this month’s set subject was “Minimalism” that certainly did not describe the attendance that required additional chairs to be set out. Winner of the set subject was Luke Horsten with “All Alone” that was an excellent example of the treatment of Minimalism in a nature subject. Phil Sturgess with his “Old Shuttered Window” was in second place with a more traditional subject for the genre.
This month’s Senior Image award winner and also with a merit award was “Windy Traverse on Elbrus” by Phil Sturgess. Phil and Carina passed the buck for the judging of their own photo submissions so those were judged by Club President David Wilson. Junior Image of the Month was Mari Botes with “Dusty Kgalagadi Sunrise”.
The club again reported significant success in both national and international photographic salons. Two medals were obtained in PSSA national salons. Medal winners were Charles Naude with his silver (and winning) medal for “Huddled Together” at the Durban Salon and a bronze medal was won by Phil Sturgess with “Colourful Waves” at the Klerksdorp Salon. A further nine certificates of merit were awarded to HPS club members locally and internationally a further seven COMs were obtained.
Then on Friday 4 June, the club as always was a part of First Fridays Art Walk and on Sunday 6 June the club was part of Art in the Park along with other local artists.