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Club outing to Vermont Salt Pan

Location: Vermont Salt Pan, Rockhopper Street, Vermont

Date and Time: 5.30 pm Wednesday 15 September 2021

Meet at Parking Lot at end of Rockhopper

Guides: Daniel Reddie and David Wilson

The Vermont Salt Pan offers some great sunset opportunities (weather permitting of course) but the birdlife is truly awesome with at times hundreds of flamingos but also a multitude of other birds including three species of herons, waders, cormorants, ducks and geese. And even oneBlue Crane earlier this year!

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Rejuvenating our Rules and Regulations

The club has revised its Rules and Regulations. They are now more succinct and address concerns that members share regarding the slow rate of advancement progress. The system is now easier to understand and implement on the Photo Vault Online portal. It is also better aligned with the guidelines provided by the Photographic Society of South Africa.

Some of the key changes are:

  • From October the deadline for submitting images to Photo Vault will be the Wednesday prior to the club meeting and no longer the Saturday.
  • The threshold for 4-Star workers is lowered by one point. This change will be retroactive from January 2020 and advancement will be recomputed from this date.
  • It is now possible to advance to higher levels without achieving salon acceptances, albeit at a slower pace.
  • ‘Magister’ is renamed ‘Master’ and there are multiple levels ranging from Master Bronze to Master Diamond.

“It will unfortunately take some weeks to fully implement the changes which seem to be a truly massive undertaking but the result will be a system that is up to date, transparent and eventually allow all members to get a real-time summary of their own progress through the advancement system,” says Club President David Wilson.

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Going for your honours

Western Cape honours group starts in September

The Western Cape Photographic Forum will resume its honours group discussions in September 2021. The group is aimed to assist photographers who are planning to enter honours panels in the PSSA’s February 2022 judging session.

Kim Stevens has agreed to lead such a group for us. We are planning to start on Monday 20 September with further meetings planned for Thursdays 20 October and 18 November. Arrangements will only be finalised at our first meeting. Meetings will take place via Zoom in the evenings.

Members who are interested to take part should contact Nicol du Toit at nicol@sportstrader.co.za before 1 September 2021.