It was great to meet up with Howard Bagshaw and Carole Bagshaw (from the UK) in a very cold and wet Knysna. We downed bottomless cups of coffee and had a really good time. A big thank you to Marianne and Dirk van der Zeyden for hosting us all! Many AV workers will remember Howard’s excellent Audio Visuals and lectures at various Congresses and Clubs here in South Africa. Howard and Carole will conclude their sightseeing trip shortly, and will attend the AV Makers SA Convention in Ladybrand as guests, on their way home to the UK. We hope to see them again in the not too distant future!

Thank you to Antenie Carstens FPSSA, AV-FPSSA, who recently agreed to assist me in future with the running of the AV Division. Antenie has always been of assistance in many ways on the AV front, but now it is official. Antenie has a special interest in Club photography which includes abstract, landscape, portraits and conceptual photography and is deeply involved with the PSSA JAP training programme. Another field of interest is digital preservation, issues with file formats, scanning procedures, standards, workflow and policies for professional collection institutions in South Africa. Antenie has been instrumental in the smooth running of many a Congress, especially on the technical side. He has also acted as a judge for various National and International Salons. With Antenie’s help the workload will be so much lighter. Antenie firmly believes that teamwork within the society is the only way to success.

PSSA Congress

The Port Elizabeth Camera Club is currently preparing for the PSSA Congress which runs from 30 September to 5 October 2018. On the AV side the good news is that there will be an AV appreciation and discussion show, as well as an Honours Advisory Workshop. Please consult the Congress programme by clicking on this link, for updated information. 

Cape photographers

Please diarise 28 April to May 1, 2019 for what promises to be a fun-filled Congress in Muskadel town, Montagu! The Cape Photographers Congress is not only for photographers from the Western Cape, Garden Route and Eastern Cape regions, but also for photographers from other regions.


It was a privilege to judge this Salon and special thanks go to Roel for his willingness to wear two hats, one as Salon Director and the other as projectionist. The AVs ran smoothly after Roel found a work-around method where a little gremlin was found. 

Our special thanks go to Jenny Daly and Mackie Rixom for hosting us in a splendid and hospitable way! Thanks to my co-judges, Chris Daly and Paul Rixom, for doing an outstanding job. 

Thank you to all entrants who responded to my calls for entries (33 in all from 19 authors). There was a good variety in subject matter, which made for strong competition. To level the playing field, a PSSA silver medal was awarded to the best individual production as well as the best co-production. Should you want feedback on your AV, please let me know as soon as possible. 

Franz Jesche FPSSA & Anne d'Oliveira – Mysterious Venda - PSSA Silver Medal
Luana Laubscher – Live life now – PSSA Silver Medal
Certificate of Merit:
Hannelore Seifart – A Prayer for Ciska
Len Cousins - Today's youngsters Tomorrow's Leaders
Nico Jacobs - Celebrating Life
Denise Preiss – Forces of Nature
Friso Woudstra – The Richtersveld
Hannelore Seifart – Charred remains
Len van Wyk – Passion
Neels Beyers – Mis
Thea Erasmus – Colour my dreams
Thomas Niemeyer - Pizza

No. of AVs entered – 33
Number of authors – 19 (3 from Natal, 12 Western Cape, 3 Gauteng, 1 FS)
Number of successful authors – 11 (1 from KZN, 9 WC, 1 Gauteng, 1 FS)
Number of AVs accepted – 12
Acceptance rate – 36%

Congratulations to the successful authors and better luck next time to those who didn’t make it.


Digirama Logo

Anyone who is active as (amateur) photographer can participate in this Festival. Accepted languages: Dutch, French, English, German, or "not spoken".

The subject is free, the work must be recent (2015-2018), a maximum of two AVs per author are allowed. The closing date is 17 September 2018. This is a challenge to all participants to bring their story in a shorter time, the total projection time is limited to 8 min. per author if two AVs are submitted. The entry form & regulations can be downloaded here

IPF36th IPF National Championships 2018 & 1st Open Photo Harmony Competition

This year the IPF is holding their first Open Photo Harmony Competition, in conjunction with their 36th IPF National AV Championships.
There will be a plaque for the winner and medals for 2nd & 3rd and honourable mention certificates and a plaque for the best Irish entry.
The rules and conditions of entry may be found here. Please note that these also relate to the IPF National AV Championships, so ignore the rules that only apply to this section!The entry fee will be €15.00 for up to two sequences, the minimum length will be 3 minutes and the maximum length 5 minutes. The closing date for entries is the 14th September 2018. The Jury for this event are Alan & Bev Tyrer.
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GruppoCittà di Garbagnate

This salon closes on 30 September 2018. According to the rules, images are the key feature and video inserts are allowed. Subject is free and no genre is applied during evaluation. Authors may submit up to three sequences. Everyone who contributed to the audio visual must be listed both on the registration sheet and in the audio visual credits. Furthermore, the type of contribution must be specified, e.g. idea, photography, sound, video editing or whatever else. Sequences must be free from whatsoever third party or artistic rights. Registration and identification forms must bear entrants’ handwritten signatures.


VSS 3-in-one Creative Salon
This salon closes on 29 March 2019. The brochure and rules will be available shortly. Please diarise the date and start preparing!

The closing date for the popular CTPS AV Salon is 31 May 2019. The brochure and entry form will follow soon. Please diarise and start preparing, you have ample time!


Please see the full list of National and International AV Salons for more information on closing dates, fees and links under the AV Salon Scene tab.


Please see the updated Salon Results under the AV Salon Scene tab. Please advise me of any omissions in order that I may rectify the records. The onus is always on the entrant to let me know of any results please. We want to celebrate with you!


International AV Competition
Please support the AV Makers SA Club’s International “Emotion” AV Competition, closing on 1 November 2018. The entry fee is R100 for SA Residents and €13 for all other participants.

AV Convention Ladybrand 31 August 2018 – 2 September 2018
Please diarise this event. Alastair Taylor, who is Editor of the RPS magazine, will be leading the discussions. Please click on the following link for more information.


Please click on the following link  page 5, and this link page 14, to learn more about FIAP Distinctions – a short series of articles aimed at helping those planning to apply for FIAP Distinctions. They are intended to support and expand on certain issues, starting with “Titles”, something that keeps tripping up applicants. Although titling needs to be addressed as soon as you begin entering international salons, it is increasingly important to all exhibitors, especially under the new FIAP Sanctions Policy. 


An interesting article appeared in the PAGB’s E-News, here.   Issue 2011 dd 7 July 2018, p.4 and I thought it relevant to bring it to the attention of our AV workers. Never assume “Fair Use” of any images obtained from Social Media or the Internet for your AVs, even if you are going to acknowledge the photographer and source. 

I would like to encourage club chairpersons to contact me if they have any enquiries with regards to Audio Visual. Further information on AV related items may be found on the PSSA Website here.


If you happen to be in Birmingham from 16 – 19 March 2019, then check out the Video Show which runs alongside the Photography Show at the NEC. It will encompass every aspect of video content creation, showcasing a multitude of brands and a dedicated programme of seminars, live demos and Masterclasses.

Jonny Sullens, head of events at Future said, “Over the last few years there has been a convergence of stills and video camera equipment. We’ve seen an increase in visitors interested in both photography and videography – The Video Show is a natural next step for the development of our proposition to the image-making world and we’re really excited to get this launch underway for 2019.” The target audience includes professional video makers, creative directors, as well as amateur filmmakers and photographers looking to diversify their skills. Visitors will be able to test and buy the latest video and content creation technology, software and accessories, and learn about all aspects of videography, whatever their skill. Video-themed features will include a live demo stage, in-depth masterclasses, a 230 sqm Drone Zone, a studio showcase demonstrating ideal set-ups whatever the space and the “In Motion” Theatre. For more information, click here

Please let me know if your club is planning any special AV evenings, in order that I may publish it on the PSSA Website. Any interesting articles are also most welcome!

Enjoy your AV making!

Adri van Oudheusden

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