It is difficult to believe that we are already at the end of January 2019! May this year be a very productive and satisfying year! The year started off with a bang, with the Canadian Association for Photographic Art’s  


Paul Sparrow, the Latow International AV Fest Director, writes as follows:latow av festival

“The lineup of shows for this year’s Latow International Audio-Visual Festival is now finalized.

This year we had submissions from Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Norway and South Africa that will make up the shows that will be presented at this year’s gala evening presentation on April 13th at the Art Gallery of Burlington (see the poster for the lineup).

If you need AV Festival tickets for family and friends they are $10.00 in advance and can be purchased online through or they can be purchased that evening “at-the-door” for $15.00 (depending on availability).

One last thing… I hope you’ll spread the word through social media… to your friends, camera club acquaintances and your larger photography community about this unique AV showcase presentation on the BIG size screen here at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The Latow International Audio Visual Festival is the annual highlight of the year in the AV community. Images are presented through this dynamic medium on a theatre-size screen with audio soundtracks presented in surround sound. It’s a premier showcase to see an exciting display of photography on different topics, using different audio-visual techniques to tell a story or to show off an artistic vision. A great evening for photographers, other visual artists, and those who simply appreciate a good entertaining show.”

Well done to Eric Thorburn who had his AV, Hill of Destiny, accepted for the Fest, which also puts Eric in the running for the $500 (Canadian) “Award for Artistic Merit” that will be awarded to one of the selected audio visuals at the end of the evening. The award is designed to recognize the “art” of the AV medium and is sponsored by the Art Gallery of Burlington and the Latow Photographers Guild and will be decided by a panel of artists from the other artistic disciplines at the Art Gallery outside of Latow. Eric is in the eminent company of Richard Brown, Bill Bruce and Malcolm Imhoff and Mark Allen. Well done to all successful entrants!




festival l image projetee chelles multiphot

This event takes place in Chelles in Seine-et-Marne and is called "Chelles Multiphot". It consists of two events, from 8 to 10 March 2019; the "Projected Image Festival" during the first week, and the "Photo-Ciné-Son Fair" the following weekend. This event aims to promote Audio Visual creation using still or animated images. The festival offers themed parties, Audio Visual shows, concerts and photographic exhibitions. Screening will be on a big screen of 52 m2 in a comfortable theatre with 700 seats.

For the catalogue and programme, please click on



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Entries for this prestigious AV Salon close on 28 February 2019. Entrants may submit up to four AVs, with a maximum time of 12 minutes for any sequence and a maximum combined time of 30 minutes. There is only one category, which is “Open”. There will be no preselection, and judging will be live from 28 – 30 March 2019 in Adelaide. The entry fee is $A20.00 per sequence via PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Trophée de Paris is an international competition of AV sequences, open to all audio visual authors, amateurs and professionals, from all over the world. The competition consists of several evaluation sessions, one organized by each of the organization leaders. Each evaluation panel is freely composed by the relevant responsible organiser, and includes at least 8 people. All panel members receive the same general information about each sequence and about the evaluation method. The sequences and the presentation order are the same for each panel. Topic is free. The deadline for entry and registration is 8 April 2019.



This salon closes on 29 March 2019. The brochure and rules are available on the PSSA Website. entry fee for PSSA members is R30.00 per entry and for non-PSSA members R60.00 per entry. Two categories may be entered with a maximum of 2 entries per category: Category 1- A story (Maximum 3 minutes) Category 2- Photo Essay (Maximum 3 minutes). Please click on this link to download the brochure and entry form.


The closing date for the popular CTPS AV Salon is 31 May 2019. The brochure and entry form are available on the PSSA Website. PSSA Members pay R50.00 per AV, or R35 per AV for 2 or more AVs. Non-PSSA Members pay R75.00 per AV, or R55 per AV for 2 or more AVs. Please click on this link CTPS AV Salon 2019 to download the brochure and entry form.


The closing date for this FREE AV Salon is 10 August 2019. Judges are Luana Laubscher, Paul Rixom and Adri van Oudheusden. There is only one category, Open. We expect to see many creative audio visuals! The brochure and entry forms are available on the PSSA Website, at this address:



AV Makers SA announced their International Theme Competition for 2019 – “Celebration”. The closing date is 30 October 2019 and free of charge! Please find the brochure here, AV Makers SA International Themed Competition - Celebration



The Bridgend "5 to 8" competition is an annual photo harmony competition organised by Bridgend and District Camera Club and open to entries from across the globe. Photo Harmony is intended to demonstrate skill in the production and visual progression of still images linked to sound. No words or story with a specific beginning, middle and ending are required. The emphasis is on matching the images with appropriate transitions and harmonising them with the sound. Video clips are not allowed in the sequence. Closing date for submitting entries is 18th February 2019. Entries for the 2019 competition can be submitted online or by post.


The Challenge 321 is an international contest for short Audio Visuals with a max runtime of 3:21 Minutes. The idea of the competition is to have an international exchange of Audio Visual work. By submitting their work, authors participate in several adjudications in different countries. The closing date for this competition is 31 March 2019 and total results will be published on 30 June 2019. For more information please click on the following link:


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 Salon Results under the AV Salon Scene tab, and 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!


Updated information on all FIAP related items may be found in the new FIAP Book at this link:  This is aimed at helping those planning to apply for FIAP Distinctions, especially under the new FIAP Sanctions Policy. 


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. The good news is that you can already register, by clicking on this link, Montagu Congress.

Montagu – here we come!

The excitement is mounting for the Cape Photographers’ Congress in Montagu from 28 April to 2 May – with the added bonus of the legendary Protea Farm tractor trip and potjiekoslunch on 3 May as an optional extra.  Some members of the organising committee last week undertook a scouting trip to Montagu and were almost bowled over by all the photographic opportunities offered by the town and surrounds. And this was without seeing the vineyards and orchards in their autumn colours, which will offer delegates even more scenic opportunities.


The 6th AV Makers SA Convention takes place in Ladybrand, from 13 to 15 September 2019. Exciting news is that John Hodgson EFIAP/b, AV-AFIAP, FAPS, AV-FAPS, ESFIAP, Hon. FAPS, Hon. AFB and Judith Hodgson AV-AAPS, LAPS from Australia will be in attendance!

John has been active in amateur photography in Australia for nearly 40 years. Over that time, he has exhibited with considerable success at both national and international level. In 1985 he co-founded “Printworks”, an international print exhibitors group which has established itself as one of Australia’s most successful such groups.

Since 1980, John has judged regularly at club, state, national and international level.

For more than 20 years, John has been involved in photographic administration, serving several terms on various committees and societies. Since 2006 he has been the Patron of the South Australian Photographic Federation.

John has given presentations at photographic conventions both in Australia and other countries, and has a particular interest in landscape, architectural and still life photography, and audio-visual productions.

His work has appeared in a number of books and magazines and is in public and private collections in several countries.

More information on the Ladybrand Convention may be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy your AV making!

Adri van Oudheusden


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