“Giving life to a thought is a rare skill. Pouring your soul onto a blank canvas demands infallible passion.

To become an expert painter, knowledge of every colour, pigment and technique is essential. But expressing your thoughts, and not just what you see, requires intuitive thinking.”

These words appeared in a Glendrand M-I-B advertisement in SA Homeowner, February 2011. I believe these words can be applied to photographers and audio visual workers as well. You have to have knowledge of photography, music, sound, technique, light – the list goes on and on. In photography, as in audio visual, you have to communicate your thoughts to your audience. This requires intuitive, (spontaneous, natural or innate) thinking, and this is what separates excellent audio visuals from the rest. 


The 2017 Cape Photographers Regional Congress will be hosted by the East London Photographic Society in the magical town of Hogsback from 30 April to 3 May 2017. Delegates can look forward to a congress in the spirit of the Cape Photographers in a really unique venue. Please click on this link for more information on the programme.

If you would like to show your Audio Visual(s) during showtime, then please forward your AV to me as soon as possible, with the following information: Your name, Title of the AV, Length of time and Programme used. Let us make this an excellent showcase of what our members are capable of.


The planning for the next AV Convention is taking shape. Dates have not been confirmed yet, but may take place late March 2018, or the beginning of April 2018. We are awaiting our International lecturer’s availability confirmation. Once again we plan on using The Showroom in Prince Albert, which is just about one of the best venues to showcase audio visuals. Any suggestions for the programme are most welcome!

VSS Creative AV Salon (PSSA patronage 017/25), closing 28 May 2017

The VSS Creative AV Salon, closing on 28 May 2017, promises to be very interesting and challenging! There are three categories, Creative colour, creative monochrome and Humour. Please support this salon. Links to the brochure and entry form can be found here.


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

Adelaide International AV Festival closes on 31 March 2017. The entry fee is AU$20.00 per AV. The judging panel is Howard Bagshaw ARPS, MPAGB, Barbara Butler AV-FAPS, SSAPS and Keith Seidel AFIAP, FAPS, SSAPS.

3-2-1 Competition

Judging of Challenge 3-2-1 will shortly take place in Port Elizabeth. Thus far there are 72 entries from all over the world.  

Trophee de Paris closes on 7 April 2017, and this time round the good news is that they have FIAP patronage. The competition is open to all, with the exception of those involved in the organization and pre-selection. The competition consists of several evaluation sessions. Only one sequence per author will be admitted. In the case of co-authors, two sequences may be selected if both are produced by two or more co-authors. Sequence having competed in a previous edition of the « Trophée de Paris » will not be accepted. Topics are free. 

A Photoreporter 2017 closes on 21 May 2017 and has FIAP, ISF, GPU, CEF and FCF patronage. Each author may submit an audio visual of 5 minutes maximum. The entry fee per author is 15€, whereas for photoclubs with more than ten authors, the entry fee will be 10€ per author.  

5th Concorso Internazionale Audiovisivi “Citta di Garda” closes on 10 June 2017. The sequences must have been produced in the last three years (from 2014 included). Reconstructions of older works are not allowed.

35th Città di Garbagnate - A special international AV section will run within the 35th "Città di Garbagnate" Photographic contest (October 6th-7th), a worldwide well-renowned competition for digital and analogue photography. A qualified international jury will judge both competitions. The brochure and entry form will be published shortly. 

3rd PECC International AV Salon 2018 FIAP 2017/315 & PSSA Patronage

The third PECC International AV Salon application for FIAP patronage has been approved.

The FIAP Patronage Service awarded four stars to the 2016 catalogue, based on the overall quality. A special word of thanks go to Wayne Webb and Roel van Oudheusden for all their hard work. Stars granted to the last available catalogue are published in the lists of events with FIAP Patronage. They are also be mentioned in the letter that accompanies the FIAP approval for the next event, and as a result may attract more entries.


Congratulations to Johann van der Walt who obtained his LPSSA in AV!


Good news is that WnSoft recently released version 9 of Pictures to Exe. A demo version can be viewed here.

A comprehensive list of what’s new in PTE 9 can be found here.

You can also try PTE9 for free, using as many images in your project as you want. User guides are available on-line and are regularly updated with recent changes and new articles. These are also available as PDF.

Should you need any help or advice on PTE, then please go to https://www.picturestoexe.com/forums/


For help or advice on any AV-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Happy AV making!


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