From the PRO – Sep 2016

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Dear Member

Langebaan Congress 2016

Congress is still a buzz word among our members as we are all reflecting on the memories of this event. We all experienced some real inspiring, motivational and educational speakers. The camaraderie as always is a huge plus for Congresses and most enjoyable. Some great images have already been posted on our Facebook page and I am sure there are more to come.

Thank you to the Organising Committee who did a great job in making the 2016 PSSA Congress the success that it was.

Other Congresses

Talking about Congresses, South Africa was successful in the bid to host the 2018 FIAP Congress in Durban. Thanks go to Jill Sneesby, Francois Roux and Nevil Tyler who headed the team in promoting SA in this bid. Watch this space for further info on this Congress.

PSSA 2017 Congress will be hosted by Gauteng.  Planning etc., is already in the process and a very exciting programme is in the pipeline – keep watching this space as well for all details.

CERPS Congress – just around the corner – 15 October – all info on our web site here and once again some great speakers and photo shoots to enjoy.

NEP Congress 14-16 October, also all info on our web site here.

We certainly are being congressed out, it certainly is great to be a member of PSSA.

3+1 Johannesburg Photographic Exhibition

Next urgent participation is the 3+1 Johannesburg Photographic Exhibition which will be held on 16 October. Entries are now open on Photovault for this. This exhibition is a joint effort between PSSA and CPA (China Photographers Association) which will feature photographs of the major cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou and Johannesburg. No costs involved for the photographers to enter 10 images of Johannesburg via Photovault. This will be sponsored by PSSA and Photovault. Please contact Johann van der Walt in connection with this event – closing date for entries is 1st October. All info on this is detailed in Photovault – please READ it carefully.

Audio Visuals

PSSA continues to boost AVs when and where we can and many of the AVs experienced at Congress were mind blowing. Impala Platinum Club Salon coming up soon, closing 24 September has an AV category.  This is a great opportunity to challenge yourself in this media – GO FOR IT GUYS.


Talking of Salons – lots of discussions happened about Salons at the members Forum at Congress, so keep eyes and ears open for all the latest on Salons. The one important matter that cognisance MUST be taken of is that it is now only THREE acceptances irrespective of colour or mono that will be permissable for the IMPALA TROPHY. PLEASE PLEASE stick to this RULE. See the new rules for the Impala Trophy our our web site here.

Clubs are encouraged to do most of the salon judging themselves and where categories are outsourced to other clubs these should be in the same Region. This change is to enable the Salon Director to attend all live judging sessions.

It is also the aim of PSSA that all Salons will be, by July 2018, HD which is also giving time for all Clubs to aim towards this for their monthly meetings etc. A recent survey that was done among the clubs indicates that we are nearly there.

Clubs running Salons PLEASE always include your REGIONAL DIRECTOR in all the correspondence as it is important to keep him/and or her informed with regards the progress of the Salons as they can, as well as the PSSA Salon Director, be of great assistance to you as a Club and as the Salon Director. Salons are a lot of work and it is appreciated the time and effort that Clubs, Salon Directors and the PSSA Salon Director puts in to make this all happen. SALONS challenges us as members – LET US KEEP IT HAPPENING.

Another International Circuit, one that Johann van der Walt has managed to get discount for is the – check it out and contact Johann with any queries and how to enter to enable you to get the discount. CIRCUITS are encouraging as it helps you get acceptances for promotional purposes at the Club.

Future PSSA Competitions

All PSSA COMPETITIONS from 1 July 2017 will be HD.

PSSA Winners 2016

The PSSA Winners of 2016 competitions such as the interclub competition winners, monthly club winning picture and web site winning picture competitions, best salon images for 2016, magazine, e-newsletters and web sites competitions for the year ended June 2016 have been published on the web site here. Please contact Anne d’Oliveira if you have any further questions in this regard.

FIAP Rule changes

There are some slight changes to the rules with regard applying for your AFIAP/EFIAP but do not panic as it is not major and Jill has informed me of them and as I assist Jill with this I will keep all informed about these changes. Also feel free to contact me in this regard and I will help you.

FIAP Nature Biennial 2016 Results

CONGRATS to Johan Kloppers in winning a bronze medal in the FIAP Nature Biennial in the Prints Section and to Koot Marais in winning a silver medal in the Digital Section. All other acceptances and images in this Biennial will be published on our web site as soon as they are available.

New PSSA Directors

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DIRECTORS – Alicia Greyling who will take over from Johan Kloppers as the Western Cape Regional Director. Thank you to Johan who held this position for many years and played a major role in the recent Congress. Geoff Feldon from KZN who will be taking over the Diamond Ratings and to Anton La Grange from Northern Gauteng who will be taking over our FB administration from Laetitia.

Here we must thank Laetitia most sincerely for a great job she has done with the administration of FB. Once again it is a great medium for encouraging our members to participate in new challenges every now and again.

Thank you to Johan Stephens who held the Marketing portfolio for two years but decided to retire. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMONE TO FILL THIS PORTFOLIO URGENTLY – please contact Francois, our President if you would be interested or know someone who perhaps could fill this Portfolio.

Membership Status

Once again we need to ask you all very nicely to please update your status if it changes – to date 12 IMAGE Magazines were returned to Ria, our Membership Secretary, from the last postage of Image. These are marked PO box closed. Please contact Ria Katzke with your queries.

Well, I think I have said enough this month but all is necessary as it is important INFORMATION, that, as members we must adhere to as well as participate in – it is your Society and we love to keep you as a member, as well as involve you in all the activities. Thank you.

Be a lifelong learner – “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will” – Vernon Howard.


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