PSNZ National Convention All Over for Another Year

What an excellent  time we’ve all had.  Last night’s Honours Banquet was great fun, and a chance to recognise all those with shiny new LPSNZ and APSNZ honours, as well as some very special people. More details will be provided later, but meanwhile here are two of those special people:

Presentation to Don Pitham
Presentation to Don Pittham
Presentation to Kay Goosen-Cooper
Presentation to Kay Goosen-Cooper

Today, we heard again from Amos Chapple, including the “back stories” about his images from the coldest village on Earth and what lt is really like in Iran. What a guy. What images.

Amos Chapple Coldest Place on Earth
Amos Chapple Coldest Village on Earth
H S Lieu Gorbachev Resignation Image
H S Liu Gorbachev Resignation Image

The final presentation was another from Liu Heung Shing. We heard more of his personal story and saw more of his images.

At the conclusion of his presentation, we were mesmerised by the powerful story behind his unique image of Mikhail Gorbachev, at the very moment that Gorbachev closed the book on his resignation speech on 25 December 1991 – a defining moment in world history when the book was also closed on the USSR. What a privilege it has been to hear directly from someone who was not only the only photographer present, but someone who was able to communicate, in a single image, the significance of that moment.

This PSNZ National Convention has now finished. Thanks to the many, many people involved in putting on what has been a fantastic experience. If you were here, you know how great it was. If you weren’t, I hope these blog posts have given you some idea of what it’s like to take part in the fun, fellowship and photographic learning.

Start planning now to attend the next PSNZ National Convention hosted by the Marlborough Camera Club in Blenheim, from 23 to 27 April 2014.

If you can’t wait that long for your Convention fix, consider going to the Southern Regional – which will be held at Lake Tekapo – “Where Photography Comes Naturally” – from 4-6 October 2013.

And do check out where the official photographer Rey Alabastro will continue to post further photos from this PSNZ National Convention in Wellington.

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