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APSCON 2012 Highlights

There were many highlights during APSCON 2012. Analysis of the surveys returned by delegates reveals that for most of them the two presentations by Robyn Beeche were certainly at the top of their lists of things they considered to be the best sessions. There is no doubt whatsoever that Robyn was a highlight. The high numbers of people that took opportunities to speak privately with her during the week and the percentage that scored both her sessions 10 out of 10 clearly demonstrate that. Robyn’s first presentation was about her fashion photography in 1980s London, whilst her second (very different) presentation was about her documentary photography in India, especially relating to the Holi festival. Robyn’s invitation to Brian Rope to put together a tour for a small group of members to visit India in early 2014 and stay at the ashram where she lives saw sixteen people rush to add their names to a list of interested persons.

Natasha Egan’s one-on-one personal portfolio critiques with a fortunate ten APSCONeers was certainly a highlight for those people. One of them described it as the best experience she had ever had at an APSCON - high praise indeed from someone who has attended many previous APSCONs.

Phil McFadden’s presentation, High Dynamic Range without “HDR”, also rated very highly, with many delegates overjoyed to hear a most instructive session. One survey respondent described the presentation as “well thought out, very instructional, well delivered, brilliant”. Raoul Slater, Margot Manchester and Gerard Saide also earned high praise for their presentations. The word “inspiring” was used to describe each of them more than once. Each of those presentations would have been a highlight for various delegates.

Another definite highlight was the first-time use of large screen LCD TVs to display numerous digital images programs throughout the week. The programs changed daily so there was always something new to see. Together with the well lit and presented print exhibitions they made up a feast of photography for viewing.

The panel discussion about the Society’s past was a highlight for the many who thoroughly enjoyed the reminisences, particularly by two of our Foundation Members, Graham Burstow and Bill Smit. Particularly for our members who have been part of APS for many years, the recognition given to Past Presidents, Foundation Members and Honorary Life members was greatly appreciated. Screening images from the 1st APS National and from the Society’s permanent Collection added to the recognition of our past.

The behind the scenes tour of the National Gallery of Australia’s photography collections area was a very special highlight for those who found themselves in very close proximity to original prints made by some famous photographers who they have long admired. It was something they never thought they would experience.

Of the outings that were offered the highlight for most was the trip to Strathnairn Homestead and gallery, where a special exhibition by members of the Canberra Photographic Society and entertainment by two singing groups was enjoyed. Many photographs were taken of the performers and a range of models, as well as of the numerous things to be found around the extensive property.

The Dance City dancers at the opening/welcome session was another highlight for many, whether it was the opportunity to photograph good dancers or simply to enjoy their performances.

For many of those attending their first ever APSCON, the highlight was simply being there and soaking it all up as they made friends and learned so much about what this Society is all about.

Of course, for the winner of the 50th anniversary participation prize and the winners of raffle prizes involving overseas photographic tours provided by the major sponsor, UDesign PhotoTours, their wins, no doubt, were also highlights.

And, of course, for others receiving their photographic skill or service honours and awards at the 50th anniversary Society dinner would have been a particular highlight. The grand venue, Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia, and the fine food and beverages package just added to the occasion.

Finally, the quality handling of the audiovisuals for all presentations by the highly experienced pair of Brad King and Peter Edwards and the excellent organisation by the APSCON Committee is also worthy of the tag “highlight”.

On this page - Photographer Cliff Spong.


Here is a link to a selection of the official photographs taken at APSCON 2012. The images can be saved (downloaded) from the site.

Thanks to the Canberra Photographic Society members who took the photos (and who should be credited when any image is used in your camera club journals).


Saturday - Cliff Spong
Sunday - Trish Grice
Monday - Murray Foote

Wednesday - Ian Marshall

Thursday - Ian Marshall
Friday - Richard Marris



Performance by Dance City




Welcome Cocktail Party @ The Deck at Regatta Point



Past Presidents who attended APSCON 2012




Robyn Beeche



Natasha Egan