Hat-trick for Camera Club
THE Gympie Camera Club has clicked a hat-trick, having been awarded the Photographic Society of Queensland’s Angus Buchanan Award for the third year in a row.
The club, of just 34 members, was awarded for being the best club which is decided by the number of points each club receives for the images entered.
They achieved this through the artistic talent of club members who won five silver medallions and Ian Smith who won the Peter Stephenson Trophy for the most creative projected image the Old Shed.
Silver medallions were presented to Greg Lawler for Eagles At Play, Ian Smith with Old Shed, Ben Stoffl with Narrow Alley, Bretislavova and Mahdia Souk.
Gympie Camera Club (GCC) also won the trophy for the large monochrome print section, and for the small colour print section, both of which included $100 prize money. Members also shared the trophy for the small monochrome section with another club and were awarded half the prize money of $50.
GCC president Ben Stoffl said being named the best club for three consecutive years was a reflection of member’s photographic abilities.
He said beating clubs with many more members (Mt Gravatt has about 100 and Gold Coast has approximately 80) made the victory even more remarkable.
“Of course we would like to be the first club to win four years in a row,” he added.
“In order to achieve that we invite all people interested in photography that live in and around Gympie to help us.”
Mr Stoffl said there were five competition sections: Projected Images, Large Monochrome Prints, Small Monochrome Prints, Large Colour Prints and Small Colour Prints. For each section there was a perpetual trophy to be won and above all there was the Angus Buchanan Award, named after the founder of the Photographic Society of Queensland.
GCC meets every first Tuesday and every third Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Cooloola Art Gallery in Nash Street.