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Our aim is to promote, improve, share and enjoy photography in Toowoomba and the surrounding district offering many services, all specifically designed to improve photography and photographic skills in a friendly social atmosphere. Membership is open to all comers regardless of whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer.

We meet at DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The second Tuesday is our competition judging night and the fourth is our skills night.

Additionally, we meet at Jilly’s Cafe, 181 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 6:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday of each Month. These nights are for our micro skills presentations, developing one small area of photography’s skillsets.

To join our club please follow the instructions at About the Club.  Additional information about the club can also be found here.

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Alice Black Award – April 2019 – “Above normal” by Graham Burstow

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from all those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image regardless of the score given.  All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented.

For April 2019 the Alice Black has been awarded to Graham Burstow for his print “Above Normal”.  This image was entered in the Salon Grade Print Mono Set Subject section.

Our judge, Wendy Geddes provided the following comments “There are so many wonderfully correct things about this image that I fear if I start, it might be the longest critique I’ve done. The child knows he’s unwell and he dreads what the thermometer might tell and Mum’s expression shows concern. The story is perfectly represented by composition and technique. I really enjoyed the little flick of Rembrandt lighting on both models shaded cheeks, the perfect sepia tones, the theatre of the positioning and prop, and the subtle separation of child’s world and adult’s world through the depth of field. The last point is an echo from the past, when a parent was in charge and took the necessary action, without graphically illuminating the situation to the child, as in modern times. I also enjoyed your title, which cryptically alludes to the situation without literally, spelling it out. I could go on. Thank you for entering this image. “

TPS Club Meeting – 9 April 2019

Our next club meeting is at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 9th April 2019.  There have been 117 images submitted by 40 club members for our April 2019 Aggregate Competition which will be judged this evening by Wendy Geddes, FAPS EFIAP GPUCR2 PSQA.

The Set Subject for this month is “Expressions”.

We look forward to catching up with you all this evening.

And don’t forget that entries for the May 2019 Competition are required by 12:00 midnight on the 9th April 2019 – the set subject for that month is “Bokeh”.

Bunnings Fundraiser Report

Would like to report our success at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraising today. 

Firstly, thank you to all who volunteered. Your selflessness and support is greatly appreciated.

Minus the $200 float and $772.60 for the initial purchase of goods/sundries required, TPS profited $1104.90 today.

Due to an error on my behalf, we still have 7 packets of sausages, which will be frozen and used soon, in a thank you BBQ to thank all for the good deeds we have done as a club. Stay tuned.

2019-20 Aggregate Competition Set Subjects

The TPS Committee have agreed on the Set Subjects for the 2019-20 Aggregate Competition which starts in August 2019. Listed below are the set subjects – you can also download a copy of these together with entry due dates, and the Skills Night Image Challenge subjects, by clicking on this link.

  • August 2019 – Pets
  • September 2019 – Lineal
  • October 2019 – Architecture
  • November 2019 – Conceptual
  • December 2019 – Rust
  • January 2020 – no aggregate competition this month
  • February 2020 – Abstract
  • March 2020 – Self Portrait
  • April 2020 – Antique
  • May 2020 – Dominant Colour
  • June 2020 – At Night
  • July 2020 – End-of-Year Competition

Guidelines for these set subjects will be drawn up and made available on the website in the near future.

Jilly’s Cafe – Street Photography

The master advising the apprentices! 

Graham Burstow OAM, providing us all his experience on street photography, such a pleasure to hear his stories and sharing his expertise. 

A great series of talks. There will be an outing developed from this series of talks. Stay tuned! 

Thank you Graham. 

Alice Black Award – March 2019 – “Pointing heavenward” by Peter Matthews

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from all those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image regardless of the score given.  All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented.

For March 2019 the Alice Black has been awarded to Peter Matthews for his digital image “Pointing heavenward”.  This image was entered in the B Grade Digital Mono Open section.

Our judge, Carmen Hunn commented “A very powerful strong image. You have done very well to portray this. Congratulations!”

Judging Feedback Protocol

Members of the Toowoomba Photographic Society are expected to abide by the code of conduct spelt out in the Membership Info document on our website. In particular members must conduct themselves in a responsible and respectful manner towards fellow members and our guests. In particular we should be respectful at all times towards the judges invited to judge our competitions.

Judges are volunteers who have spent considerable time reviewing your images and preparing their critiques. Judging is a time consuming activity which is by its very nature quite subjective. There are many factors that a judge will take into account in scoring an image and no two judges will see a photo in the same way. As a consequence we may not always agree with the scores or comments given by a judge. But we have to accept that they are the judge and their decision is final.

The TPS Committee provides written feedback to every judge using the Photographic Society of Queensland judging feedback sheet. If you wish to congratulate or have particular concerns about a judging you should make these known in writing to the TPS Committee as soon as possible after the judging. This way constructive feedback can be provided to the judge – this will provide them with considered feedback from our club and keep our club in good standing.

TPS Club Meeting – 12th March 2019

Our next club meeting is at 7:00pm this coming Tuesday, 12th March 2019.  There have been 135 images submitted by 49 club members for our March 2019 Aggregate Competition which will be judged this evening by commercial photographer, Carmel Hunn from Photos by Carmen, Sunshine Coast.

The Set Subject for this month is “Naked Tree/s”.

We look forward to catching up with you all this evening.

And don’t forget that entries for the April 2019 Competition are required by 12:00 midnight on the 12th March 2019 – the set subject for that month “Expressions”.