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Digital Image Titling
PLEASE ensure your digital images are TITLED and include your FULL NAME as per the instructions on our website.
Use only lower case characters with no spaces. Use underscore in place of spaces.
All digital images are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11.00pm on Saturday night (2 days before the competition).
FCC Newsletter February
The latest edition of the FCC ( Federation of Camera Clubs) NSW newsletter is available by following the link
Camera Gear Sales
If anyone has camera gear or magazines or anything photographically related they would like to sell/donate please contact Bill with details and we can list them in the newsletter.
Our Glorious Planet, Captured in Award-Winning Images
Katy Gomez Catalina, an amateur photographer and Doctor of Veterinary Science from Spain, has become the first-ever Spanish overall winner of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY). The results of this global contest were announced at an awards’ evening at the Fujifilm House of Photography in Covent Garden, London.
More than 20,000 images were submitted in the 2019 awards by professional and amateur photographers in 144 countries. The winning images can be viewed on the 2019 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com
2019 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic
From mysterious shadow portraits to amazing aerials, stunning images of the ocean to the creatures inhabiting a Sunshine Coast backyard, the winners of the 2019 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic have been announced.
The annual competition, now in its seventh year, is the largest competition for amateur photographers in Australasia, and for 2019 had a prize pool of more than $25,000 across eight categories – Landscape, Wildlife and Animal, People and Portrait, Black and White, Travel, Action, Photo of the Year and Junior.
The overall title of Photographer of the Year 2019 was awarded to Melbourne obstetrician and gynaecologist Anthony Lawrence, for his beautifully stark series Winter in Biei Japan. The series was a tribute he says, ‘to the simple elegance inherent in Japanese culture.’
For the judges, it was a popular series in what is always the most fiercely competitive genre—landscape. Judge Douwe Dijkstra said the images portray a sense of peace and zen in a freezing environment.
“These are a wonderful series of Japanese winterscapes, with minimal hints of colour creating an almost monochrome mood.”
As overall winner, Lawrence takes home a prize pack valued at more than $10,000, including a Panasonic LUMIX S1R camera and lens kit valued at $6,899, a Wine Country Camera 100mm Starter Filter and Holder kit valued at $1,299 and $2,000 cash.
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Entries close Sunday 16th February
The Head On Photo Awards 2020 are open for entries!
As you may have noticed, there have been some changes in the awards structure this year and there is no longer a Mobile Award.
Head On was one of the first organisations to recongise the value of mobile phone photography. The genre has grown in recent years and we no longer think it is necessary for it to be judged in a separate category.
While there is not an award specifically for mobile, the Landscape, Portrait and Student Awards accept photographs taken on any photographic device, including a mobile phone.
For more information go to
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results ( or damn, I wish I had bought those stocks )
iPhone, Wearables and Services Drive All-Time Record Revenue and EarningsCupertino, California — January 28, 2020 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 first quarter ended December 28, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $91.8 billion, an increase of 9 percent from the year-ago quarter and an all-time record, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $4.99, up 19 percent, also an all-time record. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“We are thrilled to report Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, fueled by strong demand for our iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, and all-time records for Services and Wearables,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “During the holiday quarter our active installed base of devices grew in each of our geographic segments and has now reached over 1.5 billion. We see this as a powerful testament to the satisfaction, engagement and loyalty of our customers — and a great driver of our growth across the board.”
“Our very strong business performance drove an all-time net income record of $22.2 billion and generated operating cash flow of $30.5 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned nearly $25 billion to shareholders during the quarter, including $20 billion in share repurchases and $3.5 billion in dividends and equivalents, as we maintain our target of reaching a net cash neutral position over time.”
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2020 second quarter:
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.77 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 13, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 10, 2020.
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Other bits and pieces which should be of interest.
Sydney International Exhibition of Photography www.siep.org.au
Len Metcalf lensschool.com
Adam Williams ( for inspiration and workshops) www.australianphotographer.com
Luke Tscharke, (for great astrophotography tips and workshops) luketscharke.com
Pamela Pauline ( local fine art photographic artist ) www.pamelapauline.com
Peter Coulson (inspiration for fashion photography, great studio lighting and workshops)
Greg Benz Photography for tutorials and newsletter www.gregbenzphotography.com
Alfonso Calero ( for travel photography workshops) www.alfonso.com.au/sydney-photography-courses/
Mark Galer, Adobe Ambassador www.markgaler.com
Photoshop Cafe ( loads of free tutorials ) photoshopcafe.com
Phlearn (easy to follow tutorials, many of them are free, you don't have to subscribe ) www.phlearn.com
www.beckhamdigital.com.au (go to more , then newsletter) for some awesome tuitions. Thanks Alan for this one!
For a different perspective and inspiring photography, have a look at Erika Zolli Photography www.erikazolli.it
Just click on the links or google any of the above for more information.
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