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Western Cape Interclub Competition 2017

Last night saw the completion of the Western Cape Interclub Photographic Competition for 2017, at an event held in the CR Swart Auditorium at Sanlam’s head office in Bellville. Helderberg Photographic Society were the hosting club, perhaps for the last time as there are moves underway to move to more collaborative  management of the competition; rather than having a single club responsible each year.

The evening commenced with the exhibition of print entries opening for viewing. These prints had been pre-judged a week prior to the final event. The prints will remain on exhibition in the gallery there until 17 November.

After snacks, drinks and the chance to catch up with old friends from other clubs the audience took up their places in the auditorium and the rest of the evening commenced, under the capable guidance of Bernard Seymour Hall. Thank yous were said and some spot prizes awarded before the three winning audio-visual presentations from the AV Challenge were shown. Then it was on to the live judging of the projected images following an AV previewing a selection of the entries to give the judges an impression of the overall nature of the work they were about to judge. As always this AV was produced by Antenie Carstens but due to the larger number of entries did not include all images. Antenie has also produced a full version that runs for 25 minutes and is available by contacting him.

Our judges were Jean du Plessis, Melanie Cornelius and Hansie Oosthuizen and image display and scoring were facilitated by Bennie Vivier of Tygerberg Photographic Society using the TOP system. This allowed the judges to move through the entries quickly and smoothly. Once the judging was completed there was an intermission during which time the scores were copied from Bennie’s computer into a spreadsheet on mine that calculated the various winners. I had brought along a small printer and we were able to print the winner’s names on the certificates and hand them out during the prize giving immediately before everyone went home for the evening. And now, the information you’ve all been waiting for; the winners.

The winning clubs in the print category were

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 278
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 266
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 265

and in the projected category were

  1. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 282 points
  2. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 275 points
  3. Helderberg Photographic Society – 274 points

with the overall winning clubs being

  1. Helderberg Photographic Society – 552 points
  2. Tygerberg Photographic Society – 548 points
  3. Tafelberg Fotografieklub – 540 points

Christo Giliomee was the star of the competition, winning the print category with “Goodnight” a striking portrait of a leopard, which was also selected as their favourite print by both Jean du Plessis and Hansie Oosthuizen. This image was also judged best wildlife image, winning Christo a fantastic pair of Bushnell Binoculars from Tothills. This was backed up by a second high scoring image, giving Christo the highest accumulated score with 53 points, and winning him an R8,000 Manfrotto tripod from Orms.


Goodnight by Christo Giliomee

Johan Beyers was the winner of the projected category with his fantastic image “Power Falls” that I’m guessing may have been taken in Iceland. We may try to tell ourselves that it is Johan’s ability to travel to exotic locations that frequently sees him among Interclub winners but of course subject is just a small part of the making of an amazing photograph like this.

Power falls

Power Falls by Johan Beyers

Both Johan and our own Danie Coetzee were close runners up for overall top scoring photographer, each scoring a total of 51 points. Each of Danie’s entries was selected as a judge’s favourite, “Everything has an end” being Melanie Cornelius’ favourite print and “Fantasy” being Jean du Plessis’ favourite projected image.


Everything has an end by Danie Coetzee


Fantasy by Danie Coetzee

The other projected images selected as favourites were Magda Frylinck’s “Running in Radiant Rays” selected by Melanie Cornelius and Niël Goslett’s “Family portrait” selected by Hansie Oosthuizen, which also came in third in the projected category.


Running in Radiant Rays by Magda Frylinck


Family portrait by Niël Goslett

The full scores and results can be viewed online at Interclub 2017 Final Results and from there downloaded in your preferred format.


Interclub Results

Saturday evening saw the 2009 Interclub event take place at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch.

Helderberg took the club honours by a narrow margin. The club scores were as follows.

Helderberg Photographic Society 516
Hermanus Photographic Society 513
Paarl Photographic Club 508
Cape Town Photographic Society 503
Fish Hoek Photographic Society 503
Tygerberg Photographic Society 502
Tafelberg Afrikaanse Fotografieklub 490
Creative Camera Club 486
Weskusfotoklub 468

The winning print was “Holding Hands” by Mark Chipps of Creative Camera Club.

062_B05_mark chipps_holding handsAnd the winning projected image was “It’s a Big World Out There” by Marthinus Retief of Helderberg Photographic Society.

080_D09_marthinus retief_it's a big world out there Marthinus’ image pipped Mark’s by one point to take overall honours.

The Golden Apple award for the highest scoring photographer went to Max Leipold of Hermanus Photographic Society.

A spreadsheet listing the detailed scores has been sent to each of the participating clubs.

Judges for Interclub 2009



Helderberg Photographic Society is honoured to have gained the services of the following Judges, who will judge at Interclub 2009 in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch on Saturday 31st October.


David Rogers

David Rogers loves Africa! He spent 9 years with Getaway as assistant editor, and during this time wrote over 100 features including 20 cover stories for which he won several awards.  He has started his own business and has photographed more than 150 lodges for a series called Safari in Style. As well as being called on by commercial clients such as Land Rover USA, Samara Lodges, and many more, David also offers workshops in various parts of the country.  He lives with his wife and two young sons, in Cape Town.

Clients include Steenberg Hotel, Garonga Safari Camp, Jacis Safari Camp, Wolwedans, Onguma, and many other top camps and hotels.

Preview Classic Safari Camps of Africa at http://www.davidrogers.co.za/docs/publishing.html
Join a Digital Photographic Safari on http://www.davidrogers.co.za/docs/workshops.htm
Journey through some exquisite lodges at http://www.davidrogers.co.za/docs/lodges.html
He is the author of the following recent titles: Southern Africa in Style (Africa Geographic 2004); Zambia in Style (Africa Geographic, 2005); East Africa in Style (Africa Geographic, 2006); Living Landscapes of Southern Africa (Struik, 2006); Indian Ocean Islands in Style (Africa Geographic, 2007); South Africa in Style (Africa Geographic, 2007); Classic Safari Camps of Africa (Hornbill Press, 2008); Winelands in Style (Africa Geographic, 2009).

Paddy Bouma


Paddy Bouma studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (BA 1967) and Lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, (1968-69). She is an internationally published writer and illustrator, and recently illustrated the official picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s Long Road to Freedom for Macmillan Children’s Books (UK). Until recently she taught illustration and printmaking at the University of Stellenbosch.

She lives with her husband, Raymond, in Stellenbosch.



Diane Skinner


Diane Skinner started photography at an early age, learning from her father.  She is widely traveled, and from her home in Quebec, Canada, she has ventured across the Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond. She counts among her favourite places to visit

the dunes of Namibia, and the volcanoes on the Hawaiian Islands. She holds an APSSA from the PSSA and is a member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. Whilst in South Africa this month, she lectured at the PSSA Congress held in Hermanus.

Western Cape Interclub Photographic Competition 2009

Endler Hall


The annual Western Cape Interclub Photographic Competition will be taking place on Saturday 31st October, 2009, from 6pm, at the Endler Hall, Conservatoire, University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch.  Photographic clubs from the region will be displaying their best prints and digital images during the course of the evening.  Drinks and snacks will be served between 6pm and 7.30pm, when the digital show starts in the auditorium.  Tickets are R50 per person (drinks and snacks included), and can be booked via e-mail from nettie28@iafrica.com.  You are very welcome to attend!


Four judges (or one outside judge), scoring on a scale of 1 – 10, will judge – with a final maximum being 30 – the lowest score is discarded.  When a judge has to score his/her own entry, he/she awards his/her image the lowest score (1).  Images scoring 22 or higher receive applause, and are eligible for selection into the annual Interclub competition.  Members whose prints and/or slides have been selected, are requested to retain their work until submission in October every year.  The Western Cape Interclub Competition takes place at the end of October and is hosted, in turn, by one of the photographic societies in the area.

2008 HPS Chairman’s Report (short version)

Committee: I should like to thank the members of the HPS Committee for their continued commitment and input.

Bernard Seymour-Hall, our Treasurer, will be Vice Chair in 2009, which means that he will be our new Chairman in 2010. Irmel Dunaiski organizes the Audio-visual Section, and Paddy Howes is the Secretary and handles all the Outings. Steve Crane is our Computer and Digital expert, while Michele has been handling slide entries and tea, Marisa has been organizing print entries and JJ van Heerden has been our Technical Expert, as well as being the sponsor of our prizes from Picture Works, Stellenboch.

I am pleased to announce that Eric Palmer has agreed to serve on the committee – he is well known for his Photoshop expertise and teaching abilities, and brings young blood, as well as young ideas, to the Club.

I would also like to mention that Eric has won the Getaway Gallery’s First Prize for 2008 with his image of ‘Simonsberg’ … Congratulations, Eric!

Matters Financial: Bernard reports that we have a healthy balance in our account – this will be needed in the case of eventual upgrading of our equipment and for use when next we have to host Interclub.

Subscriptions for 2009 will remain the same as in 2008 ie. R220 per person with a discount of R20 if paid before 1st April; R110 per person who are country members or students, with a discount of R10 if paid before 1st April. Bank details can be found elsewhere on this site.

Tea and biscuits will be a minimum donation of R4,00 from next year.

Jannie, our car guard, is paid by us, and is reliable and helpful. Thanks to Paddy for organizing a Christmas hamper for him.

Outings: This year we enjoyed a number of successful outings, including one to Skurweberg (60kms from Sutherland) in winter. Paddy has quite a few ideas up her sleeve, including a weekend stay in Matjiesfontein. Other outings being planned are a visit to a wine farm, Gansbaai, McGregor and Camps Bay. Outings are a wonderful way of getting out to do photography in the safety of a group, as well as getting to know other members of the club.

Audio-Visual: Our AV department, steered by Irmel, has been active this year. As well as making our own presentations, we were asked to make an AV using 35 or so of Paddy’s scanned slides of the Richterveld, set to music of our own choice. The results were amazing in their diversity. 2009’s ‘set subject’ will be ‘Living from the Sea’.

Competitions: The list of competition subjects can be found elsewhere on this site. Our January subject ‘Silhouette’ will be judged by a lecturer from the Stellenbosch Academy.

Evaluations: A new twist will be introduced to the evaluation evenings next year. Hermanus Photographic Society has accepted our invitation to visit us on 11th February, when we will hold a combined Evaluation Evening. Please note this date in your diary. We wait to hear from Tafelberg of their decision to join us too.

Slides: From next year slides are to be entered together with digital images under ‘projected images’. Bring your slides to Steve on the Wednesday evening so that he can add them to his list, and then show them on the slide projector, as normal.

Digital: Getting your digital images in to Steve by Tuesday 6pm is very important. Please follow the guidelines as set out elsewhere on this site.

Talks: It is not always easy to find speakers who are willing to travel all the way out to Somerset West – we do the best we can. Suffice to say that we hope to organize talks on ‘Judging’, ‘Calibration’ etc.

Prizes: Vouchers will be handed out to First Prize winners only. JJ has offered to sponsor vouchers for those who win First Prize in the four sections: Prints – Set Subject and Open; and Projected Images – Set Subject and Open. His business, Picture Works, is not a franchise – we appreciate his generosity. At the end of the year, a ‘Best Image of the Year’ will be selected (via the blogsite) and the winner will receive a print developed on canvas.

Interclub: Members recently discussed how Interclub could be improved. Our recommendations have been set out in a document which has been forwarded to all those clubs participating in Interclub. We do not yet know who will host Interclub next year. A new PSSA director still has to be appointed (Neil Swart has re-located to Gauteng), and when this happens we hope to be able to report to a facilitator who can evaluate and decide on a few new and improved guidelines for Interclub.

The R500 voucher received by HPS for coming joint second in Interclub 2008, was used to buy ‘lenspens’ for the 6 photographers who did well in Interclub – Andre(28 out of 30); Michele, Eric, Nicole, Ernst and Emma (all 27).

Blogsite: Instead of having a monthly newsletter, we are going to start a blog with WordPress.com, which is going to become our ‘ongoing’ newsletter. You will be able to click into it regularly, and will find all the information usually found in the newsletter, on the blog. Bear in mind that we also have a Flick site – http://www.flickr.com/groups/helderbergphoto to which all members may belong … Steve is the administrator and will ‘invite’ you if you indicate that you would like to take part … please join up – I seem to be the only one using it at the moment!

If you have your own flickr-site, or if you have a blog-site, or even a web-address, please let Steve know so that he can insert it as a ‘link’ on our blog.

Honorary Membership: It gives me great pleasure to announce that Nicole Palmer is being made an Honorary Member this evening. She is a past chairman of this club, and is well known for her teaching abilities, and presentation of popular workshops in Namibia and Stellenbosch. Congratulations, Nicole!