A record number of Club members and their partners attended the Annual Dinner on August 5th. It was held in the Bridge Room, Clubs of Marlborough, and the Clubs turned on their usual generous buffet meal with lots to choose from.
The principal guest was the Patron of the Photographic Society of New Zealand, John Boyd, HonFPSNZ, HonPSNZ, APSNZ, who judged the Shot of the Year competition and delivered his critiques during the evening. He commented that the standard of the photographs was high and congratulated the Club on the number of print entries which were all of very similar standard so it was very hard for him to choose the winners.
It was good to see so many people achieving awards whether of a trophy or certificate – there was evidence of good commitment to the club competitions and of some excellent progress made by individuals. Eunice Belk and Lisa Gauden-Ing managed the awards on the evening and did very well to ensure that all went smoothly. John Boyd presented the trophies to the winners. There were some fun raffle prizes with big celebrations by the recipients. Thanks to the donors of these prizes.
Deservedly, Denise Manning was voted The Member of the Year and when that trophy was presented to her there was a standing ovation in recognition of her significant contributions to the Club and especially to the planning of all the special events held recently, including the Annual Dinner.
John Boyd is the curator of the PSNZ’s Permanent Collection of images acquired over many years. He gave an outstanding presentation of iconic quality images acquired from NZ photographers early and during the 1900s, and of trends in photography. He continues to acquire images from Natex medal winners some of whom are from Marlborough. The PSNZ’s ability to sustain the collection and store it in ideal conditions which will preserve it is an ongoing concern.
Ricky Wilson took many photos on the night, so if you think he may have one of you receiving an award or just having a good time, get in touch with him.
Report provided by Gillian Clover, LPSNZ.